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Therapeutic Massage

30-537-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 24 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

The Therapeutic Massage technical diploma will provide you with training for a professional career in massage therapy or will enhance your skills and knowledge if you’re already in the healthcare field. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of human anatomy with specific attention focused on the musculoskeletal system and will receive a high degree of technical training with emphasis on massage techniques and therapy applications. Hands-on and practical business application will be part of your experience through the student-operated on-campus clinic. Upon successful completion, you’ll be prepared for the exam to obtain the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services massage therapy and bodywork therapy license.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Occupational Specific (24 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Therapeutic Massage - Musculoskeletal Anatomy
31-537-301
2Credit
72
36
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Provides in-depth study of the human musculoskeletal system and teaches students how to palpate muscles. This course includes lecture and lab components.
Prereq: Admitted to Therapeutic Massage TD; Coreq: TM - Anatomy & Physiology (31537309); Intro to Massage (31537302); Intro to Massage 2 (31537303)
Therapeutic Massage 1, Introduction to
31-537-302
4Credit
144
72
144 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Introduces students to the field of touch therapies through history and theory. The safety and sanitation of massage equipment, along with educational and legal requirements, are reviewed to educate the student on how to properly set up a massage space. Topics include draping, applications, physiological effects, endangerment sites and communication skills to work with clients.
Prereq: Admitted to Therapeutic Massage TD; Coreq: TM - Anatomy & Physiology (31537309); Musculoskeletal Anatomy (31537301); Intro to Massage 2 (31537303)
Therapeutic Massage 2, Introduction to
31-537-303
4Credit
144
72
144 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Introduces deep tissues, soft tissue mobilization, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, joint movement, neuromuscular therapy, and hydrotherapy. Proper body mechanics to implementation are taught on the massage table and chair. This course is a combination of lecture and hands-on application.
Prereq: Admitted to Therapeutic Massage TD; Coreq: TM - Anatomy & Physiology (31537309); Musculoskeletal Anatomy (31537301); Intro to Massage 1 (31537302)
Therapeutic Massage - Anatomy & Physiology
31-537-309
3Credit
108
54
108 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Introduces chemical composition of the body, structure of cells, tissue types and organ systems. Students will study each of the body systems to learn how they work together to function as a whole. Nutritional sciences are also reviewed. This course is designed specifically for massage bodywork students.
Prereq: Admitted to Therapeutic Massage TD; Coreq: TM - Musculoskeletal Anatomy (31537301); Intro to Massage (31537302); Intro to Massage 2 (31537303)
Therapeutic Massage, Pathology
31-537-304
2Credit
72
36
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Covers disorders that may occur in each of the major body systems and more specifically, the signs and symptoms of selected disorders that could endanger the health of the massage clients or the practitioner. Students also gain a basic understanding of pharmacology and the possible interactions between medications and massage.
Prereq: Anat & Phys (31537309), Musculoskel Anat (31537301), Intro to Massage 1 (31537302), Intro to Massage 2 (31537303); Coreq: Kinesiology (31537305), Specialized Techniques (31537306), Massage Cln & Bus Pract (31537307), Industry Standards (31537308)
Therapeutic Massage - Kinesiology
31-537-305
2Credit
72
36
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Focuses on further study of the musculoskeletal anatomy with an emphasis on muscle groups used to perform specific actions. Course will assist students in making assessments and identifying muscles involved in certain injuries.
Prereq: Anat & Phys (31537309), Musculoskel Anat (31537301), Intro to Massage 1 (31537302), Intro to Massage 2 (31537303); Coreq: Pathology (31537304), Specialized Techniques (31537306), Massage Clnc & Bus Pract (31537307), Industry Standards (31537308)
Therapeutic Massage - Specialized Techniques
31-537-306
2Credit
72
36
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Introduces complimentary massage techniques for clients and special populations. Topics include polarity, reflexology, pregnancy, and infant massage. Additionally, students will learn the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine and Asian bodywork including pressure point face massage. Course includes lecture and hands-on practice of techniques.
Prereq: Anat & Phys (31537309), Musculoskeletal Anat (31537301), Intro to Massage 1 (31537302), Intro to Massage 2 (31537303); Coreq: Pathology (31537304), Kinesiology (31537305), Massage Clnc & Bus Pract (31537307), Industry Standards (31537308)
Massage Clinic & Business Practices
31-537-307
3Credit
126
36
126 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Provides the opportunity for students to practice and refine massage skills acquired throughout the program. Students will run a clinic and experience all aspects of the business setting. Business topics include: ethics, legal requirements, certification, application, start-up, management, marketing and finances. Students will develop a business plan.
Prereq: Anat & Phys (31537309), Musculoskeletal Anat (31537301), Intro to Massage 1 (31537302), Intro to Massage 2 (31537303); Coreq: Pathology (31537304), Kinesiology (31537305), Specialized Techniques (31537306), Industry Standards (31537308)
Therapeutic Massage - Industry Standards
31-537-308
2Credit
72
36
72 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Introduces students to the current standard of the Therapeutic Massage industry and ethics. Topics include customer service, communication, problem solving, computer programs, and paperwork for reservations, charting, and insurance claims.
Prereq: Anat & Phys 31537309, Musculoskeletal Anat 31537301, Intro to Massage 1 31537302, Intro to Massage 2 31537303; Coreq: Pathology 31537304, Kinesiology 31537305, Specialized Techniques 31537306, Massage Clnc & Bus Pract 31537307

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