Course Descriptions

Note: Students must pass courses that have an initial “N” with a minimum grade of "B" or better in order to continue with the full program.

N101 CPR/First Aid (P Grade) 10 Hours

The First Aid portion teaches basic care for injuries or sudden illnesses; handling emergency situations; basic disease transmission precautions; recognizing and caring for bleeding, wounds, sudden illness; and immobilizing muscles, bone and joint injuries. This CPR portion trains individuals to recognize the signs of a heart attack and provide care for an adult who is experiencing a breathing, choking or cardiac emergency. All course materials are provided to the student.

N102 Medical Terminology 40 Hours

This class is designed for the student to understand and become comfortable with medical terminology used in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology classes. Students learn Greek and Latin derivatives and how they combine with other prefixes and suffixes to make up the medical terminology used today. This supports the students’ ability to communicate with other health care professionals.

N103 Therapeutic Massage 30 Hours

Provides an introduction to massage-its history, development, benefits, and current applications; teaches basic techniques; endangerment zones, and certain contraindications along with self-care and hygiene.


NV101 Anatomy and Physiology: 65 Hours

Students are introduced to the muscular and skeletal anatomy of the human body. Students learn the basics of the language of 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. The remaining classes cover the muscles of the human body in groups: shoulder, neck/head, torso, hip/pelvis, thigh, leg and foot. Students will palpate the origin and insertions of muscles and observe the actions of specific muscles.

NV102 Kinesiology: 65 Hours

Kinesiology is the study of movement in the human body. This course will explain the origin, insertion, and actions of the muscles that move the body. Students will develop skills in locating boney landmarks, muscles, tendons, ligaments and associated structures, so they can gain the ability to recognize the difference. This provides the student with the ability to understand the relationship and function of muscles so one can identify areas of dysfunction and pain.

NV103 Pathology: 40 Hours

The systematic study of structure, function, and diseases of the human body emphasizing the muscular and skeletal systems, integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, digestive, urinary, and immune systems. The diseases of each system will also be discussed. Along with traditional methods of study, we use a variety of hands on techniques designed to address specific physical dysfunctions.

NV104 Practice and Massage Theory 211 Hours (Intern Hours include)

Provides a foundation for continued study in massage therapy. School students will learn to give a full body massage using the five basic Swedish strokes to increase relaxation and reduce stress. School students will learn:

Theory of massage Contraindications Effects of Massage Draping

Proper Body Mechanics. All of which give an effective massage and ensure client comfort.

NV105 Sports Massage 44 Hours

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

NV106 Deep Tissue Massage 30 Hours

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

NV 107 Alternative Modalities 25 Hours

This course examines holistic forms of health care that can add to the effectiveness of traditional allopathic care, including energy systems, art, imagery, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reflexology, and hands-on healing approaches. Integrative medicine is the term to describe the interdisciplinary approach to client care which borrows from Eastern and Western medical traditions. Assignments will include firsthand experiences of techniques for subjective and objective assessment.

NV 108 Ethics and Business 12 Hours

This class covers professional ethics, legal regulations, and practice management skills for a successful therapeutic massage career. The student will learn how to create a safe working environment for client and therapist, He or she will learn how to keep appropriate boundaries between client and therapist, communication and conflict resolution skills, how to prevent sexual misconduct; and how to appropriately and professionally react to a client's emotional response to bodywork. This class will provide detailed information on how to start and maintain a successful therapeutic massage practice. It also covers career planning, job-seeking skills, marketing strategies, and in order to prepare the student to explore the many options that await him or her upon graduation.

NV 109 Chair Massage 10 Hours

Students learn a 15-minute massage protocol using a specially built massage chair that allows the client to remain fully clothed. This truly therapeutic technique is a great way to introduce people who have no previous experience to the benefits of stress relief and relaxation that massage provides. Students learn about the features to look for when buying a chair.

NV 110 Hydrotherapy and Spa 10 Hours

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.

NV 111 Muscle Energy Technique 8 Hours

MET, or Muscle Energy Technique, is method developed by Osteopaths used to lengthen shortened or spastic muscles, to improve weakened ligaments, increase muscle strength and improve range of motion. MET involves the patients isometric contraction of muscles against the practitioner’s resisted movement.



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 who do not follow the guidelines and policies of NOVA Training Center or most of their massage instructor in relation to their clinical practice of massage, will be either placed on probation or dismissed from the program. Students will review internship policies detail before they begin their internship. 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.


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



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