Massage Therapy Certificate of Technical Studies


 About the Program

 The Massage Therapy program will provide academic and clinical education in the practice of therapeutic massage. The program will include instruction in massage topics such as its history, purpose, benefits, its’ place in a holistic approach to wellness, and an introduction to the variety of massage techniques for special populations.

Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to take the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Exam or MBLEX Exam.  Prospective students should call 504-762-3144.

To be eligible for a Certificate in Massage Therapy, students must meet the following criteria:

1.     Must provide evidence of a high school diploma or equivalent.

2.     Must be eligible for ENGL 101 and MATH 096 as documented by ACT, placement test or developmental course completion.

3.     Successfully complete all prerequisite courses (BIOL 161/163).

4.     Earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all college courses.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCING

FALL SEMESTER

Course Number
Course name
Credit Hours
MSTH 101
Introduction to Therapeutic Massage
2
MSTH 102
Foundation for Swedish Techniques
3
MSTH 103
MUSCLE/Skeletal Anatomy and Palpation Skills
3
MSTH 113
Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese medicine
3
MSTH 114
Pathology for massage Therapy
2

SPRING SEMESTER

Course Number
Course name
Credit Hours
MSTH 111*
Sports massage
2
MSTH 112
Neuromuscular/Deep Tissue Therapy
2
MSTH 115*
Business,Ethic, Law in Massage Therapy Practice
2
MSTH 120
Topics for Special Populations
3
MSTH 151
Massage Therapy Clinical I
1
MSTH 152
Massage Therapy Clinical II
1

SUMMER SEMESTER

Course Number
Course name
Credit hours
MSTH 153
Massage Therapy Clinical III
1
MSTH 115
Business, Ethics, Law in massage Therapy Practice
2
MSTH 111
Sports massage
2
MSTH 151
Massage Therapy Clinical II
1

 Required Related Courses

BIOL 161/163

For information call Program Director at 762-3144.

  Course Descriptions with Pre- or Co-requisites:

 MSTH 101 - Introduction to Therapeutic Massage - Introduction to the history and development of therapeutic massage. Includes the practice of various modalities, medical terminology, ethics, hygiene, safety, body mechanics, SOAP notes and Heart Saver CPR Certification by the American Heart Association. Pre- or Co-requisite: BIOL 161/163

 MSTH 102 - Foundation for Swedish Techniques - Full-body Swedish massage using a variety of Swedish techniques. Massages will be performed in a lab setting with repetition of timed routines and varying student clients. Course will also include anatomy, draping, body mechanics, indications and contraindications, effects of massage and interpretation of client evaluation to develop a care/treatment plan. Pre- or Co-requisite: BIOL 161/163

 MSTH 103 - Muscle/Skeletal Anatomy and Palpation Skills - Comprehensive course designed to study the skeletal and muscular systems of the body. Included are the bones and palpation of bony landmarks, the discussion of origins, insertions, actions, nerves,and palpation of the muscles for the body. Pre- or Co-requisite: BIOL 161/163

 MSTH 151 - Massage Therapy Clinical I - Clinical application of various massage techniques performed on the public, under the direct supervision of the massage therapy instructor. Includes setting appointments, presenting a professional appearance, communication with the client, presentation of the massage area, draping techniques, time involved to complete a massage and record keeping. Pre-requisite: MSTH 102

 MSTH 111 - Sports Massage - Presentation of concepts and techniques for sports massage and practice of those techniques. Includes anatomy and physiology relevant to sports massage, tissue response to activity and sports massage, and application of sports massage techniques. Location of major stress points and contraindications will be covered. Pre- or Co-requisite: MSTH 103, BIOL 161/163

 MSTH 112 - Neuromuscular/Deep Tissue Therapy - Concepts, techniques and practice of neuromuscular/deep tissue therapy. Includes tools necessary to make educated postural evaluation assessments, tissue evaluation, nerve compression and entrapments, ischemia, palpate trigger points, neurological laws and principles of NMT, stages of rehabilitation and therapeutic communication skills with the client. Pre- or Co requisite: MSTH 103, BIOL 161/163

 MSTH 113 - Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Provide an emphasis on Traditional Chinese Medicine and techniques employed. Included are the twelve meridians, yin and yang, chi energy, the five elements, twelve general points, Qi, Jin, Shen, Xue, Jin-ye, shiatsu, and acupressure. Pre-requisite: MSTH 103

 MSTH 114 - Pathology for Massage Therapy - Nature of diseases and knowing if bodywork is indicated or contraindicated. Pre- or Co-requisite: BIOL 161/163

 MSTH 115 - Business/Ethics/Law - Provide basic information needed in setting up a massage practice. Self-employment, motivation, target audience, management, ethics, and the business structure will be emphasized. The law as it relates to the practice of massage in the state of Louisiana will be clearly communicated. Pre-requisite: MSTH 101

 MSTH 152 - Massage Therapy Clinical II - Clinical application of various massage techniques performed on the public, under the direct supervision of the massage therapy instructor. Includes presenting a professional appearance, communication with the client, presentation of the massage area, draping techniques, time involved in a complete massage and record keeping. Pre- or Co-requisite: MSTH 151

 MSTH 120 - Topics for Special Populations - Topics for special populations in massage therapy. Topics may include abuse, breast massage, children, chronic illness, the elderly, infants, physically and psychologically challenged individuals, pregnancy, terminal illness, healing touch, reflexology, Reike, aromatherapy, polarity, cranial sacral and others. Pre-requisite: MSTH 101 

 MSTH 153 - Massage Therapy Clinical III - Go into community and/or different community agencies comt to Delgado, for a student massage under the direct supervision of the massage therapy instructor.  Pre or Co-requiste: MSTH 152, 153