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Massage Technician - 600 Clock Hours

The program provides students with comprehensive training in a broad spectrum of massage skills and advance knowledge needed to practice massage in most jurisdictions, such as the state of California, that require a minimum of 500 hours of training for licensure as a massage therapist. Upon completion of the program, students will also meet the requirements for taking the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

The Massage Technician 600-Hour program prepares students with knowledge and skills to become competent massage therapy professionals in the field.

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Program Objectives
In this program, In this program, the student will build professional skills in Swedish Massage, Body Awareness, Sports Massage, Therapeutic Stretching skills, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Trigger Points massage, Rotator Cuff solutions, Chair Massage, Reflexology, Lymph Drainage therapy and Oriental massage techniques.  At the completion of the courses, the student should be able to:
  1. Know Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology.
  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 basic Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, lymph drainage therapy and a full 60-minute body massage and advanced Swedish massage.
  5. Demonstrate application of aromatherapy
  6. Demonstrate skills of chair massage
  7. Know myofascial trigger points
  8. Know palpitation series
  9. Know rotator cuff solutions
  10. Demonstrate therapeutic stretching skills
  11. Know basic business skills and management and professional ethics and standards.
  12. Use verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  13. Know basic hygiene and nutrition
  14. Demonstrate CPR and First Aid skill
Curriculum
The study scheme of the 600-hour training program is outlined below:
Course No. Course Title Contact Clock Hour
MT1000 Introduction to Massage Therapy 30
MT1300 Massage Profession and Ethics 20
MT2000 Human Body System, Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology 125
MT2010 Pathology 40
MT2020 Assessment for Bodywork 20
MT1110 Swedish Massage 70
MT1150 Chair Massage and Reflexology 40
MT2130 Sports Massage 60
MT2150 Deep Tissue Massage and Applications 70
MT2160 Lymph Drainage 30
MT1180 Aromatherapy and Application 15
AC1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theories 20
MT2500 Massage Practicum 60
  TOTAL 600
* To be taken at Red Cross or an institution approved by Kingston University
 
Licensure Requirement

Student should note the minimum training hours and program content required by each states for licensure.

 
California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC)

A new California Massage Law, the Massage Therapy Act (Assembly Bill 1147), has been approved in September 2014 and codified at California Business and Professions Code section 460, 4600-4621 and Government Code section 51034. The Massage Therapy Act, notwithstanding any other law, prohibits a city, county, or city and county from enacting or enforcing an ordinance that conflicts with these provisions or other corresponding specified provisions.  The Massage Therapy Act also makes clarifying and conforming changes regarding local regulation of massage establishments or businesses. According to the Act, effective January 1, 2015, the California Massage Therapy Council will only accept Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) applicants who complete a minimum of 500 hours of training from a CAMTC approved school and passed a CAMTC approved exam. Attendance and /or graduation from a California Massage Therapy Council approved school does not guarantee certification by CAMTC. Applicants for certification shall meet all requirements as listed in California Business and Professions Code sections 4600 et.seq.

Currently the following exams are approved by CAMTC:

-       the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) and the Board Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB) if taken at any time; and

-       the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) and the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) if taken on or before February 1, 2015.

Students may visit the official website of CAMTC at www.camtc.org for detail of certification requirements and/or obtain a full text of the Massage Therapy Act approved in September 2014 and codified at California Business and Professions Code section 460, 4600-4621 and Government Code section 51034.

Students should also note CAMTC’s Law related to unfair business practices as related to massage:

Pursuant to California Business and Professions Code section 4611, it is an unfair business practice for a person to do any of the following:

(a)    To hold himself or herself out or to use the title of “certified massage therapist” or “certified massage practitioner,” or any other term, such as “licensed,” “certified,” “CMT,” or “CMP,” in any manner whatsoever that implies or suggests that the person is certified as a massage therapist or massage practitioner, unless that person currently holds an active and valid certificate issued by the California Massage Therapy Council.

(b)   To falsely state or advertise or put out any sign or card or other device, or to falsely represent to the public through any print or electronic media, that he or she or an other individual is licensed, certified, or registered b a governmental agency as a massage therapist or massage practitioner. 

A student or any member of the public with questions that have not been satisfactorily answered by the school or who would like to file a complaint about this school may contact the California Massage Therapy Council at:

California Massage Therapy Council
One Capitol Mall, Suite 320, Sacramento, CA
www.camtc.org
TEL: (916)669-5336 FAX: (916)669-5337
Program Approval
  • California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) certified graduates of Kingston University who completed massage therapy training programs of 600 hours or higher as California Certified Therapist since 2009. California Massage Therapy Council has assigned Kingston University a school code: SCH0117.  

  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) approves graduates of Kingston University who complete massage therapy training programs of 600 hours or higher for taking NCETMB. Upon passing the exam, students become NCBTMB Certified Massage Therapist .
  • Kingston is a school member of American Massage Therapy Association (amta).
 
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Career Options
Upon completion of the courses, a student will be prepared to enter the massage therapist job market in the fields of, but not limited to, the following areas:  chiropractic, physical therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation clinics, health spas, hotels, beauty salons, medical, private practice/free lancing, sports medicine, or education.

 


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