Electives

SME1330 : ADVANCED CLINICAL TRAINING: NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY & FASCIAL TECHNIQUES
3.50 credits: This course is designed to expand upon the training received in the core curriculum of Northwestern's School of Massage Therapy. A specific focus of this course is the integration of the protocol from Rehabilitative Massage 1 and 2 with NeuroMuscular Therapy (NMT) American Version TM and fascial work, offering a more cmplete technique protocol for clinical therapeutic massage. Training includes the complete NMT curriculum, as created by Judith Delaney of the NMT Center. Passing the final exams will credential you as a Certified NeuroMuscular Therapists (CNMT) through the NMT Center.
SMT2937 : ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE CLINIC EXPERIENCE
1.50 credits: This course offers an opportunity to practice in a community based clinic within an integrative health care environment. Students are exposed to various scopes of practice and approaches of the disciplines involved as well as an integrative strategy to develop a treatment plan. An important aspect of this experience is the opportunity to work both independently and within a team structure - establishing massage therapy as an important piece of the treatment plan. Assessment processes and the nuances of SOAP documentation of chiropractic, acupuncture, medicine, and health coaching are explained. Understanding diverse populations and cultures, including those underserved by conventional healthcare, is a unique element of the course. Patients present with diverse conditions, offering a challenge to the student interested in advancing and developing their clinical reasoning and hands on skills.
SME2940 : ADVANCED INTEGRATIVE CLINIC EXPERIENCE: COSTA RICA
1.00 credits: Students study abroad serving lower-income communities in Costa Rica. Massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic students provide culturally sensitive care in free or low cost clinics to underserved communities in rural Costa Rica. Patients served represent diverse populations and conditions. Application process required.
NUE1112 : ADVANCED NUTRITION
1.50 credits: This course provides students the link between nutritional and dietary principles and chronic degenerative disease. Students are introduced to macronutrient balancing, micronutrients, supplements, popular diets, and their clinical applications. They also examine the principles for the promotion of health, wellness, and longevity through diet.
SME2938 : CANCER AND MASSAGE THERAPY
1.50 credits: This course will cover cancer-related pathology, treatment side effects, massage contraindications and precautions. The benefits of massage and session adaptations for the patient with cancer are discussed. Students will learn to design a massage treatment plan based on the presentation of the patient; whether in active cancer treatment, in the advanced stages or years later in survivorship. Hands-on work to practice low impact techniques is included. Students will have the chance to practice their oncology massage intake and assessment skills by working on a client who has cancer or a history of cancer in a clinic setting followed by a clinical rotation working at a major teaching hospital and/or outpatient treatment center.
SMT1164 : EXPLORATION OF CAREER ENVIRONMENTS
1.50 credits: This course is designed to assist the student in determining their ideal work environment. Massage therapy is offered in diverse settings. The experience of working on a cruise ship is very different than that of a hospital. This course will help the student explore the intricacies of the various environments (compensation, clientele, employer expectations, common modalities used, etc.), so they can make an informed decision regarding their employment goals. For an additional fee, will have the option of completing the Strong Inventory to assess job preferences and have the findings reviewed with the University counselor.
SMT1220 : FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY
1.50 credits: Discussion of muscle and joint function beyond simple actions, including physics and biomechanics of the human body. Students gain understanding of the body in motion and how anatomical structures work together to create different types of motion. Activities include inspecting, palpating, and moving these structures, enabling the student to link theory with experience to help further understanding of the human body and its movement potential. Students are introduced to imbalances or dysfunctions associated with soft tissue that are most commonly treated by manual and exercise therapists.
SME2939 : FUNDAMENTALS OF HOSPITAL BASED MASSAGE THERAPY
1.50 credits: This course prepares students to work in a hospital setting. Common conditions, medical devices and unique elements of the hospital enviornment are addressed. Students learn infection control practices, body mechanics, and session adaptations to serve medically frail patients. Communication with healthcare providers, patients and staff, along with appropriate boundary issues will be discussed. During the 12-hour clinical rotations at a hospital, studnets receive hands-on experience in the hospital setting with hospital staff, a variety of medical conditions and diverse patient populations. Students are required to meet certain vaccination requirements, including the flu shot and TB testing, established by the hospital.
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