Massage Therapist

30 credit Diploma program

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Program Description:
The Massage Therapist Program prepares the graduate for operation of his or her own massage therapy clinic or employment in another health care related setting. The graduate therapist is able to observe and assess the client's musculoskeletal system, propose a treatment plan, implement the treatment plan, and observe the client's response to the treatment. Stress Reduction, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Lymphatic, Somatic Sports, Swedish, Geriatric, and other manual soft tissue techniques are used. Documentation is done to record muscular pain and restrictions, postural distortions, fascial adhesions, and the effects of stress on the body. Small business start-up and management provide a foundation for entrepreneurs. All National Massage Therapist Certification requirements are met for eligibility for the National Massage Certification Exam. Therapists may find opportunities to work in a variety of settings. Most opportunities are with private business.

Program Accreditation:
Our students are qualified to sit for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. The national testing board reviewed our program to allow our students to sit for the test. The LSC massage program has been approved for credit by the Minnesota State University and College System after an extensive review process.

Program outcomes include:
• The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and ability to observe and assess the client's musculoskeletal, connective tissue, and lymphatic systems.
• Propose and implement a treatment plan based on the clients goals.
• Observe and document the client's response to the treatment (including muscular pain and restrictions, postural distortions, fascial adhesions, edema, and the effects of stress on the body).
• Meet the requirements for and be prepared to take the National Massage Certification Exam.
• Produce a comprehensive personalized business plan for starting, managing, and promoting a massage practice.
• Demonstrate comfort with ethical issues of running a business and working hands-on in this intimate manner.
• Demonstrate the ability to adapt massage techniques to pregnant, geriatric, infant, and athletic populations.
• Demonstrate self-awareness and the theoretical understanding of how to prevent therapist injury and burnout.
• Demonstrate a professional level of understanding of human pathology to recognize massage contraindications and cautions.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
ALTH14301First Aid & CPR/AED for Health Care ProfessionalsThis course is designed for those pursuing a health care occupation. It covers the basic steps of recognizing and caring for cardiac arrest with one and two rescuer CPR, automatic external defibrillation, bag mask ventilation, and obstructed airway techniques on adults, children and infants. The basics of first aid, medical emergencies, injury emergencies and environmental emergencies will be covered. After successful completion of all skills and written exams, the student will receive certification in CPR/AED (health care professional level) and First Aid. (Prerequisites: None) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10042Massage Therapy PathologyThis course covers the basic pathophysiology of the major body systems and organs as they apply to massage therapy. Mental health is also discussed in relationship to appropriate care by the massage therapist. Universal precautions are covered. The role of a massage therapist involved with the care of clients who may have common diseases are covered. Systemic contraindications, local contraindications and cautions that influence massage are covered. (Prerequisites: College level reading and writing. Acceptance into Massage Therapist program) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10303Massage Therapy Anatomy I, Physiology, and KinesiologyThis course is a study of the structure and function of human organ systems as they apply to the service of massage therapy. This course is presented simultaneously with MTP1034 as a complement to the hands on learning in MTP1034. All organ systems are covered with special emphasis on the muscular, skeletal, lymphatic and integumentary systems. This course also covers the basic structure and function of the joints, muscles, nerves, and other connective tissues that cause movement and control posture in the human body as they apply to massage therapy. General physics principles including levers, planes and axis are covered. The interactions of the muscle/bone connections and the forces needed to produce movement are taught. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Massage Therapy Program.) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10321Introduction to Massage and Swedish MassageThis course covers proper body and hand mechanics, draping, equipment set up, and care. Basic principles and benefits of massage are covered. Swedish Massage principles and the five classic Swedish strokes are practiced. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Massage Therapy Program. (.5 hr lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10341Massage Therapy Business Start-up, Management & Ethics IThis course covers professional behavior and standards, ethical and legal practice as it applies to massage therapy. Course topics covered are: how to manage time and communicate professionally, appropriate responses to client behaviors, didactic and role playing, documentation, licensure, national certification, professional organizations, malpractice insurance, sexuality, cultural diversity, and hospice concept. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Massage Therapy Program.) (1 hr lec/0 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10361Massage Therapy Hydrotherapy and Adjunct TherapiesThis course covers client positioning with the use of bolsters, pillows, special tilt, cut-out and firm massage tables, use of hot packs (superficial heat) and cold packs or ice (cryotherapy). Students will learn to make professional judgment about the application of the appropriate modality for each client situation. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Massage Therapy Program.) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10381Massage Therapy Deep Tissue IThe principles, protocol therapy, techniques and body mechanics of Deep Tissue are introduced and practiced. How the tissues experience pain, tissue healing, and tissue textures are learned. In depth client histories and charting are practiced. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Massage Therapy Program.) (.5 hr lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10404Full Body Massage and Chair MassageMassage techniques are applied sequentially t the back, neck and head, posterior legs/pelvis, anterior torso, face, arms and anterior legs. Pathology of each area is discussed including: function, positioning, appropriate strokes, ethical situations, and the appropriate draping. Concurrently the students are gradually led to the application of professionalism, legal issues, and documentation a they apply to stress reduction massage. The learned sequence is performed on the public in open clinics. On-site chair massage is taught and practiced in lab. Upon mastery, on-site chair massage is offered to the public and the community. