Not all massage therapy students have a background in science. Although some OVCMT students are transitioning to massage therapy from science-related fields, a good number of applicants have never taken a human science course.
Regardless of prior experience, many new students feel a bit intimidated by the rigorous science components of OVCMT’s curriculum. They’re passionate about pursuing a career in massage therapy, but are worried about rusty study skills or a lack of familiarity with human biology.
To help students get a jump-start on this crucial area of study, OVCMT developed the Human Science and College Preparation Course. Designed around feedback from our own students, this course helps prepare participants for the science component and overall demands of their first year of massage therapy training.
Read on to discover why science is embedded in the OVCMT approach, and how the Prep Course can help build a foundation for academic success.
OVCMT’s curriculum is designed around a medical model. As future health care professionals, students are trained to review patient history, perform physical assessments, identify contraindications, and formulate individualized treatment plans. To work effectively within this model, students must understand the anatomy, physiology and pathology of their patients in addition to the theory and application of massage therapy. This is why OVCMT’s curriculum contains similar human science content to other health care training programs.
When we ask our students what they think about the science-based curriculum at OVCMT, they consistently report that the coursework is demanding, but well worth the effort.
Current student Jen Burton observes, “I learnt more in one month here than I did in two years at university. It’s challenging, but it’s rewarding.”
Recent high school grad, Alex Baxter said, “it’s a lot of work – especially in the first year.”
Because of the challenging nature of massage therapy training, OVCMT recommends that students complete the Human Science & College Preparation Course before starting the program. This way, they become familiar with the fundamentals and know exactly what to expect before launching into the program.
One student who took the Human Science refresher course says, “this was a much needed class for me. It has taught me not only about Anatomy and Physiology, but also how to study. I feel better prepared to begin school.”
The Human Science and College Prep Course provides an introduction to the musculoskeletal system, anatomy, physiology, and relevant medical terminology. With a foundation in anatomy and physiology students are better prepared for subsequent academic courses in pathology and neuroanatomy and practical courses, such as Clinical Assessment and Neuromuscular Therapy. Ultimately, effective preparation paves the way for overall program success and reduced stress.
The Prep Course also introduces students to valuable time management and study skills so when they begin the program, they’re ready to maximize their learning while effectively balancing other responsibilities.
Available both online and on campus (depending on enrollment), this intensive orientation helps students switch gears into study mode and rally their energy for a challenging two-year journey through the massage therapy program.