Massage Therapy (MSTH)
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
MSTH 0100 Massage Therapy Career Exploration: 2 semester hours.
The importance of touch, human contact, and the roles they play in careers in touch. Participants gain recognition, education, and self analysis of massage therapy as a career. F, S, Su
MSTH 0104 Introduction to Kinesiology: 3 semester hours.
Fundamental principles of anatomical terminology, osteology, arthrology. Basic observation and palpation skills required. Equivalent to PTA 0104. PREREQ: Admission to the MSTH or PTA program. F
MSTH 0105 Principles of Therapeutic Massage: 2 semester hours.
History, requirements to practice, professionalism, ethics, sanitary and safety practices, effects, benefits, indications, contra-indications, equipment and products, policies, procedures, basic intake and consultation. PREREQ: Admission to MSTH program. F
MSTH 0107 Professional Massage Techniques: 6 semester hours.
Classification of movements, body mechanics, exercise for the practitioner, draping, basic and professional massage routines, hydrotherapy. Foundations for developing massage practitioner skills. Lab work is included in the course. PREREQ: Admission to MSTH program. F
MSTH 0121A Massage Therapy Lab I: 1 semester hour.
MSTH 0121B Massage Therapy Lab II: 3 semester hours.
MSTH 0140 Clinical Techniques and Assessment: 4 semester hours.
Clinical massage techniques and assessment. Lab work is included in the course. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence (see Plan of Study). S
MSTH 0160 Advanced Therapeutic Massage Techniques: 4 semester hours.
Exploration of various advanced massage techniques. Lab work is included in the course. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence (see Plan of Study). S
MSTH 0170 Spa Techniques: 2 semester hours.
Introduction to spa techniques and the spa environment. Lab work is included in the course. PREREQ: Admission to MSTH program. F
MSTH 0203 Asian Bodywork Theory and Techniques: 2 semester hours.
Basic Asian bodywork theory and technique. Lab work is included in the course. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence (see Plan of Study). S
MSTH 0205 Case Report Research Project: 2 semester hours.
Massage therapy treatment implementation utilizing assessment tools, evidence-based treatments, communication skills, and critical thinking skills for a selected client. A research study project associated with the lab work is included in the course. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence (see Plan of Study). S
MSTH 0210 Business Skills for Massage Therapy: 2 semester hours.
Business plans, accounting, record keeping, marketing advertising, office management, customer service, and resumes for the new massage therapist. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence (see Plan of Study). F
MSTH 0296 Independent Study: 1-8 semester hours.
Addresses specific learning needs of individuals for the enhancement of knowledge and skills within the program area under the guidance of an instructor. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor. D
MSTH 0298 Special Topics: 1-8 semester hours.
Addresses the specific needs of industry, enabling students to upgrade technical skills that are not included in the current program curriculum. May be repeated. Graded S/U, or may be letter-graded. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D