Academic Catalog

Massage Classes

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology I

Item Number
MASST 110
Credits
5

Introduces the student to anatomy and physiology, cytology, integumentary, osteology, mycology and the nervous system. 

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology II

Item Number
MASST 111
Credits
5

Explores endocrinology, cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 110.

Swedish Massage Theory

Item Number
MASST 112
Credits
4

Introduces students to the history, application and principles of Swedish massage. This includes not only the massage strokes, but also client safety, communication, and charting of results. 

Prerequisites

Students will have submitted a medical statement of health from a primary care provider verifying their ability to safely participate in all aspects of the program prior to admission.

Co-requisites

MASST 112 must be taken concurrently with MASST 120.

Clinical Massage Techniques

Item Number
MASST 115
Credits
4

Covers a variety of massage techniques used in clinical massage. Students will learn and practice when and how to employ these techniques in order to safely and effectively treat their clients. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the Swedish Massage Practitioner Program, completion of a similar program from another accredited institution, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Complementary Massage Modalities I

Item Number
MASST 116
Credits
3

Introduces the student to a variety of massage modalities that can be safely integrated into a massage practice. Modalities covered include fascial techniques, acupressure, seated massage and side-lying. Indications, contra-indications and treatment modifications will be identified. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 112 and MASST 120.

Swedish Massage Practice

Item Number
MASST 120
Credits
4

Students will apply knowledge and techniques taught in Swedish Massage Theory. This class prepares students to practice safe, relaxing, therapeutic and effective Swedish massage. In addition to proper use and application of Swedish massage strokes, students will also practice proper self-care techniques and learn how to care for their equipment. 

Co-requisites

MASST 120 must be taken concurrently with MASST 112.

Clinical Application of Massage Therapy

Item Number
MASST 123
Credits
4

Introduces and prepares students to recognize, assess, and effectively treat common musculoskeletal pathologies. Other information covered is scope of practice, tissue healing, defining causes of injury, stages of rehabilitation and common mistakes that massage therapists make. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Swedish Practitioner course or equivalent, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Kinesiology: Upper Extremity

Item Number
MASST 126
Credits
2

Introduces students to the study of movement. Presents the beginning principles and skills for locating and identifying bony landmarks and muscles of the upper extremity using palpation techniques, movement and anatomical terminology. 

Kinesiology: Trunk

Item Number
MASST 130
Credits
1

This course continues the study of movement. Builds upon the principles and skills for locating and identifying bony landmarks and muscles of the trunk using palpation techniques, movement and anatomical terminology. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 126.

Assessment & Treatment of the Back

Item Number
MASST 131
Credits
2

Detailed and extensive review of the structure and function of the back. Students will explore common musculoskeletal and neurological pathologies that can affect the back and will formulate a treatment plan to safely and effectively assess and treat those conditions. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 115 and MASST 123.

Deep Tissue Massage Theory

Item Number
MASST 132
Credits
3

Introduces students to a variety of massage treatment techniques, providing groundwork for clinical massage applications. Indications, contraindications, and treatment modifications will be identified and discussed. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 112 and MASST 120. MASST 132 must be taken concurrently with MASST 135.

Deep Tissue Massage Practice

Item Number
MASST 135
Credits
4

Building on the massage techniques learned in Swedish massage theory and practice, students become proficient in a variety of deep-tissue techniques. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 112 and MASST 120.

Co-requisites

MASST 135 must be taken concurrently with MASST 132.

Complementary Massage Modalities II

Item Number
MASST 136
Credits
2

Introduces students to a variety of massage modalities that can be safely integrated into a massage practice. Modalities covered include pregnancy massage, sports massage and hydrotherapy, including hot stone massage. Indications, contraindications, and treatment modifications will be identified. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 112 and MASST 120.

Kinesiology: Head and Neck

Item Number
MASST 137
Credits
1

Continues the study of movement. This course builds on the principles and skills for locating and identifying bony landmarks and muscles of the head and neck, using palpation techniques, movement, and anatomical terminology. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 126.

Clinical Massage Business & Ethics

Item Number
MASST 139
Credits
1

Prepares students to communicate with other health care practitioners through proper and thorough documentation. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Swedish Massage Practitioner program, completion of a similar program from another accredited institution, or currently a Washington State licensed massage practitioner.

Massage Business & Ethics I

Item Number
MASST 143
Credits
2

Introduces the learner to important business knowledge, skills and professional ethics vital to the successful practice of massage therapy after licensure. Students will know and follow professional ethics as related to massage, learn and practice universal safety precautions, use and understand common medical terms, research the different avenues of employment available, and begin the process of building a successful massage business. 

