Massage Therapist

MASSAGE THERAPIST


Award: Diploma / 33 Credits
Location: Austin  
Program Starts: Early Fall
Course Plan: One Year

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Riverland Massage Therapy program is an Assigned School for Nationally Certified Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers.

The Massage Therapist program prepares the graduate to operate a massage therapy clinic or be employed in another health care-related setting. Massage has been shown to improve circulation, enhance relaxation, reduce pain and increase mobility and flexibility. Massage Therapists can work in a clinic, hospital, private practice, health club and a variety of other work settings.

This well-balanced program integrates theory, anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology along with developing professional communication skills. The graduate therapist is able to observe and assess the client's musculoskeletal system, propose and implement a treatment plan and observe the client's response to treatment. Documentation is done to record muscular pain and restrictions, postural distortions, fascial adhesions, client response and the effects of stress on the body.

Our curriculum is diverse, teaching several types of massage and integrating the art and science of massage into the classroom some focus areas included stress reduction, deep tissue and myofascial techniques, reflexology, working with special populations, and other manual soft tissue techniques. This program also focuses on building strong communication skills that enable graduates to interact appropriately, respectfully and professionally with clients.

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Employment Outlook

This program provides an excellent foundation to work in several environments after graduation. Massage Therapists find opportunities to work in a variety of settings, mostly with private businesses. Small business startup and management skills provide a solid foundation for entrepreneurs.
 
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Massage Therapist Diploma was last updated on 03/04/2011
Note: This is an unofficial document that should be used for planning purposes only. Course listings are provided only as a guideline and may be changed.

