Swedish Practitioner Certificate

The Swedish Practitioner certificate prepares the successful student to enter the massage profession with the knowledge and skills to perform full-body Swedish massage and deep tissue massage.

Completion of this certificate satisfies the Washington Department of Health hours and content requirement, allowing the graduate to take the certification exam and apply for Washington State licensure. In addition to massage theory and practice, we will also be covering all the systems in the body, with emphasis on the muscular system, and successful business practices.

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. Students in the program must be able to support a limb or the head and neck and move it smoothly and safely through the available range of motion.

Employability Requirements

Graduates are able to apply for licensure from Washington 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, or three quarters for our evening students.

Admission Dates

Day Program: Fall quarter.

Evening Program: Spring quarter, dependent upon enrollment.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

A medical statement of health status from a primary care provider stating that the student is able to safely participate in all aspects of the class is required to enter the program. That statement must be submitted to the instructor during the first week of class Potential students entering the program must test at college level (283 or higher) in reading on the Accuplacer assessment or equivalent or have completed ENG 094. Students must have documentation of training in standard first aid and CPR and a four-hour HIV/AIDS/blood-borne pathogens class prior to progressing to second quarter. A Washington State Patrol check will be required during the first quarter of study. Some results may prevent individuals from participating in certain classes.

Program Course List

MASST 110Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology I

5

MASST 111Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology II

5

MASST 112Swedish Massage Theory

4

MASST 116Complementary Massage Modalities I

3

MASST 120Swedish Massage Practice

4

MASST 126Kinesiology: Upper Extremity

2

MASST 130Kinesiology: Trunk

1

MASST 132Deep Tissue Massage Theory

3

MASST 135Deep Tissue Massage Practice

4

MASST 136Complementary Massage Modalities II

2

MASST 137Kinesiology: Head and Neck

1

MASST 143Massage Business & Ethics I

2

MASST 146Kinesiology: Lower Extremity

2

MASST 148Massage Business & Ethics II

1

MASST 162Student Clinic

2

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Total Credit Hours:44