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: CLINIC ROTATION 4: MASTERY OF CLINICAL SKILLS
Clinic Rotation 4 represents a culmination, integration and mastery of all classroom and clinical learning. Students refine their professional identity and role in the clinical environment as they master their skills and prepare to enter the profession.
: ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM
Ethics and Professionalism outlines effective communication skills needed to manage the therapeutic relationship and to work with colleagues in the health care community. This course includes topics such as professional code of ethics, scope of practice, conflict resolution, boundaries and cultural differences. Emphasis is placed on supporting the emerging therapist to create a successful career.
: FIRST AID
This is a 2 year certification course of the American Heart Association. It includes first aid basics, medical emergencies, injurty emergencies and environmental emergencies.
: FOUNDATIONS OF EVIDENCE INFORMED PRACTICE
The Foundations of Evidence Informed Practice will use a blended approach of classroom and online modules to introduce students to the basic principles of Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP). EIP is an approach that integrates clinical findings, patient preferences, research, and clinical experience (all important types of evidence) into the process of health care delivery. Students will learn the strengths and limitations of each element of the model and how to use them together to enhance clinical decision-making and patient outcomes.
: FUNDAMENTALS OF NUTRITION
This course serves as a component of self-care and effective client communication. Students examine functions in the body and food sources of various micro- and macronutrients as well as energy balance and the role of nutrition in disease states. An analysis of individual food intake and exploration of the rationale behind specific food choices is included.
Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water in any of its forms, for the treatment of illness and/or pain relief. This course will focus on the physiological effects of heat and cold on the body and address various methods of hydrotherapy that can be used within a massage therapy session. The practical application of hot and cold therapies are included.
: LEGAL ASPECTS OF THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
This course introduces the student to the legal issues that a massage therapist faces. Topics to be covered include massage therapy’s scope and standards of practice, confidentiality, management of patient health information (PHI) and license regulations required at the federal, state and local levels. The importance of professional associations and continuing education are discussed. The student will leave the course with all legal documents required by Minnesota law and documents that meet or exceed best practice standards.
: MASSAGE THERAPY FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
This course integrates the theories, principles, and techniques learned across the curriculum, from both a population and a condition perspective. The focus of the class is the critical thinking skills needed to design an individualized treatment plan to meet a client’s specific needs. Students learn and discuss the unique considerations for treating special populations, including older adults, persons with disabilities, terminal illnesses, infants and women in pregnancy. Special conditions are discussed with emphasis on considerations such as indications, contraindications, techniques, and adaptations. Topics of medications and research are also be included.