Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, Diploma (NT12) Diploma


Campus Locations: Moultrie (Veterans Parkway)

The Neuromuscular Massage Therapist Diploma program consists of a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of Neuromuscular Therapy. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Curriculum fundamentals, Swedish massage, musculoskeletal anatomy, identification of diseases and conditions, medical documentation, and client care prepare the graduate for an entry level position. Specialized training in nervous system pathology, postural analysis, neuromuscular therapy, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release and clinical reasoning establish this program and its graduates as specialists in their field. Program graduates receive a Neuromuscular Massage Therapist Diploma, which qualifies them to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board and apply for Georgia Licensure through the GBMT.

Length of Program: Five (5) Semesters

Entrance Date: Fall Semester

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admission criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Program Final Exit Point: Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, Diploma. Eligible to submit application to the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board to register for the MBLEx licensing examination.

Credits Required for Graduation: 59 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Note: Credits from this program may be applied to a degree or a diploma program.

Accreditation Information: The Neuromuscular Massage Therapist diploma program is approved by the Professional Licensing Boards Division Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217-3858, Phone: 478-207-2440, http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/33 and National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), 1901 South Meyers Road, Suite 240, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181, Phone: 630-627-8000, http://www.ncbtmb.org.

Cost
Books: $554.80
Fees: $326.00
Tuition: $1,200.00
Total: $2,080.80
Books: $142.10
Fees: $301.00
Tuition: $700.00
Total: $1,143.10
Books: $1,000.00
Fees: $501.00
Tuition: $1,500.00
Total: $3,001.00
Books: $1,000.00
Fees: $316.00
Tuition: $1,200.00
Total: $2,516.00
Books: $1,250.00
Fees: $341.00
Tuition: $1,300.00
Total: $2,891.00
Curriculum Outline (59 hours)
1: Basic Skills Courses (9 hours) 9
ENGL 1010

Co-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels or ENGL 0090. Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

3
And one of the following (2-3 hours) 3
EMPL 1000

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

2
PSYC 1010

Pre-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatments, stress and health, and social psychology.

3
And one of the following (3 hours) 3
MATH 1012

Co-requisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Score or appropriate learning support exit point, or MATH 0090. Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

3
MATH 1013

Pre-requisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Score Emphasizes concepts and operations which are applied to the study of algebra. Topics include basic mathematical concepts, basic algebraic concepts, and intermediate algebraic concepts.

3
MATH 1015

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 1013 Emphasizes basic geometric and trigonometric concepts. Topics include measurement conversion, geometric terminology and measurements, and trigonometric terminology and functions.

3
2: Institutional Courses (3 hours) 3
COLL 1500

This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/ technical program of study. Topics include: Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communications Skills, Career Exploration, Research Skills, College Campus Knowledge, Memory & Reading Skills, Presentation & Interview Skills, and Group Skills. Effective Fall 2016, students who already have an Associate Degree or higher will be given exemption credit for the COLL 1500 course.

3
3: Occupational Courses (47 hours) 47
ALHS 1011

Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

5
ALHS 1090

Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

2
NEUT 1001

Pre-Requisite(s): Program Admission Pre/Co-Requisite(s): NEUT 1020, NEUT 1030, NEUT 1050 This is the first of two courses which provide an advanced understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy so as to enable the student to better assess and treat client conditions. Topics include: bones; joints; terminology; and muscles by region.

4
NEUT 1005

Pre-Requisite(s): NEUT 1001 Pre/Co-Requisite(s): NEUT 1060, NEUT 1010, NEUT 1080 This is the second of two courses which provide an advanced understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy so as to enable the student to better assess and treat client conditions. Topics include: bones; joints; terminology; and muscles by region.

4
NEUT 1010

Pre-Requisite(s): NEUT 1001 Pre/Co-Requisite(s): NEUT 1060, NEUT 1005, NEUT 1080 This course provides an understanding of nervous system to enable the student to better assess and treat client conditions. Topics include: nervous systems structure and function: communication of the neural and endocrine systems; and NMT Foundational Platform.

3
NEUT 1020

Pre-Requisite: Program Admisson Pre/Co-Requisite(s): NEUT 1001, NEUT 1030, NEUT 1050 This course prepares students to identify general pathological conditions so as to be able to refer for medical attention or identify indications and contraindications for massage for specific body systems as stated: musculoskeletal, endocrine, nervous, integumentary, circulatory and lymphatic, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. Topics include: review of basic anatomy and physiology per body system; identification of pathologic conditions per body system; physiologic effects of manual therapies upon each body system; formation of a treatment plan; indications versus contraindications for treatment; dysfunction versus disease; and critical reading.

3
NEUT 1100

Pre-Requisite(s): NEUT 1050, NEUT 1080 Co-requisite(s): NEUT 1110, NEUT 1120, NEUT 1230 This course is intended to be an overview of other adjunctive modalities. Further supervised study and training in these modalities is necessary for responsible therapy. Topics include: myofascial release overview; pregnancy massage; and lymphatic drainage.

