Academics

    MTH

    MTH 106  Application and Spa Treatments  (3-3-2)
    Offered  Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  MTH 121
    This course provides practical experience in the application of spa treatments, therapeutic remedies, and beauty treatments. Clinical practice and supervision will be included. (This course is designed for current massage therapy students in good standing, program graduates (within two years), or currently licensed massage therapists.)

    MTH 108  Introduction to Aromatherapy  (1-0-1)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  RDG 100 or satisfactory test scores
    This course introduces basic aromatherapy skills to enable the student to be an educated consumer of aromatherapy products and incorporate aromatherapy into a professional regimen, including but not limited to nail technicians, licensed practical nurses, and patient care technicians.

    MTH 120  Introduction to Massage  (3-3-4)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101
    Co-requisite:  MTH 137 (required)
    A comprehensive introduction to therapeutic massage including history, theories, benefits, contraindications, ethical considerations, and S.C. law for licensure.  Swedish techniques are introduced.

    MTH 121  Principles of Massage I  (2-6-4)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisite:  MTH 120
    This course is an in-depth study of Swedish massage techniques and applications to a complete body massage. 

    MTH 122  Principles of Massage II  (2-6-4)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite: MTH 120
    This course introduces basic assessment skills and applications of therapeutic techniques to muscles, tendons, ligaments and other structures.

    MTH 123  Massage Clinical I  (1-6-3)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  MTH 121
    This course provides a clinical massage setting for experience in all aspects of delivering therapeutic massage.

    MTH 124  Massage Business Application  (2-3-3)
    Offered Fall and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisites:  MTH 122, MTH 136
    Co-requisite:  MTH 139
    This course addresses the basic business skills necessary to operating a massage business including writing resumes, marketing, bookkeeping, taxes and record keeping.

    MTH 129  Principles of Massage IV  (4-0-4)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite: RDG 100 or satisfactory test scores
    This course is a practical application of oriental modalities integrated with pathological effects, to include meridians & potent pressure points, acupuncture points, reflexology basic points & understanding chakras, muscle energy work with the muscle timeline, & other basic oriental modalities.

    MTH 130  Aromatherapy I  (1-3-2)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  RDG 100 or satisfactory test scores
    This course covers the basic identification, properties, and application of therapeutic essential oils.  

    MTH 132  Massage Therapy Seminar  (0-3-1)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  Current LMT or department head approval
    This course includes the integration of didactic and clinical techniques in massage therapy.  This course offers auxiliary modalities including but not limited to hot stone, polarity, sports massage, somatic-emotional release, or qigong.  Student should check with faculty to verify topic per semester.

    MTH 133  Massage Clinical II  (1-3-2)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  MTH 123
    This course provides a clinical massage setting for experience in all aspects of delivering therapeutic massage using advanced techniques and specialized modalities.

    MTH 135  Massage Practicum  (1-3-2)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  MTH 123
    This course provides practical experience in all aspects of therapeutic massage application using advanced techniques & specialized modalities in the professional setting. Students will observe facility & business operations under supervision of licensed massage therapists or licensed medical staff.

    MTH 136  Kinesiology for Massage Therapy  (1-3-2)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101
    This course is a study of body movement and the body's muscular and structural factors, such as posture and gait, in relation to massage therapy. Specific emphasis will be placed on the affects of massage therapy on the way the body reacts during various activities.

    MTH 137  Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy I  (1-3-2)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 101
    This course will focus on the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the effects of massage on the body as a whole. Emphasis is placed on the skeletal, muscular, and circulatory systems, including indications/contraindications for massage and relevant pathologies.

    MTH 138  Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy II  (2-0-2)
    Offered Spring and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  MTH 120
    This course will focus on the immune/lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Emphasis is placed on the effects of clinical massage modalities on these body systems.

    MTH 139  Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy III (2-0-2)
    Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters
    Prerequisite:  MTH 120
    This course is a study of the effects of massage on the sympathetic/parasympathetic divisions and the release of neurotransmitters and hormones.

    MTH 140  Aromatherapy II  (3-3-4)
    Offered Summer Semester
    Prerequisite:  MTH 130
    This course covers the practical aspects of working with aromatherapy in a health practice and as a business.  Students will observe and have hands-on experience with effective body treatments using essential oils, as well as creation of products for bath and body.    

    MTH 142  Sports Massage  (0-3-1)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisites: MTH 121 and department head approval
    This course is a comprehensive introduction to sports massage providing didactic and practical experience in the application of pre- and post-event sports massage and other select modalities.  Class meets off campus and works with area colleges and/or professional sports teams. Participation in this class requires adherence to the HSN divisional immunization policy. Students must have their own reliable transportation to off-site facility. Students will be admitted to this class based on weighted admissions.

    MTH 143 Applied Massage Therapy for Athletes (0-3-1)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisites: MTH 120, MTH 121 or department head approval Co-requisite: MTH 122
    This course provides both didactic and practical applications of sports massage for athletes. Emphasis will be placed on the specific needs of the athlete as it relates to injury prevention or treatment of sports-related injuries.

    MTH 144 Somatic Emotional Release (0-3-1)
    Offered Summer Semester
    Prerequisites: MTH 120, MTH 121, and department head approval
    Co-requisite: MTH 122
    This course is the study of client/therapist mind/body awareness, with emphasis on professional boundaries and scope of practice. Students will learn, practice, and experience integrative techniques for appropriate response to the client’s emotions during massage.

    MTH 146 Polarity Therapy (0-3-1)
    Offered Summer Semester
    Prerequisite: RDG 100
    This course offers practical application of a diverse range of polarity protocols and a basic understanding of the philosophy behind polarity therapy.