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The Therapeutic Massage curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct client care settings to provide manipulation, methodical pressure, friction and kneading of the body for maintaining wellness or treating alterations in wellness throughout the lifespan.
Courses will include content in normal human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic massage, ethical/legal issues, business practices, nutrition and psychology.
Employment opportunities in North Carolina may be found in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health, medical offices, nursing homes, spas, health and sports clubs and private practice. Graduates may be eligible to take the National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Effective December 31, 2010, the BMBT will only accept the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).
The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.
Associate in Applied Science
NC CIP: 51.3501
POS Approved: Fall 2013
|Course||Course Title||HOURS PER WEEK|
|Class||Lab/ Shop||Clinical/ WBL||Credit|
|ACA 111||College Student Success||1||0||0||1|
|ENG 111||Expository Writing||3||0||0||3|
|MTH 110||Fundamentals of Massage||6||9||3||10|
|MTH 130||Therapeutic Massage Mgmt NEW 2013||2||0||0||2|
|MED 121||Medical Terminology I||3||0||0||3|
|MTH 120||Ther Massage Applications||6||9||3||10|
|MTH 121||Clinical Supplement I||0||0||3||1|
|MTH 125||Ethics of Massage||2||0||0||2|
|PSY 150||General Psychology||3||0||0||3|
|Basic Anat & Physiology||4||2||0||5|
|Anatomy and Physiology I||(3)||(3)||(0)||(4)|
|Anatomy and Physiology II||(3)||(3)||(0)||(4)|
|___ ___||English Option||3||0||0||3|
|BUS 152||Human Relations||3||0||0||3|
|COE 111||Co-op Work Experience I||0||0||10||1|
|MTH 210||Adv Skills of Massage||4||9||3||8|
|MTH 220||Outcome-Based Massage||4||6||3||7|
|MTH 221||Clinical Supplement II||0||0||6||2|
|___ ___||Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||**||**||0||3|
Total Credit Hours: 70
- : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
- : Local Requirement
- : Instructional Service Agreement
- : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
Additional admissions requirements:
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate
- Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form
- Completion of Therapeutic Massage Bodywork Documentation Form
- For complete list of requirements, contact the Program Coordinator.
This program has limited enrollment. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selection process.
A grade of C or better is required in all MTH courses and related courses or the student will be dismissed. Readmission may be possible but requires reapplying and approval by the college. Pursuant to General Statues 90-633. Disciplinary action. Among the reasons the North Carolina Board for Massage and Bodywork Therapy may deny, suspend, revoke, or refuse to license a massage and bodywork therapist or applicant include the following:
- The employment of fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in obtaining or attempting to obtain a license or the renewal of a license.
- The use of drugs or intoxicating liquors to an extent that affects professional competency.
- Conviction of an offense under any municipal, state or federal narcotic or controlled substance law until proof of rehabilitation can be established.
- Conviction of a felony or other public offense involving moral turpitude until proof of rehabilitation can be established.
- An adjudication of insanity or incompetency until proof of recovery from the condition can be established.
- Practice as a licensee under this Article without a valid certificate or renewal.
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Select one: ART 111, ENG 231, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 130, HUM 220, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240 or REL 110. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.
Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on www.forsythtech.edu.
** Hours will vary depending on course selection.
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