HA-207: Hospital-Based Massage

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HA-207 Hospital-Based Massage

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

Credits: 2

Pre-requisites (if any): CPR and First Aid Certification, medical clearance, liability/malpractice insurance, BI-302, BI-331, HA-101, HA-104, and permission of instructor

Course Description in college catalog:

This course is designed for students majoring in Massage Therapy or Nursing who plan to provide massage for seriously ill patients in a hospital setting, with an emphasis on oncology massage. It includes medical terminology, devices, and documentation. The course presents an overview of complementary and alternative therapies, including energy-based techniques that are commonly used with seriously ill patients, along with how to modify massage therapy according to patients needs. Students will gain practical experience providing massage in the hospital.

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 decisions.

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
1. Demonstrate competency as a member of the healthcare team in the hospital setting a. Communicate effectively with hospital staff

b. Demonstrate enhanced communication skills with in-patients and their families
2. Discuss pathophysiology for oncology massage and massage for other serious illnesses a. Identify cautions and contraindications for serious illness

b. Assess patient conditions and use clinical reasoning skills to design a care plan
3. Identify hospital equipment and procedures encountered with in-patients a. Demonstrate safe and effective body mechanics for giving massage to in-patients

b. Modify massage applications with regard to devices, ports, and lines
4. Discuss the benefits, contraindications, and cautions of massage therapy for seriously ill people a. Demonstrate proficiency finding evidence-based research reports on massage therapy

b. Demonstrate skill in evaluating strengths and weakness of research
5. Demonstrate competence in reading hospital charts and documenting massage treatments, including proficient use of medical terminology a. Record patient care in progress notes b. Demonstrate proficiency in creating SOAP

b. Demonstrate proficiency in creating SOAP notes, narrative charting, or other appropriate form of documentation used in a facility
6. Practice specific massage techniques for people with serious illness a. Demonstrate pressure, site, position, duration and other appropriate modifications

b. Provide compassionate care for patients from different cutures


Program-specific outcomes

This course will prepare students with the appropriate knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective massage therapy in the hospital setting. Proficiency in this specialized area is in increasingly high demand.

Students will:

  • 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 concerns, business practices and the importance of continuing their education throughout their career

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:

Assessment will be done in practical and written forms. The practical assessment will be ongoing visual assessment by the instructor during supervised practice. The instructor will evaluate the massage based on a rubric in order to ensure consistency in evaluation. The written assessment will consist of a final written exam (multiple choice, and short answer questions) that will test the students knowledge on all of the content from the class lectures and practical skill and application.


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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