NWCCD 2008-09 Catalog 
    Jun 24, 2024  
NWCCD 2008-09 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

Massage Therapy AAS

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There are many opportunities in the rapidly growing field of massage therapy. You could meet people and see exotic places working aboard a cruise ship, work in an elegant spa, or travel with professional athletes. For those who like to stay at home, local clinics, salons, day spas, fitness centers, and hospitals provide a base for building a practice. For the creative entrepreneur who likes to work with the public, the possibilities are endless.


The Sheridan College Massage Therapy Program prepares students for careers as professional massage therapists. The curriculum is designed to meet accreditation standards set by the Integrative Massage and Somatic Therapies Accreditation Council, a division of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Graduates may elect to sit for the National Certification Exam. Sheridan College is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Council of Schools. Prerequisite courses prepare students in the areas of human biology, psychology, English, nutrition, and CPR.


The curriculum develops knowledge and skills necessary for practicing massage therapy. Core courses emphasize massage therapy principles, ethics, business application, pathology, anatomy and physiology, ‘SOAP’ documentation, indication/contraindications, ergonomics, and kinesiology. Relaxation techniques cover breath work, meditation, and visualization. Massage modalities such as Swedish, neuromuscular, and sports massage are emphasized, in addition to hygiene practices, draping, and specific supplemental modalities such as aromatherapy and Tai chi. Business communication and interpersonal communication courses provide graduates with lifelong communication skills they can use in their professional careers and personal lives. We have an outstanding team of experts who present lectures on topics such as diseases of the skin and exercise physiology.


Clinical rotations in hospitals, assisted living center, medical and dental offices, and local theater for performance arts are provided off-campus in the final semester. Our sports teams provide weekly on-campus practice in pre and post event massage. Many graduates use their training in massage therapy as a stepping-stone for careers in physical therapy, nursing, or sports medicine.


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Sheridan College

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307-674-6446 ext 2002

800-913-9139 ext 2002


Suggested Course of Study for A.A.S. Degree

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