University description (as per official university website)
Comprehensive Massage Therapy Education
Whether your goal is to practice relaxing massage therapy or to work closely in a wellness or rehabilitative setting, you will graduate from this massage school fully prepared to contribute to the health of your clients. Our 600 hour program includes over 320 hours of education in the science of therapeutic bodywork and over 200 hours of classroom, lab, and clinical courses. Overall, this 600-hour program will prepare you to contribute to the health of any client through direct intervention, knowledgeable referral or wellness advocacy.
Offering Two Massage Therapy Certificate Programs:
1. 600 Hour Massage Therapy Program
First offered in January 2007, the 600 hour Massage Therapy Program provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of popular massage techniques including Eastern modalities, myofascial release, and neuromuscular therapy. The program includes over 320 hours of education in the science of therapeutic bodywork and over 200 hours of classroom, lab and clinical courses.
2. Medical Massage Advanced Training Program
In order to meet the demands of the growing massage and healthcare industries, the school will offer a 300-hour advanced training course beginning in September 2009. This unique program is available to licensed massage therapists with the purpose of preparing them for specialized work in a healthcare facility. For more information about this program please visit the Medical Massage web page.
We also offer a wide range of Continuing Education subjects to meet licensed therapists needs. Check out our massage CE courses for more details!
School of Massage Therapy Mission and Learning Objectives
The mission of the Massage educational program is to educate individuals to be leaders in education, research, and service by offering sound, ethical, well researched, and relevant programs in massage therapy.
The learning objectives of Parker's 600 hour massage therapy program are:
1. Demonstrate both therapeutic and relaxation modalities of massage therapy in order to provide appropriate client care.
2. Identify the relationship between the structure (particularly the musculoskeletal system) and function of the human body.
3. Demonstrate proper professional and personal ethical guidelines which govern business/clinical practice for massage therapy.
4. Develop business goals and objectives that will assist them upon graduation for a career in the massage therapy industry.
5. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate basic massage technique knowledge with clinical application to provide high-quality evidence based care.
6. Articulate an understanding that the body heals itself and that the massage therapist assists in removing musculoskeletal imbalance by various massage procedures
What Makes Us Different
Located in Dallas off of I-35, our facility has the benefits of being near a large city without the hassles of one. The newly-renovated massage school also features contemporary equipment and a peaceful environment to learn and network with others in the healthcare profession. Students of the school of massage therapy will not only interact with peers of the same school, but also with students of chiropractic. The massage program offers one of the only 600 hour programs in Dallas and financial assistance is available for those that qualify to assist students in managing both their financial and professional goals.
Outside of the classroom, recreational facilities welcome the Parker family to have fun and be active on campus. The student activities center contains equipment and a gymnasium for students as well as exercise classes for all levels, while lounges and an extensive library provide a quiet place to study, relax and expand the mind. Parker College offers college life as it is meant to be lived – actively.
Parker College offers many options to help fund your chiropractic education. Everyone is eligible to receive financial aid, and 99 percent of students receive some form of assistance.
Financial aid counselors are the primary source for information and guidance on funding your education at Parker. They answer questions, guide you in filling out the proper forms, and complete the fund-awarding process. Students should visit with their counselor to go over the cost of attendance, ask questions regarding loans, grants or scholarships, and any other questions you might have.