Electives

SME1330 : ADVANCED CLINICAL TRAINING: NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY AND 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.
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.
SME2935 : COURAGE KENNY REHABILITATION INSTITUTE EXTERNSHIP
1.00 credits: This externship course enables students to integrate the skills, knowledge and abilities acquired in all massage technique courses as they perform massage at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Golden Valley, Minnesota. The selected students will gain first-hand experience working with inpatient clients in transitional care and physical therapists of the ABLE (Active Based Locomotor Exercise) program. Students must successfully complete an individualized learning plan developed by each student and the NWHSU faculty supervisor. Further, students must meet all requirements established by Courage Kenny and Allina Health Systems.
SME1600 : EASTERN MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
1.00 credits: This hands-on course introduces students to principles and practical application of various eastern massage techniques and meridian theory. Students will gain proficiency in treating from an eastern perspective and tools to integrate these techniques with a western massage foundation.
SME1500 : EASTERN PERSPECTIVES ON HEALING
1.50 credits: Students will gain an overview of the theory and practice in Eastern Healing approach to wellness and disease, specifically of Asian medicine. The course will include lecture, demonstrations, required reading, and assigned projects. Topics include: history, theory, Qi, Yin/Yang, Five Elements, pathology, etiology, diagnosis and treatment, Zang/Fu organ systems, meridian theory, and conditions treated.
SME1164 : EXPLORATION OF CAREER ENVIRONMENTS
1.50 credits: Choosing an environment to work in can feel like a monumental decision. At the same time, it can also feel like guesswork. This course assists the student to evaluate various employment options based on their personal goals and values. The course design allows the student to explore details of diverse employment environments within a classroom setting. Guest speakers will also bring real life experience into the classroom. For those students seeking more specific career information and guidance, the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment will be available. This assessment can help students better understand their interests and preferences, and how they can be used together to form a career development plan.
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