Why the Certificate in Massage & Hydrotherapy program exists:
To Heal a Hurting World through Comprehensive Health Evangelism in part, through clinical massage therapy health ministry.
How we intend to accomplish this:
Through a practical, whole-person focused 500+ hour certificate program committed to the ideals of Seventh-day Adventist education.
What we do:
Follow Jesus’ method of teaching and healing by using hands-on therapeutic touch techniques based on the laws of Anatomy & Physiology.
Massage & Hydrotherapy is a certificate program that is designed to prepare students for a lifetime of service as practitioners of a natural approach to health ministry as professional massage therapists. The program seeks to educate students in seeking an experiential knowledge of God and equipping the successful graduate with skills to serve mankind in very natural and tangible ways. It also provides for unparalleled opportunities to integrate with the NEWSTART® Lifestyle Program and with other local community health programs. Students that finish the course will have the professional skills to start their own business, work in other medical professional settings with chiropractors, physical therapists, physicians, or Wellness Centers.
In addition, students can develop foundational skills for pursuing further education in areas such as nursing, medicine, physical or occupational therapy, teaching, and pastoring.
Weimar Institute is in compliance with the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. The Massage & Hydrotherapy program prepares students to take this Board Exam.
The certificate in Massage & Hydrotherapy program’s Vision and Mission statement is “To Heal a Hurting World through Comprehensive Health Evangelism in part, through clinical massage therapy health ministry. This is accomplished through a practical, whole-person focused 500+ hour certificate program committed to the ideals of Seventh-day Adventist education, following Jesus’ method of teaching and healing by using hands-on therapeutic touch techniques based on the laws of Anatomy & Physiology.
What kind of program is the Massage & Hydrotherapy Certificate?
The program is an intense 6-month program, involving a combination of academic classes and practical hands-on training in massage therapy and health evangelism. During the program the student will have opportunity to be involved in local mission experience. The 500+ hour-intensity of the program will not allow the student to be involved in national or international mission experience, but will develop the skills for post-program use.
Important elements of the program involve:
• Comprehensive experience in hydrotherapy techniques.
• Thorough experience in therapeutic Swedish massage techniques.
• Multi-skilled in various advanced massage techniques.
• Clinical internship with NEWSTART® guests, massage therapists, nurses and physicians.
• Opportunities for Externships with other medical facilities in the community.
• Development of business skills
• Experience in community-based health programs and concern for the well-being of humanity.
• The Massage & Hydro program is offered only during Spring semester, January – June.
What will the instruction be like?
The program includes classroom and practical hands-on instruction and experience in all massage, hydrotherapy and kinesiology labs. Students will be able to observe and experience real-time ministry with instructors in their professional ministries. The program also includes clinical internship with NEWSTART® guests and opportunities for externships with other medical facilities and programs in the community.
Who should attend this type of program?
The program is designed for students who want to develop a medical, professional skill with a practical and natural approach to health and healing. Students who are interested in complementary and alternative forms of healing based on the Spirit of Prophecy and who want to be certified professional massage therapists should enroll in this program! The NEWSTART® Global H.E.A.L.T.H. program is an excellent prerequisite for the Massage & Hydrotherapy program, though not required.
What are the expected outcomes for graduates after they complete this program of study?
Graduates with a certificate in Massage & Hydrotherapy will follow Jesus as:
PSLO #1. CLINICAL MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Students will have the skills to be certified in the massage profession and while upholding ethical standards within their scope of practice, provide a healing environment for humanity.
PSLO #2. HEALTH EVANGELISTS.
Students practice and promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing by participating in collaborative, community-based programming among diverse people groups.
PSLO #3. MASSAGE BUSINESS MANAGERS
Students will be able to operate independently and be mobile for service using developed business principles.
PSLO #4. TRUTH & SCIENCE-BASED PRACTITIONERS
Students cultivate a biblical worldview perspective as they effectively
identify and integrate key modalities of massage from the core sciences
(anatomy & physiology, kinesiology and pathology) as they relate to
Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy.
For what type of employment or occupation is this program designed to prepare students?
