MASSAGE THERAPY

OBJECTIVE

 The primary goal of the Massage Therapy program and the curriculum is to qualify students to be eligible for a Board-approved exam to become licensed as a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist. The program includes appropriate training and hands-on practice in a clinical setting taught under the supervision of a Florida licensed massage therapist. After completing the necessary credit hours, the students will receive a diploma stating that they have satisfactorily completed the program.

 

  • NOTE: Graduates will not be able to practice Massage Therapy until they have passed Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) administer by Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMBT). All hours meet or exceed those required by the Florida Department of Health Division of Medical Quality Assurance.

 

 DESCRIPTION

 The students must have completed the study program comprised of 650 hours. This program gives the student the educational and licensing requirements to become a licensed Massage Therapist. The student will develop skills to adequately prepare them to contribute to the health industry and wellness of their clients. Massage Therapist seek to manage and relieve pain, stress in various settings such as cruises, salons, medical health facilities and spas. In conjunction with the different technical courses, the students will train in communication, ethics, human relations, behavior and the prevention of infections, first aid and the business aspect of the Massage Therapy industry.

  • NOTE: This program will be taught in its entirety in English or Spanish by a Licensed Massage Therapist, students are required to make a language selection during registration.

     

    MASSAGE THERAPY 650 HOURS
    Enrollment Fee $150.00
    Equipment $350.00
    Books $170.00
    Tuition $7330.00
    TOTAL $8000.00
    CURRICULUM HOURS
    Basic Massage Theory & History (MT01) 120
    Clinical Practicum (MT02) 125
    Allied Modalities (MT03) 100
    Medical Errors (MT04)  2
    Professional Ethics (GN01)  10
    Business Practices (MT06)  20
    Theory & Practice of Hydrotherapy (MT07)  20
    Anatomy/Physiology/Kinesiology (MT08)  200
    Florida Laws & Rules (GN03) 10
    AIDS / HIV Education (GN04) 3
    Pathology (MT10) 40
    TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 650

     

    About The Curriculum

    PROFESSIONAL ETHICS (GN01)

     This course touches on a range of issues that are of concern to the professional massage therapist and familiarizes the student with some concepts relevant to the ethical practice of massage therapy. Included in this course definitions for principles and rules of ethics, power dynamic, distinguish between transference and countertransference.  Also, equip the massage therapist with concepts of professional standards of conduct for ethical decision-making and help navigate through the unknown ethical territory.

     

     FLORIDA LAWS AND RULES (GN03)

     The students will learn the laws governing the practice of massage. The legal rules and regulations that govern the activities of all massage therapist as set forth by the Florida Department of Health {Chapter 456, F.S. (Medical Practice Act), Chapter 480, F.S. (Massage Practice Act) and Chapter 64B7, F.A.C will be reviewed.

     

     AIDS / HIV EDUCATION (GN04)

     This course complies with the guidelines set forth by the Florida Department of Health for Massage Therapist. This class covers HIV/AIDS education, the causes, transmission, and prevention. This course includes the current and facts of HIV/AIDS information under Chapter 456 Section 033(1) of the Florida Statutes.

     

    BASIC MASSAGE THEORY & HISTORY (MT01)

    This course will take the students through the various stages of history and bring it to the future massage trends of tomorrow. This section will examine the history of massage, tracing its progression from ancient roots to the corresponding applications in traditional and alternative healthcare we are currently using right now. Candidates will learn Massage techniques and strokes, the various types of Massage, the history of Massage.

     

    ALLIED MODALITIES (MT02)

    This course will teach basic principles and philosophy of Asian and Western modalities such as Shiatsu, Anma, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology and other modalities are explored and demonstrated. Many students can incorporate this knowledge into their practice. Clinical Practicum MT03 course is required to complete first.

     

    CLINICAL PRACTICUM (MT03)

    A supervised clinical experience designed to provide training and practical, real-life application of Swedish massage. This course will also allow the students to refine their techniques and gain hands-on experience. Students will get additional hands-on training while practicing massage techniques on classmates and give professional massages under the supervision of the instructor to friends, clients in the community. This course is required before taking Allied Modalities MT02 course.

     

    MEDICAL ERRORS (MT04)

    This course covers prevention of medical errors.   Also, includes the study of root-cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety under Chapter 456 Section 013(7) of the Florida Statutes.

     

    BUSINESS PRACTICES (MT06)

    This class will give students an understanding of how to build their practice. The study of physical and financial office practices and marketing. Topics include patient management and successful therapeutic relationships; forming professional alliances; attracting particular markets using sales, marketing, and retention strategies; and how to apply financial, administrative and insurance processes to the massage profession. Students will create high-level business plan outlines for massage practices.

     

     THEORY & PRACTICE OF HYDROTHERAPY (MT07)

    In this course, the theory and practice of the therapeutic application of heat and cold are discussed. The use of contrast applications and several modes of heat administration and how to integrate it into the massage practice is conferred. Students receive hands-on training in skills and knowledge needed to perform techniques and SPA skills with the use of varying thermal applications. Students are introduced to aromatherapy, paraffin, body wrap treatments and hydro/cryotherapy. Each student performs hands-on applications and selects spa techniques in the lab.

     

    ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY/KINESIOLOGY (MT08)

    Anatomy and physiology are a hands-on discovery of the human body and its systems. Only material pertinent to massage therapists is taught.

    In-depth coverage of the structure and function of the human body. Includes cell structure and function, tissues, body organization, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Apply study of human Kinesiology to better direct treatments to produce the desired benefit effect.  Other topics covered include:

     

    • Organization of the Body Cells and Tissues
    • Skeletal system Intro to the Muscular system
    • Introduction to the Skeletal system Nervous system
    • Circulatory system Endocrine system
    • Reproductive system Digestive system
    • Lymph system Integument system
    • DNA Nutrition

     

    PATHOLOGY (MT10)

    General discussion of the mechanics of selected disease processes and effect of massage on those processes. Indications and contraindications for massage like contagious and non-contagious skin disorders, blood, vascular, heart and lymph conditions.

    REFERENCES

    • English Courses: Milady’s Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage Textbook/Workbook/Exam Review, 5th Edition, 2011 ISBN-13:9781435485235, ISBN-13:9781435485259, ISBN-13:9781435485280
    •  Spanish Courses: Milady’s Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage Textbook/Workbook/ Exam Review, 5th Edition, 2011 ISBN-13:9781111131456, ISBN-13:97811111314040, ISBN-13:9781111131449

     

    ATTENDANCE

     A daily log is maintained where students sign in and out in the morning and afternoon. The school expects regular attendance by all students.

    • NOTE: The students in the Massage Therapy program may not attend classes for more than 6 hours a day or 30 hours per week.

     

    PROGRAM FORMAT

     Daily theory class, practical demonstration and practical work performed by students under strict instructor supervision according to program curriculums (must have completed and passed MT01 and MT02 courses to practice on clients).

     

    DEFINITION OF CLOCK HOURS

     One “Clock Hour” is defined as no less than 50 minutes of any one clock hour during which the student participates in a learning activity of the school for the coursework required in the physical presence of a member of the faculty.

     

    GRADING PROCEDURES & DIPLOMAS AWARDED

     All practical tasks are evaluated and recorded to comply with Florida’s minimum task requirements. A minimum score of 75% or overall grade “C” is required to graduate.

     A diploma is issued to each student who satisfactorily completes the program and satisfies all requirements.

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