Course Sequence Example Plan - One Year

Prerequisites
Course # Course Title Credits
MASS1600
Introduction to Massage Therapy
This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of basic massage techniques. Identification of superficial muscles, palpation, and appropriate massage strokes are taught. Introductory knowledge of the physiology of body systems is included and related to massage. Positioning of clients, contraindications to treatment, ethical decision-making, and appropriate draping techniques, as well as the importance of client feedback to the therapist are covered. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Massage Therapy Program and current CPR certification. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00
Fall Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
MASS1601
Intermediate Massage
This course is a continuation to MASS 1600. Further theory, techniques and applications of massage therapy are taught including work on muscles and fascia, methods of tension release, and injury-repair process. Techniques to release adhesions and restore circulation are covered including friction, pressure, and cross-fiber stroking. Trigger/tender point location, soft tissue mobilization, and stretching are addressed. The effects of stress and its relationship to chronic tension is investigated and related to the stress-tension-pain cycle. Importance of client/therapist communication is emphasized. Detailed interview and assessment techniques are taught and reviewed through scenarios. Objective and subjective evaluation is utilized for evaluation. Documentation of treatment plans and need for referral is covered. Prerequisites: Acceptance in Massage Therapy Program, completion of MASS 1600, enrollment in all fall semester courses and current CPR certification. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00
MASS1602
Kinesiology
This course focuses on deeper skeletal muscles of the body, various types of muscle fibers and structures, their origins, insertions, and actions. Restrictions and laxity of muscles are also discussed. Palpation skills are taught to identify bony landmarks, muscle bellies, tendons, and ligaments. This course compares the various types of connective tissue and contrasts their functions. Prerequisites: Acceptance in Massage Therapy Program, completion of MASS 1600, enrollment in all fall semester courses and current CPR certification. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00
MASS1603
Reflexology and Chair Massage
This course provides students with the ability to perform comprehensive reflexology. The student identifies reflex areas and relates them to effects on the whole body. Students palpate soft tissue and body landmarks of the hands and feet. Included are basic chair massage techniques with the goal of performing effective 5 to 30 minute massages. Proper criteria is examined for distinguishing when chair rather than table massage should of may be used. Proper techniques, temperatures and treatment methods for hot stone massage are also taught along with contraindications to each of these modalities. Prerequisites: Acceptance in Massage Therapy Program, completion of MASS 1600, enrollment in all fall semester courses, and current CPR certification. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00
BIOL1030
Human Biology or before entering program
This course is an introductory study of human biology. The scientific method, biological molecules, and cell biology will be studied as a foundation to learning human histology (the study of tissues) and organ systems. Each human organ system will be investigated to develop an understanding of its contribution to the human body. Current health and social issues, and other diseases related to human biology, will also be studied. MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00
MASS1609
Topics in Massage Therapy
This course introduces the basics of a variety of popular spa modalities and covers the principles and foundations of various bodywork techniques. This class acquaints students with the endless possibilities of massage specialties and helps students narrow future areas of expertise. Spa equipment, products, and body treatment application procedures are addressed. The ancient Chinese theory of meridian and the balancing of Chi (energy) are researched and discussed, as well as the basics of performing meridian acupressure. Touch for Health techniques involving the isolation and repair of individual injured or low-functioning muscles are included. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Massage Therapy Program and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 15.00
Spring Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
MASS1605
Special Populations in Massage Therapy
This pathology course covers a wide array of conditions and diseases which are often contraindications to massage therapy. Recognition of symptoms, both visual, and otherwise are included. Acute and post-acute stages of conditions are covered in detail. Variations and alternative massage techniques available to the client and therapist are discussed, as well as if and when normal massage routines may be resumed. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00
MASS1608
Advanced Massage
This course covers massage techniques for pregnancy, infant and geriatric massage, as well as hands-on treatments for clients who are mentally challenged, cognitively challenged, have a mental illness, or are physically challenged. Special massage skills involve evaluation, positioning, strokes, documentation, indications, precautions, and contraindications for treatment. Scenarios are used and human subjects are brought in for application of the special techniques necessary when working with these clients. This course is taken in conjunction with the MASS 1605, Special Populations course. Advanced techniques in myofascial release and deep tissue massage are included in lab skills for use with sprats and deep tissue injuries. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00
GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations or before entering program
This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
MASS1604
Issues in Massage Therapy
This course concentrates on psychological and physical challenges faced by massage therapists focusing on both physical and mental health. It also addresses the effects of stress, repetitive motion, body posture, personality, attitudes, beliefs, and coping techniques exhibited by therapists and clients. Introduction to basic business practices, massage insurance certification, and National Certification are also covered. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
MASS1610
Clinical Experience and Internship
This course builds upon the knowledge, experience, and progress obtained in the Massage Therapy Program by expanding the practice of hands-on massage to outside populations. Students create an environment for practicing professional massage which include professionalism, proper business knowledge and ethics, appropriate health and business paperwork, an atmosphere conducive to massage, and behavior which shows dedication to the aspired profession. This class is the culmination and incorporation of all training received in the program and is therefore essential to the successful completion of the Massage Therapy Program. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (5 Cr - 1 lect, 5 lab)
5.00
Total 16.00
Estimated Tuition
33 cr  x  $204.00 = $6,732.00 
Books: $650 
Other Costs: 300 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic human anatomy, muscle movement and body responses relative to homeostasis, with awareness of pathological conditions and diverse contraindications for age/body and development/decline for each stage of life, in order to create and apply appropriate massage techniques.
  • Recognize and identify social and behavioral components affecting the health and well-being of both clients and therapists, including psychological challenges, physical and mental health, stressors, personality types, attitudes, beliefs, and coping techniques/ armoring.
  • Consistently demonstrate professionalism, responsibility and maintenance of high ethical standards relative to all professional interactions; be accountable and able to defend all decisions based on ethics, standards, and scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with proper draping and positioning, with the ability to alter these techniques based on diversity and needs of individual clients.
  • Understand and utilize proper medical terminology for ongoing documentation and assessment of client status.
  • Utilize proper body mechanics, hygiene/cleanliness standards, (personal and environmental), and equipment usage to ensure both client and therapist safety and to maintain a successful therapeutic environment with appropriate care and consideration applied to all persons equally.
  • Understand business legalities and abide by city, state, and federal rules/regulations/tax guidelines pertaining to the massage profession, whether working as a sole proprietor or in an employer/employee business arrangement.
  • Understand the necessity for membership(s) in reputable massage organizations that assess and recognize massage therapists with appropriate and sufficient educational proficiencies and that provide insurance coverage to those who meet criteria.

Massage Therapist Faculty & Advisors

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Austin, MN 55912
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Owatonna, MN 55060
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Program Notes

Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:
Reading: An Accuplacer score of 52 is recommended.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

