HA-220: Pathology for Massage Therapy I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HA-220 Pathology for Massage Therapy I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3;m offered in Fall or Spring semester

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): BI-302, HA-104; All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better

Co-requisites (if any): BI-325

Course Description in college catalog:

An introduction to the theories and mechanisms of disease. The course focuses on the pathological conditions most likely encountered in the scope of massage therapy. Special attention will be given to precautions, contraindications and indications for massage. Pathological conditions correlating to body systems within a holistic perspective will be 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. A. Students will communicate effectively through reading, writing, listening, and speaking

  2. A. Students will 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:

  • Understand the bodys inherent healing mechanism and how to promote and support these processes naturally
  • Explain knowledge of the physiological changes of the body during disease and massage treatments for these conditions when applicable
  • Understand and recognize pathologies relevant to body systems in order to develop a complete understanding of a clients condition and a holistic treatment protocol for a particular condition
  • Develop a clinical impression relating to various conditions and determine whether massage is indicated or referral is appropriate


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

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:


Student competency will be evaluated by grades determined by three examinations, homework assignments, class attendance, and participation.


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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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