Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Massage therapy is among the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. health care industry. If you share a passion for helping others and envision yourself in a rewarding position in health care or the healing arts, a career in massage therapy could be the right fit for you. Massage therapists play a key role in using complementary therapies to help clients cope with illness, injury, mental or physical stress, or to improve their personal well-being. With a degree in Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care from FLCC, you'll be prepared to become a successful professional in this field.
Our Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care program will equip you with the knowledge and skills that are necessary for practicing massage therapy, and it will provide you a foundation in the life sciences, complimentary therapies, and self-care practices. Whether you're interested in a new career in this field, or you work as a health care professional and it is your goal to add massage therapy to your credentials, this program is designed for you. With classes ranging from medical massage to complementary and alternative therapies to massage therapy research, you'll graduate with an in-demand degree that will get you ready to explore the job market or go on for an advanced degree.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care degree, students will:
- Evaluate clients to create appropriate treatment plans using massage and other bodywork modalities by synthesizing their scientific foundation with massage theory.
- Apply hands-on therapeutic skills both in the classroom and in clinical settings.
- Exhibit professionalism when interacting with clients, colleagues, employees/employers, and other health care professionals utilizing appropriate oral and written communication skills.
- Exhibit knowledge of complementary therapies commonly used in conjunction with massage therapy to understand the massage therapist's scope of practice within the field of holistic and medical therapies.
- Practice self-care techniques to maintain physical well-being and career longevity.
In your program experience, you'll acquire the 1,000 hours of training in massage therapy that is necessary for you to be eligible to take your New York State massage licensing exam after graduation. In addition to preparing for the licensing exam, you'll have opportunities to travel to professional massage therapy conferences with faculty. Some of our faculty-led student groups have studied abroad in China and Thailand.
FLCC is one of a few colleges in New York State that offers a two-year degree program in the massage therapy field. In comparison to the education private massage therapy schools offer in this state, our program provides a more affordable education and a broader curriculum. And, the courses you'll take are credit-bearing, which means they are typically transferable to the four-year level.
Licensed graduates will be prepared for full-time or part-time careers in private practice or employment in settings such as spas, health and fitness centers, chiropractic and medical offices, hospitals, or nursing homes. With your degree, you'll also have the foundation to continue your studies and explore four-year degree programs in health care related areas such as chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, nursing, exercise physiology, or athletic training. Graduates have continued their studies at schools such as the New York Chiropractic College and SUNY Brockport.
Historically, our Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care degree program has consistently reported pass rates that are above state average. In previous years, this program has seen pass rates of 73 percent in 2016 (state pass rate was 63 percent), 78 percent in 2015 (state pass rate was 59 percent), and 93 percent in 2014 (state pass rate was 78 percent).
As a Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care student, you'll be taught by a dedicated faculty that brings a variety of experiences in chiropractic medicine, massage research, Shiatsu, Thai massage, energy healing modalities, acupuncture, and yoga to the classroom. Our faculty members—which are all New York State licensed massage therapists—possess extensive training in Eastern and Western massage and bodywork modalities. They also bring massage therapy industry experience and expertise in private practice with them to FLCC.