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2014-15 Academic Catalog 
2014-15 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Massage Therapy - INHM.AS

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Please note: All students who wish to enter the Massage Therapy Program must complete the Certificate of Completion in Massage Therapy  first and then can elect to complete the Associate of Science degree in Massage Therapy the following year.

Massage Therapy is a personal health service that provides a variety of health and wellness benefits to consumers. The two major benefits of receiving massage therapy are stress reduction, including prevention of stress-related disease, and pain relief for management of orthopedic conditions and injury recovery. The Massage Therapy program, stresses learning both the art and science of massage therapy. Students gain knowledge of anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and pathology as they relate to therapeutic massage. Students in the program will study relaxation massage, deep tissue and rehabilitative massage, seated massage, and Asian bodywork. Students work in the on-campus clinic to gain practical experience.  For more information about the STCC Massage Therapy Clinic click here. 

The program prepares students for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for National Certification as Massage Therapists. Graduates work in private practice, day spas, medical and chiropractic offices, and in geriatric care settings.

The Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure grants graduate licenses to practice in the state of Massachusetts. Requirement and fees for licensure can be reviewed at their website: http://www.mass.gov.ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/mt/

Programmatic Technical Standard (PDF)

Upon the successful completion of the program requirements, the degree of Associate in Science in Massage Therapy will be awarded.

Applying to this Program

Application requirements include completion of high school biology and algebra 2. Prerequisite to the program BIOL-148 - Basics of Anatomy and Physiology . Students must receive a minimum grade of B- (80%) or better in all department courses, noted with the prefix INHC and HCAR-350 - Pathological Conditions .

All accepted students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information or other check.

Applying for Re-Admission to this Program

Students who leave this health program before completing it may apply for re-admission.  Click here  for information about the re-admission policy and process.

Massage Therapy Program Goals

  1. Knowledge of exemplary professional and ethical standards of practice in the field of massage therapy.
  2. Knowledge of the importance and methods of promoting the safety and health benefits of the applications of massage therapy.
  3. Training in the proper performance of current massage modalities used in the practice of clinical massage therapy.
  4. Knowledge of the indications, contraindications, applications and physiological effects of massage on the human body needed in current clinical practice.
  5. Development of reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that graduates need to demonstrate competency in the field, to continue their education and interpret and perform research in the field of massage therapy.
  6. Knowledge of the components of a wellness model of health and health care and their importance in the field of massage therapy.

(INHM.AS) Curriculum

Total (INHM.AS) Curriculum Program Credits: 61

Department Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Bernadette Della Bitta Nicholson Faculty/Department Chair 20/302N 413-755-4885 nicholson@stcc.edu

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