Course Descriptions

Semester 1

Clinical Assessment I

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course provides foundational training in the performance of clinical soft-tissue diagnostics and assessment techniques; including health history interview, physical examination and charting.  This course will prepare students for entry into Clinic Internship.

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Gross Anatomy and Palpation

Course Type: Health Science

This course explores medical terminology, gross anatomy, palpation and kinesiology of the human body as a whole.  The first section will discuss the classification, location, structure & function of the musculoskeletal system which will be reinforced through palpation.  The latter part of this course introduces the basic concepts of human movement, muscle and joint biomechanics, concepts of lever, torque, mechanical advantage, work, energy, and power relating to osteo- & arthro- kinematics, kinetics and anthropometry.

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Manual Skills and Treatment I

Course Type: Clinical Science

This is the first course in the MST series which is the student’s introduction to massage therapy applications.  Students become familiar with the profession’s “Standards of Practice” and the fundamentals of massage therapy including preparing a treatment area, positioning, pillowing and draping a patient.  Students learn the theory and practice the application of foundational techniques; progressively applying knowledge and skill into massage therapy treatments.

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Professional Practice I

Course Type: Professional Practice

This course is designed to introduce students to the professional role and commitment of Massage Therapists as regulated healthcare professionals.  This course will focus on developing the student’s ability to understand the professional role and commitment and meet basic entry to practice standards in the area of Ethics and Professionalism.  Students are introduced to fundamental communication and inter-personal relationship skills which will be required of them as regulated healthcare professionals.  Specifically it assists students in developing both oral and written communication skills including active listening, non-verbal communication and conflict resolution skills essential to professional communication.

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Semester 2

Clinical Assessment II

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course is a continuation of CA 1 in providing the foundational training in the performance of clinical soft-tissue diagnostics and assessment techniques; including postural assessment, gait analysis, range of motion, muscle length and strength tests and functional assessment.

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Clinical Assessment III

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course is a continuation of CA 1 & 2. The focus of Clinical Assessments III will be to gain knowledge and skills with regards to “Special Tests” for each body region.  The skills that will be developed in this course are integrated to incorporate an evidence-informed and objective approach to treatment planning.

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Clinical Practicum

Course Type: Clinical Practice

Students begin their clinical practicum in term two, where they have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the Student Intern Clinic.  An exciting time of learning and integration, ‘Student Clinic’ provides exposure to a wide variety of patient populations with a range of soft tissue and stress-related disorders. Participation in the Student Intern Clinic continues for the remainder of the program.

In addition to obtaining clinical experience in the intern clinic, CCMH students also obtain valuable practical experience through the College’s extensive Community Clinics. These include two, eight-week blocks of Outreach or Inreach Clinics where students can choose to increase their knowledge, skill, and ability in the treatment of special population groups with sports injuries, neurological conditions, or pregnancy, to name a few.  Community Clinics also include Special Events, which are frequent opportunities for students to provide education and massage at community events such as marathons, swim meets, other tournaments, fund-raisers, or corporate wellness days.

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Hydrotherapy

Course Type: Clinical Science

Hydrotherapy, or Temperature Therapy, is the use of water in all forms and various temperatures for therapeutic effect.  This course introduces students to commonly used local and systemic hydrotherapy treatments.  Local applications include various types of hot and cold packs, baths, compresses, skin scrubs and ice massage.  Systemic hydrotherapy applications include whirlpool, steam and infra-red sauna, body wraps and scrubs.  The theory of hydrotherapy including the effects of heat and cold, contraindications, the use of additives, and how to prescribe homecare are also discussed in detail.

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Manual Skills and Treatments II

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course allows students to progress in their practical skills development, initiated in the Manual Skills & Treatments 1 course.  This course focuses on advanced techniques in contemporary Massage Therapy practice including proprioceptive, passive and facilitated stretching, fascial, strengthening and facilitation exercises, myofascial trigger point therapy, peripheral joint mobilizations and lymphatic drainage techniques. The indications, contraindications, physiological/mechanical, chemical and reflex mechanisms for each technique are discussed and the student learns to perform these techniques safely and effectively.  Tissue manifestations and a few of the common musculoskeletal conditions are also discussed and treated throughout this course.

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Pathology

Course Type: Health Science

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Surgery, Medications and Adjunctive Therapies

Course Type: Health Science

This course will focus on subject matter related to surgeries, medications and adjunctive therapies.  Five weeks will be dedicated to common surgical terminology, procedures and complications.  Four weeks will be dedicated to the discussion of the principles of pharmacology, medication side effects and modifications of massage therapy for patients who are taking medications.  The remainder of the term will look at alternative therapies to help assist a patient to health.  Students will learn to recognize the indications and benefits for a number of adjunctive modalities.

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Semester 3

Clinical Assessment IV

Course Type: Clinical Science

CA 4 is the final course in the CA series.  This course is a consolidation of all assessment courses learned to date.  Students will be given an opportunity to simulate comprehensive assessment protocols for various regions of the body while incorporating clinical condition variables.

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Consolidated Assessment & Planning

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course integrates all practical skills and theory-based knowledge acquired during the Massage Therapy program.  Students identify the anatomical and pathological similarities and differences in each body region in order to apply clinical thinking skills to various musculoskeletal conditions.  A review of the anatomy, biomechanics, orthopedic assessments, specific forms of treatment and homecare will be discussed.

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Manual Skills and Treatments III

Course Type: Clinical Science

MTS 3 is a course where the student will incorporate and refine foundational and advanced skills learned in MST 1 and MST 2.  Students will learn how to logically apply these skills to a number of commonly occurring conditions.

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Manual Skills and Treatments IV

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course is a continuation of MST 3.  Students are provided with the opportunity to further develop their treatment skills.  The treatments in this course present as increasingly complex pathologies that affect more than just the musculoskeletal system.  Students continue to incorporate their foundational & advanced skills into the context of a comprehensive and three dimensional massage therapy treatments.

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Professional Practice II

Course Type: Human Science

PP 2 introduces the students to business and practice management.  Students will be expected to participate in development of a business plan, and creation of reports and proper forms.  Regulations will be referenced for prohibited and acceptable business practices.  Federal, provincial, and municipal regulations will be examined, in particular the relation to business and professional practice, quality assurance, and the responsibility of a registered massage therapist.

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Clinical Practicum

Course Type: Clinical Practice

Students begin their clinical practicum in term two, where they have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the Student Intern Clinic.  An exciting time of learning and integration, ‘Student Clinic’ provides exposure to a wide variety of patient populations with a range of soft tissue and stress-related disorders. Participation in the Student Intern Clinic continues for the remainder of the program.

In addition to obtaining clinical experience in the intern clinic, CCMH students also obtain valuable practical experience through the College’s extensive Community Clinics. These include two, eight-week blocks of Outreach or Inreach Clinics where students can choose to increase their knowledge, skill, and ability in the treatment of special population groups with sports injuries, neurological conditions, or pregnancy, to name a few.  Community Clinics also include Special Events, which are frequent opportunities for students to provide education and massage at community events such as marathons, swim meets, other tournaments, fund-raisers, or corporate wellness days.

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Semester 4

OSCE Prep

Course Type: Clinical Practice

This course will acquaint students with the format of the Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation exams and allow time to practice each station. It also acts as a forum to demonstrate knowledge and skill acquired over the past year.

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