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Effective Fall 2014. Previous descriptions may have had different requirements. Have questions? See an advisor.
TMA101 Introduction to Massage Therapy Credit Hours: 3.00
Survey of massage therapy practice including history, overview of bodywork systems, benefits and indications of massage, and legal requirements of practice in Arizona.
Prerequisite(s): WRT 100 with a C or better or the required score on the Writing assessment test.
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Offered: Fall, Spring.
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TMA120 Professionalism and Ethics for Massage Therapists Credit Hours: 2.00
Overview of the ethics and professionalism related to an effective, successful massage therapy/bodywork practice. Includes general ethical principles of practice and professional dress, conduct, boundaries and communication.
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Offered: Fall.
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TMA125 Business, Ethics and Professionalism for Massage Therapy Credit Hours: 4.00
Overview of business, ethics, and professionalism related to an effective, successful massage therapy and bodywork practice. Includes business start up and development, business plan, financial management, marketing, and communications. Also includes general ethical principles of practice, professional dress and conduct, boundaries, and ethical business practices.
Prerequisite(s): WRT 100 with a grade of C or better, or required score on the Writing assessment test.
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Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
TMA201IN Therapeutic Massage Practices I Credit Hours: 6.00
Principles of professionalism, ethics, and legalities. Includes use of terminology related to massage therapy; applications, indications, and contraindications of the nine strokes of Swedish massage; and study of the human osseous and muscular structure. Also includes emphasis on normal movement patterns, origins, insertions, and functions of the muscular system.
Prerequisite(s): With a grade of C or better: BIO 160IN, TMA 101, TMA 120, WED 110, and WED 111.
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Offered: Fall.
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TMA202IN Therapeutic Massage Practices II Credit Hours: 6.00
Refined application of the nine strokes of Swedish massage and contraindications to avoid. Includes application of advanced principles and techniques of trigger point therapy, muscle energy technique, stretching, hydrotherapy protocols, hot and cold applications, reflexology, and corporate massage. Also includes study of the human osseous and muscular structure with emphasis on normal movement patterns and the origin, insertion, and function of the muscular system.
Prerequisite(s): TMA 201IN with a grade C or better.
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Information: IN indicates an integrated course with lecture and lab taught simultaneously. Course is restricted to students enrolled in the program.
Offered: Spring.
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TMA202LC Therapeutic Massage Practice Clinical Lab I Credit Hours: 1.00
Students practice and perfect the application of fundamental Swedish Massage techniques in a supervised, supportive learning environment in an onsite clinical setting. Course reinforces massage theory and practice learned in TMA 201IN.
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Course Corequisites: TMA 202IN
Offered: Spring.
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TMA203IN Therapeutic Massage Practices III Credit Hours: 6.00
Refinement and integration of technical skills, psychosocial competencies, and role identity. Exploration of techniques to assess and facilitate range of motion and functions; purpose, benefits, indications, and contraindications of therapeutic massage for specific neuro-musculoskeletal disorders/injury and special populations. Application of massage techniques with therapist's pre- and post-client evaluations of the client. Adaptation of massage techniques for special populations.
Prerequisite(s): TMA 202IN, 210, and 215 with a grade of C or better.
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Information: Course restricted to students admitted to program.
Information: IN is the integrated version of the course with the lecture and lab taught simultaneously.
Offered: Spring.
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TMA203LC Therapeutic Massage Practice Clinical Lab II Credit Hours: 1.00
Students practice and perfect the application of Swedish and Deep Tissue massage techniques in a supervised, supportive learning environment in an onsite clinical setting. Course reinforces massage theory and practice learned in TMA 202IN.
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Course Corequisites: TMA 203IN
Offered: Spring.
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TMA210 Fundamentals of Kinesiology Credit Hours: 3.00
A survey of the biology of movement. Includes a review of the skeletal and muscular systems, planes of movement and terms of anatomical reference; structure and function of joints; and origins, insertions and actions of muscles of the trunk and limbs. Also includes demonstration and analysis of normal and abnormal movement.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 160IN with a grade of C or better.
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Offered: Fall.
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TMA214 Pregnancy Massage Credit Hours: 1.00
Basic information and techniques for performing massage on pregnant clients. Includes information about body changes during pregnancy, benefits and cautions of pregnancy massage, and techniques for common discomforts during pregnancy. Also includes pre-session considerations, setting and supplies for pregnancy massage and suggestions for documentation.
Prerequisite(s): TMA 201IN with a grade of C or better.
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Information: Must be an advanced massage student or licensed massage therapist. Prerequisite may be waived with consent of instructor.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
TMA215 Introduction to Pathology for Massage and Bodywork Credit Hours: 3.00
Introduces the student to basic disease processes and common pathologies associated with organ systems and provides an overview of pathology pertinent to massage therapy and bodywork. Includes cautions, contraindications and adaptive measures as applied to common pathologies of organ systems. Also includes the potential interactions between bodywork and medications.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 160 and TMA 101 with a grade of C or better.
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Offered: Spring.
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TMA222 Business Management for Massage and Bodywork Credit Hours: 2.00
Business management course designed specifically for massage therapy and bodywork practitioners. Includes business planning and development, financial management, marketing, and communications for these professional practices.
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Recommendation: Concurrent enrollment in TMA 290LC.
Offered: Summer.
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TMA240 Therapeutic Massage National Certification Exam Preparation Credit Hours: 2.00
Preparation for National Certification Exam in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Includes anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology of body systems; Asian and non-Western bodywork approaches; massage and bodywork assessment, theory and application. Also includes professional standards, ethics, and business and legal practices; effective study approaches; and test-taking strategies.
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Information: Offered for current massage students, licensed massage therapists, or bodyworkers.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.
 
TMA290LC Therapeutic Massage Clinical Credit Hours: 3.00
Application and integration of fundamental and advanced massage techniques for various purposes and populations. Includes Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pain and Injury Management, Stretching, Range of Motion, Asian, Energy and Hospital- Based massage therapies.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of TMA 101, 125, 201IN, 202IN, 202LC, 203IN, 203LC, 210, 215, and WED 110, 111 with a grade of "C" or better.
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Offered: Summer.
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TMA291 Therapeutic Massage Internship Credit Hours: 1.00
Advancement and refinement of the knowledge, practice skills and professional abilities necessary for success in a therapeutic massage setting. Includes observing, assisting and participating in various duties and massage practices in an off-site, clinical therapeutic massage setting as appropriate and specific to the internship site. Also includes observation and application of business and professional skills.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of TMA 101, 125, 201IN, 202IN, 202LC, 203IN, 203LC, 210, 215 and WED 110, 111 with a grade of "C" or better.
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Information: May be taken three times for a maximum of three credit hours.
Information: Students enrolling for the first time must take the course concurrently with TMA 290LC.
Offered: Summer.
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TMA296 Therapeutic Massage Independent Study Credit Hours: 1-3.00
Opportunity to continue development as a massage therapist through the pursuit of a specific project or area of study in therapeutic massage. Content will be determined by instructor and student.
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Information: Students must obtain faculty approval before enrolling in this course.
Information: Course content and performance objectives will be kept on file.
Information: May be taken three times for a maximum of three credit hours.
Offered: May not be offered this year, check class schedule.
Course Outline This course is not offered in the current Schedule of Classes.