COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

N101 CPR/First Aid

Course Hours: 10 Hours

Course Description: This course encompasses both First Aid and CPR requirements for massage therapists.  During the First Aid portion of the course students will learn basic care for injuries or sudden illnesses; handling emergencies; basic disease transmission precautions; recognizing and caring for bleeding, wounds, and sudden illness; and immobilizing muscles, bone, and joint injuries. The CPR portion of the course includes an overview of how to recognize the signs of a heart attack and provide care for an adult who is experiencing breathing, choking or cardiac emergency.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Preventing medical emergencies from occurring

§  Steps to take before delivering care during a medical emergency

§  Normal functions of the human body

§  Assessing a victim during a medical emergency

§  Performing CPR on adults

§  Managing adult breathing emergencies

§  Managing soft tissue injuries and bleeding

 

N102 Medical Terminology

Course Hours: 40 Hours

Course Description: This class is designed for the student to understand and become comfortable with anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology medical terminology. Students also learn Greek and Latin derivatives used by healthcare professionals.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Identify medical terminology associated with massage therapy

§  Identify pertinent abbreviations used in healthcare and their meanings

§  Use relevant anatomic and physiologic terms correctly

§  Professional record keeping

 

N103 Therapeutic Massage

Course Hours: 30 Hours

Course Description: This course introduces students to the history, development, and benefits of massage, as well as current massage applications.  Students learn basic techniques; endangerment zones, contraindications, self-care, and hygiene.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Describe professional touch

§  Identify personal interpretations of touch and their influence on professional interactions

§  Explain the rich heritage and history of therapeutic massage

§  Explain the influence of historical events on the current development of therapeutic massage

§  Explain the meaning of evidence-informed practice

§  Describe the fundamentals of the Western scientific process

§  Define the terms indication and contraindication

§  Explain therapeutic change, condition management, and palliative care as therapeutic approaches

§  Identify good health and personal hygiene practice

§  Explain the major disease-causing agents

§  Describe methods for preventing and controlling a disease

 

NV101 Anatomy and Physiology

Course Hours: 65 Hours

Course Description: Students are introduced to the muscular and skeletal anatomy of the human body. Students learn the basics of the language of human anatomy including planes, directions, and anatomical positions. Also covered is an overview of the skeleton, bony landmarks, skeletal joints, and the properties, actions, and design of muscular tissue. Students will palpate the origin and insertions of muscles and observe the actions of specific muscles.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Recognize the following anatomical terminology:

o   The human body’s organ systems and their major functions

o   Levels of structural organization

o   Orientation and directional terms

o   Regional terms used to designate specific body areas

o   Body Planes and sections

o   Anatomical variability

o   Body cavities and their membranes

o   The four abdominopelvic quadrants and the local internal organs

o   The nine abdominopelvic regions and the local internal organs

o   Homeostasis, positive and negative feedback mechanisms

 

NV102 Kinesiology

Course Hours: 65 Hours

Course Description: This course explains the origin, insertion, and actions of the muscles that move the body. Students learn how to locate boney landmarks, muscles, tendons, ligaments and associated structures, as well as the relationship and function of muscles associated with dysfunction and pain.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Examine the historical and cultural aspects of kinesiology

§  Interpret evidence-based knowledge models

§  Understand the subdisciplines of theoretical knowledge

§  Evaluate the professional activities and development expected of an entry-level professional

§  Integrate basic anatomy, physics, calculus, and physiology for the study of human movement

 

NV103 Pathology

Course Hours: 40 Hours

Course Description: Students learn the structure, function, and diseases of the human body and their association to the muscular and skeletal systems, integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and immune systems.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Homeostasis

§  Diseases and conditions that avert homeostasis and intercept the normal bodily functions

§  How, when, and where massage or bodywork can be applied to rectify abnormal homeostasis, and the limits thereof 

§  Communicating effectively with patients and healthcare professionals to identify the variables in each individual patient’s situation and design treatment plans that benefit each individual patient

§  Identifying possible risks and modify the massage techniques to provide the patient with benefits while avoiding risks

§  Indication and contraindication

§  Contraindications to massage and adaptations

 

NV104 Practice and Massage Theory and Internship

Course Hours: 211 Hours (including 100 Internship/Clinical Hours)

Course Description: The course teaches students how to increase relaxation, reduce stress, manage massage contraindications, draping techniques, and proper body mechanics.

 

Internship:  The 100-hour internship will be done at NTC.   Students can start the internship when they reached the midpoint of the program. Students practice their therapeutic, communication, and business skills and will receive extensive practice in Swedish, Sports and Deep Massage while working on a wide variety of internship clients drawn from the community.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Massage therapy session basics, including intake, and draping procedures

§  Swedish massage strokes and sequences

§  How to conduct a comprehensive history assessment, and care/treatment plan

§  Determine appropriate pressure, drag, and duration

§  Write comprehensive case studies

§     Analyze care/treatment plans

§     Offer and justify alternative approaches to care

§     Equipment and set up procedures for a massage session

§     Perform a full body massage

 

NV105 Sports Massage

Course Hours: 44 Hours

Course Description: This course focuses on therapies and modification of massage techniques vital to working with athletes. Students will gain comprehensive, hands-on instruction in the use of pre-event, inter-event and post-event applications.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology massage techniques for athletes

§  Therapeutic effects of sports massage on athletes

§  Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and general sports massage techniques

§  Postural deviations and postural conditions

§  Postural analysis and postural observation

§  Observations for acute injury evaluation and injury mechanisms

§  Preparing an athlete to resume training

§  Massage guideline for basic strains and sprains

§  Ice massage and muscle cramping

 

NV106 Deep Tissue Massage

Course Hours: 30 Hours

Course Description:

Deep Tissue massage uses strong pressure; slow, deep strokes; and friction across the muscle grain to release chronic muscle tension. Advanced techniques are taught for common areas of dysfunction including: head/ neck, ribcage, hip and thigh.  It looks at several applications of deeper structural work and the deeper postural muscles and fascia.  Trigger point work, myofascial release and postural release work will be included. Students will also learn how to focus their intention to create an overall experience as well as an effective treatment massage session.

