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Harrison College

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Therapeutic and Clinical Massage

This program provides students with an understanding of the body and its functions, and teaches relevant massage techniques and therapeutic skills. These include, but are not limited to, specialized massage such as sports massage, therapeutic massage, neuromuscular therapy, and kinesiology. Skills for client-therapist relations, communication, and promotion complete this well-rounded degree that prepares the student for entry into massage career opportunities and to pursue national certification.

Possible Job Titles

Massage Therapist, Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (NCBTMB)

Skills, Tasks & Knowledge of the Job

  • Note: "Clinical Massage" refers to specialized therapeutic massage designed to treat specific medical conditions as determined by a licensed health care professional
  • Apply arms, hands and fingers to clients' muscles and soft tissue using relaxation and remedial massage techniques
  • Identify when other clinical, therapeutic or medical attention is necessary and refer clients to other therapists or medical professionals
  • Determine clients' massage needs and select necessary massage techniques
  • Introduce therapeutic aids such as aromas, temperature variations, water and light

Typical Work Environments

  • Self-employment
  • Medical and health care facilities
  • Alternative health care facilities, including chiropractic offices
  • Sports facilities
  • Spa facilities including resort spas, day spas and medical spas
  • Cruise ships
  • Outcall, private event and corporate massage settings
  • Private practice offices

Program offered is an Associate Degree.

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Harrison College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Certificates, Diplomas and Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. Its accreditation of degree-granting institutions is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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