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Massage Therapy Program.) (2 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10421Massage Therapy Somatic Muscle Release and Postural NormalizationThe relationship of the mind's control of muscles and the resulting posture are taught. Instructions in somatic releases for each body section are practiced. The importance of client education is stressed with the responsibility of the client to participate in their well-being. Postural analysis is taught. Students learn definitions, identification and therapeutic interventions of the three major muscular reflexes at stress in humans as described by Dr. Thomas Hanna. Distinguishing chronic muscular pain and postural distortions as caused by structural imbalances vs. functional imbalances is explored. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Massage Therapy Program.) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10441Massage Therapy Anatomy IIThis course is taught concurrently with MTP 1046 to deepen anatomical knowledge needed for mastery of Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy. As regions of the body are covered in MTP 1046 a review of the muscles addressed in those areas is performed. Additional muscles in jaw, throat, forearms, and leg are learned. The microanatomy of muscle tissue and connective tissue are learned to enable a deeper understanding of trigger point physiology and scar tissue formation. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester.) (.5 hr lec/1 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10463Massage Therapy Deep Tissue II and Neuromuscular TherapyThe theory, techniques and applications of deep tissue therapy are taught including deep work on the muscles and fascia, methods of tension release, and the injury repair process. Techniques to release adhesions, restore circulation, and rehydrate dry, fibrous tissues are covered. Causes of stress are discussed and their relationship to chronic tension are related to Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT). The stress-tension-pain cycle is taught. Deep Tissue (DT) therapy employs friction, pressure and vigorous cross fiber stroking. Expanded and more detailed interview and assessment techniques are reviewed. Factors that influence health vs. illness are taught. The Dysfunction Theory and formation of trigger points with review of muscle cell activity is taught. Joint mobilization and stretching and discerning the appropriateness for DT/NMT are taught. Students learn in depth interview skills. Working with pressure scales and the importance of client/therapist communication is covered. Development of treatment plans are taught, and how and when to make a referral. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester.) (1 hr lec/4 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10481Pregnancy and Infant MassageThis course covers positioning and cautions for massage of pregnant clients. Each trimester is presented. Massage during labor is presented also. Massage for newborns and infants is learned and practiced. Special massage skills involving positioning, strokes, pathology, documentation, and contraindications and cautions are included. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester.) (.5 hr lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10502Lymphatic and Senior MassageThis course covers the protocol and techniques for a full body one-hour lymphatic drainage massage. The anatomy and physiology of the lymph system is learned. Senior massage on the medically fragile older client is learned and practiced. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester.) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10522Sports and Stone MassageThis course teaches the special needs of athletes. Pre-event and post-event massage is covered. Common training injuries are discussed along with appropriate massage interventions. Hot Stone massage is presented and practiced. Protocol and cautions are learned. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester.) (1 hr lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10541Massage Therapy Eastern Healing and Modality OverviewThis course covers the history and philosophical approach of Eastern medicine. The location and interrelationship of the meridians is learned. An overview of five general classifications of healing/bodywork is covered. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester.) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10561Massage Therapy Awareness and Injury Prevention IThis course teaches the importance of self-awareness and self-care. Body mechanics are emphasized. Yoga, somatic stretches and relaxation techniques are taught. There are discussions about stress causing events. Students have the opportunity to gain self-knowledge and self-awareness both physically and mentally. This course aims to develop student maturity and self-understanding. (Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Massage Therapy Program.) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10581Massage Therapy Awareness and Injury Prevention IIThis course continues teaching the importance of self-awareness and self-care. Body mechanics are emphasized. Yoga, somatic stretches and relaxation techniques are taught. There are discussions about stress causing events. Students have the opportunity to gain self-knowledge and self-awareness both physically and mentally. This course aims to develop student maturity and self-understanding. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester.) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
MTP10603Massage Therapy Business Start-up, Management, and Ethics IIThis course covers the principles of a massage small business start-up. Development of a business plan, a logo, business cards and brochures is included. The importance of marketing is taught. The statistics of small business successes are taught. The importance of keeping records is covered. Differences between contract working, being an employee and ownership are compared. Topics covered include: goal setting, strategic planning, self management, time management, barriers to success, image, financing, location, setting fees, choosing advisors, retirement planning, policies, marketing and client retention as they related to massage therapy. The student produces a comprehensive business plan. The ethics of massage therapy and running a business are discussed. Visits to area massage therapy clinics are common. Public speaking is studied and practiced in class. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester.) (3 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)

Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

You will need a recent physical examination including current immunizations and current Mantoux. Current certification in American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer may be substituted for ALTH1430. The certification must be valid when applying for graduation and at graduation. Background study approval is required from the State of Minnesota and/or Wisconsin.