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Massage Therapy (THM)
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The purpose of the program is to give students the skills needed for the field of Massage Therapy. Through the coursework within this program, students will be prepared to work in the wellness area of professional massage therapy. Requirements after the student is accepted into the program: 1. Make an appointment to meet with academic advisor. 2. Provide evidence of CPR/First Aid certification. 3. Complete physical exam and required immunization form. 4. Complete a criminal background check request form provided by academic advisor. An unsatisfactory background check will negate program admission or result in dismissal from the program. Upon completion of this program of study, students will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. The Massage Therapy Licensing Act stipulates that massage therapy licensure may be refused to a person who has been involved in a criminal offense, such as a felony or misdemeanor. Conviction of a criminal offense does not automatically bar licensure, but Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will take such conviction into consideration. Suggested additional hours: To increase student knowledge and skills in Massage Therapy, students may wish to take additional “topics” courses in Massage Therapy: THM 1298 Topics/Issues in Massage Therapy 0.5-6.0

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FA2014
HEA 1225
Introduction to Medical Terminology
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This course introduces common root words, prefixes, and suffixes used in medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on comprehension, spelling, pronunciation, ability to use a medical dictionary, vocabulary building, and common abbreviations.

LSC 2111
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
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This course will study the structures and functions and cells, tissues, organs, and some organ systems of the human body. These systems include:integumentary, skeletal, muscular, urinary, and reproductive. Fluids, electrolytes, acids, and bases are also discussed. Human cadavers or alternative selected mammal will be used to reinforce anatomical laboratory skills. Physiological mechanisms will also be emphasized. PREREQUISITE: Two years of high school biology or equivalent or consent of instructor.

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THM 1211
Massage Therapy Anatomy/Physiology I
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This course is designed to provide the massage therapy student with an overview of anatomy and physiology and to initiate the study of the structure and function of cells and tissues and some systems of the human body. These systems include: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, urinary and reproductive. Function and structure of these systems as related to therapeutic massage and bodywork is explored. Kinesiology and biomechanics are introduced with the muscular system. Heavy emphasis is placed on the musculoskeletal system, including origin, insertion, action and anatomical landmarks, and other components such as tendons, joints and ligaments. Identification of anatomical structures is practiced through use of visualization, palpation and examination. PREREQUISITES:THM 1201 Intro to Massage Therapy and BOC 1225 Introduction to Medical Terminology or equivalent or consent of instructor.

THM 1201
Intro to Massage Therapy
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In this introductory course, students will learn about massage therapy techniques and principles. Emphasis is placed on classic western massage techniques. Topics covered will include general principles for giving massage, benefits, contraindications, basic strokes, and elementary anatomy and physiology. Successful completion with a grade of C or better is required prior to admission the the Massage Therapy program. One-half classroom per week.

THM 1205
Foundations of Massage Therapy
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This course exposes the student to major concepts, terminology, and the legal and ethical issues involved in therapeutic massage. Topics include history, contemporary development, various massage systems, professional ethics, scope of practice, and contemporary issues in the profession. PREREQUISITE: BOC 1225 Introduction to Medical Terminology, LSC 2111 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, THM 1201 Intro to Massage Therapy. CO-REQUISITE:LSC 2112 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, THM 1210 Massage Therapy I.

THM 1206
Muscular Skeletal Systems
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This course provides a thorough examination of the following: muscles (their origins, insertions, and actions), bones, nerves, and functions of the body's systems. Class time is divided between lecture and hands-on experience to enable students to integrate the materials fully, including building the muscles on a plastic model. Emphasis is placed on studying and analyzing human structure and the effect on body functions.

THM 1210
Massage Therapy I
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Basic theory and techniques of massage therapy are introduced and expanded in this beginning course. Course content includes benefits, indications, contraindications, draping, body mechanics, client interviews, chair massage, equipment and supplies. Massage techniques combine to culminate in a full body massage. PREREQUISITES:BOC 1225 Introduction to Medical Terminology, LSC 2111 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, THM 1201 Intro to Massage Therapy. CO-REQUISITE:LSC 2112 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, THM 1205 Foundations of Massage Therapy.

THM 1250
Massage Therapy Clinical I
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This course is a supervised clinical experience designed to provide training and practical experience in therapeutic massage. Basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques and principles are incorporated. Students must spend 30 hours at on- or off-campus locations experiencing real-life application of massage techniques. In addition, students will complete 20 outreach/community hours. PREREQUISITES:LSC 2112 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, THM 1201 Intro to Massage Therapy, & THM 1210 Massage Therapy I - concurrent enrollment allowed for accelerated certificate. CO-REQUISITE:THM 1215 Massage Therapy II.

