Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

NYUS’s Associate of Science degree in Massage Therapy prepares students to become licensed massage therapists in NY and perform therapeutic massage in a wide range of professional settings (including medical offices, hospice, rehabilitative facilities, and spas), as well as establish and run a successful private therapeutic massage practice. The program focuses on the following areas of study: anatomy & physiology, kinesiology, pathology, and applied therapeutic massage techniques. In addition, students learn Eastern bodywork and Western massage modalities, sports massage, hydrotherapy, and NY Law pertaining to massage.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet NYUS’s mission and its goals:

  • Provide students with a robust academic curriculum relating to the human body’s structure and biomechanical principles.
  • Provide students with extensive hands-on experience in a clinical setting through working on peers and the public.
  • Instruct students in the dynamics of designing an effective massage session including assessment and treatment plans.
  • Provide students with information about the professional nature of massage, including state licensing and code of ethics.
  • Introduce students to various Eastern and Western modalities ( types of massage ).
  • Assist graduates in obtaining employment as licensed massage therapists.

Program Goals

The program’s mission is further defined in the following goals:

  • Provide students with a robust academic curriculum relating to the human body’s structure and biomechanical principles
  • Provide students with extensive hands-on experience in a clinical setting through working on peers and the public.
  • Instruct students in the dynamics of designing an effective massage session including assessment and treatment plans
  • Provide students with information about the professional nature of massage, including state licensing and code of ethics
  • Introduce students to various Eastern and Western modalities (types of massage)
  • Assist graduates in obtaining employment as licensed massage therapists

Prerequisites for Major Courses

Background check and drug screening when applicable

Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Massage Therapy, students must earn 70.0 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Massage Therapy Major Courses ( 46.0 credit hours )
Body Systems 6.0 credit hours
Human Structure and Functions 6.0 credit hours
Legal and Ethical Business Practices 6.0 credit hours
Massage Theory 4.25 credit hours
Asian Modalities 4.0 credit hours
Allied Modalities 4.0 credit hours
Spa Theory/Hydrotherapy 4.0 credit hours
Structural Kinesiology 4.0 credit hours
Sports Massage 4.0 credit hours
Pathology 4.0 credit hours

General Education Courses ( 24.0 credit hours )

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* An Associate of Science Degree is considered a terminal degree and is not transferable.

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