CURRICULAR GUIDE

Massage Therapy
Certificate of Achievement

Curriculum Code: 0837  (Effective Fall 2002 - Summer 2007)

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 Course Descriptions or Course Offerings for course
prerequisite information.  See the Assessment and Placement Testing section for
skills assessment and advising information.

Contact the Health and Human Services 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 282    Clinical/Rehab Massage Tech I                                    4
MASG 283    Clinical/Rehab Massage Tech II                                   4
MASG 288    Sports Massage Techniques                                        2
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
MASG 285    Maternal/Infant Massage                                          3
PFHW 105    Med Alternatives/Hlth & Wlns                                     2
PFHW 133    Therapeutic Touch and Yoga                                       3
PFHW 161    Self-Awareness: Key to Wlness                                    2
            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 semesters,
      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 282          MASG 283
                  MASG 290          MASG 290          MASG 288
                  PFHW 163          PFHW 181          MASG 290