Massage Therapy, A.A.S., Major #1342

This program is specifically designed to meet the New York State Licensure requirements for massage therapy training, including a minimum of 150 hours in a clinical setting. Massage therapy technique classes are hands on experiences that offer students the experience to work with various populations and pathologies. These experiences allow students to enter the massage therapy profession with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed. Students also receive instruction in general studies, sciences and massage history. To progress through the program a student must achieve a minimum grade of C in all massage therapy and biology courses. The associate in applied science degree in Massage Therapy is designed to prepare students for the practice of the profession of Massage Therapy. Licensed massage therapists are independent health care professionals who provide services through the skilled manipulation of the soft structures of the body focusing on both prevention and treatment.

 Massage therapists may be self-employed or employed in a variety of settings including the offices of chiropractors and physical therapists, destination and day spas, wellness centers, hospitals, hospice programs, long- term care facilities, corporations, cruise ships, professional athletic teams and performing arts companies.

Students completing the A.A.S. degree will be academically prepared to meet the licensure requirements as specified by the New York State Education Department.

Graduates seeking licensure in New York State must apply for and pay an examination fee. Licensure is based upon the successful completion of the massage therapy exam and the ability to answer questions to establish “good moral character.” Anyone who has been convicted of/and or charged with a felony or misdemeanor in any state or country, surrendered a license or been found guilty or charged with professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct, incompetence or negligence, will be subject to a review by an investigator for the Office of Professional Discipline and may experience problems or delays with the licensing process. Inquiries should be directed to the Division of Professional Licensing Services, Office of the Professions, New York State Education Department.

 The New York State Department of Education allows the transfer of 250 hours of previously completed massage therapy course work. A transfer student will be expected to submit comprehensive course descriptions and transcripts from his/her previous massage school(s) to be evaluated.

Program Requirements

Students accepted into the program must submit a complete physical examination and proof of immunizations as required by the Public Health Law due to affiliations with area health care facilities. Students are to adhere to the same requirements as employees. Students must demonstrate the strength, mobility and manual dexterity to perform in all laboratory/clinical settings in order to maintain the safety of clients and meet performance standards. All students must be covered by a health insurance policy in order to participate in the laboratory/clinical portion of the program. If a student does not have valid health insurance, the college provides information about procuring health insurance.

Each student must provide documentation of having one western and one eastern bodywork session prior (massage) to enrolling in the program-failure to do so will result in massage therapy courses being removed from the students schedule prior to the start of classes. This will delay enrollment in the massage therapy classes for a year.

Students will not be eligible for admission or continuation in the massage therapy program if they repeat any of the following courses twice without earning a grade of C or higher, including dropping/withdrawal or failing, at this institution or another college: all MAST courses, BIOL 150, BIOL 151, BIOL 135, BIOL  136, BIOL 137

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective and safe delivery of therapeutic massage utilizing a variety of techniques

  • Identify and analyze pathologies

  • Develop appropriate treatment plans based on client assessment

  • Communicate in a professional and effective manner with clients and the general public

  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors related to massage therapy

  • Document massage therapy sessions accurately and professionally utilizing accepted formats and terminology

  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt to various practice settings

  • Develop a treatment plan

Program Outcomes

  • The pass rate for graduates will meet or exceed the NYS pass rate (+ or -5%) for those taking the examination for the first time.

  • 75% of those students progressing to the second semester will complete the program within the time identified on the sample study plan.

  • Students completing the A.A.S. degree will be academically prepared to meet the licensure requirements as specified by the New York State Education Department.

  • Graduation Requirements: All AAS programs require a minimum of 60 credit hours including 20 credit hours from Liberal Arts and Science courses. These requirements are fulfilled in the following list of courses for this program. A grade of C or higher is required for all BIOL and MAST courses that are used as prerequisite courses in the MAST program.

Curriculum Requirements - 60 Credits 

course

credits

MAST 100 CPR for Healthcare Providers

1

MAST 101 Eastern Anatomy and Physiology

3

MAST 102 Western Massage I

4

MAST 103 Western Massage II

2

MAST 104 Eastern Massage

2

MAST 201 Western Medical Massage

4

MAST 202 Eastern Medical Massage

4

MAST 203 Professional Issues

1

MAST 204 Massage Clinical Experience

5

MAST 205 Senior Seminar 

3

MAST 206 Professional Practice Issues

2

BIOL 135 Myology I

3

BIOL 136 Myology II

3

BIOL 137 Neurology

4

BIOL 150 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BIOL 151 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

COMP 101 Composition and Research

3

COMP 110 Technical Communications

3

OR

COMM 111 Introduction to Speech

3

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology

3

 Additional General Elective Credits

2

Suggested Course Sequence

Course

Credits

Year 1/Fall - 18 Credits

MAST 101 Eastern Anatomy and Physiology

3

MAST 102 Western Massage

4

BIOL 150 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

COMP 101 Composition and Research

3

BIOL 135 Myology I

4

Year 1/Spring - 15 Credits

MAST 102 Western Massage II

2

MAST 104 Eastern Massage

2

BIOL 151 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL 136 Myology II

4

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology

3

Year 2/Fall - 14 Credits

MAST 201 Western Medical Massage

4

MAST 202 Eastern Medical Massage

4

BIOL 137 Neurology

4

Elective as Advised

2

Year 2/Spring - 15 Credits

MAST 204 Massage Clinical Experience

5

MAST 205 Senior Seminar

3

MAST 206 Professional Practice Issues

2

MAST 100 CPR for Healthcare Providers

1

MAST 203- Professional Issues

1

COMM 111 Introduction to Speech

3

OR

 

 

COMP 110 Technical Communications

3