Academic Catalog

Massage Studies AAT Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT Degree
Admission Dates
Day Program: Fall quarter. Evening Program: Spring quarter.

Prepares successful students for employment and practice in a variety of workplace settings. Graduates from this program are qualified for positions at spas, clinics, hospitals and successful private practices.

Students develop a strong foundation in Swedish massage and deep-tissue techniques. Clinical massage students benefit from advanced training in treatment applications and assessment. Teaching techniques are varied, addressing a wide variety of learning styles.

All students enrolled in the program are required to participate in the exchange of applied massage techniques in a supervised and professional setting. As part of the participation, students must be able to stand for up to two hours to perform massages. In addition, students must be able to support and smoothly move the limbs of their partner’s body, including the head and neck. Participation in the student-operated massage clinic allows students to gain experience in the profession while under instructor supervision.

Topics covered include, but are not limited to, massage theory and practice, anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, orthopedic assessment, pregnancy massage, sports massage, deep tissue, myofascial techniques, lymphatic drainage, on-site seated massage, hydrotherapy, hot-stone massage and mini-spa applications.

Business classes introduce the skills and theories necessary for successful employment, such as professional ethics, goal setting, business planning, insurance billing, networking and communicating with health care professionals, marketing, job networking, resumes and interviewing.

Included in the Associate Degree program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math) and social sciences (psychology, sociology) that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills. These classes are offered at various times outside the regular Massage program hours.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

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 the wrists, shoulders, back and neck of practitioners.

Employability Requirements: Graduates are able to apply for licensure from Washington 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: The Associate Degree program may take up to eight quarters years, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements. Some students attending full-time day courses complete in four quarters.

Prerequisites: A medical statement of health status from a primary care provider stating that the student is able to safely participate in all aspects of the class is required to enter the program. That statement must be submitted to the instructor on the first day of class.

Potential students entering the program must test at college level (81 or higher) in reading on the COMPASS or have completed ENG 094. Students must also have documentation of training in standard first aid and CPR and a four-hour HIV/AIDS/blood-borne pathogens class. A Washington State Patrol background check is required to progress to the second quarter. Some results from the background check may prevent individuals from participating in certain classes.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
MASST 110Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology I5
MASST 111Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology II5
MASST 114Swedish Massage Theory5
MASST 115Clinical Massage Techniques4
MASST 116Complementary Massage Modalities I3
MASST 117Swedish Massage Practice4
MASST 123Clinical Application of Massage Therapy4
MASST 126Kinesiology: Upper Extremity2
MASST 130Kinesiology: Trunk1
MASST 131Assessment & Treatment of the Back2
MASST 133Deep Tissue Massage Theory4
MASST 134Deep Tissue Massage Practice4
MASST 136Complementary Massage Modalities II2
MASST 137Kinesiology: Head and Neck1
MASST 139Clinical Massage Business & Ethics1
MASST 143Massage Business & Ethics I2
MASST 144Massage Business & Ethics II2
MASST 145Orthopedic Assessment4
MASST 146Kinesiology: Lower Extremity2
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 162Student Clinic2
MASST 163Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology II3
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology5
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Technical Credits104

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology I

Item #
MASST 110
Total Credits
5

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

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Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology II

Item #
MASST 111
Total Credits
5

Explores endocrinology, cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MASST 110.
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Swedish Massage Theory

Item #
MASST 114
Total Credits
5

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. MASST 114 must be taken concurrently with MASST 117.
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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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Complementary Massage Modalities I

Item #
MASST 116
Total 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 114 and MASST 117.
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Swedish Massage Practice

Item #
MASST 117
Total 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. 

Prerequisites
MASST 117 must be taken concurrently with MASST 114.
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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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Kinesiology: Upper Extremity

Item #
MASST 126
Total 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. 

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Kinesiology: Trunk

Item #
MASST 130
Total 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.
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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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Deep Tissue Massage Theory

Item #
MASST 133
Total Credits
4

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 114 and MASST 117. MASST 133 must be taken concurrently with MASST 134.
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Deep Tissue Massage Practice

Item #
MASST 134
Total 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
Completion of MASST 114 and MASST 117. MASST 134 must be taken concurrently with MASST 133.
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Complementary Massage Modalities II

Item #
MASST 136
Total 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 114 and MASST 117.
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Kinesiology: Head and Neck

Item #
MASST 137
Total 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.
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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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Massage Business & Ethics I

Item #
MASST 143
Total 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. 

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Massage Business & Ethics II

Item #
MASST 144
Total Credits
2

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.
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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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Kinesiology: Lower Extremity

Item #
MASST 146
Total 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.
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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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Student Clinic

Item #
MASST 162
Total 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.
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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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English Composition I

Item #
ENGL& 101
Total Credits
5

Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and writing.

 

Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 77 in writing and 81 in reading. Placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 100DIV
Total Credits
5

Surveys the knowledge and methods of the discipline of psychology. Presents a broad view of this subject and establishes the foundation for further study of the discipline. Emphasis will be placed on applying psychological knowledge to daily situations, and on accessing and assessing information about behavior from a variety of sources. Skills in scientific reasoning and critical thinking will be developed.

 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100.
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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