Day in the Life
Full-Time Certificate of Proficiency Students Attending DAY Classes:
The program is located in the East Health Careers and Technology building.
Day students have Massage Therapy courses two days a week, and evening students have them three days a week in the first semester. On the other days they can take ENG-1010, if needed. If they also want to graduate with the Associate of Applied Science Degree, they can enroll in General Education classes. Some students complete the General Education courses for the associate degree before entering the program so they can devote more time to their Massage Therapy studies.
Classes for day students typically start around 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. and around 5:30 or 6:00 for evening students. Some students arrive an hour or so earlier to check e-mail and do homework in the Technology Learning Center (TLC).
In the first semester, students learn the basics of Massage Therapy and study human anatomy and physiology. Some of the courses also have a required lab in a room with electrically-operated massage tables. For the remaining semesters, students are enrolled in clinical hours which increases the number of days students are in class. A few courses are sometimes offered online.
The last two semesters focus heavily on clinical work in a professional setting. The clinic hours are held in the on-campus Massage Therapy Student Clinic. In the second semester students practice massage techniques for a full body relaxation massage on participants from the general public as well as staff and other Tri-C students. Our participants pay a very low cost for general relaxation massages. For privacy, each table is surrounded by cubicle curtains. Licensed massage therapists are on on-site at all times to evaluate and monitor the massages.
The third semester is more intense because students are enrolled in capstone comprehensive courses, studying for the MBLEx exam and completing clinic hours in which they customize their massages to meet the needs of individual participants.
Optional Fourth Semester
Students who want to complete the Associate of Applied Science Degree and/or Advanced Therapy Certificate in the fourth semester learn advanced massage therapy and assessment techniques and practice these in the Massage Therapy Student Clinic.