Program Overview

Massage Therapy AAS


Health and Wellness Promotion: Massage Therapy Option

Biological and Health Sciences Division, Room B213, (847) 543-2042

www.clcillinois.edu/programs/hwp
Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Plan 21WA

The focus of the A.A.S. in Health and Wellness Promotion (HWP) is to empower students to help others through prevention of illness, injury, and disease by effective application of principles and practices of holistic coaching. It also provides an opportunity for various health career certificate-seeking students to continue their education in a general health studies capacity and earn an associates degree. Successful completion of this program will prepare students for advanced certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), and others.

The associate degree program is accredited by the National Wellness Institute and the associate degree program (health and wellness coaching option) is approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Graduates who meet other basic requirements are permitted to sit for the national board certification examination and may earn status as a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). This board-level credential is offered through a partnership between the NBHWC and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Graduates of the A.A.S. in HWP who also possess a B.S./B.A. degree in any discipline qualify to receive the designation, Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) through NWI.

Note: Day and evening classes are available. The HWP program is not a limited-enrollment program.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the program and to consult with the department chair Joana Pabedinskas at jpabedinskas@clcillinois.edu or 847-543-2029.


Recommended Plan of Study

To complete an A.A.S., students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Success Advisor to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements.

First Semester

11 Credits

Course

Title

Hours

course ^

College Success Seminar

[2]

course

Health and Wellness Practicum I

1

course

Introduction to Massage Therapy

1

course

Human Form and Function or

course *

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

course

First Aid/CPR

2

course

Contemporary Health Issues

3

Second Semester

14 Credits

Course

Title

Hours

course

Massage Structure and Functions I

2

course

Kinesiology and Palpation I

2

course

Massage: Communication and Business I

3

course

Clinical Skills and Special Populations

3

course

Massage Therapy I: Swedish

2

course

Massage Therapy II: Integrative

2

Third Semester

12 Credits

Course

Title

Hours

course

Massage Structure and Functions II

2

course

Kinesiology and Palpation II

2

course

Massage: Communication and Business II

3

course

Massage Therapy III: Rehabilitative

2

course

Massage Therapy IV: Advanced Techniques

2

course **

Therapeutic Massage Clinic

1

Fourth Semester

15 Credits

Course

Title

Hours

course

Technical Composition I or

course

English Composition I

3

course

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

3

course

Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Health Care

3

course

Principles of Wellness Coaching

3

course

Communication Skills or

course

Fundamentals of Speech or

course

Dynamics/Small Group Discussion

3

Fifth Semester

10-14 Credits

Course

Title

Hours

course

Health and Wellness Practicum II

1

course

Introduction to Philosophy or

course

Introduction to Ethics

3

course

Introduction to Business

3

course

Introduction to Psychology

3

course *

Anatomy and Physiology II

(If taking the BIO 244/245sequence)

4

Total Hours for A.A.S. Degree

60-64

^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better.

*  Preferred courses for students planning to transfer to a 4-year institution. BIO 244 must be taken with BIO 245 in lieu of BIO 111. (NOTE: BIO 244 has a prerequisite of BIO 123 or BIO 161).

** For the A.A.S. in HWP, students are to complete 25 credits of required courses and electives within their specialty option (Massage Therapy, Exercise Science, or Health & Wellness Coaching). For the MAS certificate, MAS 235 is required; for the A.A.S. in HWP MAS 235 is recommended.

For more information on recommended courses or program specific advising, please contact department chair Joana Pabedinskas at (847) 543-2029 or the Biological and Health Sciences Division at (847) 543-2042.