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Academic Year: 2020-2021

Therapeutic Massage Technical DiplomaProgram 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 28-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.


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Offered at the Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay campuses. For information in Green Bay: (920) 498-5444. For information in Sturgeon Bay: (920) 746-4900. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic 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.

Students following the study plan below will complete the Therapeutic Massage technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
30-537-101 THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 1 ...students will learn 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.
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.
30-537-102 THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 2 ...Students will develop skills in assessment, 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. (Prrequisite: 30-537-101, Therapeutic Massage 1)
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: A placement value of 3200; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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. Students will continue their clinical experience on assigned dates. (Prerequisite: 30-537-102, Therapeutic Massage 2)
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.
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. (Co-requisite: 30-537-111, Specialized Therapeutic Massage )
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 client care. (Prerequisite: 10-537-120, Musculoskeletal Anatomy for the Massage Therapist)
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 Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
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.

Course Descriptions