Massage: Swedish Practitioner Certificate

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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.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 2 for day students, 3 for evening students

Estimated Cost: $3,890.72

Admission Dates: Lakewood campus day classes begins each fall quarter. Lakewood campus evening classes begins each spring quarter.

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.

Employability Requirement: Graduates are able to apply for licensure from Washington after passing either the National Certification Examination or Federation of State Massage Board Examination. State requirements include completion of a minimum 500 hour program, pass the exam, and apply 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 terms for those students in our day (full-time) section, or three terms for our evening students.

Admission Dates:
Day Program: Fall quarter
Evening Program: Spring quarter

Prerequisites: 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 instructor on the first day of class.

Potential students entering the program must test at college level in reading on the COMPASS test or have completed English 94. Students must have documentation of training in standard first aid and CPR and a four-hour HIV/AIDS/blood-borne pathogens class. A background check from the Washington State Patrol is required to progress to the second quarter; some results may prevent individuals from participating in certain classes.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
MASST 110 Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology I 5
MASST 111 Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology II 5
MASST 114 Swedish Massage Theory 5
MASST 116 Complementary Massage Modalities I 3
MASST 117 Swedish Massage Practice 4
MASST 126 Kinesiology: Upper Extremity 2
MASST 130 Kinesiology: Trunk 1
MASST 133 Deep Tissue Massage Theory 4
MASST 134 Deep Tissue Massage Practice 4
MASST 136 Complementary Massage Modalities II 2
MASST 137 Kinesiology: Head and Neck 1
MASST 143 Massage Business and Ethics I 2
MASST 144 Massage Business and Ethics II 2
MASST 146 Kinesiology: Lower Extremity 2
MASST 162 Student Clinic 2
  Total Credits for Completion 44

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