Complementary Healthcare Career Program

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Complementary Healthcare

Credits required 67

Dean Patricia Dent

Program contact Sharon Tilton, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Complementary Healthcare and Therapeutic Massage, ext. 2262

This program is offered exclusively at the New Bedford Campus as well as in eHealth.

Program Goals Statement

Students who successfully complete the Therapeutic Massage Certificate or Licensed Massage Therapist are eligible to apply to the Complementary Healthcare degree program, which advances skills in assessment, technique, and holistic theory.

Student Learning Outcomes

See Learning Outcomes.

Program Information

Graduates who pass the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork may apply for licensure to the Board

of Registration of Massage Therapy.

This program also enhances the skills of healthcare professionals in nursing, occupational therapy, and home healthcare.

Additional Costs

Students are responsible for the cost of uniforms, professional liability insurance, certain standardized achievement test registrations, and the National Certification Examination of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Students must carry health insurance throughout their enrollment in the program.

After BCC

Graduates work in hospitals, nursing homes, chiropractic offices, physician’s offices, health spas, cruise ships, rehabilitation programs, fitness centers, and private offices.

Infused General Education Competencies

Ethical Dimensions, Oral Communication, Technical Literacy

eHealthCareer Option

The eHealthCareers option in Therapeutic Massage is a flexible, innovative program that prepares students to pursue a career as a licensed Massage Therapist. The hybrid model allows students to complete some of the content online. For those who are already practicing healthcare professionals, this program enhances the skills used in nursing, occupational therapy, and home healthcare.

The program runs a student massage clinic, visit (http://therapeutic-massageclinic.com)

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 117Physiology of Wellness

3 credits

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:20

Choose one of the following

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses

Humanities Elective

3 credits

Multicultural Perspective Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Program Courses

CIT 121Information Technology Fluency I

3 credits

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

HLT 101Medical Language Module I

1 credit

HLT 131Muscle Structure and Function

3 credits

MAT 110Introduction to Therapeutic Massage

1 credit

MAT 111Therapeutic Massage I

4 credits

MAT 112Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Professional

3 credits

MAT 113Survey of Complementary Care

2 credits

MAT 120Therapeutic Massage II

4 credits

MAT 124Massage Therapy Practice Management

2 credits

MAT 126Therapeutic Massage Clinical Practicum

3 credits

MAT 233Oriental Bodywork

3 credits

MAT 244Therapeutic Massage III

3 credits

MAT 246Special Topics in Therapeutic Massage

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:38

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

MAT 110Introduction to Therapeutic Massage

1 credit

MAT 111Therapeutic Massage I

4 credits

MAT 112Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Professional

3 credits

MAT 113Survey of Complementary Care

2 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

MAT 120Therapeutic Massage II

4 credits

MAT 124Massage Therapy Practice Management

2 credits

MAT 126Therapeutic Massage Clinical Practicum

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Summer

MAT 126Therapeutic Massage Clinical Practicum

3 credits

MAT 126 (optional)

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

CIT 121Information Technology Fluency I

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HLT 101Medical Language Module I

1 credit

HLT 131Muscle Structure and Function

3 credits

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

MAT 233Oriental Bodywork

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

BIO 117Physiology of Wellness

3 credits

MAT 244Therapeutic Massage III

3 credits

MAT 246Special Topics in Therapeutic Massage

3 credits

Humanities Elective

3 credits

Multicultural Perspective Elective

3 credits

And

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Or

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

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