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Massage Therapy Course Descriptions

This list of classes for massage therapy also contains information about prerequisites and corequisites. Most of these classes must be taken sequentially.
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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 - Fundamentals of Massage Therapy
7 credit hours - 60 hours of lecture and 90 hours of college laboratory
Learn musculoskeletal anatomy for the massage therapist, and the basic theory and techniques necessary for administering Swedish relaxation massage.
Prerequisite: MAS 100 with a grade of C or better; admission into the Massage Therapy Program.

­MAS 111 - Intermediate Massage Therapy
6 credit hours - 60 hours of lecture and 60 hours of college laboratory
Learn pathology for massage therapist. Gain intermediate training in soft tissue and movement modalities. Enhance the ability to utilize creative problem-solving skills through practical applications. Learn the techniques that are necessary for deep tissue massage therapy. 
Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MAS 110
Corequisite: MAS 120

MAS 113 - Advanced Massage Therapy
6 credit hours - 60 hours of lecture and 60 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. A passing grade in MAS 120.
Corequisite: MAS 121

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.

MAS 120 - Massage Therapy Clinic 1
1 credit hour - 30 hours of college laboratory
Practice massage therapy techniques and gain experience providing massage therapy to clients in a clinic setting.
Prerequisite: MAS 110
Corequisite: MAS 111

MAS 121 - Massage Therapy Clinic 2
1 credit hour - 30 hours of college laboratory
Gain additional practice and experience in massage therapy techniques and providing massage therapy to clients in a clinic setting.
Prerequisite: MAS 111, MAS 120
Corequisite: MAS 113

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