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Massage Therapy

Williston State College offers two different degree types in the Massage Therapy Program.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Minimum required credits: 62
AAS Student Education Plan (SEP)

Program Description
The mission of the Massage Therapy program is to prepare students to become practicing entry-level massage therapists. Massage therapists use the art of massage and other complementary modalities for treatment of body dysfunction and general wellness benefits. Graduates will work with a wide variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions and provide clients massage for general relaxation. The majority of massage therapists are self-employed, although many are employed at resorts, cruise lines, casinos, wellness centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics.

The Massage Therapy program assists students in obtaining the skills required to successfully function in the delivery of health care as a massage therapist. It is designed to allow students the opportunity to learn about the human body and how it functions, the effects of injury or disease, and the benefits of massage to maximize function. It also provides students hands-on, practical experience in preparation for a national examination.

All courses required for both the AAS degree and the PC in Massage Therapy need to be successfully completed with a "C" or higher.

Program Outcomes
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proper client service.
  2. Articulate and comply with the ethical and legal standards of the profession.
  3. Design and implement individualized treatment plans.

Program Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements, please see the general graduation requirements for CTE programs.

AH 130 | Pathology for Allied Health | 3 credits AH 171 | Medical Terminology | 3 credits
AH 260 | Kinesiology I | 3 credits
AH 261 | Kinesiology II | 3 credits
BADM 251 | Personal Finance | 3 OR BUSN 120 | Fundamentals of Business | 3 credits
MASG 101 | Introduction to Massage Therapy | 2 credits
MASG 120 | Swedish Massage I | 3 credits
MASG 121 | Massage Clinical I | 1.5 credits
MASG 150 | Myokinesiology I | 3 credits
MASG 160 | Business Topics | 3 credits
MASG 220 | Swedish Massage II | 3 credits
MASG 221 | Massage Clinical II | 3 credits
MASG 240 | The Business of Massage | 2 credits
MASG 250 | Myokinesiology II | 3 credits
MASG 260 | Advanced Massage Techniques | 4 credits
NUTR 222 | Contemporary Nutrition | 3 credits OR NUTR 230 | Herbs & Supplements | 3 credits

View course descriptions.

Suggested General Education Courses
The suggested general education courses are not required, but are recommended for a career in message therapy

BIOL 115 | Concepts of Anatomy & Physiology L/L | 4 credits
COMM 212 | Interpersonal Communication | 3 credits
HPER 210 | First Aid & CPR | 1 credit OR NUTR 222 | Contemporary Nutrition | 3 credits

Program Certificate (PC)

Minimum required credits for PC: 30
PC Student Education Plan (SEP)

Program Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements, please see the general graduation requirements for CTE programs.

AH 130 | Pathology for Allied Health | 3 credits
AH 260 | Kinesiology I | 3 credits
AH 261 | Kinesiology II | 3 credits
MASG 101 | Introduction to Massage Therapy | 2 credits
MASG 120 | Swedish Massage I | 3 credits
MASG 121 | Massage Clinical I | 1.5 credits
MASG 160 | Business Topics | 3 credits
MASG 220 | Swedish Massage II | 3 credits
MASG 221 | Massage Clinical II | 3 credits
MASG 240 | The Business of Massage | 2 credits
MASG 260 | Advanced Massage Techniques | 4 credits

View course descriptions.

Suggested General Education Courses
The suggested general education courses are not required, but are recommended for a career in message therapy.

BIOL 115 | Concepts of Anatomy & Physiology L/L | 4 credits
HPER 210 | First Aid & CPR | 1 credit


Faculty

Wendy

Wendy McGinley

Associate Professor of Massage Therapy
Health and Wellness Department
1410 University Avenue
Western Star (CTE) 108
701.774.4293
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