Licensed Massage Therapy

The Massage Therapy Certificate Program integrates theory (classroom) and hands-on (lab) training for an entry-level career as a professional massage therapist. Students develop the knowledge necessary to develop therapeutic treatment plans and apply appropriate massage techniques with focus on whole body wellness. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, medical offices, spas, health clubs, and private practice and are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) and/or the National Examination for State Licensing (NESL).

While in the program, students will have supervised clinical instruction designed to develop client-based skills and techniques. The curriculum is designed sequentially, to allow the student to master basic skills and competencies first, before progressing to more challenging skills and techniques.

Program Features
The program includes 23 credits of general education courses and 13 credits of Massage Therapy instruction. The Massage Therapy courses will be offered at the Fowler Center Southside Bethlehem campus where a practice laboratory is located. Students must take the Massage Therapy courses sequentially to ensure that they build their knowledge and skills to practice techniques independently by the completion of the program. The third semester of the program provides students with 16 hours of practice time to refine their skills as an independent practitioner. The program includes thorough study of human anatomy and physiology which provides the students with scientific basis for safe, competent practice. Students should consult an advisor regarding their preparation for these science courses prior to starting in the program.

Licensed Massage Therapy,
Certificate Program

Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Summer 2014
OFAD 141 - Intro to Word (1) BIOS 254 - Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4) BUSA 101 - Intoduction to Business (3)
HEAL 150 -
Contemporary Health (3)
SMAT 202 - Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology (3) CMTH 102 - Speech (3)
BIOS 204 - Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4) MASG 102 - Massage Therapy Procedures 2 (5) NEW MASG 210 - Massage Therapy Procedures 3 (4) NEW
MASG 101 - Massage Therapy Procedures 1 (4) NEW OFAD 142 - Intro to Excel (1)
OFAD 143 - Intro to Access (1)
Total Credits = 12 Total Credits = 12 Total Credits = 12

Program Admission Requirements

This is a selective admission program. Applicants shall have completed work equal to a standard high school course as evidenced by a diploma or GED and be 18 years of age prior to beginning the program. The minimum admission requirements for the program include: 1) one year of HS biology or NCC equivalent (BIOS107 or 115) with a grade of C or better, 2) complete the English Placement Test (EPT) and be eligible to enroll in English 101 and 3) have an overall HS or most recent college GPA of 2.5 or better.

After acceptance into the program, students are required to:
  • Submit results of Criminal History Record Information (CHRI), Child and Elder Abuse History Clearance, and FBI Clearance.
  • Submit certificate in Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.

Proposed Sequence of Courses
OFAD 141 - Intro to Word  (1 Credit)
HEAL 150 - Contemporary Health  (3 Credits)
BIOS 204 - Anatomy & Physiology 1  (4 Credits)
MASG 101- Massage Therapy Procedures 1  (4 Credits)
BIOS 254 - Anatomy & Physiology 2  (4 Credits)
SMAT 202 - Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology  (3 Credits)
MASG 102 - Massage Therapy Procedures 2  (5 Credits)
BUSA 101 - Introduction to Business  (3 Credits)
CMTH 102 - Speech  (3 Credits)
MASG 210 - Massage Therapy Procedures 3  (4 Credits)
OFAD 142 - Intro to Excel  (1 Credit)
OFAD 143 - Intro to Access  (1 Credit)
Total: 36 Credits

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