Requirements for Certificate Entry:
. Complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
Individuals completing the Therapeutic Massage certificate will be able to sit for the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Upon graduation and successful completion of the national exam, students can apply to the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing to sit for the state exam.
Please note that enrollment in some courses requires an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores. See course descriptions for detail; equivalent assessment scores are acceptable. To learn more about these assessments and benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
Requirements for Program Application
Applicants must have completed General Anatomy & Physiology (10-806-177) with a grade "C" or better.
Catalog No. Description Credits
10-806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology
30-537-112 Massage Clinic and Business Pr
30-537-111 Specialized Therapeutic Massag
30-537-101 Therapeutic Massage 1
30-537-102 Therapeutic Massage 2
10-546-105 Wellness Kinesiology & Patholo
10-806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND 10-806-134, Gen Chem or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.)
30-537-112 Massage Clinic & Business Prac...provides students the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of running a massage clinic. In the business section, topics covered include: ethics and legal requirements, national and state certification and licensing requirements; business startup and management; marketing and financial management. (Prerequisite: 30-537-102, Therapeutic Massage 2)
30-537-111 Specialized Therapeutic Massag...students will develop techniques, including neuromuscular and proprioceptive, for treatment of special populations such as athletes, mother and infant, elderly, end-of-life, and chronic pain. Students will have exposure to modalities and spa therapies, eastern and energetic approaches. (Prerequisite: 30-537-102, Therapeutic Massage 2)
30-537-101 Therapeutic Massage 1...students will learn the history of massage, the environmental considerations and equipment necessary to provide treatment, hygiene and safety, and legal requirements of therapeutic massage. Students will begin hands on training by mastering foundational skills such as draping and positioning, self-care and body mechanics, and basic massage techniques. (Corequisite: 10-546-105, Wellness Kinesiology & Pathology)
30-537-102 Therapeutic Massage 2...Students will develop skills in assessment, medical terminology, record keeping and documentation necessary to provide therapeutic massage. Students will expand their knowledge of massage techniques to include myofascial and deep tissue. Students will begin their clinical experience on assigned dates. Students must hold a current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card.(Corequisite: 10-546-105, Wellness Kinesiology & Pathology)
10-546-105 Wellness Kinesiology...this course studies the musculoskeletal system and major muscle groups and their response to movement and exercise. Also introduces disorders that can occur in major body systems and their signs and symptoms. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology with a "B" or better)
For more information, please contact: The Health Sciences Department,(920) 498-5543 or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 5543,or contact Enrollment Services at 888-385-NWTC.