DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL MASSAGE THERAPY
European Medical and Therapeutic Massage Program
- ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY/LAB-THEORY A&P/LT (124 total hours)
Course content is presented according to body systems and focuses on the body working together to promote homeostasis. Mastery of the main concepts is encouraged with full-color art, animations, audio, and video, and on-line resources. Multiple exercises, games, quizzes and tests to reinforce learning and test knowledge of anatomy and physiology are utilized, as well as hands-on palpation and demonstration with students and instructors. This course is for medical professionals who want to learn anatomy and physiology to pursue a field in the healthcare and manual therapy industries. The course is conducted in coordination with Massage Therapy. Pre-requisite: None
- MEDICAL MASSAGE /LAB-THEORY MM/RM/LT (128 total hours)
Medical and rehabilitative massage techniques are introduced and instructed in detail for the advanced student who has already completed both MASSAGE THERAPY and SWEDISH MASSAGE THERAPY. This approach to evaluation, assessment, implementation and analysis of massage therapy for acute and chronic conditions and pain complexes is geared for the manual therapist who has a goal of returning the client to homeostasis, integrating postural and behavioral change to the client, and aggressive treatment using specific techniques. Techniques include a spectrum of deep tissue, trigger point, advanced kinesthetic, soft tissue release, myofascial release, facilitated stretching, and intuitive touch with a goal toward immediate relief of symptoms from a homeopathic and self-healing approach are used. Pre-requisite: Massage Therapy, Swedish Massage Therapy.
- MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY / THEORY, MTERM/T (16 total hours)
Learn the basic design of medical terminology and how to easily remember, pronounce, and apply the meanings of 350 prefixes, roots, or suffixes that combine to form over 11,000 complex medical terms. It works in conjunction with the natural learning process of the brain by converting abstract medical elements into images of real and familiar objects – and then associating those images with the subject in such a way that it is incredibly easy to learn and remember. There are 14 lessons within the course, with five learning modules per lesson. Users will watch each learning module, and directly take a multiple choice quiz to test their knowledge. After all of the learning modules are complete, a comprehensive multiple choice quiz will be given. Pre–requisite: None
- MASSAGE THERAPY/LAB-THEORY MT/LT (40 total hours)
Massage therapy introduces the philosophy and history of Eastern and Western massage, ethical and legal requirements of massage therapy, terminology, self-care and body mechanics for physical performance, and career goals and opportunities in the manual therapy field. This class also focuses on massage styles, basic strokes, and multiple modalities. This course prepares you for Swedish Massage. Pre-requisite: None
- POSTURAL INTEGRATION/KINESIOLOGY/LAB-THEORY PI/K/LT (88 total hours)
This 91-hour course is designed to focus on the concepts and principles of palpatory anatomy and kinesiology. The purpose of this course is to emphasize the development of skilled palpation as a fundamental component of effective manual therapy technique. A solid knowledge base and understanding of how muscles and joints interact based upon their structure and function will be created and enhanced through a Functional Skills Model. Pre-requisite: None
This Functional Skills Model combines palpatory anatomy and kinesiology, which help ingrain the accurate location of various anatomical structures through kinesthetic experience, quality of touch, and effective client communication. This model incorporates a unique, experiential, and participatory class environment, where students can retain information while learning to use critical and creative thinking processes. In the Functional Skills Model, students actively perform various movements of daily living with a Resistance Band (R Band), creating a kinesthetic impression. Students will also palpate the targeted muscle, which will help students gain a better understanding of the designated muscle’s location, size, texture, role in posture, and dynamic movement. Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology Introduction.
