0227_ISU Accreditation-1

POCATELLO, Idaho — The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation has accredited the technical certificate (TC) program and associates of applied science (AAS) degree for the Idaho State University (ISU) Massage Therapy Program.

Additionally, the Washington State Board of Massage, Department of Health, has determined that the associates of applied science and the technical certificate meets the minimum curriculum requirements. Washington state requires that students who are licensed in Washington graduate from a program that meets their minimum curriculum requirements. The Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, Massage Therapy Board, accepts students for licensing from the ISU Massage Therapy Program.

“Our students have more options after graduating. Their course work will articulate to a Bachelor of Science, major health science, a Bachelor of Applied Technology or a Bachelor of Applied Science,” ISU Massage Therapy Program Coordinator Susan Beck, MTD, LMT, NCTMB, said. “The standards we set are leading the massage profession by offering 35 semester credits, 705 educational hours for our Advanced Technical Certificate, and 60 semester credits, 1168.5 educational hours for the Associates of Applied Science degree. Many of our students continue on into the physical therapy assistant program and other health professions.”

Plans of study for both the TC and the AAS require students to take eight semester credits of prerequisites, which include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and massage therapy career exploration, all of which are offered online. Specifically, the massage therapy career exploration class is aimed at giving students a cognitive understanding of the professional duties, tasks and earning power of massage professionals—this will assist them in making a good decision before being accepted as a student in the program.

“Our mission statement of the Massage Therapy Program is to graduate students with excellent skills, knowledge and attributes which exceed national industry standards to foster lifelong learning and wellness in their community,” Beck said.

The TC can be completed in three semesters and the AAS in four and a half semesters, with students starting into the program in the fall after successful completion of the prerequisite courses. The undergraduate catalog can be viewed here.

For further information about the program, visit www.isu.edu/ctech/massagetherapy, call Susan Beck at (208) 282-4287 or email Beck at becksus2@isu.edu. For information about admission to the College of Technology, visit www.isu.edu/ctech/future-students.