CURRICULAR GUIDE

Massage Therapy
Certificate of Achievement

Curriculum Code: 0837  (Effective Fall 2001 - Summer 2006)
This program prepares an individual in the field of soft tissue massage.  Massage
therapists may be employed in private practice or in a variety of health care
settings, spas, lodging, and exercise facilities.  Successful completion of this
program prepares an individual for national certification testing through the
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work.
Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment and
advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

Contact the Human, Health and Public Service Careers Department, Gannon
Vocational-Technical Center, Room 1750, telephone number (517) 483-1410.

REQUIREMENTS                                                TOTAL:  29 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
BIOL 145    Introductory Anat & Physiology                                   4
MASG 270    Massage Therapy-Beginning                                        2
MASG 271    Massage Therapy-Intermediate                                     2
MASG 275    Touch for Health                                                 1
MASG 277    Polarity Therapy I                                               2
MASG 279    Business Applications/Masg                                       2
MASG 281    Sports Massage Techniques                                        2
MASG 282    Clinical/Rehab Massage Tech I                                    4
MASG 283    Clinical/Rehab Massage Tech II                                   4
MASG 290    Massage Lab Practicum (See Note 1)                               1
PFHW 163    Healthy Lifestyles                                               2
PFHW 181    Stress Management                                                1

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                TOTAL:  2-3 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:                                                          2-3 Credits
AHCC 121    Herbology in Health Careers                                      3
MASG 278    Polarity Therapy II                                              2
PFHW 105    Med Alternatives/Hlth & Wlns                                     2
PFHW 161    Self-Awareness: Key to Wlness                                    2
PFIS 139    Therapeutic Touch and Yoga                                       3
            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   31

1.    The Massage Lab Practicum (MASG 290) consists of 32 hours of supervised
      massage work.  Students must enroll in MASG 290 three times, completing a
      minimum of 32 supervised lab hours in each semester of enrollment for a
      total of 96 hours.
2.    This Certificate of Achievement is not affiliated with any national
      certification organization; however, the Massage Therapy Program is
      approved through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage
      and Bodywork (NCBTMB).  Program graduates are eligible to take the
      national certification exam offered through this organization.
3.    All courses must be completed with a 2.5 grade or better to receive the
      Certificate of Achievement.
4.    All massage courses must be completed within five years of enrollment in
      the first massage course.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have transferred
in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill) should contact
an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.
I                 II                III               IV
BIOL 145          MASG 271          MASG 277          MASG 279
MASG 270          MASG 275          MASG 283          MASG 281
                  MASG 282          MASG 290          MASG 290
                  MASG 290          PFHW 181          Lim. Ch. 1
                  PFHW 163