Minnesota State College Southeast
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Massage Therapist

A caring, professional career choice in human services.

 

Massage Therapist - Diploma

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Massage Therapist - 36 credit Diploma
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Note

Students are required to obtain a CPR Certificate prior to Student Clinic Wisconsin students need 8 hours of adult CPR and standard first aid

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer requirement
Choose digital literacy courses totaling 3 credits. View the available Digital Literacy courses.
3 cr
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) English or Communications course.
2 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
BIOL1200
Human Biology
Human Biology is a one-semester survey of general human function and interactions in a biological world. Cell and organ system functions are described in the context of normal health. The course introduces the study of human anatomy, physiology, development, and heredity. (MnTC Goal 3) (Prerequisite: none) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
 
11 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
THPY1400
Swedish Massage & Massage Ethics
This course provides students with an in depth knowledge of Swedish Massage techniques. Emphasis is on the application of the five basic Swedish Massage strokes and their variations. Students will be taught proper draping, positioning, and client feedback techniques used in giving a professional Swedish Massage. A variety of topics on Massage ethics will be discussed/studied. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
THPY1404
Professional Ethics
This course provides students with an in depth knowledge of professional ethical standards. (Prerequisite: None) (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
THPY1410
Kinesiology
This course teaches students to identify the locations and movements of the skeletal muscles. Students will be taught to identify muscle origins and insertions using specific bony landmarks as points of anatomical reference. The student will learn to identify and describe the movement of each muscle and be familiar with their nerve enervation. (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
THPY1415
Advanced Massage & Integrated Therapies
This course prepares massage students to execute advanced massage techniques using stretching, range of motion and controlled breath. In the second half of the class, students will be introduced to the basics of a variety of popular massage modalities. Students will learn the principles and foundation of various bodywork techniques. This class will acquaint students with the endless possibilities of massage specialties and help students narrow down their future area of expertise. (Prerequisite: THPY1400) (3 credits: 1 lecture/2 lab).

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3 cr
THPY1424
Sports Massage and Pathology
This course covers the fundamentals of sports massage and related pathology. Students will be taught to do sport specific pre and post event sports massage using a variety of innovative techniques. Muscle function and stretching will be used to increase athletic performance and muscle recovery time. Pathology of the athlete will be addressed along with specific strategies to address athletic injuries. Pathology of other body systems will also be addressed. (Prerequisites: THPY1400) (Prerequisite or concurrent: THPY1410 and THPY1415) (4 credits: 3 lec/1 lab)

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4 cr
THPY1425
Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy
This course prepares the massage student to apply deep muscular therapy techniques. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge of muscle attachment sites and evaluation of the client's muscle tissue. Individual muscles will be massaged with a variety of deep tissue techniques. (Prerequisite: THPY1400) (Prerequisite or concurrent: THPY1410) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
THPY1436
Student Clinic
This course provides students with an opportunity to develop the practical skills necessary to administer a professional one-hour full body massage. Each student will perform at least 60 massages in the school massage clinic. This course provides students with an opportunity to develop the practical skills needed to work as a professional Massage Therapist. One class time will be scheduled to prepare the student to begin their professional massage practicum. (Prerequisite: THPY 1400, THPY1404, THPY1425, THPY 1454) (Prerequisite or concurrent: THPY1410, THPY1415, THPY1424, THPY1440, THPY1447, and BIOL2500 or BIOL2511) (2 credit: 0 lecture/2 lab)

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2 cr
THPY1440
Preparation for National Exam
This course is designed to teach the student how to study for the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Students will review all areas tested on the national exam. Students will identify the areas in which they need the most review and use outside texts to help them maximize their learning potential. Students will be encouraged to apply to take the National Certification Examination after they receive their diploma or certificate. (Prerequisites: THPY1404, THPY1425) (Prerequisites or concurrent: THPY1410, THPY1415, THPY1424, THPY1440, THPY1447, and BIOL2500 or BIOL2511) (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
THPY1442
Special Populations
This course teaches the student techniques to help relieve discomforts of pre-natal and postpartum women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. Different positioning techniques are taught. The course also prepares the student for the different skills and techniques needed to address the geriatric population and person with disabilities. (Prerequisite: THPY 1400) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
THPY1447
Business Development for Massage Practice
This business development class will introduce the Massage Therapist to the business aspects of running a massage practice. Topics include scheduling, budgeting, bookkeeping, marketing, advertising and massage related business issues. This course will detail client/therapist business concerns and help to prepare each student to identify and solve these concerns in a professional manor. (Prerequisites: THPY1400, THPY1404) (2 credit: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
THPY1454
Seated Chair Massage
This course will prepare the massage student to perform skilled seated chair massage therapy in either a work or privated practice environment. Course will include 16 hours of on-site massage work at approved locations. (Prerequisite or concurrent: THPY1400) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
 
25 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 36


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$7,005
Minimum Tool Cost:$457
Books/Supplies:$950
Estimated Total:$8,412
 

 



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