Certificate Program

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Therapeutic Massage

Credits required 29

http://therapeutic-massageclinic.com

Dean

Patricia Dent

Infused Competency

First-Year Experience

Program contact

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

Program Goals 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 the New Bedford Campus as well as in eHealth.

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 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

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 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

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)

Program Information

  • Graduates may apply to the Board of Registration of Massage Therapy for licensure.
  • The program provides a foundation to be eligible to take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
  • This program enhances the skills of healthcare professionals in nursing, occupational therapy, and home healthcare.
  • BIO 115 is only for the Therapeutic Massage certificate program. BIO 115 is not a prerequisite for BIO 233. Students wishing to pursue a degree in Complementary Healthcare must take BIO 233 and BIO 234.
  • Additional Costs
  • Students are responsible for the cost of uniforms, professional liability insurance, massage supplies and equipment, certain standardized achievement test registrations, and the National Certification Examination of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
  • They must carry health insurance throughout enrollment in the program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Requirements Upon Admission

Grade Requirements

Additional Costs

Essential Functions

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 with a minimum grade of “C-.” Applicants must include a letter outlining their interest in, knowledge of, and exposure to therapeutic massage and complementary healthcare. 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 titres (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.

REQUIREMENTS UPON FOR THE PROGRAM

Upon admission to the program, students will be required to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I.) check that identifies any criminal offense history. A positive C.O.R.I. check may prevent students from working in contracted health facilities, which will prevent students from completing the program objectives.

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, innovate 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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