Massage Therapy Associate Degree

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy
A.A.S.
Overview

Employing their unique tool—"healing touch"—massage therapists relieve pain, reduce stress, unwind bound-up muscles, and just plain make people feel better. As a professional massage therapist you learn to manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of clients to produce relaxation, improved health and other benefits. With more than 80 types of treatments, massage therapists can specialize in deep-tissue, acupressure, reflexology, orthopedic, sports massage, and other areas. Often, massage therapists become experts in several modalities, all of which require specific skills and techniques. 

As more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy, opportunities for individuals skilled in massage therapy are expected to increase through the year 2020. Those seeking the services of a massage therapist include spa clientele, athletes, the aging population, and a wide range of individuals seeking relaxation and rejuvenation from the stresses of everyday life.

The length and type of massage provided typically depends on the client's condition and desires. Massage therapists either work for an employer in a variety of environments including spas and hospitals or are self-employed with their own small business. Regardless of the working arrangement, massage therapists should employ effective techniques based on sound principals, the value of safe practices and professional integrity. 

Program Description

Medical Careers Institute offers a program that emphasizes both the art and science of massage therapy. In addition to clinical instruction, our curriculum also exposes students to sound business practices, preparing them for success in the real world.

By combining clinical experience with practical application through an externship, students can see and experience care as it is given to patients in a range of health conditions. After successfully completing the program, graduates may: 

  • Apply to the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) to take the National Certification Exam.
  • Apply, upon completion of exam, to the North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy for their license OR to the Virginia Board of Nursing for certification as massage therapists in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Possible Career Track

Upon completion of the Massage Therapy Program, Licensed Massage Therapists (in North Carolina) or Certified Massage Therapists (in Virginia) could possibly pursue entry-level employment opportunities in a variety of settings including:

  • Spas
  • Fitness Institutions
  • Wellness Centers
  • Private Practice
  • Private Industry
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Health Care Environments (i.e. Chiropractor, Pain Management Centers, Physical Therapists’ and Physicians’ Offices, Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers)

Health Care Environments (i.e. Chiropractor, Pain Management Centers, Physical Therapists’ and Physicians’ Offices, Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers)

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

34 semester credit hours

MTP101

Introduction to Massage Therapy

2

MTP104

Medical Terminology

3

MTP105

Eastern Modalities

2

MTP106

Professional Ethics & Business Practice

3

MTP107

Musculoskeletal Anatomy I

3

MTP110

Musculoskeletal Anatomy II

3

MTP111

Swedish Massage

4

MTP114

Fundamentals of Kinesiology

3

MTP115

Medical Massage

2

MTP152

Spa Administration and Techniques

2

MTP208

Pathophysiology

3

MTP202

National Certification Exam Prep

1

MTP204

Massage Therapy Externship

2

MTP205

Massage Therapy Clinicals

2

Arts and Sciences

21 semester credit hours

BIO101

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIO104

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

3

COM115

Principles of Communication

3

ENG110

College Composition

3

HUM205

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH120

College Mathematics

3

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

6 semester credit hours

CIS115

Computer Applications

3

COR191

Career Orientation

1

FOR110

Essentials for Success

3

There are 1,140 total contact hours in this program

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to safely assist with the treatment and care of patients while practicing standard precautions and adhering to HIPAA and OSHA guidelines.
  • Graduates will be able to identify all major muscles of the body (actions, attachments, and palpation), systems within the body, and the medical terminology associated with massage therapy.
  • Graduates will be able to assist with functional restoration through one or more soft tissue manipulation techniques to increase range of motion, flexibility, and stability, provide pain relief, relaxation, or stress reduction.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate good oral and written communication skills and essential job search skills.
  • Program provides comprehensive preparation of graduates to be successful on the National Certification Exam offered through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and meet requirements within the state.

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