Therapeutic Massage

Curriculum Description

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 include hospitals/rehabilitation centers, health departments, home health, medical offices, nursing homes, spas/health/sports clubs, and private practice. Graduates may be eligible to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam. 

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 the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A45750
NC CIP: 51.3501
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2019

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 0 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
MTH 110 Fundamentals of Massage 6 9 3 10
MTH 125 Ethics of Massage 2 0 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 12
Lab/Shop Hours: 9
Clinical/WBL Hours: 3
Credit Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MED 121 Medical Terminology I REVISED REQUISITE Requisite 3 0 0 3
MTH 120 Ther Massage Applications Requisite 6 9 3 10
MTH 121 Clinical Supplement I Requisite 0 0 3 1
MTH 130 Therapeutic Massage Mgmt Requisite 2 0 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 11
Lab/Shop Hours: 9
Clinical/WBL Hours: 6
Credit Hours: 16

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PSY 150 General Psychology REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 163
OR
Basic Anat & Physiology REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 4 2 0 5
BIO 168
AND
Anatomy and Physiology I REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (3) (3) (0) (4)
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (3) (3) (0) (4)
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
___ ___ English 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 10
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 11

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MTH 210 Adv Skills of Massage Requisite 4 9 3 8
MTH 221 Clinical Supplement II Requisite 0 0 6 2
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 1 2 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 5
Lab/Shop Hours: 11
Clinical/WBL Hours: 9
Credit Hours: 12

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BUS 152 Human Relations 3 0 0 3
MTH 220 Outcome-Based Massage Requisite 4 6 3 7
WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I 0 0 10 1
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Comprehensive Articulation Agreement ** ** 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 7
Lab/Shop Hours: 6
Clinical/WBL Hours: 13
Credit Hours: 14

Total Credit Hours: 69

Legend

  • : 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)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

English – Select one: COM 120, COM 231, ENG 112, ENG 114, ENG 115

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.

** Hours will vary depending on course selection

Additional admissions requirements:

  1. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate
  2. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form
  3. Completion of Therapeutic Massage Bodywork Documentation Form
  4. For complete list of requirements, contact the Program Coordinator.

Program Information
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:

  1. The employment of fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in obtaining or attempting to obtain a license or the renewal of a license.
  2. The use of drugs or intoxicating liquors to an extent that affects professional competency.
  3. Conviction of an offense under any municipal, state or federal narcotic or controlled substance law until proof of rehabilitation can be established.
  4. Conviction of a felony or other public offense involving moral turpitude until proof of rehabilitation can be established.
  5. An adjudication of insanity or incompetency until proof of recovery from the condition can be established.
  6. Practice as a licensee under this Article without a valid certificate or renewal.

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.

 

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