Program Description for Massage Therapy


36 Weeks / 720 Clock Hours / 29 semester credits

 

The primary objective of the Massage Therapy Program is to provide students with a hands-on education in the principles of clinical massage therapy techniques and alternative therapies in service of the physical and emotional health and well-being of the client. Course offerings will focus on overall wellness, nutrition, medical ethics, trigger points and business management concepts. In addition, students learn to provide massage techniques to assist in relaxation and prepare them to secure entry level positions in the massage therapy field.

Program consists of four modules:

  • Each module is 9 weeks in length (total of 36 weeks)
  • Classes are Monday-Friday 8:00am-Noon or 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Module 4 consists of an externship program
  • Course total of 720 clock hours– 29 semester credits
  • There is an average of 255 independent home study hours for this program.
  • One polo and a name badge is included with course.
  • Modules can be taken in any order; however, Practical Review will always be taken last by the student.

   Upon Program Completion:

  • Recieves a Massage Therapy Diploma
  • Prepares students for the National Certification Examination

    and Illinois State Licensing Exam

    to become a licensed massage therapist

 Basic Theory

MT-MED220-225

MED 123. Anatomy of Movement I

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits


This course will help the student understand how the body moves using muscles, bones, and joints. It will familiarize the student with areas of muscle attachment and how they are positioned in regards to skeletal structure.

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MT-MED120

MED 121. Anatomy & Medical Terminology I

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits


This course familiarizes the student with human anatomy and physiology as well as medical terminology.  The course starts with the basics of definitions of the subject, including the composition of med terms.  It covers the cells, tissues, and organs that make up the body systems.  Body systems, functions, and diseases are discussed.

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PMT110

PMT 110. Basic  Pathology I

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits


This course will familiarize the student with specific conditions or diseases that could impact them in the massage therapy field.  Signs and symptoms, indications and contraindications, and notes on contagions and sanitation will be discussed.

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PMT100

PMT 100. Introduction to Massage

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits<


This course will familiarize the student with the basic knowledge of massage from ancient times to modern day.  Laws, regulations, equipment, sanitary practices, consultation, and massage techniques will also be discussed.

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Massage Fundamentals

MED223

MED 223. Anatomy of Movement II

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits


This course will help the student understand how the body moves using muscles, bones, and joints. It will familiarize the student with areas of muscle attachment and how they are positioned in regards to skeletal structure.

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MT-MED221

MED 221. Anatomy & Medical Terminology II

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits


This course familiarizes the student with human anatomy and physiology as well as medical terminology.

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PMT210

PMT 210. Basic Pathology II

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits


This course will familiarize the student with specific conditions or diseases that could impact them in the massage therapy field.  Signs and symptoms, indications and contraindications, and notes on contagions and sanitation will be discussed.

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PMT200

PMT 200. Fundamentals Of Massage Therapy I

 

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 1.5 Credits


This course will teach the students the details of therapeutic procedure, client intake, record keeping, massage in a spa setting, hydrotherapy, assessment techniques, massage in medicine, and working with special populations.

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Preparatory Massage

MED323

MED 323. Anatomy of Movement III

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits


This course will help the student understand how the body moves using muscles, bones, and joints. It will familiarize the student with areas of muscle attachment and how they are positioned in regards to skeletal structure.

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PMT230

PMT 230. Specialized Modalities I

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 1.5 Credits


This course will teach the students about various modalities in the massage therapy field.  The student will learn about the basics of several modalities and the ideas behind their value.  It will familiarize the student with which modalities require advanced training or special certifications to practice.

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PMT105

PMT 105. Nutrition and Diet Therapy I

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits


This course will teach the student to be aware of not only their client’s health issues but also their own.  Through knowledge of maintaining better health through diet, the massage therapist will be able to maintain a long and rewarding career.  This course will discuss healthy diets, digestion, carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

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CLI 220. Clinical/Swedish Massage I

 

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 1.5 Credits


This course will familiarize the students with the techniques of a Swedish massage and how to apply the moves to the body.  The course will focus on the techniques, sequence, flow, body mechanics, pressure, draping, and applications used in a Swedish massage session.

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Practical Review

PMT330

PMT 330. Specialized Modalities II

15 Clock Hours-Lecture & 30 Clock Hours-Lab / 1.5 Credits


This course will teach the students about various modalities in the massage therapy field.  The student will learn about the basics of several modalities and the ideas behind their value.  It will familiarize the student with which modalities require advanced training or special certifications to practice.

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PMT250

PMT 250. Massage Therapy Practicum

45 Clock Hours-Lab / 1.5 Credits


Practicum is the time for the student to gain their clinical hours working with people from the public.

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MT-MED220

MED 220. Ethics/Business Practices I

45 Clock Hours-Lecture / 2 Credits


This course will familiarize the student with different types of business operations as well as the tax legalities involved with each.  The course teaches students about marketing, location, recordkeeping, licenses and permits required, needed insurances, and writing resumes.  The course requires students to come up with their own business plan.

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PMT 400. NCBTMB Board Review

45 Clock Hours-Lab / 1.5 Credits


This will be a review of all the material covered throughout the course for  purposes of preparation for sitting for the certification exam.  Textbooks, computerized practice tests, written practice exams, handouts, and other books will be used.

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