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Massage Therapy Certificate
Semester Hours:  39-43
Effective Term: Fall 2018
Prerequisites: RDG100
Corequisites: None

Program Description: Massage Therapy includes 735 hours of basic curriculum which prepares individuals for entry-level positions performing massage therapy in a variety of settings. This program includes relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, massage therapy for special populations, and spa treatments and hydrotherapy. Included in the program is a Chiropractic Assistant Certification program. Additional topics include physiotherapy, body mechanics, acupuncture, anatomy, pathophysiology, business skills, and complementary and alternative medicine.

Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Massage Therapy Certificate (39-43 Credits)

Prerequisite: RDG100

Pre-Program Requirements:
Apply for admission to the certificate program with the Massage Therapy Program Director before enrolling in the specialty requirements.

Core Requirements (39-43 credits)

BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
BIO201 Human Anatomy-Physiology I (4) AND BIO202 Human Anatomy-Physiology II (4)

LMT136 Business Skills for Massage Therapy (3)
LMT150 Chiropractic Assistant Training (2)
LMT151 Study of Acupuncture for Health Care Professionals (1)
LMT152 Physical Modalities for the Chiropractic Assistant (1)
LMT154 Complementary and Alternative Medicine (3)
LMT160 Applied Anatomy for Massage Therapy (3)
HPM173 Pathophysiology (3)
LMT175L Practicum - Massage Therapy, Relaxation Massage (1)
LMT175M Practicum - Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Massage (1)
LMT175N Practicum - Massage Therapy for Special Populations (1)
LMT175O Practicum - Massage Therapy, Spa Treatment/Hydrotherapy (1)
LMT180 Therapeutic Massage I (3)
LMT181 Therapeutic Massage II (3)
LMT280 Therapeutic Massage III (3)
LMT281 Therapeutic Massage IV (3)
LMT282 Therapeutic Massage V (3)

Other Requirements:
Prior to enrollment in any practicum courses, mandatory requirements must be met.

CPR certification must be current for at least six months at the start of the Practicum.

Students must earn:
a grade of C or better in all required courses;
a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
at least one-third of the certificate credits from CAC.
Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Synthesis Level) Correlate the knowledge acquired in the general education courses with massage therapy concepts and practice. (CSLO 3,4)
2. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate, explain, and critique various methods of massage therapy. (CSLO 3)
3. (Evaluation Level) Apply knowledge of massage history, benefits and contraindications, body mechanics, draping, hygiene, sanitation, and safety to critique client care. (CSLO 3,4)
4. (Synthesis Level) Apply medical law and ethics, including legal guidelines/requirements for health care, medical ethics, and related issues, and risk management in case studies.(CSLO 3)
5. (Synthesis Level) Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pathophysiology, and psychology in application of various massages to clients with specific needs.(CSLO 3)
6. (Synthesis Level) Incorporate appropriate and effective communications, including verbal and nonverbal interactions with others.
7. (Synthesis Level) Adapt for individualized needs in massage therapy.(CSLO 3,4)
8. (Application Level) Demonstrate application of electronic technology in massage therapy.(CSLO 2)
9. (Synthesis Level) Combine professional components, including operating a business, personal attributes, job readiness, and workplace dynamics as they relate to massage therapy. (CSLO 3,4)
10. (Evaluation Level) Critique and problem solve issues related to the field of massage therapy.(CSLO 3)
11. (Analysis Level) Summarize the roles of the chiropractic assistant in the chiropractic office atmosphere, including professional standards of conduct.(CSLO 1,2,3)
12. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate and critique entry-level competencies in administrative procedures in office management including history taking, record keeping, scheduling, and phone etiquette.
13. (Synthesis Level) Apply the concepts of acupuncture and physiotherapy for chiropractic therapy to clients and create a care plan. (CSLO 3,4)
14. (Evaluation Level) Evaluate massage therapy's role in complementary and alternative medicine.(CSLO 1,2,3)
Standards for Program
The curriculum has been developed using the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) recommended curriculum and the Arizona State requirements of 700-hour core curriculum for Massage Therapy.

AZ Requirements of 700-hour core curriculum for Massage Therapy:

At completion of the certificate, the students will be eligible to take the NCBTMB Certification Examination and apply for the AZ license in Massage Therapy.