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This program will provide training for a student to become an advance massage therapist.  The program will provide in-depth training in the human body system, physiology, pathology as well as various advance massage therapy techniques in both western and non-western massage therapy applications. Students will be exposed to extensive clinical studies of individual cases and be able to explain the theories of massage therapy and develop therapy plans tailoring to individual client’s needs upon professional assessment of the clients. Students will learn an equivalent of 1000 hours of massage therapy skills and earn 90 quarter credit units, which qualify students for participating in massage therapy certification tests such as Massage and Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx) and the Board Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.  Students may complete the program in seven quarters on a full-time study basis.

 

Program Objectives

At the completion of the program, the student should be able to demonstrate the followings skills and/or knowledge objectives:

  1. Understand the human body system with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathology.
  2. Know benefits of massage, and general massage indications and contraindications.
  3. Know body awareness and demonstrate basic skills in a massage practicum.
  4. Explain and use skills in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, lymph drainage therapy and perform a full 120-minute body massage.
  5. Perform myofascial release and trigger points technique
  6. Know palpitation series
  7. Demonstrate therapeutic stretching skills
  8. Know rotator cuff solutions
  9. Demonstrate skills of chair massage
  10. Perform reflexology treatment on the foot
  11. Demonstrate application of aromatherapy and chakra
  12. Know basic business skills and management and professional ethics and standards.
  13. Apply verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  14. Know basic hygiene and nutrition
  15. Demonstrate CPR and First Aid training
  16. Know and perform other non-western massage techniques including acupressure and basic cupping technique
  17. Be able to perform self care exercises for promoting healthy and prolong professional career
  18. Know basic business management and professional ethics and standards.
  19. Use verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  20. Know basic hygiene and nutrition.
  21. Demonstrate CPR and First-Aid skills.
  22. Provide a broad scope of massage therapy treatments including palliative care  to benefits the needed
  23. Perform facial rejuvenating massage
  24. Demonstrate skills in performing Oriental massage techniques such as Thai massage, Tuina,  and the seven major chakras. 
  25. Competent in explaining theories of massage therapies and develop therapy plans for clients tailoring to the needs of individual clients.
Curriculum

The AOSMT curriculum includes 90 quarter units in Massage Therapy concentration courses as listed below.

 

Course No. Course Title Contact Clock Hours Quarter Unit
Lecture Lab/Practical Total
MT 1030 Basic Hygiene and Nutrition
10
  10 1.0
BS 1111 Human Biology
30
  30 3.0
BS 1171 Topographic Anatomy 20   20 2.0
BS 2181 Anatomy and Physiology I 30   30 3.0
BS 3182 Anatomy and Physiology II 30   30 3.0
BS 4283 Anatomy and Physiology III 30   30 3.0
MT 2010 Pathology 60   60 6.0
MT 2020 Assessment for Bodywork 10 10 20 1.5
MT 2030 Myology and Kinesiology for Healthcare Professionals 40   40 4.0
MT 2100 Massage Practicum 10 20 30 2.0
MT 2110 Swedish Massage and Lymph Drainage 40 40 80 6.0
MT 2120 Chair Massage 2 18 20 1.0
MT 2130 Sports Massage and Therapeutic Stretching 10 60 70 4.0
MT 2140 Reflexology 2 18 20 1.0
MT 2150 Deep Tissue Massage and Applications 10 60 70 4.0
AC 8211 Acupuncture Meridian Theories 20   20 2.0
MT 1300 Massage Profession and Ethics 20   20 2.0
MT 3020 Advance Assessment for Bodywork 25 30 55 4.0
MT 3110 Facial Rejuvenating Massage 10 30 40 3.0
MT 3120 Aromatherapy and Application 10   10 1.0
MT 3130 Massage for Sports Injury 20 20 40 3.0
MT 3140 Massage for Palliative Care 20   20 2.0
MT 2300 Professional Development for Massage Therapists 30   30 3.0
MT 3150 Massage for Pregnancy and Baby 20 20 40 3.0
MT 3170 Lymph Drainage Technique 10 20 20 2.0
AC 0291 Acupressure and Tuina Therapy 20 20 40 3.0
MT 3220 Energy Work for Massage Therapist 10 20 30 2.0
MT 3230 Thai Massage 10 30 40 2.5
MT 3250 Chakra and Hot Stone Massage 15 20 35 2.5
MT 3310 Integrated Therapeutic Massage and Self-Care 30 40 70 5.0
MT 3100 Advance Massage Practicum 30 50 80 5.5
  TOTAL 634 526 1,150 90.0

Students are required to complete CPR and First Aid training at a local chapter of American Red Cross or American Heart Association before completing the program.

2. Performance Evaluation Requirement

Students must satisfactorily PASS the following requirements:

(i) All writing tests are required by the instructors

(ii) Performance tests to demonstrate competency in each massage skill module training

(iii) All other assignments and tests as required by the instructors
Graduation Requirements

To receive the Associate in Occupational Studies degree with Massage Therapy option, students must meet the following academic requirements:
• completed 90 quarter units in AOS Massage Therapy courses and pass performance evaluations
• submit a valid CPR and First Aid certificate issued by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
• maintained a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better

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