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MASSAGE THERAPY

PROGRAM DETAILS

TYPE:Diploma
TIME:Morning or Afternoon
DURATION:88 Weeks
FIELD PLACEMENT:Available
CAMPUSES:Specific ( INQUIRE )
NOC Code:3326
PROGRAM OUTLINEMassage Therapy Program Outline NBMassage Therapy Program Outline NS

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Interested in helping and treating others who may suffer with acute and chronic pain? Whether you’re helping to reduce stress or providing relief from muscle conditions, the Massage Therapy program at Eastern College is an ideal fit if you’re interested in promoting health and wellness.

Not only will you learn the technical massage techniques and skills required for this career, you’ll also walk away with knowledge on client relations and business best practices to get you working in Massage Therapy.

STUDENTS RECEIVE

  • Real-world work experience with clinical outreach sessions
  • Recognized by the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS), the Association of New Brunswick Massage Therapists (ANBMT), the New Brunswick Massotherapy Association (NBMA) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapist Association (NLMTA)

INCLUDED COURSES

SELECT PROVINCE : NBNS


Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Integumentary System

The Integumentary System is examined by structure & function to form foundational knowledge and then students learn to recognize the many pathologies of this system. Skin conditions are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment and complications. Emphasis is on appearance and identification of skin conditions and is covered in enough detail so that students are able to distinguish one condition from another.

Chemical, Cellular, and Tissue Biology

Students will focus on terminology related to the structural and functional organization of the body from chemical to tissue levels. Homeostasis and feedback systems are investigated as they relate to the human body. Cytology and histology are included in this course, setting a foundation for other systems in the body.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level II

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

Ethics & Professionalism

This course is design to train massage therapy students to use professional decision making to make ethical and responsible decisions within clinical settings. Student will learn about what professionalism means to massage therapists, and how therapists? actions can benefit themselves and the profession as a whole.

Hydrotherapy

In this course, students will discuss and implement the therapeutic uses, general effects, and specific properties of water. Treatment protocols using water applied in any of its three forms as well as hot, cold, and contrast temperatures will be discussed and practiced with the goal of incorporating hydrotherapy into massage therapy treatments. Appropriate hydrotherapy applications, their clinical relevance, contraindications and their integration with massage therapy treatments will be studied.

Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology is the foundation of reading & understanding as students move into the demanding massage therapy program. In this course, students will learn a new language that will allow them to move more fluidly through subsequent courses. Basic anatomical, directional & other related medical terms are covered. Common abbreviations are included to allow students to take notes & chart in a profession-specific method. Written & oral communication skills are included and practiced in both medical & plain language.

Public Health

This course is designed to inform the student of the definition and role of Public Health in the community, and to provide knowledge and responsibilities of reportable disease, as well as the importance of sanitation.

Regulations and Legislation

This course is to inform the student of what legal documents apply to massage therapist, as well as how massage therapists are govern and regulated in this province.

Effective Research

This course will provide students an introduction to research literacy. Students will learn to analyze research papers for quality and validity. Students will use research to maintain currency in their profession and will be able to evaluate material to make informed choices to improve patient / client outcomes and quality of care.

Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals

Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.


Anatomy & Physiology - Arthrology

Arthrology is the scientific study of joints. Joints of the skeletal system contribute to homeostasis by holding bones together in ways that allow for movement and flexibility. This course covers the anatomy, function, dysfunction and treatment of joints. This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Osteology and prepares students for Myology.

Anatomy & Physiology - Cardiology

This course will outline the physiology of the cardiovascular system and describe the major diseases affecting these systems. This course will provide the student with knowledge of the available treatments to consider and apply with relation to the subject matter.

Anatomy & Physiology - Endocrine System

The focus of this module is the endocrine system and hormone function, the major endocrine organs, other hormone producing tissue and organs, and endocrine pathology – thyroid conditions, diabetes mellitus, Cushings disease, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism.

Anatomy & Physiology - Gastrointestinal System

The digestive system, also referred to as the gastrointestinal or alimentary tract, contains the organs involved in the ingestion and processing of food. The digestive system plays a role in four major functions: ingestion, digestion, absorption, and elimination. This course will provide students with fundamental knowledge of the anatomy of the gastrointestinal system.

Anatomy & Physiology - Histology

Students review the anatomy of the cell and tissue physiology with an aim to apply theory to treatment of various inflammatory conditions.

Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Integumentary System

The Integumentary System is examined by structure & function to form foundational knowledge and then students learn to recognize the many pathologies of this system. Skin conditions are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment and complications. Emphasis is on appearance and identification of skin conditions and is covered in enough detail so that students are able to distinguish one condition from another.

Anatomy & Physiology - Integumentary System

The integumentary system contributes to homeostasis by protecting the body and helping to regulate the body’s temperature. It allows for pleasant and painful sensations to be experienced as well as other stimuli from the external environment. The function, structure, appendages and disease of skin will be studied in this module.

Anatomy & Physiology - Lymph/Immune System

This course is an overview of the Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the lymphatic system and the immune system and its functions.

Anatomy & Physiology - Myology I

This course will cover the anatomy and the muscular system, the origin/insertion/actions/innervation muscles, muscle palpation, pathologies and treatments of specific conditions.

Anatomy & Physiology - Myology II

This course will cover the anatomy and the muscular system, the origin/insertion/actions/innervation muscles, muscle palpation, pathologies and treatments of specific conditions.

Anatomy & Physiology - Osteology

This course is an intensive look at bone tissue as well as the axial and appendicular skeleton and all bony landmarks.

Anatomy & Physiology - Reproductive System

This course explains the structures and functions and pathologies of the male and female reproductive systems. Subjects covered include male reproductive anatomy and physiology, female reproductive anatomy and physiology, fertilization and contraception, and pregnancy and birth. The students will develop massage techniques and other modalities used to treat pathologies associated with the reproductive system.

Anatomy & Physiology - Respiratory System

In this course the student will develop a firm conceptual knowledge of the respiratory system and its link with other body systems, as well as develop an understanding of the major pathologies and the mechanisms of such pathologies related to the respiratory system. The students will develop massage techniques and other modalities used to treat respiratory condition pathologies.

Anatomy & Physiology - Urinary System

The course identifies, locates and describes functions and pathologies of the urinary system

Assessment

Students will be introduced to the purpose, process, procedure, and documentation of a client assessment. Upon completion, students will be able to assess neuromusculoskeletal problems that may benefit from treatment, assess relative and absolute contraindications and design appropriate treatment plans. This mandate will provide students with the ability to evaluate progress and duration of treatment, and know when to refer clients to other health care professionals and create and maintain proper treatment records

Chemical, Cellular, and Tissue Biology

Students will focus on terminology related to the structural and functional organization of the body from chemical to tissue levels. Homeostasis and feedback systems are investigated as they relate to the human body. Cytology and histology are included in this course, setting a foundation for other systems in the body.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level II

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

Professional Business Ethics, Regulations & Business Practices

This course will familiarize students with the business principles as well as professional ethics and professional regulations. Students will be taught to recognize and analyze ethical issues encountered in the role of the massage therapist and the role of an entrepreneur. This module will provide the student with knowledge of the RHPA, MTA & CMTO Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Upon completion of the module the student will have an understanding of the governing bodies and legislation which protects both the therapist and the public.

Ethics & Professionalism

This course is design to train massage therapy students to use professional decision making to make ethical and responsible decisions within clinical settings. Student will learn about what professionalism means to massage therapists, and how therapists? actions can benefit themselves and the profession as a whole.

Exam Preparation

This module provides the students a final period in which to review the neccesary components of a written and practical exam, prior to entry to practice.

Human Relations

The intent of this program is to enhance the student’s communication skills, therapeutic relationships and professional interactions to prepare them for the real world as a massage therapist. The patient-therapeutic relationship between client and massage therapist will be explored, with emphasis on using proper communication skills and strategies when dealing with others. This course is designed to introduce students to the professional role and commitment of registered massage therapist as regulated healthcare professionals, with specific focus on developing the student’s ability to understand the professional role and commitment meet professional and ethical requirements of practice and develop skill in critical thinking and decision–making.

Hydrotherapy

In this course, students will discuss and implement the therapeutic uses, general effects, and specific properties of water. Treatment protocols using water applied in any of its three forms as well as hot, cold, and contrast temperatures will be discussed and practiced with the goal of incorporating hydrotherapy into massage therapy treatments. Appropriate hydrotherapy applications, their clinical relevance, contraindications and their integration with massage therapy treatments will be studied.

Hydrotherapy

This course provides a basic knowledge of the treatment of disease in which water is used externally, focusing on the techniques in massage therapy treatment. Students will learn the effects, uses and contraindications of a variety of local and general applications of hot and cold, as well as their physiological effects. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of relevant clinical applications of hydrotherapy techniques into massage therapy treatment and the development of effective treatment plans.

