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Prepare to make a difference with a rewarding career.

The practice of therapeutic massage continues to grow, as more and more people turn to alternative and holistic practices for health and wellness. Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to massage the joints and soft-tissue muscles of the patient’s body in order to relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and improve overall well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Therapeutic Massage

Develop a healing touch.

Prepare to make a difference with a rewarding career.

The practice of therapeutic massage continues to grow, as more and more people turn to alternative and holistic practices for health and wellness. Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to massage the joints and soft-tissue muscles of the patient’s body in order to relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and improve overall well-being.

Career Facts

$37,180

Median salary for Massage Therapists

22%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$41,640

Median salary for Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides

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Overview

Overview

Baker’s Therapeutic Massage associate degree program was developed with the guidance of employers in the field to ensure it meets the demands of the real world.  Our curriculum combines classroom work, lab training, and actual clinical experience. You learn the principles of anatomy and body movement, along with a full range of applications and therapeutic massage techniques used in a clinical setting.

As a program graduate, you will be fully prepared to take any nationally recognized certification exam and the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) needed for Michigan licensure, and ready for an entry-level position.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information

Course Information

Therapeutic Massage Major60 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

HSC 102

1 Quarter Hours

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (HSC102): Breathes new life into resuscitation education, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) is designed to train professionals to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies for adult, child, and infant victims. Consistent with the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR/ECC, BLS is the foundational CPR/AED program typically required for healthcare providers and public safety professionals. Through the use of lecture, skills demonstration and practice, case-based emergency response scenarios, and reflection and debriefing activities with a focus on team-based response, BLS builds the key critical thinking, problem solving, and team dynamic skills that are needed to drive better patient outcomes. Upon successful completion of the course, learners will receive a 2-year Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.

First Aid (Also required for HSC102): Prepares students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies and meets OSHA/workplace requirements. Through a combination of self-paced online learning and instructor-led classroom skill session you will have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate skill competency required for certification. The online portion features simulation learning – an interactive experience where participants respond to real-world emergencies in a virtual setting. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the classroom skill session and must be taken on a Flash-enabled computer with a high speed Internet connection. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate for First Aid valid for two years.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid 1

HSC 151

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to health informatics, with primary focus on the function of electronic health records (EHR) systems in health care delivery. Emphasis will be directed toward interdisciplinary use of an EHR to enhance quality and safety in patient care. Students will learn to use EHR software, access a patient account, create a patient file, and to enter and retrieve data. Compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101
Introduction to Electronic Health Records 2

MSG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the principles and applications of Swedish Massage; along with a fundamental overview of the musculoskeletal system of the human body. Students will demonstrate the massage techniques utilized in Swedish Massage and be able to perform a full body massage. Students will develop a basic understanding of the major muscles of the human body and its skeletal system. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Massage Therapy I 4

MSG 102A

3 Quarter Hours

Broadens the student’s experience by introducing more advanced techniques utilized in massage therapy. Students will be acquainted with and understand the essential principles of these bodywork systems. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 101.
Massage Therapy II 3

MSG 111B

3 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study of individual surface muscles, muscle groups, and the relationships to their skeletal attachments. Students will develop a high degree of understanding of the kinesthetic processes of the human body. Students will begin to assess clinical problems associated with kinesthetics. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Anatomy of Movement I 3

MSG 112A

3 Quarter Hours

Provides an in-depth study of individual deep muscles, muscle groups, nerves, and the relationships to their skeletal attachments. Students will develop a high degree of understanding of the kinesthetic processes of the human body. Students will begin to assess clinical problems associated with kinesthetics. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 111B.
Anatomy of Movement II 3

MSG 121A

3 Quarter Hours

Explores theories of the flow of energy. Students will be introduced to various energy-based modalities. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Energy-Based Massage Techniques 3

MSG 141A

3 Quarter Hours

Studies additional clinical issues that can be addressed by massage therapy techniques. This course offers a clinical approach to various areas of the body, addressing specific problems that cause pain and dysfunction. Critical thinking skills will be utilized in the assessment and care of musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 102A, B- or better in MSG 111B.
Therapeutic Massage Techniques 3

