MT Curriculum

Textbooks

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Learning Outcomes

Upon Completion of the UWS Massage Therapy program you will:

  • Be prepared to take the Massage Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx)
  • Be employable in the field of massage therapy
  • Demonstrate scientific and technical knowledge of massage therapy and its effects on the human body
  • Apply appropriate massage techniques for both therapeutic and wellness outcomes
  • Establish, communicate and re-evaluate a plan of care for both wellness and therapeutic massage sessions
  • Demonstrate awareness of appropriate massage business principles and professionalism
  • Comply with established professional standards of ethics
  • Demonstrate appropriate body mechanics for the safe delivery of both therapeutic and wellness massage
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate self-care strategies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the evidence base supporting the use of massage in preventative and rehabilitative healthcare
  • Demonstrate basic research literacy

Quarter 1

MSG 1109 - Clinic I – Intro to Clinic .5 credits 15 hours

Prerequisites:  None

In the first quarter of the program, students integrate and refine skills acquired in Q1 courses and prepare for Clinic II in which therapeutic massage treatments are available to the general public. Students become familiar with the aspects necessary in the giving of a safe, effective, and relaxing massage including all aspects of the therapeutic session, and clinic operations.

Hours: 0 lecture - 15 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: P/F

BIO 1121 - Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture 2 credits 22 hours

This is the first of a three-part sequence to cover the basic structure and function of the human body. Particular attention will be paid to body organization, cell structure and function, tissues and membranes, and the skeletal and muscular systems.

Hours: 22 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

BIO 1122 - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 credits 22 hours

Lab time for Anatomy and Physiology I will include palpation, use of model skeletons and clay for building muscles as well as observation of prosected human cadavers with a focus on tissues, membranes, and the skeletal and muscular systems.

Hours: 0 lecture - 22 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: p/f

BIO 1123 - Medical Terminology 1 credits 11 hours

Massage therapists working in a healthcare setting need to be familiar with medical terminology that is commonly used. Greek and Latin root words and prefixes and suffixes are taught in this course. The basic rules behind defining and building medical words and the pronunciation of those words are covered.

Hours: 11 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

MSG 1124 - Communication and Ethics 3 credits 33 hours

This course emphasizes written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills and involves issues around massage therapist-client interaction as well as inter-professional communication (e.g. physicians, physical therapists, etc.). Ethical topics include boundaries, HIPAA regulations, special needs clients, sexual harassment, and licensing guidelines/responsibilities.

Hours: 33 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

MSG 1125 - Kinesiology I 2 credits 33 hours

This is the first of a two-part course that gives students a basic understanding of how the body moves focusing on muscle groups, joints, ligaments and their actions. Students will learn the structure and function of joints and their classification and function. Students will learn to locate the origins, insertions and actions of the muscles as well as endangerment sites. This course teaches palpation techniques and range of motion principles, which are integral to massage therapy.

Hours: 11 lecture - 22 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

MSG 1126 - Wellness and Relaxation Massage 3 credits 44 hours

This course teaches foundational massage skills. Students will learn pre-massage procedures, techniques for performing wellness/relaxation-focused chair and table massage, and skills for completing the massage session. Students will learn how to integrate wellness and relaxation techniques into every massage session. Students will also learn how stress affects the body and identify effective stress management techniques to enhance their personal wellness and the wellness of their patients

Hours: 22 lecture - 22 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

Quarter 2

BIO 2121 - Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture 2 credits 22 hours

Prerequisites: AP I Lecture and  AP I Lab

This is the second part of a three-part course covering the structure and function of the human body and covers the integumentary, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic and immune systems as well as discussion of HIV/AIDS. Lab time will include palpation, use of model skeletons and clay for building muscles as well as observation of prosected human cadavers.

Hours: 22 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

MSG 2121 - Fundamentals of Treatment Based Massage 2.5 credits 44 hours

Prerequisites: MSG 1126 Wellness and Relaxation Massage

This course is designed to introduce students to the assessment and treatment of connective tissues of the body, including myofasical tissues.  Students will learn assessment and massage techniques that support the treatment of dysfunction and pain.  Students will practice critical thinking skills, perform connective tissue therapies and learn self-care techniques.

Hours: 11 lecture - 33 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

BIO 2122 - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 credits 22 hours

Prerequisites: AP I Lecture  and AP I Lab

Lab time for Anatomy and Physiology II will include palpation, use of model skeletons and clay for building muscles as well as observation of prosected human cadavers with a focus on integumentary, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic and immune systems.

Hours: 0 lecture - 22 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: P/F

MSG 2123 - Kinesiology II 2 credits 33 hours

Prerequisites: Kinesiology I

Students continue learning about body movement and palpation of joints and muscles as well as muscle length/strength testing.

Hours: 11 lecture - 22 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

BIO 2124 - Pathology 3 credits 33 hours

In order to practice massage safely and effectively, students are taught to assess indications and contraindications for massage with regard to disease, surgery, trauma, pain and the issues of sanitation and hygiene surrounding these conditions. Students will learn to modify session plans to accommodate clients with certain conditions. Signs and symptoms of disease, their modes of transmission and general sanitation recommendations will be taught using the Communicable Disease Guidelines for Massage Practitioners.