Introduction to Neurology

This module is a review of the functional anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, with an overview of appropriate treatments for conditions stemming from this system.

Kinesiology

This course provides a basic grounding of human physical movement and links remedial exercise with massage treatment. Students will develop a basic understanding of human movement and biomechanics and knowledge of various types of exercise and their appropriate therapeutic uses. Students will learn the role of remedial exercise in massage treatment planning and will address the therapeutic exercise components of the conditions specified in treatments.

Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology is the foundation of reading & understanding as students move into the demanding massage therapy program. In this course, students will learn a new language that will allow them to move more fluidly through subsequent courses. Basic anatomical, directional & other related medical terms are covered. Common abbreviations are included to allow students to take notes & chart in a profession-specific method. Written & oral communication skills are included and practiced in both medical & plain language.

Neurology - Autonomic Nervous System

This course is a review of the anatomy of the sympathetic and parasypathetic division of the ANS, autonomic functioning and the effects of the ANS on target organ systems. Students will review concepts behind prprioception and pain, and review the anatomy and physiology of the special senses.

Neurology - Central Nervous System

This course is an overview of the functional anatomy of the brain and spinal cord

Neurology - Peripheral Nervous System

This course is an overview of the cranial and spinal nerves. Students study treatment approaches and considerations for conditions related to the nervous system.

Nutrition for Massage Therapy

This course is to provide an understanding of the function, sources and utilization of common nutrients in the body and to gain knowledge on nutritional excess and deficiencies as well as nutritional requirement necessary at various stages of development.

Public Health

This course is designed to inform the student of the definition and role of Public Health in the community, and to provide knowledge and responsibilities of reportable disease, as well as the importance of sanitation.

Regulations and Legislation

This course is to inform the student of what legal documents apply to massage therapist, as well as how massage therapists are govern and regulated in this province.

Effective Research

This course will provide students an introduction to research literacy. Students will learn to analyze research papers for quality and validity. Students will use research to maintain currency in their profession and will be able to evaluate material to make informed choices to improve patient / client outcomes and quality of care.

Review I

Review modules offer students opportunity to review pertinent theoretical and practical topics covered thus far.

Review II

Review modules offer students opportunity to review pertinent theoretical and practical topics covered thus far.

Review III

Review modules offer students opportunity to review pertinent theoretical and practical topics covered thus far.

Introduction to Massage Therapy & Medical Terminology

This course is an introduction to the practical component of the Massage Therapy program and forms the basis from which clinical skills are developed. Students will be introduced to the history and will learn the theory of massage therapy to help develop a body of knowledge understood to be the basis of the practice of massage therapy. Medical terminology will be introduced. Students will also be exposed to Swedish techniques, bony landmarks and palpitations, as well as muscle origins and insertions. Current understandings of the physiological effects of massage therapy will be examined by integrating academic subjects and clinical issues and practice.

Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals

Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.

Treatment of Specific Conditions

Students gain the ability to conduct a case study and to develop proper treatment objectives and treatment plans by applying the knowledge of the other courses in this program, including the fundamental skills, knowledge, and attitudes required as a massage therapist, in conjunction with communication skills, professionalism, and ethics. Emphasis will be placed on neuromusculoskeletal conditions most frequently seen by massage therapists.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The Massage Therapy Diploma program will qualify grads to pursue positions in private clinics, multi-disciplinary clinics, spas, wellness centers and self-employment.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY HIRED EASTERN GRADS

  • Massage Addict
  • Advanced Health & Physiotherapy
  • A Human Touch Massage Clinic
  • Nova Physiotherapy
  • 360 Health
  • Rehab One

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

• Grade 12 diploma or equivalent or mature student status.  Please call the campus for more details.
• Proof of medical examination and immunization
• Clear code of conduct
• Vulnerable sector search

RESOURCE ARTICLE: THE BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY

Books on a shelf in a libraryIt would be tough to find someone who does not enjoy a good massage, but have you ever thought about just how important massage therapy is? A massage therapist physically manipulates areas of a patient’s body in order to reach a desired outcome. This can increase blood flow, which is important for normal bodily function. It can also release nerves, which aid in the person’s comfort and pain reduction.

Not so long ago, it was believed that only athletes made regular use of massage, but many different types of people also now enjoy this ancient art’s benefits ...continue reading!

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