MSG 152

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the business marketing and ethical practices specifically encountered by massage therapists in the profession. Students will explore and determine the issues and solutions that will enhance success in their own future professional career. Explores various unique ethical issues typically encountered in therapeutic massage practice. Appropriate personal, professional, social, and client relationships will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 102A.
Business and Ethics for Massage Therapists 4

MSG 161A

3 Quarter Hours

Focuses on evaluation and care of common injuries and chronic conditions that develop as a result of sports or occupational activities. Students will be prepared to appropriately interact with other health professionals when dealing with clients in these situations. On-site seated massage and event massage will be addressed. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 141A.
Sports/Occupational Massage Techniques 3

MSG 171A

3 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the principles, rationale, and application of professional documentation for the field of therapeutic massage. Legal aspects of proper documentation and effective communication skills with other healthcare professionals will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 101.
Documentation for Therapeutic Massage 3

MSG 201A

3 Quarter Hours

Examines common clinical presentations in various soft tissues. Addresses the effects of diverse modalities when integrated into full body therapeutic massage. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 121A, B- or better in MSG 141A, B- or better in MSG 221B.
Integrative Bodywork 3

MSG 205A

3 Quarter Hours

Introduces concepts of nutrition, wellness and natural health practices and explores complementary modalities and current trends in massage therapy. Students will identify how to integrate these modalities, their application and effects into their practice. 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 121A, B- or better in MSG 141A, B- or better in MSG 221B.
Complementary Modalities for the Massage Therapist 3

MSG 211C

3 Quarter Hours

Examines pathologies and common drug interactions that massage therapists encounter in professional practice.

Pathology and Pharmacology for Therapeutic Massage 3

MSG 220A

2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the introduction to the practice of therapeutic massage. Students will develop and practice the techniques they have learned by performing 20 complete massage therapy sessions on actual volunteer clients throughout the 40 hours of this course.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 102A, B- or better in MSG 171A, B- or better in MSG 211C and student background check.
Therapeutic Massage Lab I 2

MSG 221B

2 Quarter Hours

Expands upon the principles introduced in Therapeutic Massage Lab I. Students will demonstrate more advanced assessment skills. This course continues the use of 30 volunteer clients within the learning process. Students will be supervised by instructors as they work throughout their 40 hours of work.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 220A.
Therapeutic Massage Lab II 2

MSG 222B

4 Quarter Hours

Expands upon the principles introduced in Therapeutic Massage Lab II. Students will demonstrate more advanced assessment skills. This course continues the use of 50 volunteer clients within the learning process. Students will be supervised by instructors as they work throughout their 80 hours of work.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MSG 221B.
Therapeutic Massage Lab III 4

MSG 231C

2 Quarter Hours

Review materials to prepare students for a nationally recognized licensing examination. This course is intended to evaluate student’s preparedness for licensing examination.

Preparation for Licensure Examination 2

MSG 242

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the development of client interaction skills in a 3 credit/90 hour professional clinical setting. A variety of experiential options will be available for students to select from. Students will be evaluated by on-site evaluators as well as massage therapy instructors. 1 credit didactic for capstone.

Prerequisite(s):
Minimum grade B- (2.7). B- or better in MSG 211C, B- or better in MSG 222B
Therapeutic Massage Clinical Internship and Capstone 4

SCI 100F

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body 4

WRK 291B

1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate’s employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies 1
General Education Requirements30 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

ELECT 120A

4 Quarter Hours

See General Education Electives List – Communication Electives (Associate Degree)

Communication Elective 4

ELECT 161A

2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List – Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective 2

ELECT 161B

2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List – Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective 2

ENG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I 4

ENG 102

4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II 4

INF 161

2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society 2

MTH 108

4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application 4

SPK 201

4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

PSY 101

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations 4

PSY 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 90
Program Description

Program Description

Prepares students to enter the field of massage therapy. This 1,130 contact hour program focuses on therapeutic massage techniques used in a clinical setting. Students will complete a clinical externship in their last quarter of study. Graduates will be prepared and eligible to take nationally recognized licensure examination.

Program Status: Open Enrollment

Accreditation

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Program accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).
COMTA is located at 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20015. Phone (202) 895-1518, Fax (202) 895-1519; info@comta.org or www.comta.org

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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