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Massage Therapy

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Massage Therapy program is designed to provide students with the foundational and advanced technical skills to meet State of Arizona licensure qualifications and is designed to prepare students for employment as massage professionals. The field of massage therapy is a holistic profession focused on helping people improve their physical and emotional well-being. Partnering with instructors and fellow students in a hands-on learning environment, students will gain a deep understanding of massage therapy integrating classic techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, and therapeutic. Students will have opportunities in onsite clinical and classroom settings working with a variety of individuals. Upon completion of this program students will be prepared to work in a range of settings including private practice, physical therapy clinics, chiropractic offices, corporate/franchised spas, sports industry, and destination resorts. Credits earned in the CCL directly apply to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Massage Therapy degree.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Massage Therapy (CER)
Total Credits Required
36-40
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses in the program.
Students must attend an orientation prior to applying to the program and be advised by the Program Director.
A special application must be completed to be officially accepted in the program. Contact the Program Director or Advisement to obtain the Massage Therapy Program packet.

**GateWay Community College also offers a clock-hour based Massage Therapy certificate:

www.gatewaycc.edu/massage-therapy
What You'll Learn
  • Utilize effective written and oral communication skills with clients and colleagues in accordance with industry standards. (BIO160, HCC130, HCC145AA, MGT253, WED165, WED204, WED215, WED230, WED231, WED232, WED250AA, WED250AB, FON241, HES100, HES271, REC120, WED120, WED125, WED135, WED145, WED151, WED162, WED172, WED176, WED182, WED183, WED210, WED218, WED225, WED297AA, WED297AB, WED297AC)
  • Effectively apply knowledge of body systems, functional anatomy, physiology, and common pathologies to the practice of massage therapy. (BIO160, HCC145AA, WED165, WED215, WED230, WED231, WED232, WED250AA, WED250AB, FON241, HES100, HES271, PED101JU, PED101PS, PED102PS, PED103PS, PED101TC, PED102TC, PED103TC, PED201TC, PED101YO, PED102YO, PED103YO, PED201YO , REC120, WED120, WED125, WED135, WED145, WED151, WED162, WED172, WED176, WED182, WED183, WED210, WED218, WED225, WED297AA, WED297AB, WED297AC)
  • Demonstrate effective and culturally responsive communication skills to build trust and rapport with clients. (HCC130, WED165, WED215, WED230, WED231, WED232, WED250AA, WED250AB, FON241, HES100, HES271, REC120, WED120, WED125, WED135, WED145, WED151, WED162, WED172, WED176, WED182, WED183, WED210, WED218, WED225, WED297AA, WED297AB, WED297AC)
  • Establish and maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for both therapist and client. (MGT253, WED165, WED204, WED215, WED230, WED231, WED232, WED250AA, WED250AB, FON241, HES100, HES271, PED101JU, PED101PS, PED102PS, PED103PS, PED101TC, PED102TC, PED103TC, PED201TC, PED101YO, PED102YO, PED103YO, PED201YO , REC120, WED120, WED125, WED135, WED145, WED151, WED162, WED172, WED176, WED182, WED183, WED210, WED218, WED225, WED297AA, WED297AB, WED297AC)
  • Assess and create individualized treatment plans that are safe and effective for a variety of populations. (WED165, WED215, WED230, WED231, WED232, WED250AA, WED250AB, FON241, HES100, HES271, PED101JU, PED101PS, PED102PS, PED103PS, PED101TC, PED102TC, PED103TC, PED201TC, PED101YO, PED102YO, PED103YO, PED201YO , REC120, WED120, WED125, WED135, WED145, WED151, WED162, WED172, WED176, WED182, WED183, WED210, WED218, WED225, WED297AA, WED297AB, WED297AC)
  • Demonstrate appropriate physical and emotional self-care strategies. (WED165, WED215, WED230, WED231, WED232, WED250AA, WED250AB, FON241, HES100, HES271, PED101JU, PED101PS, PED102PS, PED103PS, PED101TC, PED102TC, PED103TC, PED201TC, PED101YO, PED102YO, PED103YO, PED201YO , REC120, WED120, WED125, WED135, WED145, WED151, WED162, WED172, WED176, WED182, WED183, WED210, WED218, WED225, WED297AA, WED297AB, WED297AC)
  • Evaluate the profession of massage therapy within the context of the healthcare field. (HCC130, HCC145AA, MGT253, WED165, WED204, WED215, WED230, WED231, WED232, WED250AA, WED250AB, WED120, WED125, WED135, WED145, WED151, WED162, WED172, WED176, WED182, WED183, WED210, WED218, WED225, WED297AA, WED297AB, WED297AC)
  • Practice industry-accepted professional and ethical behavior including the maintenance of boundaries appropriate to the field. (HCC130, HCC145AA, MGT253, WED165, WED204, WED215, WED230, WED231, WED232, WED250AA, WED250AB, WED120, WED125, WED135, WED145, WED151, WED162, WED172, WED176, WED182, WED183, WED210, WED218, WED225, WED297AA, WED297AB, WED297AC)
  • Perform effective targeted and full body massage techniques in a professional environment. (WED210, WED230, WED231, WED232, WED250AA, WED250AB, WED120, WED135, WED145, WED297AA, WED297AB, WED297AC)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:32-36
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business (3) OR
WED204Establishing a Massage Practice (3)3
 
