Course Number & Name: HSC 156 Professional Development in Massage Therapy II

Credit Hours:  2.0             Contact Hours:  2.0          Lecture:  2.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in HSC 155
Concurrent Courses:  Grades of “C” or better in HSC 152 and BIO 122

Course Description: This course is designed to further the student’s understanding of Professional Massage Therapy within the health care environment and general community.  The emphasis of this course will be placed on developing internal and external business and healthcare practices.  Topics covered will include the business plan, ethics, creating a professional and safe environment, documentation, report writing, SOAP charting, the role of the massage therapist as an integrated member of the healthcare team, and regulations at the state and national levels.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. explain the importance of communication in massage therapy;
  2. describe the need for excellent documentation skills;
  3. describe how ethics must be applied to medical billing;
  4. discuss initial business considerations;
  5. analyze life planning and success strategies;
  6. develop business start-up concepts, management strategies, and financial management; and
  7. develop a business plan and marketing strategies


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