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WHY STUDY MASSAGE THERAPY NC?

The Massage Therapy Certificate is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to take the national exam to become licensed Massage Therapists. Licensed Massage Therapists work in many settings including Day Spas, Physicians and Chiropractic offices, at hotels and resorts and country clubs or in private practice. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics employment opportunities are expected to grow by 19% through 2018—faster than the average. Texas ranks third in the nation for employed licensed massage therapists (California and Florida rank 1 and 2) The BLS indicates the annual mean wage for Massage Therapists in Texas is $36,630. Massage Therapists help clients overcome injury, relieve stress, and generally live healthier lives. The two semester program is designed to prepare students to become nationally certified. Upon graduation and certification students may go to work in a massage clinic, wellness center, or hospital, spa, cruise ship, or enter private practice.

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with Gainful Employment programs to report certain information about students enrolled in Title IV federal aid eligible educational programs that lead to a recognized occupation. You will find links to Gainful Employment figures on each of the programs below.

 

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Course Descriptions

MSSG 1105 Hydrotherapy

This course is a study of the use of accepted hydrotherapy and holistic healthcare modalities of external application of temperature for its reflexive effect. Meets the minimum 20 contact hour requirement for licensure. Prerequisites and/or co-requisites. Courses taken in level sequence order or department chair approval. 32 contact hours 

 

MSSG 1109 Health & Hygiene

This course is the study of safety and sanitation practices including universal precautions. The importance of proper body mechanics, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, maintaining the massage environment, and the advantage of therapeutic relationships is also included. Meets the minimum 20 contact hour requirement for licensure. Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: Courses taken in level sequence order or department chair approval. 32 contact hours. 

 

MSSG 1207 Business Practices & Professional Ethics

This course is a study of physical and financial office practices and marketing. Includes ethical practices for massage therapists as established by law or regulatory agency. Meets the minimum 45 contact hours requirement of licensure. Prerequisite and/or co-requisites: Courses taken in level sequence order or department chair approval. 48 contact hours. 

 

MSSG 1411 Massage Therapy Fundamentals I

This course is an introduction to the theory and the application of skills necessary to perform Swedish massage to meet the minimum 125 contact hour requirement for licensure. Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: Reading level 4 and courses taken in level sequence order or department chair approval. 128contact hours.

 

MSSG 1413 Anatomy Physiology for Massage Therapy

This course offers an 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, and nervous, and endocrine systems. Emphasizes homeostasis/wellness care. Meets the minimum 75 contact hour requirement for Anatomy and Physiology for licensure. Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: Reading level 4 and courses taken in level sequence order or department chair approval. 80 contact hours.

 

MSSG 2130 Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques

Advanced concepts of Massage. Emphasizes specialized techniques and assessment of client needs to identify a specific plan of care. Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: Courses taken in level sequence order or department chair approval. 32 contact hours.

 

MSSG 2186 Internship – Massage Therapy

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer.

 

MSSG 2311 Massage Therapy Fundamentals II

This course is a continuation of Massage Therapy Fundamentals I. Emphasizes specialized techniques and assessment of client needs to identify a specific plan of care. Completes the requirements for Massage Techniques for Licensure. Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: Courses taken in level sequence order or department chair approval. 96 contact hours.

 

MSSG 2314 Pathology – Massage Therapy

This course covers general discussion of pathologies as they relate to massage therapy. Includes universal precautions and their management in professional practice. Also covers etiology, signs, symptoms, and the physiological and psychological reactions to disease and injury. Meets the minimum 40 contact hour requirement for licensure. Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: Courses taken in level sequence order or department chair approval. 48 contact hours.

 

MSSG 2413 Kinesiology – Massage Therapy

This course focuses on applied study of human kinesiology. Muscle movements and dysfunctions will be discussed and palpated. Includes theory and practice of functional muscle testing. Meets the minimum 50 contact hour requirement for licensure. Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: Reading level 4 and courses take in level sequence order or department chair approval. 58 contact hours.

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Corsicana  |  Waxahachie

DEGREE PLANS OFFERED
Massage Therapy Certificate24 credit hours

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DEGREE & TRANSFER OPTIONS
Complete your degree and begin your career or transfer to a 4-year college to continue your studies.

 

Have transfer credits from another college or university? Send your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions & Records at 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110

ACCREDITATION
Navarro College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees; approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and is a member of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the American Association of Community Colleges.
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Office of Executive Dean, Corsicana Campus | 903.875.7573

Program Coordinator, Waxahachie Campus | 972.937.1297

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