Upon completion of the program, the successful student will be granted a certificate with 500+ hours of training in Massage & Hydrotherapy from Weimar Institute. The graduate will be prepared to apply for the National Board Exam of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) of which Weimar Institute is in compliance. The successful graduate will be skilled and can expect the following opportunities of employment:
• Personal business
• Chiropractor offices
• Wellness Centers
• Other medical facilities
Massage & Hydrotherapy Program Requirements
Students intending to complete a Certificate in Massage & Hydrotherapy are required to meet the following criteria and the general admissions policy of Weimar Institute (see section on General Education), including minimal levels of prior education, preparation, or training:
• High School diploma or equivalent
During the program:
• Anatomy & Physiology must be taken before Kinesiology & Lab.
• Basic Massage & Lab must be complete before enrolling in Advanced Massage & Lab
• Basic Massage & Lab, Hydrotherapy Principles & Lab, Pathology for Massage, Ethics for Massage and Anatomy & Physiology must be complete before a student can enter into Clinical Internship.
Program Admission Requirements
The criterion for admittance into the program includes, but is not limited to the following:
• Spiritual commitment
• Dedication to health evangelism and service
• High ethical and social standing
• Emotional balance
• Compassion for people
• Dedication to a healthy lifestyle, including NEWSTART® principles
• Equipment package (stethoscope & sphygmomanometer, 2 sets of uniform scrubs, 2 sets of sheets, 1 standard pillow, 1 1.5 -inch 3-ring binder)
• Required textbooks & personal computer
In addition to the 500 hour Massage & Hydrotherapy Course, the successful student will also complete the following competencies:
• Bible (Gospels, Proverbs)
• Ministry of Healing
• Steps to Christ
• The Gift of Pain
• Lead out, organize or participate in 3 different Health Expos
• Participate in 3 different community health events such as AMEN clinic, 8 Weeks to Wellness, Health Expo, Community training in churches
• Instruct in disease prevention or anti-stress massage techniques in 2 different events, such as NEWSTART®, Health Expo, or 8 Weeks to Wellness
• Complete all course-work, competencies, internships, and externships before graduation
The successful graduate will maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B-) in core classes of the program: Principles of Hydrotherapy & Lab, Basic Massage Therapy & Lab, Advanced Massage Therapy & Lab, Kinesiology & Lab, Pathology and Ethics. A minimum GPA of 2.5 (C+) in all classes is required.
A student may enroll in the Massage & Hydrotherapy program part-time and complete the program over 2 semesters. For example, a student enrolls part-time Spring 2017 and part-time to complete the course Spring 2018. Beyond that, the student will not receive a certificate in Massage & Hydrotherapy from Weimar Institute.
Massage & Hydrotherapy Course Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester credits is required for the certificate. The student pursuing the Massage and Hydrotherapy Certificate will fulfill the core requirements listed below. Students will also have additional expenses such as, tuition for First aid and CPR, uniforms, textbooks, massage linens, etc. See the program director for the most current costs. Upon completion of the requirements, the student will receive a certificate in Massage & Hydrotherapy from Weimar Institute with over 500 hours in coursework. Students are then qualified to sit for the National Board Exam of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
Core Courses 30 credits
BIOL 120 Survey of Anatomy & Physiology 3
BIOL 143 Kinesiology 3
BIOL 146 Kinesiology Lab 1
BIOL 161 Pathology for Massage 3
HLBP 111 Massage Business 1
HLCP 124 Massage Ethics 1
HLED 322 Principles of Health 3
HLCP 322 Clinical Internship 1
HLED 238 First Aid & CPR* 0
HLSC 234 Principles of Hydrotherapy 3
HLSC 235 Principles of Hydrotherapy Lab 1
HLSC 248 Basic Massage Therapy 3
HLSC 249 Basic Massage Therapy Lab 1
HLSC 250 Advanced Massage Therapy 5
HLSC 251 Advanced Massage Therapy Lab 2
Courses taught in the Massage & Hydrotherapy Program are listed on the following pages and in alphabetical order. Each course is shown with course acronym, course title, credits, and a brief course descrip¬tion.
