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Therapeutic Massage

Associate of Applied Science

Learn techniques to alleviate chronic pain, reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, and promote healing through therapeutic massage while earning an associate's degree. Program includes clinical practice in a professional atmosphere and prepares students for the national therapeutic massage and bodywork exam and state licensure.

Before you can enroll, you must complete certain requirements.

Program/Major Codes: AASTMA/TMA

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options:   Work as a massage therapist in a variety of wellness, medical and corporate facilities.

Academic Options:  While this program was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs. See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements
  

Program Prerequisites

Before enrolling in TMA 202IN (or higher), you must fulfill the following requirements with a grade of C or better:

Credits
BIO 160IN Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology *
TMA 101 Introduction to Massage Therapy *
TMA 120 Professionalism and Ethics for Massage Therapists *
TMA 210 Fundamentals of Kinesiology *
WED 110 Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine *
WED 111 Self Care for Personal Wellness *

Subtotal

*

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.** Select a course to fulfill the C or G requirement.***

Credits
Analysis and Critical Thinking 2
Humanities and Social Science Requirement 2
Computer and Information Literacy Requirement: CSA 100 or 101 is recommended 1-3
Subtotal 5-7

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 160IN Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 4
TMA 101 Introduction to Massage Therapy 3
TMA 120 Professionalism and Ethics for Massage Therapists 2
TMA 201IN Therapeutic Massage Practice I 6
TMA 202IN Therapeutic Massage Practice II 6
TMA 202LC Therapeutic Massage Practice Clinical Lab I 1
TMA 203IN Therapeutic Massage Practice III 6
TMA 203LC Therapeutic Massage Practice Clinical Lab II 1
TMA 210 Fundamentals of Kinesiology 3
TMA 215 Introduction to Pathology for Massage and Bodywork 3
TMA 222 Business Management for Massage and Bodywork Practitioners 2
TMA 290LC Therapeutic Massage Clinical 3
TMA 291 Therapeutic Massage Internship
1
WED 110 Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine 3
WED 111 Self Care for Personal Wellness 2
Subtotal 46

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
ACC 100 Practical Accounting Procedures 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SUN# PSY 1101] 4
WRT 101 Writing I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
   or SPE 120    Business and Professional Communication     
Subtotal 13
Total 64-66

* Credits counted in the program requirements.

** Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Communication Requirement - WRT 101 and and either WRT 102 or SPE 120 fulfill this requirement;  Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement - BIO 160IN meets this requirement, but students must still meet math competency. If math competency is met by assessment, students will need to complete 2 more credits in the Analysis and Critical thinking category.; Humanities and Social Science Requirement - PSY 101 fulfills 4 credits in the Social Science category; complete a course form the Humanities & Fine Arts or the Leadership & Ethics category.

*** The C or G requirement should be fulfilled by completing an appropriate course in the above categories.