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Massage Therapy Advanced Certificate

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Advanced Massage Therapy

Advanced Certificate (AC)

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The Advanced Massage Therapy program provides the educational background required for pursuing a career as a massage therapist.  The curriculum covers the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to function as a licensed massage therapist.  The program focuses on student development in therapist-client communication, ethical massage practice, professionalism, business skills, self-care practices, and cultural competence.​

Details: Advanced Certificate (AC)

Credit Hours (CH)

Program/Plan Number

398

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

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Career Possibilities

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

 CH

Program Core Requirements

43  CH
Exrcise Sci and Sports Studies
ESSS 112
Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology 5
This course provides an organized study of human anatomy and kinesiology, the study of human movement. A working knowledge of both human anatomy and kinesiology are fundamental to student success in programs within the Exercise Science and Sports Studies (ESSS) department. Emphasis is placed on the integration of structure and function of the skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. Upon completion, students should be able to identify skeletal anatomy including bony landmarks and muscular anatomy including origins, insertions, nerve innervations, vascular supply, and action. The concepts of locomotion, biomechanics, forces and levers will be introduced and how these apply to functional movement. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Biology 116, 120, OR consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
Massage Therapy
MAS 110
Massage Therapy Practice I 5
This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and ability related to entry level massage therapy practice and giving the student a strong foundation in the basic massage techniques and palpation skills to apply this foundation to more specific and advanced massage techniques. Topics presented during this semester included the History of Massage, Touch History, Principles of Energy, Efficient Body Mechanic, Universal Precautions, Equipment and Safety, Basic Massage Techniques, Palpation Skills, Muscular System, and Origin and Insertion of Muscles. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, as part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 AND Biology 120, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MAS 111
Integration of Massage Therapy I 4
This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and ability related to entry level massage therapy practice. Topics that will be presented include Anatomy and Physiology of Basic Chemistry, Integumentary Sys-tem, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System. A thorough analysis of human muscle origins, inser-tions and muscle actions specific to a standard massage routine will be covered. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Biology 120 AND MAS 110, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MAS 120
Massage Therapy Practice II 5
This course is designed to enhance students' knowledge, skills and ability related to entry level massage therapy practice. Topics that will be presented include the effects of a massage routine on the systems of the body, therapeutic massage procedures, continued study of muscles and body landmarks, and business skills for massage therapy practice. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Biology 120 AND MAS 110, MAS 111, OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MAS 121
Integration of Massage Therapy II 4
This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and ability related to entry level massage therapy practice. Topics for this course are Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Digestive, Respiratory, Urinary and Reproductive Systems and their Pathologies as it relates to the practice of massage therapy. A thorough analysis of the human body systems for routine massage are covered. Writing assignment, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Biology 120 AND MAS 110, MAS 111, MAS 120 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MAS 210
Massage Therapy Practice III 6
This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and ability related to entry level massage therapy practice, as well as, advancing their skills to the next level. Topics that will be presented include: Therapeutic Progression, Origin and Insertion of muscles, their actions, stress factors, and trigger point therapy; Pathologies of the back, abdomen and thorax, shoulder, neck, head and face, lower extremities. The student will also learn Lymphatic Drainage, Elderly and Terminally Ill pathologies and massage techniques. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Biology 120 AND MAS 110, MAS 111, MAS 120 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MAS 211
Integration of Massage Therapy III 4
This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and ability related to entry level massage therapy practice and further their knowledge of specific pathologies with the Integumentary System. Other topics that will be presented include: the effects of a massage routine on the systems of the body, therapeutic massage procedures, continued studies of Universal Precautions regarding bodily fluids, blood; Medication and Massage; Fascia and Pain; Bone Fractures, Brain and Cranial Nerves; Pathologies of neurological diseases and the effects of massage. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Biology 120 AND MAS 210, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MAS 220
Massage Therapy Practice IV 6
This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and ability related to entry level massage therapy practice and further their knowledge in specific massage techniques for certain populations. Topics that will be presented include: Pregnancy Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Chakra Therapy, Aromatherapy, Sound Therapy and Energetic and Integrative Techniques, Asian studies of Shiatsu, Meridians, Acupressure, Lomi Lomi, Tuina, and Thai Massage. The students will prepare for professionalism, strategies to establish appropriate clientele relationship and business practices; knowledge of License Regulations, Illinois Rules and Regulation. Students will also review for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) and/or The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Exam (NCBTMB). Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Biology 120, ESSS 210 AND ESSS 211, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
MAS 221
Integration of Massage Therapy IV 4
This course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and ability related to entry level massage therapy practice and further hone their communication skills of documentation, examining case studies; knowledge of nutrition and its relationship with massage for the client; and preparing the student for the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). This course also addresses nutrition and how it affects massage therapy. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Biology 120, MAS 210, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X

Additional Requirements

 CH

Elective Program Requirements

 CH

Area of Focus

 CH

Focus Electives

 CH

 CH
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