Health Education

The Health Education program offers courses for students planning to transfer in a variety of health-related fields as well as for students needing to fulfill general education requirements (Plan B). Career opportunities include teaching; health care administration; federal, state, and local health care agency work (such as for the County Health Department, Cal OSHA, and the Environmental Protection Agency); and health care and education in the private sector.

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Department Chair: Robert Fulbright

Dean: Al Taccone

www.miracosta.edu/HEAL

Department: Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition

Office: Building OC4800, 760.795.6811

Full-Time Faculty

Gail Meinhold

Certificates

Certificate of Achievement

Holistic Health Practitioner (1000 Hours)

Based upon the medical model, the program requires comprehensive knowledge of medical terminology, body systems, and business practices. This program satisfies the state and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) requirements, which includes detailed knowledge of body systems (anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology), pathology, massage and bodywork assessment, theory and application, which includes in-class and supervised practice, and business and ethics. Becoming certified under NCBTMB increases employment opportunities within/between states. Graduates of the program seek self-employment in a private practice or can expect employment in health and wellness centers, hotels and resorts, physical therapy centers, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals, sports organizations, spas, and cruise ships.

Required courses: 
HEAL 110Therapeutic Massage I3
HEAL 210Therapeutic Massage II3
HEAL 215Massage Clinical Practicum3
HEAL 218Chair Massage1
HEAL 220Sports Massage2
HEAL 222Stress Management2
HEAL 230Integrative Therapeutic Massage3
BIO 100General Biology (Lecture and Lab)3-4
or BIO 101 General Biology
BIO 190Survey of Human Musculoskeletal System1
BIO 210Human Anatomy4
BUS 130Small Business Management3
KINE 190Introduction to Kinesiology3
KINE 203Techniques in Athletic Training3
NURS 155Basic Medical Terminology3
NUTR 100Nutrition Today3
or NUTR 105 Human Performance and Sports Nutrition
Other Recommended Study (not required)
Internship Studies
Total Units40-41

 

Certificate of Achievement

Massage Practitioner (250 Hours)

The Massage Practitioner (250 Hours) certificate program satisfies the state requirements to be certified as a Massage Practitioner by requiring 250 hours of instruction. Based on the medical model, the program requires comprehensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, pathology, and physiology. This program satisfies the state requirement, which includes instruction addressing anatomy and physiology, contraindications, health and hygiene, and business ethics, with at least 100 hours devoted to these curricular areas. To apply for state certification, applicants must be 18 years old and have completed the entire program. The certificate provides students with the necessary theoretical background and practical experience to work in the industry. Graduates of the program can expect employment in physician offices, spas, and the salon industry.

Required courses: 
HEAL 110Therapeutic Massage I3
HEAL 210Therapeutic Massage II3
HEAL 215Massage Clinical Practicum3
BIO 100General Biology (Lecture and Lab)3-4
or BIO 101 General Biology
BIO 190Survey of Human Musculoskeletal System1
Total Units13-14

  

Certificate of Achievement

Massage Therapist (500 Hours)

The Massage Therapist (500 Hours) certificate program satisfies both state and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB) requirements to be certified as a massage therapist by requiring 500 hours of instruction. Based upon the medical model, the program requires comprehensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, pathology, and physiology. Instruction addresses contraindications, health and hygiene, business ethics, and massage therapy techniques. To apply for state certification and/or take the NCTMB exam, applicants must be 18 years old and have completed the entire 500 hours. The certificate provides students with the necessary theoretical background and practical experience to work in the industry. Massage therapists work in a variety of settings, such as physician offices, health and wellness centers, hotels and resorts, physical therapy centers, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals, sports organizations, day spas, cruise ships, and private practice.

Required courses: 
BIO 100General Biology (Lecture and Lab)3-4
or BIO 101 General Biology
BIO 190Survey of Human Musculoskeletal System1
BIO 210Human Anatomy4
HEAL 110Therapeutic Massage I3
HEAL 210Therapeutic Massage II3
HEAL 215Massage Clinical Practicum3
HEAL 218Chair Massage1
HEAL 220Sports Massage2
HEAL 222Stress Management2
Choose one course from the following:3
Small Business Management
Techniques in Athletic Training
Basic Medical Terminology
Nutrition Today
Human Performance and Sports Nutrition
Total Units25-26
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Courses

HEAL 101: Principles of Health

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (0837.00)

This survey course on the principles of health and wellness aims to enhance the student's self-awareness through exposure to the principles of wellness. Topics include exercise, weight maintenance, nutrition, human sexuality, sexual responses, sexually transmitted diseases, drug use, misuse and abuse, cancers, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

HEAL 110: Therapeutic Massage I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1262.00)

This foundation course introduces students to the history, science, and practice of massage therapy. Topics include basic anatomy and physiology as they relate to massage therapy as well as professional standards expected of massage therapists. Students practice giving massages using beginning strokes and proper sanitation, hygiene, and body mechanics.

HEAL 210: Therapeutic Massage II

Units: 3
Prerequisites: HEAL 110 and BIO 190.
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1262.00)

Students analyze and evaluate anatomical structures and assess common pathology. The course includes intermediate massage theory, methods and procedures of soft tissue techniques, and contraindications. It provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to facilitate employment in the medical massage and spa field.

HEAL 215: Massage Clinical Practicum

Units: 3
Prerequisites: HEAL 210.
Advisory: BIO 210
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1262.00)

This course provides the clinical practice for massage therapy. Students focus on advanced therapeutic massage techniques, business practices, massage marketing, ethics, and clinic procedures of massage experience.

HEAL 218: Chair Massage

Units: 1
Prerequisites: HEAL 110.
Lecture 0.50 hour, laboratory 1.50 hours. (1262.00)

This foundation course for the practice of chair massage builds on skills gained in Health 110 as students learn and practice chair massage techniques. Topics include physiological effects, related anatomy, contraindications, body mechanics, ethics, hygiene, and sanitation standards. Students are required to receive a professional chair massage.

HEAL 220: Sports Massage

Units: 2
Prerequisites: HEAL 210.
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 3 hours. (1262.00)

This advanced massage course builds on the concepts and practices of Health 210 and specifically covers massage techniques and evaluation procedures for providing massage to athletes. It focuses on the athlete's condition, anatomy, and sport. Topics include muscles and movement, common sports injuries, basic postural analysis, contraindications, and sport massage techniques.

HEAL 222: Stress Management

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 2 hours. (1262.00)

This course introduces students to the concepts of stress management and prevention. It emphasizes the analysis of stressful events, application of appropriate techniques, and development and implementation of a stress reduction/prevention plan. Topics include the physiology of the stress response, adaptive and maladaptive behaviors, stress-prevention strategies, stress-reduction techniques, and how to implement a self-care stress-reduction plan.

HEAL 230: Integrative Therapeutic Massage

Units: 3
Prerequisites: HEAL 210
Advisory: HEAL 215.
Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. (1262.00)

This integrative massage course is broken up into two parts: traditional Chinese medicine and massage for special populations. The traditional Chinese medicine portion introduces students to theories of the mind/body interface drawn from recent scientific research. Students study and practice Shiatsu, Tai Chi, Tuina, acupressure, and other Asian bodywork therapies. Students develop treatment plans and perform indicated techniques in the areas of prenatal and geriatric massage, pain management, HIV/AIDS, and cancer.

HEAL 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

HEAL 296: Topics in Health

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (0837.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Health that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

HEAL 298: Directed Study in Health

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (0837.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

HEAL 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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