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Professional Massage Therapy Program
(720 Clock Hours / 49.5 Quarter Credits)

Program Length  
Full Time: 32 weeks / 7½ months
Part Time: 52 weeks / 12 months

Program Description

This comprehensive massage therapy program prepares students to become successful practicing bodyworkers by giving them a broad knowledge of both therapeutic and clinical techniques. Students learn an eclectic style of therapeutic massage that is based on Swedish theory, which gives them a solid foundation for mastering many different bodywork techniques. They are taught a wide-range of bodywork therapies that includes sports massage, athletic assessment and bodywork, reflexology, deep tissue, myofascial techniques, neuromuscular assessment and documentation, lymphatic and Russian sports massage, structural bodywork, injury techniques, trigger point therapy, and cranial sacral therapy.
The program includes courses in anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology, as well as integrative assessment and documentation. Students gain a solid understanding of the body, enabling them to effectively communicate with other health care professionals and create comprehensive treatment programs for their clients. Professional Ethics and Communication are taught through Cortiva Institute’s business and career development classes, along with training in laws and regulations. The program exceeds standards set by most state and municipal governments for licensing.**
Program Objectives
  •  To develop the personal and professional potential of students so they enter the field as therapists who will offer a quality of service that will be sought after by both clients and employers.
  • To instill in students a client-centered approach to bodywork.
  • To train students in the theory and technique of a balanced blend of bodywork therapies and prepare them to seek gainful employment working as massage therapists or in related fields supported by the training received within the program and recognized by the state.
  • To prepare students with sufficient training in the theory and technique of massage therapy and bodywork to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) or other state recognized licensing exam.

Master Bodyworker Program
(1036 Clock Hours / 68.5 Quarter Credits)

Program Length  
Day: 42 weeks / 10 months

Program Description

The Master Bodyworker Program is an advanced multidisciplinary approach to bodywork that prepares students to holistically practice massage therapy in a variety of therapeutic environments within the industry. Modality-specific assessments enhance students’ effectiveness with clinical analysis and application of advanced techniques in the following: myokinetic techniques, hydrotherapy spa treatments, sports injury management, and rehabilitative protocols.

Prerequisites

The Master Bodyworker Program includes all of the courses in the Professional Massage Therapy Program. Students are required to enroll in and graduate from the Professional Massage Therapy Program before starting the Master Bodyworker Program. Credit for the completed Professional Massage Therapy Program courses will be transferred to the Master Bodyworker Program. The Master Bodyworker Program can then be completed in one full-time, 10-week (day) quarter.**

Program Objectives

  • To develop the personal and professional potential of students so they enter the field as therapists who will offer a quality of service that will be sought after by both clients and employers.
  • To train students in the theory and technique of a balanced blend of advanced bodywork modalities and expand their possibilities for gainful employment working as massage therapists or in related fields supported by the training received in school and recognized by the state including, but not limited to, advanced cranial sacral therapy, the eastern paradigm, hydrostone, myokinetics techniques and other modalities taught in the program.
  • To prepare students with sufficient training in the theory and technique of massage therapy and bodywork to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) or other state recognized licensing exam.

Gainful Employment Disclosures
32-week Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]
52-week Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]
Master Bodyworker Program [View | Print]

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