Clinical Massage Practitioner Certificate

This certificate provides advanced study for Licensed Massage Practitioners (LMP) and students who have completed the Swedish Practitioner portion of the Massage Studies program.

Successful students will graduate with a firm understanding of the injury and disease process and will possess the knowledge and treatment techniques to assess and effectively treat their clients.

Physical Activity Requirements

This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 lbs. (occasionally up to 50 lbs.). Massage practitioners are often standing and bending for long periods of time (up to two hours) while performing massages. This profession tends to stress practitioners’ wrists, shoulders, back, and neck.

Employability Requirements

Graduates are able to apply for licensure from Washington state after passing the Federation of State Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). State requirements include completion of a minimum 500-hour program, passing the exam, and applying for licensure. A Washington State Patrol background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state licensing. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure.

Program Length

This certificate can be completed in just over two quarters for those students in our day (full-time) section. Evening students can transfer to days in spring to pursue the clinical certificate.

Admission Dates

Spring quarter.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

Successful completion of the Swedish Massage Practitioner program, completion of a similar program from another accredited institution, or current license as a Washington State massage therapist.

Program Course List

MASST 115Clinical Massage Techniques

4

MASST 123Clinical Application of Massage Therapy

4

MASST 131Assessment & Treatment of the Back

2

MASST 139Clinical Massage Business & Ethics

1

MASST 145Orthopedic Assessment

4

MASST 147Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology I

3

MASST 150Clinical Massage Theory: Special Populations

4

MASST 153Assessment & Treatment: Upper Extremity

2

MASST 155Assessment & Treatment: Lower Extremity

2

MASST 157Assessment & Treatment: Head & Neck

2

MASST 158Practicum I

3

MASST 159Clinical Massage Business & Ethics II

1

MASST 160CAPPracticum II

3

MASST 163Clinical Massage Anatomy & Physiology II

3

MASST 152Clinical Massage Practice: Special Populations

3

Total Credit Hours:41