Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Complementary Healthcare

What is Complementary Healthcare?

Complementary Healthcare includes massage and other holistic treatments. It is a program designed to complement traditional healthcare interventions. Complementary healthcare professionals are concerned with the overall wellness of individuals and take a holistic approach to the prevention and treatment of injury and complications of disease

What is included in the Complementary Healthcare curriculum?

During the first two semesters of this program, students can become Licensed Massage Therapists. The third and fourth semesters are designed to build upon this foundational knowledge adding further skill in assessment, technique and holistic theory. The eHealthCareers option allows students to complete the required 69 credits in as quickly as 15 months, through a hybrid online and onsite educational model.

What is the employment outlook for Complementary Healthcare?

The number of hospitals offering complementary and alternative medicine grew from 7.7 % in 1998 to 37.3 % in 2007. Of those hospitals that offer Complementary Alternative medicine therapies, massage therapy was offered by more than 70%. The majority of hospitals that offer massage to patients provide it for the purpose of stress reduction.

What are the requirements to enter the Complementary Healthcare program?

  • A high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate. Completion of high school biology or chemistry and algebra 1 with a minimum grade of “C-.”
  • A letter outlining your interest in, knowledge of, and exposure to therapeutic massage and complementary healthcare.
  • A Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I.) check that identifies any criminal offense history. A positive C.O.R.I. check may prevent students from working in contracted health facilities and completing program objectives.
  • The ability to cover the cost of lab coats, uniforms, professional liability insurance, standardized testing, name tags, lab supplies and any other national certification examinations. Students are also required to attend a variety of community activities. Graduates must apply to the State Board of Registration of Massage Therapy for licensure to practice as a massage therapist.

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