Massage Therapy Associate in Science

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Over the years, Massage Therapy has become integral to conventional healthcare, complementary healthcare and alternative healthcare environments. Massage Therapy is frequently used in sports medicine, hospitals, physical therapy, physicians’ offices, as well as in the chiropractic offices, spa/resort settings, gyms, and acupuncture clinics. Massage Therapy also complements the Spa Management Certificate by providing students with additional skills which will make them more valuable in the spa industry.

The Massage Therapy Associate Degree Program and the Certificate Program are approved by the New Hampshire Massage Therapy Advisory Board. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to take either of the New Hampshire approved licensing exams.

Massage lecture teaches the theory of massage. The lab allows for direct application of the concepts covered in theory as well as proper posture and body positioning. Students will partner with each other to practice proper massage technique.

Requirements

The successful Massage Therapist is emotionally and psychologically stable. He/she is sensitive to the needs of the client, is able to set priorities, and perform in emergency situations in a quick, accurate, detail-oriented manner should these arise. He/she should be flexible, and possess manual dexterity and physical stamina. The massage therapy program is physically and mentally strenuous and requires occasional heavy lifting such as assisting a physically challenged client in getting on and off the massage table. Massage Therapists work with a diverse clientele to include all cultural backgrounds, individuals of various shapes and sizes and personalities. Individuals who cannot meet the professional, mental, physical and customer service demands may have difficulty meeting course objectives and the requirements of the field.

Licensed Massage Therapists must be American Heart Association Heart Saver, or American Red Cross or National Safety Council certified for adult/infant-child CPR and First Aid. We highly recommend that Certification be obtained before entering the program or within the first term as it is required before beginning Clinical courses. Student liability insurance is required and must be obtained by the first week of your first class that requires practical demonstration. Insurance is purchased through the college at a discounted rate of $20 for one year.

The application preferred deadline is July 1st for the fall semester, and December 1st for the spring semester. After the deadlines, applications will be accepted until the program is filled.

  1. Complete an application to the program
  2. Provide an official copy of High school transcripts or GED and submit an official copy of college transcripts ( if applicable)
  3. A personal interview with the program director is required.
  4. Complete Placement Testing (Reading, Writing, Math and Computers)

After acceptance and prior to the first week of classes, all Massage Therapy students must:

  1. Submit a report of stating they are in good physical and mental health and have all required immunizations and release to receive massage (provided by the college and completed by your Physician). Hepatitis B immunizations are at the discretion of the physician but are highly recommended.
  2. Have a Level I criminal background check using our approved vendor ($80).
  3. Possess and maintain personal health and accident Insurance prior to internships.
  4. Possess and maintain professional liability insurance prior to the first week of any class that requires practical demonstration. Insurance is purchased through the college at One Stop at a discounted rate of $20/year.
  5. Be certified in adult/infant/child CPR and First Aid prior to clinical assignments.

First Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
FYE101 First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
MASS111 Massage Anatomy & Physiology I 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
MASS110 Foundational Massage Techniques 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
HOSP244 Introduction to the Spa Industry 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MASS220 Pathology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 16

Second Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MASS112 Massage Anatomy & Physiology II 3 2 4
Classroom 3, Lab 2, Total 4
MASS120 Advanced Massage Techniques 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
MASS131 Kinesiology for Massage Therapists 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
MASS125 Supervised Massage Lab 1 0 2 1
Classroom 0, Lab 2, Total 1
Total Credits 15

Third Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
MASS210 Eastern Body Work Systems 3 4 5
Classroom 3, Lab 4, Total 5
MASS250 Related Modalities & Adjunct Therapy 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
MASS215 Supervised Massage Lab 2 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
MASS225 Supervised Massage Lab 3 0 4 2
Classroom 0, Lab 4, Total 2
MASS122 Ethics For Massage Therapists 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
Total Credits 15

General Education

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MATH145 Topics in Applied College Mathematics 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
English Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Liberal Arts Elective 6 0 6
Classroom 6, Lab 0, Total 6
Humanities Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 23

Total Overall Credits : 69

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