HA-221: Pathology for Massage Therapy II

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: HA-221 Pathology for Massage Therapy II

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

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): HA-220 (completed with a grade of C or better)

Course Description in college catalog:

Continuation of the study of disease conditions with an emphasis on organic disorders and psychologically-based and stress-related diseases. The importance of history taking, massage endangerments and referral decisions will be reviewed.

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

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of 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
  • Recognize the causes and risk factors for the major diseases of the various systems of the body
  • Recognize treatment (both medical and massage-related) relevant to a clients specific condition including specific precautions where indicated
  • Understand the prognosis for each disease process
  • Integrate the content learned in HA 220 (Pathology I) and other science courses in order to understand and recognize a clients state of health


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, and homework assignments.


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