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Swedish Practitioner Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2-3 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Day Program: Fall quarter. Evening Program: Spring quarter

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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
MASST 110Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology I5
MASST 111Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology II5
MASST 114Swedish Massage Theory5
MASST 116Complementary Massage Modalities I3
MASST 117Swedish Massage Practice4
MASST 126Kinesiology: Upper Extremity2
MASST 130Kinesiology: Trunk1
MASST 133Deep Tissue Massage Theory4
MASST 134Deep Tissue Massage Practice4
MASST 136Complementary Massage Modalities II2
MASST 137Kinesiology: Head and Neck1
MASST 143Massage Business & Ethics I2
MASST 144Massage Business & Ethics II2
MASST 146Kinesiology: Lower Extremity2
MASST 162Student Clinic2
 Technical Credits44

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This page was last updated on July 21, 2015.