- BRITISH SPORTS MASSAGE/LAB-THEORY BSM/LT (27 total hours)
Youth, scholastic, collegiate, recreational and professional athletes will be treated with modalities used in a comprehensive approach to the athlete, inherent sports related injuries, conditions, and an environment. A visit to a sports facility will be planned. Guest recreational and professional athletes will be included for students’ hands-on practice and theory. Skills including deep tissue, trigger point, soft tissue release, Swedish, and pre-/post- event techniques for sports enhancement and improvement, to maximum potential are used in this education module. Unique to this course is the intensive training on the sports mind, psychology, pathology, and pharmacological correctly utilized in the sports environment, ethical and confidentiality concerns Workmen’s compensation, corporate sponsorship and the athlete, parenting and youth interaction for the sports massage therapist, sports addiction, and national and international athletic associations and purposes. This course will prepare the therapist for a position in the sports-focused environment including professional teams, fitness centers, scholastic and collegiate atmospheres, and will enhance the intuitive therapist for application to professional treatment. Pre-requisite: Massage Therapy.
- PATHOLOGY/LAB-THEORY PATH/LT (41 total hours)
This basic pathology course for massage therapists provides a foundation in general pathology and systems present in human anatomy and function that jeopardize homeostasis. The pathways of inflammation and repair, fluid and hemodynamic derangements, and the study of immunology, infections, metabolic deficiencies, and environmental contributors and vectors are addressed. Specific organ and system disease presentations are explored through all human functional systems, including specific side effects, effects on homeostasis, and contraindications to the profession of massage therapy. Pre-requisite: Massage Therapy.
- SPECIALTY MASSAGE MODALITIES/LAB-THEORY SMM/LT (48 total hours)
Specialty Massage Modalities provides advanced training for students in soft tissue and movement modalities and enhances the student’s ability to utilize creative problem-solving skills through practical applications. Students will learn techniques that are necessary for myofascial therapeutics, Seating Massage (covered more fully in Massage Therapy curriculum). Aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, trigger point therapy, deep tissue, soft tissue release, oncology (addressed also in course SP), side-lying (prenatal and geriatric), cranial sacral, reflexology, and hot stone. A passing grade of 70% on written and practical quizzes required on each modality. Pre-requisites: Swedish Massage Therapy and Massage Therapy.
- SPECIAL POPULATIONS/LAB-THEORY SP/LT (24 total hours)
Special Populations explores the specific groups of clients that require a more customized approach to treatment and assessment. The course includes facilitating therapy involving amputees, individuals with physical or mental developmental disabilities, pre-natal/post-natal, geriatric, oncology, pediatric, immune-compromised patients, institutionalized individuals, and scholastic and professional athletes. Special Populations includes theory and practical demonstration of adaptive techniques using adaptive equipment, clarifying American Disability Association guidelines, non-discrimination, and ethics, the scope of practice, medical professional communication in the holistic approach, and review of universal precautions. The course provides specific training to allow for mobility of student into multiple therapeutic environments and advanced assessment and treatment skills. Pre-requisite: Massage Therapy.
- SWEDISH MASSAGE THERAPY/LAB-THEORY SMT/LT (40 total hours)
Swedish Massage Therapy provides the principles of fundamental theory and techniques necessary for administering Swedish components of massage, including the history of Swedish massage, in conjunction with associated anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology unique to this modality. The class includes body mechanics and preparation unique to Swedish massage. Course requires performance in practice of this modality on each other and instructors. A grade of 70% on both practical and written examination is required. Pre-requisite: Massage Therapy.
- AMERICAN RED CROSS/CPR / LAB-THEORY ARC/CPR/LT (5 total hours)
This course consists of 5 hours. CPR, AED, First Aid for Adult are covered for a two-year certification. Individual certificates for an achievement of 70% in written and practical skills examinations will be distributed by the American Red Cross. Pre-requisite: None.
