Academics

TM 100 INTRODUCTION TO MASSAGE THERAPY

0.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to introduce students to the massage therapy profession and the role of the massage therapist as a member of a team of health care providers. Basic principles and techniques of massage therapy will be presented, and basic massage therapy strokes will be presented and practiced.


TM 110 INTRODUCTION TO MASSAGE THERAPY AND BODYWORK

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to introduce students to the profession of massage therapy. An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of massage therapy will be presented. Basic Swedish Massage therapy strokes will be demonstrated and practiced as well as draping and use of oils and lotions.


TM 111 FUNDAMENTAL MASSAGE TECHNIQUES

2.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a presentation of classic Swedish Massage to relax the musculature as well as increase the blood and lymphatic flow throughout the body. Basic traditional massage techniques, proper body mechanics, and standard precautions for the massage therapist are discussed and practiced. Course content is integrated and concepts applied with hands-on laboratory experiences, including: practicing massage techniques with varying depth and pressure for appropriate treatment of all body areas including endangerment sites on classmates, note documentation, treatment planning and time management. Benefits and commonly encountered contraindications of massage are identified and discussed.

Pre-requisite: Admission to Massage Therapy Program, successful completion of TM 100 with an "S" and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better


TM 112 APPLIED ANATOMY FOR THE BODYWORKER

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course examines musculoskeletal anatomy. Students will learn principles of palpation of joints and muscles, identify endangerment sites related to massage therapy. Course content is lecture integrated with hands-on laboratory experiences, including use of low fidelity models or manikins. Additionally the lymphatic system will be presented and discussed.

Pre-requisite: Admission to Massage Therapy Program, successful completion of TM 100 with an "S" and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better


TM 113 PROFESSIONAL ISSUES FOR THE BODYWORKER

2.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course focuses on national, state and local standards for the professional practice of a massage therapist, when providing service to clients and collaborating with other health care practitioners or providers in meeting needs for clientele. Additionally, this course provides an introduction to business operations of a massage therapy practice, including being employed within a healthcare organization or medical practice, as an independent contractor, or a small business owner.

Pre-requisite: Admission to Massage Therapy Program, successful completion of TM 100 with an "S" and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better


TM 114 PATHOLOGY, DOCUMENTATION, AND TERMINOLOGY FOR THE BODYWORKER

2.5 Credit Hours (OC)
In this course students will review physiologic and pathological conditions commonly presented by clients and confronted by massage therapists. In addition, students will learn medical terminology by which to recognize conditions, carefully evaluate and accurately document client health history.

Pre-requisite: Admission to Massage Therapy Program, successful completion of TM 100 with an "S" and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better


TM 115 CONCEPTS OF HOLISTIC HEALTH

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person: body, mind and spirit. The many facets of health and wellness and their relationship to massage therapy and the massage therapist are explored. Stress management and core strengthening for the massage therapist is emphasized. Integrating conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health and to prevent and treat disease will be introduced.

Pre-requisite: Admission to Massage Therapy Program, successful completion of TM 100 with an "S" and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better


TM 116 PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE BODYWORKER

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to prepare the student for positive therapeutic relationships with clients. Professional ethics, boundaries, and interpersonal skills will be discussed.

Pre-requisite: Admission to the program


TM 120 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course requires the massage student to engage extensively in critical thinking, safety, assessment, and documentation. In an outreach setting, supervised by faculty, students will apply the massage principles, demonstrate technique and skills, and adhere to procedures for massage professionals, while independently massaging clients and massage professionals within the community. Additionally, the students will demonstrate their knowledge while engaging in practice exams, to better prepare for the state licensing exam.

Pre-requisite: Completion of TM 111 and TM 112 with a "C" or better


TM 121 ADDRESSING THE MUSCLE

2.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course reviews the specific therapeutic massage techniques incorporated in accessing the deep layers via manual manipulation, including mobilization, stretching, and hydrotherapy. Course content is integrated and concepts applied with hands-on laboratory experiences to include practicing and demonstrating massage techniques on classmates.

Pre-requisite: Completion of TM 111 and TM 112 with a grade of "C" or better


TM 123 MASSAGE THERAPY TECHNIQUES, VARIATIONS, AND APPLICATIONS

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course teaches students to apply massage technique variations including muscle/soft tissue manipulation, meridian points, and/or energy work. Course content is integrated and concepts applied with hands-on laboratory experiences to include practicing and demonstrating massage techniques on classmates.

Pre-requisite: TM 111 and TM 112 both with a grade of "C" or better


TM 125 APPLIED KINESIOLOGY FOR THE BODYWORKER

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to give students a basic knowledge of movement and the interrelationship of the neurological, muscular, and skeletal systems. Through both lecture and laboratory experiences, students will learn the skills of manual muscle testing as well as movement analysis. Course content is integrated and concepts applied with hands-on laboratory experiences to include practicing and demonstrating techniques on classmates.

Pre-requisite: TM 111 and TM 112 with a grade of "C" or better


TM 126 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to prepare the massage therapist student to transition to professional practice. Professionalism, career options and planning will be discussed. History of massage as it relates to massage today, professional associations, continuing education and the value of research in the profession will also be discussed. Additionally, this course will focus on preparation for licensing examination. The students will review concepts and demonstrate knowledge while engaging in practice exams, to prepare for the state licensing exam.

Pre-requisite: Admission to the program


TM 127 THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE CLINICAL

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course applies the principles, techniques, and procedures practiced and learned in the classroom and lab to members of the community in a clinical setting. Under the direction of the clinical supervisor, students are expected to review client intake information to determine possible indications or contraindications for a massage; demonstrate professional behavior, abide by ethical and legal principles, use professional client/therapist communication skills, utilize proper draping techniques and implement safety and sanitary precautions while performing a therapeutic Swedish massage technique, and properly document the session in the client's record.

Pre-requisite: TM 111 and TM 112 with a grade of "C" or better


TM 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department. A final written report is also submitted to the faculty member by the student. This course is repeatable up to a total of 5.0 credit hours.

Pre-requisite: Department approval