Orthopedic Assessment

Item Number
MASST 145
Credits
4

Detailed analysis of joints, ligaments, and how surrounding structures affect movements. Integrating basic assessment and treatment of common musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 126, MASST 130, MASST 137 and MASST 146 or current Washington state massage practitioner license.

Kinesiology: Lower Extremity

Item Number
MASST 146
Credits
2

Continue the study of movement. This course builds on the principles and skills for locating and identifying bony landmarks and muscles of the lower extremity using palpation techniques, movement and anatomical terminology. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 126.

Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology I

Item Number
MASST 147
Credits
3

Explores body systems with an emphasis on the common pathologies of those systems. In addition to covering the cause and effect of those pathologies, students will also be presented with common allopathic treatments their clients may be receiving for those conditions. Pharmacology will include effects and side-effects of medications, and how those relate to the indications and contraindications of massage. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Swedish Massage Practitioner program, completion of a similar program from another accredited institution, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Massage Business & Ethics II

Item Number
MASST 148
Credits
1

Learn and demonstrate a variety of successful business strategies, from marketing to record keeping, in addition to becoming knowledgeable regarding state and local laws that govern massage therapy in Washington state. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 143.

Clinical Massage Theory: Special Populations

Item Number
MASST 150
Credits
4

Explores how massage can be modified to safely and effectively treat individuals who have unique situations that could include physical, emotional and health-related challenges. Indications and contraindications will be discussed as they apply to each population. To be taken concurrently with MASST 152. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Swedish Massage Practitioner program, completion of a similar program from another accredited institution, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Clinical Massage Practice: Special Populations

Item Number
MASST 151
Credits
3

Students will practice techniques and positioning to adapt massage to safely and effectively treat individuals who have unique situations that could include physical, emotional and health-related challenges. Indications and contraindications will be discussed as they apply to each population. To be taken concurrently with MASST 149. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Swedish Massage Practitioner program, completion of a similar program from another accredited institution, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Assessment & Treatment: Upper Extremity

Item Number
MASST 153
Credits
2

Detailed and extensive review of the structure and function of the upper extremity. Students will explore common musculoskeletal and neurological pathologies that can affect the arm and shoulder and will learn how to safely and effectively assess and treat those conditions. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 115 and MASST 123, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Assessment & Treatment: Lower Extremity

Item Number
MASST 155
Credits
2

Detailed and extensive review of the structure and function of the lower extremity. Students will explore common musculoskeletal and neurological pathologies that can affect the lower extremity and will learn how to safely and effectively assess and treat those conditions. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 115 and MASST 123, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Assessment & Treatment: Head & Neck

Item Number
MASST 157
Credits
2

Detailed and extensive review of the structure and function of the head and neck. Students will explore common musculoskeletal and neurological pathologies that can affect the head and neck and formulate a treatment plan to safely and effectively assess and treat those conditions. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 115 and MASST 123, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Practicum I

Item Number
MASST 158
Credits
3

Allows the student to choose and pursue individual workplace experience opportunities. This opportunity may be in a supervised internship setting, at on-site events, or at Clover Park Technical College’s student-run massage clinic. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Swedish Massage Practitioner program, completion of a similar program from another accredited institution, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Clinical Massage Business & Ethics II

Item Number
MASST 159
Credits
1

Prepares the learner to communicate with insurance companies and leads the learner through the process of billing insurance companies for services, from codes to filling out forms and follow-up. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 139, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Practicum II

Item Number
MASST 160CAP
Credits
3

Allows students to choose and pursue individual workplace experience opportunities. This opportunity may be in a supervised internship setting, at on-site events, and/or at Clover Park Technical College’s student-run massage clinic. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Swedish Massage Practitioner program, completion of a similar program from another accredited institution, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.

Student Clinic

Item Number
MASST 162
Credits
2

Students will gain first-hand knowledge and experience by running a massage clinic. In addition to providing relaxation and deep-tissue massage, each student will also have an opportunity to experience the administrative positions in a clinic by rotating through the receptionist, cashier and scheduling manager positions. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 114 and MASST 117. Student must have current First Aid/CPR certification and must have completed a minimum of four hours of HIV-AIDS training. Students must have a report from the Washington State Patrol. Some results from the background check may prevent individuals from participating in the student clinic.

Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology II

Item Number
MASST 163
Credits
3

Continues the exploration of body systems with an emphasis on the common pathologies of those systems started in MASST 147. In addition to covering the cause and effect of those pathologies, this course will also present students with the common allopathic treatments their clients may be receiving for those conditions. Pharmacology will include effects and side-effects of the medications, and how those relate to the indications and contraindications of massage. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MASST 147.

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