WED230Therapeutic Massage Practices I6
WED231Therapeutic Massage Practices II6
WED232Therapeutic Massage Practices III6
WED250AAClinical Practicum: Part I1.5
WED250ABClinical Practicum: Part II1.5
 
Students must also complete one of the following Options.
 
OPTION 1: Credits:12
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4
HCC130Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery3
HCC145AAMedical Terminology for Health Care Professionals I1
WED165Overview of Massage Therapy2
WED215Self-Care for Health Care Providers2
 
OR
 
OPTION 2: Credits:8
Option 2 is for students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science degree or higher degree in a health science discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher education recognized by The Maricopa Community Colleges.
 
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4
WED165Overview of Massage Therapy2
WED215Self-Care for Health Care Providers2
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:4
Students must select courses from those listed below for a total of four (4) credits.
 
WED+++++Any WED Wellness Education course(s) approved by the Program Director except courses already used to satisfy Required Courses and Restricted Electives areas.1-4
 
EMPHASIS: MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
WED120Massage Therapy: Anatomy Refresher - Upper Body1
WED135Gentle Touch for Individuals Living with Cancer2
WED145Hand and Foot Massage1
WED210Sports Massage2
WED297AASpecial Topics: Therapeutic Massage1
WED297ABSpecial Topics: Therapeutic Massage2
WED297ACSpecial Topics: Therapeutic Massage3
 
EMPHASIS: ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY METHODS
WED125Reiki: Healing and Symbols2
WED151Introduction to Alternative Medicine3
WED162Meditation and Wellness1
WED172Overview of Herbal Remedies1
WED176Flower Essences1
WED182Health Conditions and Popular Herbs2
WED183Introduction to Ayurvedic Principles2
WED218Aromatherapy1
WED225Reiki: Master Level and Teacher Training2
 
EMPHASIS: MIND-BODY ACTIVITIES
PED101JUJudo1
PED101PSPilates1
PED102PSPilates - Intermediate1
PED103PSPilates (0.5) (May be repeated)1
 
PED101TCTai Chi1
PED102TCTai Chi - Intermediate1
PED103TCTai Chi (0.5) (May be repeated)1
PED201TCTai Chi - Advanced1
 
PED101YOYoga1
PED102YOYoga - Intermediate1
PED103YOYoga (0.5) (May be repeated)1
PED201YOYoga - Advanced1
 
EMPHASIS: HEALTH & WELLNESS
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition3
HES100Healthful Living3
HES271Sports Medicine Foundations3
REC120Leisure and the Quality of Life3

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