Required Core Courses (28 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
MASS1600
Introduction to Massage Therapy
This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of basic massage techniques. Identification of superficial muscles, palpation, and appropriate massage strokes are taught. Introductory knowledge of the physiology of body systems is included and related to massage. Positioning of clients, contraindications to treatment, ethical decision-making, and appropriate draping techniques, as well as the importance of client feedback to the therapist are covered. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the Massage Therapy Program and current CPR certification. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00 MASS1600
MASS1601
Intermediate Massage
This course is a continuation to MASS 1600. Further theory, techniques and applications of massage therapy are taught including work on muscles and fascia, methods of tension release, and injury-repair process. Techniques to release adhesions and restore circulation are covered including friction, pressure, and cross-fiber stroking. Trigger/tender point location, soft tissue mobilization, and stretching are addressed. The effects of stress and its relationship to chronic tension is investigated and related to the stress-tension-pain cycle. Importance of client/therapist communication is emphasized. Detailed interview and assessment techniques are taught and reviewed through scenarios. Objective and subjective evaluation is utilized for evaluation. Documentation of treatment plans and need for referral is covered. Prerequisites: Acceptance in Massage Therapy Program, completion of MASS 1600, enrollment in all fall semester courses and current CPR certification. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00 MASS1601
MASS1602
Kinesiology
This course focuses on deeper skeletal muscles of the body, various types of muscle fibers and structures, their origins, insertions, and actions. Restrictions and laxity of muscles are also discussed. Palpation skills are taught to identify bony landmarks, muscle bellies, tendons, and ligaments. This course compares the various types of connective tissue and contrasts their functions. Prerequisites: Acceptance in Massage Therapy Program, completion of MASS 1600, enrollment in all fall semester courses and current CPR certification. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00 MASS1602
MASS1603
Reflexology and Chair Massage
This course provides students with the ability to perform comprehensive reflexology. The student identifies reflex areas and relates them to effects on the whole body. Students palpate soft tissue and body landmarks of the hands and feet. Included are basic chair massage techniques with the goal of performing effective 5 to 30 minute massages. Proper criteria is examined for distinguishing when chair rather than table massage should of may be used. Proper techniques, temperatures and treatment methods for hot stone massage are also taught along with contraindications to each of these modalities. Prerequisites: Acceptance in Massage Therapy Program, completion of MASS 1600, enrollment in all fall semester courses, and current CPR certification. (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00 MASS1603
MASS1604
Issues in Massage Therapy
This course concentrates on psychological and physical challenges faced by massage therapists focusing on both physical and mental health. It also addresses the effects of stress, repetitive motion, body posture, personality, attitudes, beliefs, and coping techniques exhibited by therapists and clients. Introduction to basic business practices, massage insurance certification, and National Certification are also covered. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 MASS1604
MASS1605
Special Populations in Massage Therapy
This pathology course covers a wide array of conditions and diseases which are often contraindications to massage therapy. Recognition of symptoms, both visual, and otherwise are included. Acute and post-acute stages of conditions are covered in detail. Variations and alternative massage techniques available to the client and therapist are discussed, as well as if and when normal massage routines may be resumed. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00 MASS1605
MASS1608
Advanced Massage
This course covers massage techniques for pregnancy, infant and geriatric massage, as well as hands-on treatments for clients who are mentally challenged, cognitively challenged, have a mental illness, or are physically challenged. Special massage skills involve evaluation, positioning, strokes, documentation, indications, precautions, and contraindications for treatment. Scenarios are used and human subjects are brought in for application of the special techniques necessary when working with these clients. This course is taken in conjunction with the MASS 1605, Special Populations course. Advanced techniques in myofascial release and deep tissue massage are included in lab skills for use with sprats and deep tissue injuries. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00 MASS1608
MASS1609
Topics in Massage Therapy
This course introduces the basics of a variety of popular spa modalities and covers the principles and foundations of various bodywork techniques. This class acquaints students with the endless possibilities of massage specialties and helps students narrow future areas of expertise. Spa equipment, products, and body treatment application procedures are addressed. The ancient Chinese theory of meridian and the balancing of Chi (energy) are researched and discussed, as well as the basics of performing meridian acupressure. Touch for Health techniques involving the isolation and repair of individual injured or low-functioning muscles are included. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Massage Therapy Program and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 MASS1609
MASS1610
Clinical Experience and Internship
This course builds upon the knowledge, experience, and progress obtained in the Massage Therapy Program by expanding the practice of hands-on massage to outside populations. Students create an environment for practicing professional massage which include professionalism, proper business knowledge and ethics, appropriate health and business paperwork, an atmosphere conducive to massage, and behavior which shows dedication to the aspired profession. This class is the culmination and incorporation of all training received in the program and is therefore essential to the successful completion of the Massage Therapy Program. Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester courses, enrollment in second semester courses and current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. (5 Cr - 1 lect, 5 lab)
5.00 MASS1610

MnTC General Education Courses (3 Credits)
Course # Name
Credits
Course Outline
BIOL1030
Human Biology
This course is an introductory study of human biology. The scientific method, biological molecules, and cell biology will be studied as a foundation to learning human histology (the study of tissues) and organ systems. Each human organ system will be investigated to develop an understanding of its contribution to the human body. Current health and social issues, and other diseases related to human biology, will also be studied. MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00  
BIOL1030
General Studies Courses (2 Credits )
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations
This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline GSCM1510
2.00 GSCM1510

Massage Therapist (DIP) Program Curriculum was last updated on 03/04/2011

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