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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.

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

Provides the principles of basic theory and techniques necessary for administering Swedish relaxation and seated massage. Related anatomy, physiology and kinesiology are included. Students are expected to practice massage techniques on each other and the instructor. Prerequisite: MAS-100 with a grade of “C” or better

Special Admissions Requirements

  • Age 18 on first day of class.
  • Submission of a completed health record.
  • Completion of a Criminal Background Check

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

Provides advanced training for students in soft tissue and movement modalities. Enhances your ability to utilize creative problem solving skills through practical applications. Students will learn the techniques that are necessary for myofascial therapeutics, sports, chair and prenatal massage.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in MAS-111 and BIO-230, 232 or BIO-234

MAS-117 - Kinesiology for Massage Therapists 
4 credit hours – 60 hours

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. Prerequisite: MAS-110 or permission of the department head.

MAS 118 - Business for Bodyworkers
2 credit hours - 30 hours

Learn the foundation of successfully managing a bodywork business. Address Federal and State taxes and reporting (including Social Security and Medicare), record keeping, accounting, business structures, developing a business plan, marketing, being 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.