 

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage and related techniques

§  Common pathologies and contraindications to massage therapy

§  Healing mechanisms of the body/mind

§  Personal growth and awareness

§  Professionalism and safety criteria

 

NV107 Alternative Modalities

Course Hours: 25 Hours

Course Description: This course examines holistic forms of healthcare that add to the effectiveness of traditional allopathic care, including energy systems, art, imagery, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reflexology, and hands-on healing approaches.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Physiologic mechanisms of complementary bodywork systems

§  Technical skills used in the various systems

§  Integrative concepts used in therapeutic massage

 

NV108 Ethics and Business

Course Hours: 12 Hours

Course Description: Students learn professional ethics, legal regulations, and management skills in the massage therapy field.  Students also learn how to create a safe working environment for their clients and therapists; appropriate boundaries with clients; communication and conflict resolution skills; preventing sexual misconduct; and how to appropriately and professionally react to a client's emotional response to bodywork. This class also provides detailed information on how to start and maintain a successful therapeutic massage practice including career planning, job-seeking, and marketing strategies. 

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Maintain a code of ethics and standards of practice for therapeutic massage

§  Complete an informed consent process

§  Maintain professional boundaries and therapeutic relationships

§  Effective communication skills

§  Identify and resolve conflict in the professional setting

§  Problem-solving approaches

§  Legal and professional credentialing

§  Identify and report unethical conduct

§  Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) requirements

 

NV109 Chair Massage

Course Hours: 10 Hours

Course Description: Students learn how to conduct a 15-minute chair massage using a specially built massage chair that allows the client to remain fully clothed. Students also learn how to use this therapeutic technique to introduce people to the benefits of massage and what to consider when buying a massage chair.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Chair Massages

§  What to consider when purchasing massage equipment

§  Contraindication of chair massage

§  Contraindication during pregnancy

§  Scalp, Neck, Arm and Hand Massage techniques

 

NV110 Hydrotherapy and Spa

Course Hours: 10 Hours

Course Description: Water has been used for millennia by cultures including the Romans, Greeks, Chinese, Japanese and Native Americans as a therapeutic application. All forms of water have been used to maintain or restore health. This class will focus on one day of hot and one day of cold applications. This course teaches how, when and why to use these treatments.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Hydrotherapy specifics

§  General effects of hot and cold-water applications

§  Using hydrotherapy methods

§  Hydrotherapy applications in a spa, sports and fitness environment, and healthcare setting

 

NV111 Muscle Energy Technique

Course Hours: 10 Hours

Course Description: Students learn MET, or Muscle Energy Technique and how it’s used to lengthen shortened or spastic muscles, improve weakened ligaments, increase muscle strength and improve range of motion. Students also learn isometric contraction of muscles and resisted movement.

 

Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to perform the following:

§  Muscle energy techniques and applications

§  Elongation methods

 

INTERNSHIP

Academic and Hands-On Experiences

Students enjoy the natural balance between academics and hands-on experiences. They are enrolled in coursework involving internship, in inquiry projects, and in mentoring programs. Several types of teaching methods will be used to address the variety of adult learning needs within the class. An apprenticeship model is emphasized. Collaborative, transformational, and critical thinking methods are interwoven through lecture, reflection, discussion, research, and hands on activities.

 

Internship Policies

Students must agree to and practice the following guidelines for their practice of massage as a student intern:

1.                  Students will not set a price or collect any fees for their practice of massage.

2.                  Students will not advertise or promote themselves as a licensed or certified professional therapist.

3.                  Students will not practice massage on the general public unless in a supervised setting approved by the School.

All Internship policies must be followed.  More specific procedures and policies will be given to the student at the onset of their clinical internship.  There is no probationary period; it is replaced by internship time. The internship time for the Practice and Massage Theory subject is less than 10% of the total practice time.

 

Right to Make Changes or Revisions

This catalog is an official publication of NTC.  The school reserves the right to make changes or revisions to the catalog at any time by means of official addendums. Such changes may include, but are not limited to, courses, methods, instructors, staff, provisions or requirements, the cancellation of courses or programs, and any other change deemed necessary in the best interests of the school and its students. It is advised that all students read and fully understand the regulations and policies stated herein.

 

CPR/First Aid /10 Hours
Medical Terminology /40 Hours
Therapeutic Massage /30 Hours
Anatomy and Physiology: /65 Hours
Kinesiology: /65 Hours
Pathology: /40 Hours
Practice and Massage Theory /211 Hours
Sports Massage /44 Hours
Deep Tissue massage /30 Hours
Alternative Modalities /25 Hours
Ethics and Business /12 Hours
Chair Massage /10 Hours
Hydrotherapy and Spa /10 Hours
Muscle Energy Technique /8 Hours