For busy working people who are looking to break into the massage therapy industry, Globe University-Eau Claire has a new option.
Starting with the summer quarter, students in the massage therapy diploma program will be able to take classes on Friday nights and Saturdays, freeing up typical work hours while they take steps toward a new career.
Students will be able to maintain full-time status during the program, which kicks off July 13, 2015, at Globe’s Eau Claire campus, according to Joan Hamilton, executive program chair.
The idea for the new schedule, already implemented at Globe University-La Crosse, came from students who wanted to enroll in a massage therapy program but still needed to continue working.
“We wanted to give people more options—to work their job during the week and take weekend classes,” Hamilton said. “They needed a bit more flexibility.”
The Friday night and Saturday classes are longer and feature the specific techniques of massage therapy, while online courses supplement the overall curriculum.
It’s still a one-year program, and students will learn all they need to become certified in the state of Wisconsin. Students in Globe’s massage therapy diploma program take the state exam, which is paid for through student fees, while they’re still in school.
“It’s a pretty sweet deal,” Hamilton said. “You can get it done in a year and start practicing.”
So far, the response to the new schedule has been strong at the La Crosse campus, she said. Students who enroll will be able to learn in spa and therapeutic settings. On-campus courses include:
- Swedish Massage
- Pregnancy and Special Populations
- Deep Tissue and Sports Clinic
- Myofascial Release
- Thai/Energy Work
- Anatomy and Physiology for Massage
- Hot Stone and Spa Techniques
Online coursework covers other general education requirements and further massage-related classes.
Globe University also offers an associate degree in massage therapy; both programs provide students with hands-on learning opportunities and the chance to learn from instructors with experience in the industry.
Massage therapy is a growing field, with a 23 percent increase in the number of jobs projected through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information about the massage therapy programs at Globe University, contact admissions or call 1-877-303-6060.