Beginning in September, Raritan Valley Community College will be offering a new program in the in-demand field of Massage Therapy. The 11-month program is designed to prepare students to take the state exam to become Licensed Massage Therapists. Students also participate in 100 hours of practicum experience. Classes are held Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes begin September 29. Learn more about the College’s new Massage Therapy program at an Information Session, Wednesday, July 29, from 3-5 p.m. The event will be held in the Conference Center (Room 101) at the College’s Branchburg Campus. Massage therapists are employed in clinics, home care, rehabilitation centers, medical offices, hospitals, chiropractic offices, private practice, spas, medical spas, cruise ships, and on-location chair massage establishments. According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2012, employment for massage therapists was expected to increase 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than average for all occupations. RVCC’s Massage Therapy program has been approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). This important designation enables program graduates to take the NCBTMB Board Exam after they have a minimum of two years of experience in the industry. RVCC’s program prepares students for work in the hospitality industry, the health care industry, and private practice. Courses focus on such topics as: Massage Theory and Principles, Professional Practice, Ethics, the Therapeutic Relationship, Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Basics of Pharmacology, Assessment and Documentation, Massage Movements, Body Mechanics, Palpation, Treatment Planning, and Business and Career Development. Upon completion of 750 hours, students will be required to perform massages in the student clinic. The program will be led by Marlene Hudson, who has been practicing Reflexology since 1986 and has been teaching Massage Therapy since 2002. Hudson’s background in the field includes working in such diverse locations as the Ritz Carlton Spa and the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She has traveled and studied extensively to learn about the science and applications of Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Hudson also teaches RVCC’s Community Education classes in Reflexology and Aromatherapy. Her courses are NCBTMB-approved for CE Credits toward license renewal. 2 If students have never had a professional massage before, it is recommended that they have one before beginning the program. For additional information about Massage Therapy at RVCC, contact Marlene Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-526-1200, ext. 8463.