3
NEUT 1120

Pre-Requisite(s): NEUT 1050, NEUT 1060 Co-requisite(s): NEUT 1081, NEUT 1100, NEUT 1110, NEUT 1230 Students will continue clinical reasoning and provide supervised therapy services in the college clinic. Students will apply skills learned in previous courses to interview clients, document assessment findings, discern indications and contraindications, develop and implement proper treatment plans, and deliver and evaluate effective treatment plan sessions for a minimum of three clients per week utilizing combined therapies of NMT routines, Swedish, and deep tissue. Student will continue to utilize wellness essentials, evaluate client/therapist communication, and improve professional work ethic. This course also includes a community service component. Topics include: documentation, advanced communication skills, effective treatment, preceptor shadowing, community outreach and self care.

2
NEUT 1030

Pre-Requisite: Program Admission Pre/Co-Requisite(s): NEUT 1001, NEUT 1020, NEUT 1050 Provides student with knowledge and practice of basic skills necessary for maintaining a successful and responsible career as a Neuromuscular therapist. This course prepares students in practical application for clinic by developing the proper skills necessary for interviewing clients, collecting data, assessment of data collection, developing patient care plan, and proper documentation. Topics include: history of massage and body work; professionalism, effective communication skills; documentation and charting; formation of a treatment plan utilizing assessment procedures; and critical reading.

3
NEUT 1050

Pre-Requisite: Program Admission Pre/Co-Requisite(s): NEUT 1001, NEUT 1020, NEUT 1030 This course lays the foundation for other neuromuscular courses as it provides the essential basic skills for soft tissue manipulations. Students will learn how to incorporate the basic Swedish strokes as well as integrate each body region into a full body treatment session. Topics include: therapeutic environment; client positioning, bolstering, and draping; endangerment sites; Swedish strokes per NCE; integrated routine; mobile practice; and self care.

5
NEUT 1060

Pre-Requisite(s): NEUT 1001, NEUT 1050 Pre/Co-Requisite(s): NEUT 1005, NEUT 1010, NEUT 1080 Students begin clinical reasoning and provide supervised therapy services in the college clinic. Students will apply skills learned in previous courses to interview clients; document assessment findings; discern indications and contraindications; develop and implement proper treatment plans; and deliver and evaluate effective Swedish and Deep tissue sessions for a minimum of three clients per week. Student will continue to utilize wellness essentials, evaluate client/therapist communication, and improve professional work ethic. This course also includes a community service component. Topics include: documentation; effective communication skills; effective treatment; preceptor shadowing; case study; community outreach; and self care.

2
NEUT 1080

Pre-Requisite(s): NEUT 1001, NEUT 1050 Pre/Co-Requisite(s): NEUT 1005, NEUT 1010, NEUT 1060 This course enhances didactic instruction of students in the techniques of neuromuscular therapy (NMT) as related to physiologic factors of pain such as Ischemia, Trigger Points, Postural Distortion, Neural Compression/Entrapment, Biomechanical Dysfunction, Nutrition and Stress in an attempt to restore and maintain a balance among the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Topics include: NMT foundational platform; NMT application fundamentals; indications and contraindications for treatment; muscles; NMT treatment per body region; and self care.

3
NEUT 1081

Pre-requisite(s): NEUT 1050, NEUT 1080 Co-requisite(s): NEUT 1110, NEUT 1120, NEUT 1230 This course enhances didactic instruction of students in the techniques of neuromuscular therapy (NMT) as related to physiologic factors of pain such as Ischemia, Trigger Points, Postural Distortion, Neural Compression/Entrapment, Biomechanical Dysfunction, Nutrition and Stress in an attempt to restore and maintain a balance among the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Topics include: NMT foundational platform; NMT application fundamentals; indications and contraindications for treatment; muscles; NMT treatment per body region; and self-care.

3
NEUT 1110

Pre-Requisite(s): NEUT 1005, NEUT 1060 Co-requisite(s): NEUT 1081, NEUT 1100, NEUT 1120, NEUT 1230 This course is an integration and review of didactic instruction in order to prepare students to take the National Certification Examination (NCETM/NCETMB) or an equivalent licensure exam approved by the Therapist*s chosen state of practice. Students will be self directed in review of competencies of NCBTMB or other chosen licensing exam. Also, students will participate in simulated registry exams. Review topics include: anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology; massage application and assessment; pathology; professional ethics and business practices; clinical reasoning; and Eastern modalities.

3
NEUT 1230

Pre-Requisite(s): NEUT 1030, NEUT 1060 Co-Requisite(s): NEUT 1081, NEUT 1100, NEUT 1110, NEUT 1120 This course is designed to prepare students to develop professional leadership skills and maintain a successful practice as a Neuromuscular Therapist. This course will explore local and Georgia law as it pertains to the regulation and licensure of Massage Therapy. Also addressed are professional ethics and standards for practice per chosen professional massage therapy organization Topics include: networking; business promotion; business management; start-up plan portfolio; financial management; State (Georgia) law; Local Law; and Professional Ethics.

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Neuromuscular Massage Therapist Program Chair
School of Health Sciences
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