The Swedish Practitioner certificate prepares the successful student to enter the massage profession with the knowledge and skills to perform full-body Swedish massage and deep tissue massage.
Completion of this certificate satisfies the Washington Department of Health hours and content requirement, allowing the graduate to take the certification exam and apply for Washington State licensure. In addition to massage theory and practice, we will also be covering all the systems in the body, with emphasis on the muscular system, and successful business practices.
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 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, or three terms for our evening students.
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 test or have completed English 094. Students must have documentation of training in standard first aid and CPR and a four-hour HIV/AIDS/blood-borne pathogens class. A background check from the Washington State Patrol is required to progress to the second quarter; some results 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 116||Complementary Massage Modalities I||3|
|MASST 117||Swedish Massage Practice||4|
|MASST 126||Kinesiology: Upper Extremity||2|
|MASST 130||Kinesiology: Trunk||1|
|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 143||Massage Business & Ethics I||2|
|MASST 144||Massage Business & Ethics II||2|
|MASST 146||Kinesiology: Lower Extremity||2|
|MASST 162||Student Clinic||2|
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.