The Therapeutic Massage program addresses the theory
and hands-on techniques of therapeutic massage. Massage
skills include assessment, relaxation massage,
therapeutic massage, deep tissue, sports massage,
hydrotherapies, applications for special populations
including pregnant women, children, geriatrics and the
disabled. Anatomy, physiology, disease conditions,
pharmacology and their effects on the body alone and
during massage applications are studied thoroughly, to
promote understanding of massage indications and
contraindications. Psychological and emotional issues,
legal and ethical aspects, and business development are
addressed. The program is designed to prepare you for
beginning entry into the massage profession, with an
emphasis on working within the wellness community.
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The Technical Certificate in Therapeutic Massage can
be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of
Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require
advanced education beyond the high school diploma.
Technical Certificate programs provide education in
conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations.
The program content is designed to develop competency in
the comprehension of general and technical skills.
Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading,
writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.
Completion of the Therapeutic Massage Technical
Certificate provides the student in excess of 700 hours
of training and preparation to sit for the NCBTMB
(National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and
Bodywork) National Certification Exam. Completion of the
AAS degree provides the student in excess of 1000 hours
of preparation to sit for the National Certification
Exam. Program and Employment
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs are
two-year programs that prepare students for careers,
career changes and career advancement. Students who need
to take longer to complete the degree because of job or
family obligations can take the program over a longer
period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students
for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs
offer education in recognized technical areas and
specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and
evaluation. The program content, which is approximately
30% general education and 70% professional/technical,
provides depth and breadth in conceptual and
professional/technical skills. The general education
courses equip students with the problem solving,
communications, scientific and mathematical skills to
compete successfully in the job market.
Professional/technical courses equip students with the
skills to obtain employment and to advance in the