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Therapeutic Massage Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315371

Imagine a career in which you're the best part of someone's day. As a licensed massage therapist, you make people feel better through your skills and expertise. In this 27-credit program, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the human body and a high degree of professional technical skill, with an emphasis on personal and professional development, increased self-awareness, and sensitivity. Career opportunities for licensed massage therapists exist in sports clinics, salons, spas, wellness or other health care centers, or as an entrepreneur.

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Employment Potential

• A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:
Licensed Massage Therapist: Career opportunities for licensed massage therapists exist in sports clinics, salons, spas, wellness or other health care centers, or as an entrepreneur.

Industry Credentials

Graduates are eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination through the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Two semesters High School, or one semester of College Chemistry (with a lab component) completed with a grade of “C” or better.
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program benchmarks are Algebra, 65; Reading Comprehension, 55; Sentence Structure, 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018
Green Bay
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Therapeutic Massage technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-806-189
Basic Anatomy
3
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Reading = 55 OR ACT-Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with “B” or better OR equivalent)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
4
FIRST SEMESTER
10-537-120
Musco Anat for Massage Ther
4
10-537-120 MUSCULOSKELETAL ANATOMY FOR THE MASSAGE THERAPIST ...this course introduces students to the anatomy and function of the skeletal and muscular systems of the body. Students learn the names, locations, insertion points, and actions of many of the muscles of the human anatomy. Furthermore, students apply what they learn and develop the essential palpation skills to identify the bones and muscles that comprise the musculoskeletal system. Students also acquire necessary skills for practical range of motion movements. (Prerequisite: 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
30-537-101
Therapeutic Massage 1
3
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: 10-537-120, Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist) Course Typically Offered: Fall
30-537-102
Therapeutic Massage 2
3
30-537-102 THERPEUTIC 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 BLS Provider CPR card. (Corequisite: 10-537-120, Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist) Course Typically Offered: Fall
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
SECOND SEMESTER
10-537-121
Path Pharm & Med Term
3
10-537-121 PATHOLOGY, PHARMACOLOGY & MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...in this course, students will be introduced to disorders that can occur in major body systems with their signs, symptoms and associated pharmacology. They will learn the types of diseases that affect each of the major body systems and more specifically the signs and symptoms of selected pathologies and disorders that could prove to be a contraindication to massage therapy. Students will also gain a foundational understanding of medical terminology, a basic understanding of pharmacology and the possible interactions between medications and massage. (Prerequisite:10-537-120, Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-537-138
Kines for Mass Therapist
2
10-537-138 KINESIOLOGY FOR THE MASSAGE THERAPIST ...building upon foundation knowledge from musculoskeletal anatomy, students deepen their understanding with an emphasis on muscle groups used to perform specific actions. Students directly apply this knowledge through the practice of ROM, postural and gait assessments to identify muscles involved in specific injuries. Students learn how to integrate assessment techniques into a treatment plan for more comprehensive approach to patient care. (Prerequisite: 10-537-120, Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist) Course Typically Offered: Spring
30-537-111
Specialized Therapeutic Massag
3
30-537-111 SPECIALIZED THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE ...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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
30-537-112
Massage Clinic & Business Prac
3
30-537-112 MASSAGE CLINIC AND BUSINESS PRACTICE ...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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
11
TOTAL CREDITS
28
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 30-537-XXX and 10-537-XXX courses. Students who withdraw or receive a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Program Outcomes

• Use effective and professional communication skills.
• Apply universal safety and sanitation techniques related to a massage facility
• Apply assessment criteria of diverse clients in order to adapt massage to specialized populations.
• Apply appropriate therapeutic massage techniques according to a client’s demonstrated needs.
• Demonstrate the knowledge of human anatomy, pathology, and kinesiology in massage practice.
• Educate clients on post-massage care.
• Practice personal wellness techniques in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
• Develop and manage a business plan in order to generate professional income.
• Demonstrate the ability to work ethically with others in a diverse population.
• Demonstrate knowledge of Wisconsin state laws and administrative rules governing massage therapy and bodywork therapy.
• Practice within the scope of a licensed massage therapist within the State of Wisconsin.

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Clinical Experience

• Students are required to complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Industry Credentials

Graduates are eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination through the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

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