Therapeutic Massage Program
The Therapeutic Massage Program is designed to educate persons to become certified and proficient in the delivery of several different massage techniques that are for therapeutic and health purposes. Students will develop skills and acquire knowledge that is necessary for a successful practice in the field of Therapeutic Massage. Individuals are trained in a variety of disciplines to include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Massage. Introductory bodywork courses will also include instruction of Hydrotherapy, Hot Stone Massage, Myofascial Release, Orthopedic Conditions, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Event Massage, Prenatal Massage, massage for Special Populations, Foot Reflexology, Aromatherapy, and Eastern Modalities.
The program includes two supervised clinical practices.
Massage therapists must have a thorough understanding of human anatomy and kinesiology and be able to identify common pathologies of the human body in order to modify massage techniques to accommodate the needs of persons suffering with physical disabilities or medical conditions.
Graduates are awarded with a specialized training certificate in Therapeutic Massage that will allow them to work in a variety of settings. Students who satisfactorily complete the program certificate are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) or the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM). Upon passing the exam the graduate will be eligible for licensure in the State of Alabama. Graduates will also qualify for ABMP membership (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals) and AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association).
Note: This is a clock hour program subject to the U. S. Department of Education revised regulations regarding Pell grant disbursement, effective July 1, 2011.