Hours: 33 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

MSG 2127 - Clinic II 1 credits 35 hours

Prerequisites:  Clinic I

In quarters 2-4, students perform massages on members of the general public in one of the university’s integrated health centers. Students use the skills learned in courses such as interviewing clients, recording chart notes, performing physical assessments, and forming treatment plans. A licensed Massage Therapist, or other appropriately credentialed, licensed healthcare provider, will supervise all student-delivered massages.

Hours: 0 lecture - 0 lab - 35 clinic
Grading: P/F

Quarter 3

MSG 3105 - Massage for Cancer Patients 2 credits 20 hours

Prerequisites: Pathology, Massage I

The use of complementary medicine in conjunction with allopathic treatments for cancer patients is on the rise. This course prepares the student for integrative medicine programs where they can use massage on patients in hospitals or hospice who are experiencing chronic pain, side effects caused by chemotherapy and radiation, and chronic diseases that get poor results with standard medicine. Massage students discuss the emotional and psychological aspects of cancer as well, including practitioner self-care.

Hours: 20 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: p/f

BIO 3120 - Anatomy and Physiology III Lecture 2 credits 22 hours

Prerequisites: AP I and II

This is the third part of a three-part sequence covering the structure and function of the human body which covers the digestive, endocrine, genitourinary, and fascial systems.

Hours: 22 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G

BIO 3121 - Anatomy and Physiology III Lab 1 credits 22 hours

Prerequisites: AP II Lecture and AP II Lab

Lab time for Anatomy and Physiology III will include use of palpation, model skeletons and clay for building muscles as well as observation of prosected human cadavers with a focus on the digestive, endocrine, genitourinary and fascial systems and a musculoskeletal review.

Hours: 0 lecture - 22 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: P/F

MSG 3125 - Clinic III 1.5 credits 55 hours

Prerequisites: Clinic II

In quarters 2-4, students perform massages on members of the general public in one of the university’s integrated health centers. Students use the skills learned in courses such as interviewing clients, recording chart notes, performing physical assessments, and forming treatment plans. A licensed Massage Therapist, or other appropriately credentialed, licensed healthcare provider, will supervise all student-delivered massages.

 

Hours: 0 lecture - 0 lab - 55 clinic
Grading: P/F

MSG 3126 - Treatment Based Massage for Specific Conditions 2.5 credits 44 hours

Prerequisite: MSG 2121 Fundamentals of Treatment Based Massage

This course is designed to teach students how to apply treatment-based massage techniques to selected specific medical conditions, within a client centered therapy session. Students will practice critical thinking skills, treatment planning, treatment protocols and client/self-care.

Hours: 11 lecture - 33 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

MSG 3127 - Sports and Rehabilitation Massage 2.5 credits 44 hours

Learn the fundamentals of massage and bodywork techniques used in the field of athletics, and assessment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Topics include event based massage, physiology of tissue injury and healing, hydrotherapy, topical analgesics, kinesiology taping, functional assessments, common athletic injuries and other sports related pathologies. Explore current topics in the field of sports massage and gain valuable hands-on experience in the field.

Hours: 11 lecture - 33 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

Quarter 4

MSG 4105 - Professional Development Seminar 1 credits 16 hours

In addition to business operations, massage therapy students will learn how to build a resume, market themselves, and manage their time. Other topics include the role of professional associations for massage therapists; skill development through continuing education and advanced training programs.

Hours: 16 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

MSG 4123 - Business Management 4 credits 44 hours

Students learn basic business and accounting practices, insurance billing, bookkeeping, income reporting, obtaining liability insurance, credentialing requirements, and other topics that are important in establishing and operating a massage therapy practice, or forming a partnership or contract with a corporation. Students will make a business plan including the legal requirements and tax structure of owning a small business.

Hours: 44 lecture - 0 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

MSG 4125 - Clinic IV 1.5 credits 55 hours

Prerequisites: Clinic III

In quarters 2-4, students perform massages on members of the general public in one of the university’s integrated health centers. Students use the skills learned in courses such as interviewing clients, recording chart notes, performing physical assessments, and forming treatment plans. A licensed Massage Therapist, or other appropriately credentialed, licensed healthcare provider, will supervise all student-delivered massages.

 

Hours: 0 lecture - 0 lab - 55 clinic
Grading: P/F

MSG 4126 - Massage Capstone 1.5 credits 22 hours

Prerequisites:  Ortho/Sports/Rehab, Kinesiology II, Clinic III

Students will demonstrate their preparedness for taking and passing licensure and certification examinations (both written and practical). Students will evaluate their personal learning styles and develop individualized plans for study.

Hours: 11 lecture - 11 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: P/F

MSG 4127 - Survey of Modalities 1.5 credits 22 hours

Prerequisites: Pathology, Massage I

This is an overview and introduction to a number of different massage modalities which are not covered in the core curriculum.

Hours: 11 lecture - 11 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: g

MSG 4128 - Massage for Special Populations 2.5 credits 33 hours

Students will be introduced to safe and effective methods for working with selected special populations including pregnant women, infants, geriatrics, PTSD and post-surgery patients, as well as medically complex clients such as those suffering from MS, Parkinson’s, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease. Students will learn about the use of massage in hospital settings, common medications, classes of drugs and the science behind chronic pain. (22+11) Prerequisites: Wellness and Relaxation Massage, FTBM, Communication and Ethics

Hours: 22 lecture - 11 lab - 0 clinic
Grading: G