Therapeutic Massage (NB/eH only)*

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Therapeutic Massage

Credits required 29

http://therapeutic-massageclinic.com

Dean

Patricia Dent

Program contact

Sharon Tilton, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Complementary Healthcare and Therapeutic Massage, ext. 2262

Program Goal Statement

The program prepares students to pursue a career as licensed massage therapists. Licensed massage therapists are employed by physicians, chiropractors, rehabilitation centers, and business and industry, and also own their practices.

This program is offered at 800 Purchase Street, New Bedford Campus as day and eHealth options.

Program Information

  • Graduates may apply to the Board of Registration of Massage Therapy for licensure.
  • This program 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, massage supplies and equipment, certain standardized achievement test registrations, and Board Certification.
  • They must carry health insurance throughout enrollment in the program.

Infused Competency

First-Year Experience

 

 

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

HCI 237Human Disease Processes and Procedures

3 credits

MAT 110Introduction to Massage Therapy

2 credit

MAT 111Therapeutic Massage I

5 credits

MAT 112Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist

3 credits

MAT 120Therapeutic Massage II

4 credits

MAT 124Massage Therapy Practice Management

2 credits

MAT 126Therapeutic Massage Clinical Procedures

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:29

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

MAT 110Introduction to Massage Therapy

2 credit

MAT 111Therapeutic Massage I

5 credits

MAT 112Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

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 Procedures

3 credits

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM

Applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate. They must also have completed high school biology, or chemistry and Algebra I (or a higher level math) with a minimum grade of “C-.” Recommended deadline for filing is January 15th for all fall admissions.

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations or titre (blood tests to prove immunity). A TB test is required each year. Health insurance is required. Additional laboratory tests, including drug screening, are required by clinical agencies.

It is strongly recommended that students complete the science courses within 10 years of application to the program.

REQUIREMENTS UPON ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM

Upon admission to the program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.

Students must have current CPR Certification from either the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers) or American Red Cross (CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers).

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

Students must receive a minimum grade of “C-“in all required courses. Failure to earn a “C-“or better in a clinical course will result in dismissal from the program. Clinical Practicum hours must be completed within 18 months of the academic coursework.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Students are responsible for the costs of lab coats, uniforms, professional liability insurance, standardized testing, name tag, lab supplies, national certification exam, and transportation to clinical placement sites. Students should be prepared to travel up to one hour from campus to clinical assignments. Students are also required to attend a variety of community activities. Graduates must apply to the Board of Registration of Massage Therapy for licensure to practice as a massage therapist.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Students need to possess certain cognitive, physical, and physiological abilities in order to successfully complete the requirements of the program and ultimately practice in the profession. Please discuss particulars with the program director.

OTHER

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.

 


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