Complementary Healthcare Program*

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Complementary Healthcare

Credits required 63

Dean

Patricia Dent

Program contact

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

This program is offered exclusively at the New Bedford Campus.

Program Goal 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

  • BIO 115 is the requirement for Complementary Healthcare.
  • Students who elect to take BIO 233 must also complete BIO 234
  • If students choose to take both BIO 233 and BIO 234, they will meet and exceed the BIO 115 requirement.

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, First-Year Experience, 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. 

The program has an onsite student massage clinic, visit (http://therapeutic-massageclinic.com)

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 115Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits

BIO 117Physiology of Wellness

3 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:16

Choose one of the following

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses

See General Education Competency Courses for course listings.
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 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

MAT 233Eastern 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 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

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 233Eastern 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

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Or

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Special Requirements for the Program - Admission Requirements

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 higher level math with a minimum grade of “C.” Recommended deadline for filing is February 1 for all fall admissions.

It is strongly recommended that students complete the science courses required for admission and program degree completion within 10 years of application to the program.

Requirements Upon Admission

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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