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: MASSAGE THERAPY'S EVOLVING ROLE IN HEALTHCARE
In order to support the developing identity of the student as a health care provider, the role of massage therapy within the greater context of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is discussed. Examples of various CAM/P modalities are presented to orient the student to the diverse classifications within the field of massage therapy and bodywork.
: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
An understanding of basic medical terminology is necessary for any education in the health sciences. Students will learn general medical terminology related to anatomy, physiology, pathology, treatments and medical specialties, including basic Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes. The online course will utilize written assignments, discussion forums and exams. Methods to analyze word structure as opposed to mere memorization of words serve as a foundation for this course.
Students are introduced to common dysfunctions of the human body as a result of disease or injury. The course examines common causes of pathological conditions as well as methods to limit disease transmission. Representative signs, symptoms and treatment options are emphasized. In addition, specific implications for bodywork will be discussed where applicable.
: PRE-CLINIC WORKSHOP
This course prepares students for their upcoming clinic internship experience, emphasizing effective communication, interviewing, closing the session, creating and implementing optimal treatment plans, electronic health records, HIPAA training, body awareness and self-care. Simulation exercises and role playing will be utilized to give students experience managing common scenarios, as well as more challenging scenarios they will face in the clinic environment.
: PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT
This course explores personal and professional strengths to develop the student’s unique business identity. Students develop a clear and concise resume, cover letter, effective interviewing skills and a professional mission statement. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to compete in today’s job market.
: CLINICAL MASSAGE
This course provides advanced rehabilitative theory and technical skills to work with clients experiencing myofascial pain symptoms of the upper body. Techniques will focus on Trigger Point Therapy and Cross Fiber Friction, with emphasis on developing a basic treatment protocol. Students will expand their anatomical knowledge and palpation skills in the context of rehabilitative massage. Assessment and rehabilitation of soft tissue structures and related symptomologies of the upper body provide the focus for this course. In addition to laboratory sessions, learners engage in practice massage sessions outside scheduled class hours. Advanced SOAP note charting skills are emphasized.
: REHABILITATIVE MASSAGE 2
This course provides advanced rehabilitative theory and technical skills to work with clients experiencing myofascial pain symptoms of the lower body. Techniques continue to focus on Trigger Point Therapy and Cross Fiber Friction, with emphasis on refining the treatment protocol and palpation skills for assessment of changes within the soft tissue. In addition to laboratory sessions, learners engage in practice massage sessions outside of scheduled class hours. The student will demonstrate clinical reasoning skills through SOAP documentation and creation of a treatment plan based on anatomy, physiology and the presenting client condition.
: RELAXATION MASSAGE 1
Students learn techniques for a full-body massage, including palpation skills. Best practices are introduced in proper body mechanics, therapist self care, session management, contraindications and draping methods. Students are introduced to principles of documentation for the health care setting. In addition to classroom experience, students are required to engage in practice massage sessions outside of scheduled class hours.