- MEDICAL BILLING (4 total hours)
Practical, ethical and professional documentation of medical procedures and manual therapy are instructed in this course by HIPAA and Joint Commission standards. The history of documentation including issues of continuity of care and legal aspects of documentation are detailed, tested and graded. Documentation including SOAP notes, medical information releases, etc. is cited for managing client files and accounts. Medical billing and other party billing for manual therapy are outlined and demonstrated through hand-outs, including workmen’s compensation and auto/personal injury, and NPI certification. Theory, lab, text, video and on-line assessment are used for instructor evaluation. Focusing on laws regarding confidentiality and privacy protection are paramount to this course. The medical terminology portion for the massage therapist is included for the practical, legal communication between healthcare professionals, and for the enhanced portability of the massage therapist in and out of the clinical setting. Pre-requisite: None
- ETHICS /THEORY ETH/T (30 total hours)
This course explores ethical practice including legal and moral requirements, history of ethical practice, sexual misconduct, confidentiality, HIPAA, roles and boundaries, a scope of practice, professionalism, business practices, and harassment. Text, video, role playing and guided situational networking are used for instruction. Pre-requisite: None
- ORTHOPEDIC MASSAGE LAB /THEORY OM/LT (16 total hours)
Practitioners and educators use the term orthopedic massage to refer to a different set of treatment systems and techniques. In the most general sense, this approach naturally encompasses the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, which are defined as an injury to or dysfunction of locomotor tissues of the musculoskeletal system. The lack of a standard for what comprises orthopedic massage has left the field open to interpretation. On the surface, it appears that orthopedic massage has a defined set of components, and in the broadest sense this is true. However, orthopedic massage remains mostly an overarching approach with unique interpretations by a few critical educators—not a modality or technique in the real sense of those terms. Prerequisite: Medical Massage.
- BUSINESS MASTERY/LAB-THEORY BM/LT (15 total hours)
Business Mastery outlines the possibilities of therapists in the massage industry including structures of business operation as employees and independent contractors, marketing, advertising, customer service, resume writing and interview skills. Students will learn the foundation of successfully managing a bodywork business, including local, State and Federal taxes and reporting (including Social Security and Medicare), as well as record keeping and accounting. Career goals are reviewed with instruction on developing a business plan, marketing, medical and third party billing and accepting credit cards. A proposed individual plan of activities for each student is required with a subsequent presentation to the class. Pre-requisite: None
- CLINIC/LAB-THEORY C/LT (24 hours)
Participation in the European Medical School of Massage Clinic Program provides students with an opportunity to enhance their medical massage education and experience through on-campus clinical experience. During the clinic, student massage therapists can have the chance to learn through hands-on experience in the medical massage industry. The student therapist will no longer be in the student role; you will assume the role of a professional in training dealing directly with the public. The student will handle real issues and provide professional medical massage treatment to real clients. The student will be on campus and a massage practitioner approved by European Medical School of Massage with supervised training, mentoring, and application of medical massage therapy services. During this twenty-four (24) hours of practicum, the student is expected to perform at least twenty (20) hours of hands-on clinical experience. Pre-requisite: Weeks 1 through 28 of Medical Massage Curriculum.
- EXTERNSHIP/LAB EX/L (30 hours)
Participation in the European Medical School of Massage Externship Program provides students with an opportunity to enhance their medical massage education and experience through off-campus clinical experience. As an extern, a student will no longer be in the student role; you will assume the role of a professional in training dealing directly with the public. The student will handle real issues and provide professional medical massage treatment to real clients. In that capacity, the student must be especially mindful of performing professionally, and being professionally responsible and maintain confidentiality. Externships are an excellent opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and to gain significant experience and references that can help you secure a customer base at the culmination of your medical massage education. The program will also provide the student with experience in professional business practices including, client services, troubleshooting industry related issues, business management, and administrative duties including appointment scheduling, medical billing, and equipment care and maintenance. The student will be off campus and a massage practitioner approved by European Medical School of Massage with supervising training, mentoring, and application of medical massage therapy services. During this thirty (30) hours of practicum, the student is expected to perform at least thirty (30) hours of hands-on externship experience.
During the thirty (30 hours) externship portion of the program, the student will attend a qualifying externship site and will have supervised training, mentoring, and application of medical massage therapy services by a licensed massage therapist supervisor of the externship site.
The site supervisor will evaluate the student at the completion of the externship. A Supervisor Externship Final Evaluation form is used.