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Clinical Massage Practitioner Certificate

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

This certificate provides advanced study for Licensed Massage Practitioners (LMP) and students who have completed the Swedish Practitioner portion of the Massage Studies program.

Successful students will graduate with a firm understanding of the injury and disease process and will possess the knowledge and treatment techniques to assess and effectively treat their clients.

Physical Activity Requirements: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds). Massage Practitioners are often standing and bending for long periods of time (up to two hours) while performing massage. This profession tends to stress practitioners’ wrists, shoulders, back and neck.

Employability Requirements: Graduates are able to apply for licensure from Washington state after passing the Federation of State Massage Board Examination (MBEX). State requirements include completion of a minimum 500-hour program, passing the exam, and applying for licensure. A Washington State Patrol background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state licensing. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure.

Program Length: This certificate can be completed in just over two terms for those students in our day (full-time) section. Evening students can transfer to days in spring to pursue the clinical certificate.

Admission Dates:
Day Program: Spring quarter.
Evening Program: Winter quarter.
Not all classes are offered in the evening.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
MASST 115Clinical Massage Techniques4
MASST 123Clinical Application of Massage Therapy4
MASST 131Assessment & Treatment of the Back2
MASST 139Clinical Massage Business & Ethics1
MASST 145Orthopedic Assessment4
MASST 147Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology I3
MASST 149Clinical Massage Theory: Special Populations5
MASST 151Clinical Massage Practice: Special Populations3
MASST 153Assessment & Treatment: Upper Extremity2
MASST 155Assessment & Treatment: Lower Extremity2
MASST 157Assessment & Treatment: Head & Neck2
MASST 158Practicum I3
MASST 159Clinical Massage Business & Ethics II1
MASST 160CAPPracticum II3
MASST 163Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology II3
 Technical Credits42

Clinical Massage Techniques

Item #
MASST 115
Total 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.
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Clinical Application of Massage Therapy

Item #
MASST 123
Total 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.
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Assessment & Treatment of the Back

Item #
MASST 131
Total 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.
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Clinical Massage Business & Ethics

Item #
MASST 139
Total 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.
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Orthopedic Assessment

Item #
MASST 145
Total 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.
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Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology I

Item #
MASST 147
Total 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.
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Clinical Massage Theory: Special Populations

Item #
MASST 149
Total Credits
5

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 151. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of Swedish Massage Practitioner program, completion of a similar program from another accredited institution, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.
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Clinical Massage Practice: Special Populations

Item #
MASST 151
Total 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.
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Assessment & Treatment: Upper Extremity

Item #
MASST 153
Total 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
Completion of MASST 115 and MASST 123, or current Washington State massage practitioner license.
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Assessment & Treatment: Lower Extremity

Item #
MASST 155
Total 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.
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Assessment & Treatment: Head & Neck

Item #
MASST 157
Total 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.
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Practicum I

Item #
MASST 158
Total 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.
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Clinical Massage Business & Ethics II

Item #
MASST 159
Total 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.
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Practicum II

Item #
MASST 160CAP
Total 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.
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Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology II

Item #
MASST 163
Total 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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