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.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|MASST 110||Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology I||5|
|MASST 111||Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology II||5|
|MASST 114||Swedish Massage Theory||5|
|MASST 115||Clinical Massage Techniques||4|
|MASST 116||Complementary Massage Modalities I||3|
|MASST 117||Swedish Massage Practice||4|
|MASST 123||Clinical Application of Massage Therapy||4|
|MASST 126||Kinesiology: Upper Extremity||2|
|MASST 130||Kinesiology: Trunk||1|
|MASST 131||Assessment & Treatment of the Back||2|
|MASST 133||Deep Tissue Massage Theory||4|
|MASST 134||Deep Tissue Massage Practice||4|
|MASST 136||Complementary Massage Modalities II||2|
|MASST 137||Kinesiology: Head and Neck||1|
|MASST 139||Clinical Massage Business & Ethics||1|
|MASST 143||Massage Business & Ethics I||2|
|MASST 144||Massage Business & Ethics II||2|
|MASST 145||Orthopedic Assessment||4|
|MASST 146||Kinesiology: Lower Extremity||2|
|MASST 147||Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|MASST 149||Clinical Massage Theory: Special Populations||5|
|MASST 151||Clinical Massage Practice: Special Populations||3|
|MASST 153||Assessment & Treatment: Upper Extremity||2|
|MASST 155||Assessment & Treatment: Lower Extremity||2|
|MASST 157||Assessment & Treatment: Head & Neck||2|
|MASST 158||Practicum I||3|
|MASST 159||Clinical Massage Business & Ethics II||1|
|MASST 160CAP||Practicum II||3|
|MASST 162||Student Clinic||2|
|MASST 163||Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|Any 100-Level Math Class||5|
|PSYC& 100DIV||General Psychology||5|
|Computer Literacy Requirements||3|
Introduces the student to anatomy and physiology, cytology, integumentary, osteology, mycology and the nervous system.
Explores endocrinology, cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building on the massage techniques learned in Swedish massage theory and practice, students become proficient in a variety of deep-tissue techniques.
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.
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.
Prepares students to communicate with other health care practitioners through proper and thorough documentation.
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.
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.
Detailed analysis of joints, ligaments, and how surrounding structures affect movements. Integrating basic assessment and treatment of common musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|MAT 103||Business Mathematics||5|
|MAT 104||Introductory Computer Mathematics||5|
|MAT 105||Mathematics for Industrial Professionals||5|
|MAT 106||Math for Electronics||5|
|MAT 108||Math for Health Occupations||5|
|MAT 110||Math for Non-Science Majors||5|
|MATH& 141||Precalculus I||5|
|MATH& 142||Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry||5|
|MATH& 146||Introduction to Stats||5|
|MATH& 151||Calculus I||5|
|MATH& 152||Calculus II||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.
|CAS 121CL||Word I||3|
|CAS 151CL||Access I||3|
|CPW 101CL||Programming Fundamentals||5|
|ARC 181CL||Introduction to AutoCAD||5|
|ARC 284CL||Applied AutoCAD||5|
|CAS 103CL||Online Learning with Canvas||3|
|CAS 115CL||Introduction to Computing||3|
|CAS 130CL||Excel I||3|
|CAS 135CL||Excel II||3|
|NSS 105CL||IT Essentials II||4|
|CAH 105CL||Computer Applications||5|
|ECS 110CL||Computer Essentials for the ECE Professional||4|
|ENV 245CL||Environmental Law II||5|
|GTC 123CL||Macintosh Operations & Image Acquisition||5|
|HS 110CL||Computer Applications for the Human Services Professional||3|
|MEC 140CL||Computer Programming and Logic||5|