Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

(1.5 to 2 Years)

One Intermediate Technical Certificate, one Associate of Applied Science degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree are available.

The Massage Therapy Program provides classroom and laboratory experiences as well as onsite massage lab (Massage Therapy Public Clinic). We prepare graduates to sit for the Federation of State Massage Licensing Boards' Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), which allows students to apply for the State of Idaho Massage License through the Massage Therapy Board, Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses. A graduate will also be prepared for exams  to obtain a voluntary certification through the National Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork to become  "Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork".

For  Program Information including descriptions of Intermediate Technical Certificate, one Associate of Applied Science degree, course sequence descriptions, lists of course sequences, and the cost of books, tools, uniforms, fees, handbook, and other expenses, can be found online to http://www.isu.edu/ctech/massagetherapy/.

This program requires students to achieve certain grades in order to advance each semester. Specific information is available in the program’s student handbook. The program has 1 instructor for every 20 students. The Intermediate Technical Certificate curriculum represents 725 hours of educational training and can be completed in 3 semesters (1.5 years). The Associate of Applied Science curriculum represents 1120 hours of educational training and can be completed in 4 semesters (2 years).

The  Massage Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20015, 202-895-1518, http://comta.org

The Washington State Board of Massage has approved Idaho State University's Intermediate Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree as  board-approved massage programs for licensure in the state of Washington. (Washington State Board of Health, Board of Massage Approval Number 0395)

Intermediate Technical Certificate: Massage Therapy

(1.5 Years)
(725 clock hours)            

Prerequisite Courses:
(Prerequisite courses must completed prior to acceptance into the program.)
HO 0106Medical Terminology2
HO 0111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
MSTH 0100Massage Therapy Career Exploration2
Required Courses:
HO 0208Introduction to Pathology3
MSTH 0104Introduction to Kinesiology3
MSTH 0105Principles of Therapeutic Massage2
MSTH 0107Professional Massage Techniques6
MSTH 0121AMassage Therapy Lab I1
MSTH 0121BMassage Therapy Lab II3
MSTH 0140Clinical Techniques and Assessment4
MSTH 0160Advanced Therapeutic Massage Techniques4
MSTH 0210Business Skills for Massage Therapy2
Total Hours36

Associate of Applied Science Degree: Massage Therapy

(2 Years)
(1120 clock hours)

Prerequisite Courses:
(Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to acceptance into the program.)
HO 0106Medical Terminology2
HO 0111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
MSTH 0100Massage Therapy Career Exploration2
Required Courses:
HO 0208Introduction to Pathology3
MSTH 0104Introduction to Kinesiology3
MSTH 0105Principles of Therapeutic Massage2
MSTH 0107Professional Massage Techniques6
MSTH 0121AMassage Therapy Lab I1
MSTH 0121BMassage Therapy Lab II3
MSTH 0140Clinical Techniques and Assessment4
MSTH 0160Advanced Therapeutic Massage Techniques4
MSTH 0170Spa Techniques2
MSTH 0203Asian Bodywork Theory and Techniques2
MSTH 0205Case Report Research Project2
MSTH 0210Business Skills for Massage Therapy2
Select 3 credits from the following courses:3
Basic Accounting
Business Document Processing
Introduction to Computers
Computerized Accounting
Medical Law and Ethics
General Education courses 115
Total Hours60
1

See General Education Requirements (minimum 15 credits) for A.A.S. Degree at the start of the College of Technology section of the catalog.

Intermediate Technical Certificate: Massage Therapy

ENTRY: FALL                TOTAL LENGTH: 1.5 Years               TOTAL CREDITS: 36 (725 clock hours)

Prerequisite Courses

HO 0106Medical Terminology2
HO 0111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
MSTH 0100Massage Therapy Career Exploration2
Total Hours8
FallHoursSpringHours
MSTH 01043HO 02083
MSTH 01052MSTH 0121B3
MSTH 01076MSTH 01404
MSTH 0121A1MSTH 01604
MSTH 02102 
 14 14
Total Hours: 28

 Intermediate Technical Certificate Total Credit Hours: 36 (725 clock hours)

Associate of Applied Science: Massage Therapy

ENTRY: FALL            TOTAL LENGTH: 2 Years                TOTAL CREDITS: 60 (1120 clock hours)

Prerequisite Courses

HO 0106Medical Terminology2
HO 0111Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
MSTH 0100Massage Therapy Career Exploration2
Total Hours8
FallHoursSpringHours
MSTH 01043HO 02083
MSTH 01052MSTH 0121B3
MSTH 01076MSTH 01404
MSTH 0121A1MSTH 01604
MSTH 01702MSTH 02032
MSTH 02102MSTH 02052
 16 18
Total Hours: 34

General Education and Other Requirements for AAS:

ENGL 1101English Composition3
or ENGL 1101P English Composition Plus
COMM 1101Principles of Speech3
Objective 33-4
Objective 63
Elective General Education 1min 3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Basic Accounting
Business Document Processing
Introduction to Computers
Computerized Accounting
Medical Law and Ethics

 AAS Degree Total Credit Hours: 60 (1120 clock hours)

1

Select any Objective not previously applied.

Students may be required to complete prerequisite courses for English and Math. Transfer courses may be considered to meet course requirements.

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Courses

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.

Students perform massage in a supervised clinical setting. PREREQ: Admission to MSTH program, MSTH 0100, HO 0111. COREQ: MSTH 0104, MSTH 0105, and MSTH 0107. F

MSTH 0121B Massage Therapy Lab II: 3 semester hours.

Students perform massage in a supervised clinical setting. PREREQ: Previous semester course sequence (see Plan of Study). COREQ: MSTH 0140 and MSTH 0160. S

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

Faculty

Coordinator/Senior Instructor

Beck

Instructor

Harris

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