BIOL 143/146 Kinesiology & Lab 3,1
This course provides a study of musculoskeletal system anatomy. Includes location, structure, and functions, as well as interrelationships of joints, muscle groups, ligaments, and connective tissue. Provides over¬view of anatomical and mechanical functions of human movement, emphasizing functional anatomy. Integrates anatomical information with experiential knowledge gained through palpation. Students learn how to recognize muscular and functional disorders as seen in move-ment limitations, gait, and body mobility. Laboratory required.
BIOL 161 Pathology for the Massage Therapist 3
Introduces medical pathologies, which students may encounter in the practice of massage therapy. This course addresses the indications and contraindications of massage techniques for specific medical conditions and gives guidelines for working with medical considerations. Also explores HIV/AIDS as it specifically relates to a massage practice. Covers diseases of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urologic, endocrine, hematological, and re-productive systems.
HLBP 111 Business for the Massage Therapist 1
The student will be introduced to fundamental principles of business management including the basics of budgeting, financial records and financial planning. The aim is to provide an introductory framework to the world of business for those who may plan to start a massage practice.
HLCP 124 Ethics & Practice of Massage Therapy 1
This course introduces massage therapy as a discipline. It defines massage therapy and outlines how it relates to other health-care professions. The professional ethics of massage therapy are thoroughly covered in this course. Laws governing massage therapy will be reviewed. The student will be introduced to the clinical encounter including medical history, assessment, charting and records, hygiene, communication and professionalism. The student will be acquainted with particular policies and procedures of the NEWSTART® massage & hydrotherapy department at Weimar Center of Health and Education. The class will be taught from a Christian perspective incorporating principles from the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White about the healing arts as a form of Christian ministry.
HLCP 322 Clinical Internship 1
This program provides students with a controlled environment in which to practice their skills in massage and hydrotherapy. Prerequisites: Principles of Hydrotherapy, Basic Massage, Pathology for Massage, Survey of A&P, Ethics of Massage. Must be currently enrolled in: Advanced Massage, Kinesiology, Principles of Health, Business for Massage.
HLED 324 Principles of Health 3
A study of basic principles of healthful living and the treatment and prevention of disease. Scientific studies, Biblical principles, and the writings of Ellen G. White will form the basis of this study.
HLED 238 First Aid and CPR
This class is taught by an instructor certified by the American Heart Association and follows their course description.
FIRST AID: This course gives individuals the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic first aid for injuries and sudden illness until advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. This course does not include information on breathing or cardiac emergencies.
CPR: This course gives individuals the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care for breathing and cardiac emergencies until other medical personnel arrive and take over.
HLSC 234/235 Principles of Hydrotherapy & Lab 3,1
A physiological approach to the understanding of hydrotherapy as a treatment modality. How water of varying temperatures and states affects changes in the nervous and circulatory systems and in other tissue and organs of the body. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: BIOL 120 or BIOL 121.
HLSC 248/249 Basic Massage Therapy & Lab 3,1
A competency-based course with oral instruction, demonstrations, and guided laboratory practice. The student will review anatomy and physiology; learn kinesiology, and specific and general Swedish massage techniques. The student will become proficient in Chair Massage for community events. Prerequisite: BIOL 120 and 143. The student currently enrolled in BIOL 120 and 143 will be accepted. Non-health major or minor who may not have had BIOL 120 and 143 may be accepted by permission of the instructor. Laboratory required.
HLSC 250/251 Advanced Massage Therapy & Lab 5,2
This course enriches and broadens the student’s knowledge and un¬derstanding of Deep Tissue Massage techniques while enhancing their style and flow of modalities. An in-depth look at structural dysfunctions that encompasses the whole of the person is the main focus. Along with learning effective communication skills, students are trained how to better encourage the client/patient as an active participant of their health and healing. Students learn sound Trigger Point, Pregnancy, Lym¬phatic, Medical, Geometric Release, Myofascial and Deep Tissue Massage techniques to assist their clients/ patients in relaxation aiding in the client’s/patient’s ability to manage chronic pain. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: HLSC 248/9.
BIOL 120 Survey Anatomy & Physiology 3
This course provides a survey of the major body organ systems, including a broad overview of the function and structure of the major human body organs and how they are interrelated. The class consists of both a theory component and more practical laboratory time. This overview provides a foundation for those going on to more advanced study in anatomy and physiology but also serves as a survey class for students who are not science majors.