HA-202: Western Massage III

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HA-202 Western Massage III

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 1 hour lecture 3 hours laboratory; offered in fall or spring semester

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): HA-104 (completed with a grade of C or better)

Co-requisites (if any): HA-203

Course Description in college catalog:

This course continues the learning of techniques and skills taught in previous Western massage classes and prepares students in the use of therapeutic massage applications. Advance techniques such as trigger point release, orthopedic assessment testing, and treatment plan design will be discussed for common injuries and conditions.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Massage Therapy

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively through reading, writing, listening and speaking.

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decision

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in:

Student Learning Outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a strong foundation in the biological sciences, together with a broad based general education in the liberal arts Understanding of the causes of basic mechanism of injury, in various sports and medical massage injuries
Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in the art and science of massage therapy, within wholistic health frame work Students will utilize their cumulative knowledge and apply it in treating the whole person within the wholistic health frame work
Comprehend theoretical knowledge of and apply eastern and western massage therapy techniques Students will demonstrate treatment skill in their practical presentations, western massage therapy techniques appropriate for the pathology


  • Learn to recognize trigger points and their referral patterns in major muscle groups
  • Understand how various postural patterns and accommodations can develop into musculoskeletal injuries and how massage can prevent or relieve this.
  • Execute and interpret orthopedic assessment tests appropriate for various parts of the body
  • Learn treatment protocols for common injuries and conditions that can be positively affected by therapeutic massage
  • Develop technique versatility and a proficient, goal-oriented approach to massage.


Methods of instruction will emphasize:

  • Demonstration
  • Lecture
  • Reading and writing assignments
  • Supervised student practice
  • Exams
  • Practical massage evaluation

Program-specific outcomes

Demonstrate a strong foundation in the biological sciences, together with a broad based general education in the liberal arts

Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in the art and science of massage therapy, within a holistic health framework

Comprehend theoretical knowledge of and apply Eastern and Western massage therapy techniques

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:


Table Methods
Assessment Item % Of Final Grade
In-Class Performance/Presentation Project 10%
Quizzes (6 – 8 during the semester) 30%
Written Midterm Exam 15%
Practical Midterm Exam 15%
Final Written Exam 15%
Final Practical Exam 15%

Failure of the practical evaluation will constitute a failure for the course


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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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