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Course Descriptions - Therapeutic Massage

This list of classes for massage therapy below also contains information about prerequisites and corequisites. As you will note, most of these classes must be taken sequentially.
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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS- THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

MAS 100 - Introduction to Massage
1 credit hour – 15 hours of lecture
Introduces the background, terminology, legal requirements, career opportunities and ethics of therapeutic massage for the professional or nonprofessional. Discusses introductory body mechanics. Helps students determine if they want to pursue therapeutic massage as an avocation or vocation. Prepares the student for MAS 110.

MAS 110 - Swedish Massage
6 credit hours - 60 hours of lecture and 75 hours of college lab
Learn the principles of basic theory and techniques necessary for administering Swedish relaxation and seated massage.
Prerequisite: MAS 100 with a grade of C or better or permission of the program coordinator.
Special admission requirement: Age 18 by the first day of class. Submission of completed health record.

­MAS 111 - Deep Tissue Massage
6 credit hours - 60 hours of lecture and 75 hours of college laboratory
Provides intermediate training for students in soft tissue and movement modalities. Enhances your ability to utilize creative problem solving skills through practical applications. Learn the techniques that are necessary for deep tissue therapeutic massage.
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MAS 110 

MAS 113 - Advanced Massage Techniques
6 credit hours - 60 hours of lecture and 75 hours of college laboratory
Learn advanced techniques in soft tissue and movement modalities. Utilize creative, problem-solving skills through practical applications. Examine techniques that are necessary for myofascial release, sports, chair and prenatal massage.
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MAS 111 and BIO 230 or BIO 232 or BIO 234. BIO requirement may be taken as a corequisite with the permission of the program coordinator.

MAS 117 - Kinesiology for Massage Therapists 
4 credit hours – 60 hours of lecture
Study of the biomechanical principles of human movement, upper and lower extremities. Includes structure and function of joints, muscle groups, and the characteristics of normal posture and gait. Successful completion of this course awards 50 NCBTMB contact hours.
Prerequisite: MAS 110 or permission of the program coordinator.

MAS 118 - Business for Bodyworkers
2 credit hours - 30 hours of lecture
Learn the foundation of successfully managing a bodywork business. Addresses Federal and State taxes and reporting (including Social Security and Medicare), record keeping, accounting, business structures, developing a business plan, marketing, being or hiring an independent contractor, third party billing and accepting credit cards. Students will prepare and present a financial business plan for their business. Provides 30 continuing education hours for NCBTMB and State of Maryland massage therapists.

Questions?
Contact Lynne Brummitt at labrummitt@aacc.edu.