HA-204 : Massage Practicum II

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HA-204 Massage Practicum II

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 9 laboratory hours; offered in Fall or Spring semester

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): HA-203; All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Co-requisites (if any): HA-221

Course Description in college catalog:

This course prepares students to treat clients with clinical conditions. Working under direct supervision, students will assess client conditions and develop treatment plans for clients utilizing both Western and Eastern massage techniques. Treatment plans are charted and outcomes are evaluated. First aid safety procedures are also discussed.

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.

  2. Students will use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions.

  3. Students will integrate knowledge and skills in their program of study

  4. Students will use information management and technology skills effectively for academic research and lifelong learning.

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate advanced skills in massage therapy. Students will be able to perform client assessment and create a treatment plan. Students will be able to:

Student Learning Outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
Maintain appropriate client communication, rapport, and confidentiality, including discussing client issues in a professional manner Students will demonstrate effective client interview techniques, hospitality, and professional treatment of client records
Perform detailed assessments of conditions Students will demonstrate appropriate methods of client evaluation and assessment
Design treatment plans using both Western and Eastern techniques and using both Western and Eastern techniques to treat patients with medical conditions Students will identify appropriate treatments integrating knowledge from Western and Eastern massage therapy methods
Document treatment of patients or clients using SOAP or other appropriate format Students will document health histories and treatments for clients in the student clinic and other facilities using appropriate documentation formats
Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment plans Students will track client progress through multiple sessions
Comply with policies and procedures of facilities for clinical rotations Students will demonstrate professional conduct appropriate to a hospital/clinical setting


  • Lecture
  • Demonstration
  • Discussion
  • Reading, writing, practice assignments
  • Supervised student practice
  • 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

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.

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:

Students of the QCC Massage Therapy Program will provide and receive massage and other manual or verbal techniques or therapies to and from students or the instructor in an instructional or practice setting. It is the students responsibility to inform the instructor of any special physical conditions they may have to ensure safety, such as prior injury or pregnancy. Once conditions are made known or are discovered, the instructor may determine that participation in some class practice sessions or techniques is contraindicated for the student, and the student will be asked to observe only. You are encouraged to take a turn partnering with every member of the class in order to experience massaging various types of bodies.

Some students may have prior experience in a different field. The only techniques to be used in class are the techniques you have learned in the QCC Massage Therapy Program from your instructors. You may not use techniques learned for a different profession, or from your classmates who have prior experience in another field.


Table Methods
Assessment Item % Of Final Grade
Client Clinical Evaluations 10%
Final Practical Evaluations 10%
Case Studies 20%
Documentation (client histories and clinic notes) 30%

Professionalism :

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

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).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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