HA-203: Massage Practicum I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HA-203 Massage Practicum I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 6 hours laboratory; offered in Fall or Spring semester

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): BI-331; All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better

Co-requisites (if any): HA-220 and 202.

Course Description in college catalog:

Prepares students for the practice of massage with a healthy population in a variety of settings under direct supervision. Drawing on the techniques and skills learned in Eastern and Western Massage, students gain the experience and confidence needed for the successful practice of Swedish massage, Shiatsu, chair massage, and sports massage. Therapeutic modalities complementary to the practice will also be presented.

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. Students will communicate effectively through reading, writing, listening, and speaking

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
Using self-care practices Students will use contemplative and physical movement practices, monitor their need for rest, wash their hands
Creating treatment plans Students will interview clients regarding health history and treatment goals, and monitor changes in treatment plan throughout the session
Administer appropriate massage treatments Students will use all available resources (textbooks, internets, supervising instructor) to research client conditions and make clinical decisions regarding client-centered treatments
Manage a massage office Students will serve as office manager from time to time
Demonstrate professionalism as a massage therapist See clinical manual

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

Work with clients in a variety of settings, under the direct supervision of a licensed faculty member

Demonstrate understanding of professional issues, including legal and ethical concern, business practices and the importance of continuing education throughout the career

Prepare for application for licensure in New York State.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

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
Practical Evaluation 20%
Client Clinical Evaluations 1 10%
Documentation (client histories and clinic notes) 20%

Professionalism :

  • Clinic Protocol
  • Office Procedures
  • Framework
  • Client Care
  • Self Care

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

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
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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