Massage Therapy

DEGREE LEVELS


AAS Associate Program
Division of Health Professions | Wellness

Healthcare has come to mean far more than hospital stays and doctor visits. The massage therapy industry is at the forefront of a growing movement toward holistic wellness and the use of complementary therapies. Massage therapy techniques improve muscle tone and circulation and promote overall wellness, stress management and rehabilitation.  Massage is an art and science of healing with more than 4,000 years of history behind it.  This fascinating, flexible, hands-on career is for anyone who wants to help people discover the power of preventative, proactive care.

Trocaire’s Massage Therapy Program combines lecture, laboratory experiences and a clinical component to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of both Eastern and Western massage therapy techniques. In addition to staffing our on-site massage therapy clinic, students participate in a variety of off-site clinical rotations at local facilities—a unique advantage of Trocaire’s program.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the NYS board licensure exam. Once licensed, graduates have wide-ranging options in both the types of massage they’ll practice and the settings in which they will work. Possibilities include wellness massage in spas, resorts, and cruise ships; sports massage in health clubs; medical massage in hospitals, rehab centers and chiropractic offices; stress-management massage in corporate offices; and general massage in private practices.

 

 

AAS:  Massage Therapy Program Format

Time of Program:  Day

Mode of Delivery:  On-site/Seated


Resources

MT Program Policy Manual 2018-2019

MT Program Clinical Manual 2018-2019

Program Learning Outcomes

Trocaire College Massage Therapy Clinic and Externships 2018-2019

 


 

PROGRAM STATISTICS

$12.1

Research estimates that massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in the country in 2015.

$39.1

Between July 2014 and July 2015, roughly 39.1 million adult Americans (18 percent) had a massage at least once.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • High School Diploma (minimum 75% average) or GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2500
  • Biology
  • Minimum final semester average of 2.0 with minimum grades of “C” in laboratory sciences for current and transfer students
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training is required prior to clinical experiences, and First Aid certification is mandatory prior to graduation.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  • A total of at least 60 semester hours for the Associate Degree, with a Quality Point Average of 2.0
  • General Education Requirements:
    • GS 100 College Seminar or GS 102 College Success*
    • Basic Communication (EN 101)
    • Humanities (EN 102)
    • Mathematics (3-4 credits)**
    • Natural Science* (BIO 130/BIO 130L, BIO 131/BIO 131L)
    • Philosophy (PH 103, PH 205)
    • Social Science (PSY 101) and one 3 credit social science elective)
  • Program Specific*:
    • BIO243, MT104, MT106, MT110, MT111, MT204, MT211, MT212, MT230, MT240
  • One, 3-credit hour “hands-on” Massage Therapy elective (other electives in the department are considered to be free electives)
    • *A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required.
    • **Math 107 is recommended and can be completed at any time during the four semesters.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
    1
  • English Composition
    3
    OR
    Advanced Composition
    3
  • College Seminar*
    1
    OR
    College Success*
    3
  • Western Massage Therapy Theory & Application I
    3
  • Western Massage Therapy Theory & Application II
    3

Semester 1

14 /16

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
    1
  • Introduction to Literature
    3
  • Myology
    3
  • Myology/Kinesiology
    3

Semester 2

13

Semester 3

17

  • Professional Development
    1
  • Applied Pathophysiology
    4
  • Clinical Practicum II
    2
  • Mathematics Elective
    3
  • Ethics in Health Care
    3
  • Social Science Elective
    3

Semester 4

16

Certificate Program
Division of Health Professions | Wellnes
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Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 26% through 2026.

Trocaire’s newly reimagined certificate is Western New York’s fastest, most efficient route to completing your massage therapy education. Our students enjoy a dependable schedule, with no nights and no weekends required for classroom or clinical work.

The program combines lecture, laboratory experiences and a clinical component to provide a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of both Eastern and Western massage therapy techniques. In addition to staffing our on-site massage therapy clinic, students participate in a variety of off-site clinical rotations at local facilities—a unique advantage of Trocaire’s program.

As part of a Mercy college, you will experience a caring environment with wrap around support and a holistic approach to student success. Educational technology and support, career services, Massage Therapy Club, Catherine’s Cupboard student food pantry and fun activities organized by the Student Life office are just a few of the added benefits of being part of Trocaire.

Healthcare has come to mean far more than hospital stays and doctor visits. Massage therapy techniques improve muscle tone and circulation and promote overall wellness, stress management and rehabilitation and massage therapists are at the forefront of a growing movement toward holistic wellness and the use of complementary therapies.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the NYS board licensure exam. Once licensed, graduates have wide-ranging career options that include wellness massage in spas, resorts, and cruise ships; sports massage in health clubs; medical massage in hospitals, rehab centers and chiropractic offices; stress-management massage in corporate offices; and owning and operating private practices.   This fascinating, flexible, hands-on career is for anyone who wants to help people discover the power of preventative, proactive care.

Certificate:  Massage Therapy Program Format

Time of Program:  Day

Mode of Delivery:  On-site/Seated


Resources

MT Program Policy Manual 2018-2019

Program Learning Outcomes

Trocaire College Massage Therapy Clinic and Externships

Gainful Employment Information 

PROGRAM STATISTICS

$12.1

Research estimates that massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in the country in 2015.

$39.1

Between July 2014 and July 2015, roughly 39.1 million adult Americans (18 percent) had a massage at least once.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • High School Diploma (minimum 75% average) or GED Diploma with a minimum score of 2500
  • Biology
  • Minimum final semester average of 2.0 with minimum grades of “C” in laboratory sciences for current and transfer students
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training is required prior to clinical experiences and First Aid certification is mandatory prior to graduation

Minimum Degree Requirements:

  • A total of at least 38 semester hours for the Certificate, with a Quality Point Average of 2.0
  • General Education:
    • Natural Science* (BIO130/130L, BIO131/131L)
  • Program Specific*: BIO243,  MT104,  MT106, MT110, MT111, MT204, MT211, MT212, MT250, MT255
  • One, 3-credit hour “hands-on” Massage Therapy elective (other electives in the department are considered to be free electives)
    • *A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) is required.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
    1
  • Western Massage Therapy Theory & Application I
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
    3
  • Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
    1
  • Western Massage Therapy Theory & Application II
    3
  • Professional Development
    1
  • Massage Therapy Practicum I
    1

Semester 1

16

  • Applied Pathophysiology
    4
  • Myology
    3
  • Myology/Kinesiology
    3
  • Massage Therapy Practicum II
    3
  • Eastern Massage Therapy I
    3

Semester 2

16

Semester 3

6