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Massage Therapy

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MASG 101 | INTRODUCTION TO MASSAGE THERAPY  (2 credits)
An overview of the field of massage therapy. Topics covered include historical perspectives on massage, ethics and legalities, universal precautions, indications and contraindications, communication and documentation, reimbursement issues, informed consent, practice environments, and general policies and procedures in running a massage therapy practice. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Fall 

MASG 120 | SWEDISH MASSAGE I  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program. The technique of traditional (Swedish) massage is presented. Students will learn the theory and practice the application of Swedish massage techniques including, but not limited to, effleurage, petrissage, tapotement. Students will also learn the theory and application of proper body mechanics, positioning, and draping. Primary emphasis will be in the application of these techniques to the lower extremities and back region. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Fall 

MASG 121 | MASSAGE THERAPY CLINICAL I  (1.5 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program. Students will obtain clinical practice in the application of massage techniques studied in MASG 120 and MASG 150. Students are required to complete a minimum of fifty hours of massage technique. Twenty-five hours will be completed under the supervision of the instructor and twenty-five hours will be completed independently. Students will practice obtaining medical histories and documenting services provided. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Fall 

MASG 150 | KINESIOLOGY TECHNIQUES I  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program. Students will learn the assessment process including manual muscle testing as it applies to massage therapy. Students will study surface anatomy and identification of landmarks. The appropriate techniques of stretching hypomobile tissues will be presented. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Fall

MASG 160 | CLINICAL TOPICS  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program. Students will be introduced to topics relevant to practice that benefit both the student and clients. This course will address topics such as: pharmacology, documentation, ethics, standards of practice, state laws, and additional topics, if allowed by time. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Fall 

MASG 220 | SWEDISH MASSAGE II  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program and a "C" or higher in MASG 120. Students continue the application of techniques and theory of Swedish massage. Students will apply these techniques to the remaining regions of the body. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Spring

MASG 221 | MASSAGE THERAPY CLINICAL II  (6 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program and a "C" or higher in MASG 121. Students will obtain additional clinical practice in the application of massage techniques studied in MASG 120, 150, 220, and 250. Students are required to complete a minimum of one hundred hours of massage technique. Fifty hours will be completed under the supervision of the instructor and fifty hours will be completed independently. Students will practice obtaining medical histories and documenting services provided. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Spring

MASG 240 | THE BUSINESS OF MASSAGE  (2 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program or Program Coordinator approval. Students will learn how the basics of business apply to running your own business. Topics covered include: career options, therapeutic relationships, the business setting, self-care, managing a business, advertising and marketing, and professionalism. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Spring

MASG 250 | KINESIOLOGY TECHNIQUES II  (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program and "C" or higher in MASG 150. Students will learn the theory and practice the application of the assessment process including muscle testing as it applies to massage therapy. Students will study surface anatomy and identification of landmarks. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Spring

MASG 260 | ADVANCED MASSAGE TECHNIQUES  (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Admission to the Massage Therapy Program. Students will learn a variety of techniques that complement Swedish Massage including: trigger points, counterstrain, muscle energy technique, sports massage, PNF, traditional Chinese medicine, essential oils, heats & colds, lymphatic drainage, craniosacral, Ayurveda, and reflexology. Students must receive a minimum of "C" in this course to progress.
Offered: Spring

MASG 270 | PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE  (1 credit)
Prerequisite:  Admission to the Massage Therapy Program.  Students will attend continuing education conference to familiarize themselves with the continuing education process. S/U