Allied Health - Massage Therapy & Bodywork

Allied Health - Massage Therapy & Bodywork

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

  • Certificate

Program Advisor: Judy Gawron, 413-236-4604. The Massage Therapy & Bodywork (MBW) certificate program prepares students to become Massachusetts State Licensed Massage Therapists with the skills and knowledge to provide effective relaxation and wellness massage. Graduates are prepared to enter the healthcare field in various settings, including private practice. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Potential students who have met all admission requirements are accepted into the program on a space available basis at any time. Applicants who do not initially meet the requirements may take courses to become eligible by enrolling in BCC's Liberal Arts Pre-Bodywork & Massage program. The sequence of courses begins in the fall semester. Admission requirements include: documentation of high school graduation or GED; completion of ENG020 and ENG060, if applicable; completion of college biology (BIO 105 or 101) with a "C" or better within five years; documentation that the student has received one type of bodywork within the last two years. Upon completion of all admission requirements, students wishing to enter the program must complete a matriculation form (click on this link for a printable form). EXPECTED OUTCOMES Graduates of this program should be able to: demonstrate current academic, clinical and holistic skills necessary for the professional practice of therapeutic relaxation massage; integrate college level knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and pathology while organizing safe and effective therapeutic relaxation massages; maintain professional, ethical, and client-centered communication with peers, faculty, clients, and other healthcare professionals; identify various successful business practice strategies for massage therapists; recognize appropriate strategies for self-care and professional life-long learning; apply current research to organizing and implementing therapeutic relaxation massage.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    624

    per Year

  • Books & Supplies

    Books & Supplies

    823

    per Year

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    N/A

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Curriculum

Graduation Requirements

To earn a certificate in this program, a student must complete all program
credits and the additional requirements shown below.

Program

29 Credits

AHS 101

Intro to Complementary Care & Alternate Med

2

AHS 131

Orientation to Musculoskeletal System

2

AHS 230

Pathophysiology

3

BIO 150

Intro to the Human Body

4

AHS 162

Applied Visceral Anatomy

2

COM 104

ENG 101

Intro to Interpersonal Communication
OR
Composition I

3

MBW 110

Therapeutic Massage I

5

MBW 120

Therapeutic Massage II

4

MBW 130

Therapeutic Massage Practicum (see footnote 1)

2

MBW 131

Therapeutic Massage Seminar

1

MBW 150

Bus. Practice for Massage Therapy & Bodywork

1

Additional

Demonstrated College-Level Skills in Reading and Writing

Minimum Cumulative Average Overall

2.000

Minimum Grade Required in Each Program Course

2.000



SUGGESTED BLOCK FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in one year.
The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.



First Semester

13 Credits

AHS 101

Intro to Complementary Care (online).

2

AHS 131

Orientation to Musculoskeletal System

2

BIO 150

Intro to the Human Body

4

MBW 110

Therapeutic Massage I

5







Second Semester

16 Credits

AHS 230

Pathophysiology

3

AHS 162 Applied Visceral Anatomy
2

COM 104

ENG 101

Intro to Interpersonal Communication
OR
Composition I

3

MBW 120

Therapeutic Massage II

4

MBW 130

Therapeutic Massage Practicum (see footnote 1)

2

MBW 131

Therapeutic Massage Seminar

1

MBW 150

Bus. Practice for Massage Therapy (online).

1

1. Students must complete CPR and First Aid certification prior to enrollment in MBW 130 and maintain certification throughout the program. See also note below about immunization.

NOTE: MBW students must be immunized (or be in process) by October 1st of the academic year they are enrolled in the program (immunizations must remain current throughout MBW 130).

NOTE: Individual states vary in the number of course and clinical hours required for licensure. It is the students' responsibility to fully investigate the licensing requirements of any state in which
they wish to practice. If further coursework is needed to meet those requirements, students should work with their advisor to plan specific additional coursework.

NOTE: Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in clinical agencies and the ability to become licensed in this field.
See Criminal Offender Record Information Checks for details.

NOTE:
For Gainful Employment disclosure information on this program follow this link: www.berkshirecc.edu/GainfulEmploymentDisclosure .