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19
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LSC 2112
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
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This course completes the study of the structure and function of human organ systems including nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, and digestive. Human cadavers or alternative selected mammal will be used to reinforce anatomical laboratory skills. Physiological mechanisms will be emphasized. PREREQUISITE: LSC 2111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or its equivalent, or consent of instructor.

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THM 1212
Massage Therapy Anatomy/Physiology II
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This course continues to introduce the massage therapy student to the structure and function of the systems of the human body. These systems include: nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory and digestive. Emphasis continues on the relationship of the function and structure of these systems as they relate to application of therapeutic massage and bodywork. Special focus is placed on peripheral nerves and cranial nerves most relevant to the massage therapist. Effects of massage on the autonomic nervous system and its impact on cardiovascular, lymphatic and digestive functions will be specifically addressed. PREREQUISITES:THM 1201 Intro to Massage Therapy and BOC 1225 Introduction to Medical Terminology or equivalent or consent of instructor.

THM 1215
Massage Therapy II
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This course introduces the massage therapy student to intermediate level therapeutic techniques. Joint movements, body mobilizations, hydrotherapy, Tia-Yoga, pre-natal massage, infant massage, sports massage, stretching and exercise are incorporated in theory and hands-on classes. Contemporary massage and bodywork topics include myofascial techniques, trigger point therapy, foot reflexology, and others. Massage therapy for special populations ready the student for their clinical experiences. PREREQUISITES:LSC 2111 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, THM 1205 Foundations of Massage Therapy, THM 1210 Massage Therapy I - concurrent enrollment allowed for accelerated certificate. CO-REQUISITE:THM 1250Massage Therapy Clinical I.

THM 1220
Massage Therapy III
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Asian bodywork traditions are presented in this course including Acupressure, Shiatsu and acupuncture. Reiki and Cranial-Sacral Therapy are also covered. Nutrition, stress reduction, assessment, treatment planning, and specific conditions addressed by massage therapy complete this course. PREREQUISITE: THM 1215 Massage Therapy II, THM 1250 Massage Therapy Clinical I. CO-REQUISITE:LSC 2114 Intro to Human Pathophysiology and THM 1255 Massage Therapy Clinical II.

THM 1230
Massage Therapy Bus Practices
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This course provides an introduction to the major aspects of building and maintaining a successful massage therapy practice. Topics covered include starting a new practice, establishing a bookkeeping system, maintaining client records, and delivering a business plan. PREREQUISITE: THM 1201 Intro to Massage Therapy.

THM 1255
Massage Therapy Clinical II
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This course is a supervised clinical experience designed to provide training and practical experience in therapeutic massage. Students must spend 30 hours at on- or off-campus locations experiencing real-life application of massage techniques. In addition, students will spend eight hours in seminar discussing clinical situations. PREREQUISITES:THM 1215 Massage Therapy II and THM 1250 Massage Therapy Clinical I. CO-REQUISITE:LSC 2114 Intro to Human Pathophysiology and THM 1220 Massage Therapy III.

THM 1262
Ethics for Massage Therapy
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This course is designed to instruct students in essential personal success skills and ethical standards for the massage therapy profession. Course will include study and practice of self-improvement, time management, stress management, interpersonal communication, problem solving/critical thinking, character development, accountability, responsibility, self-esteem, values and ethics.

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THM 1214
Massage Therapy Pathophysiology
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This course focuses on the nature and causes of diseases which result in functional or physiologic changes in the body. Psychosocial conditions will also be addressed. Signs and symptoms, prognosis and treatment will be discussed with consideration to complementary therapies and indications/contraindications for massage therapy. PREREQUSITES:THM 1211 Massage Therapy Anatomy/Physiology I or LSC 2111 Human Anatomy & Physiology I and THM 1212 Massage Therapy Anatomy/Physiology II or LSC 2112 Human Anatomy & Physiology II or consent of instructor.

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LSC 2114
Intro to Human Pathophysiology
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Underlying molecular mechanisms and causes of altered physiological states in the human body are covered. Major concepts emphasized in the course include maintenance of acid-base and body fluid balances, oxygenation, neuroendocrine regulation and control, immune defense mechanisms, cardiovascular mechanisms, and aging. Critical thinking and problem solving techniques will be used to study the interaction of body systems in the development of various disease states. This course is designed for Allied Health practitioners and preprofessional students. PREREQUISITES:LSC 2111 Human Anatomy & Physiology I, LSC 2112 Human Anatomy & Physiology II, or LSC 2265 Medical Assisting Anatomy.

THM 1260
Massage Therapy Review
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This course provides a comprehensive review of content needed to take the massage therapy licensing exam. This course reviews knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for entry-level massage therapy practice. Self-assessment of knowledge and skills is emphasized. Test-taking skills are addressed and evaluated through practice tests. PREREQUISITE: Instructor consent only.

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