KCC’s massage program enrollment needs boost

The Professional Massage Therapy Training Program offered by Kaua‘i Community College’s Nursing Division is nine people shy of its enrollment target of 16.

And while that could mean a no-go for the course, instructor Virginia Dunas says she’s still committed to offering the training.

That’s not stopping her from trying to recruit more students before instruction begins Wednesday, though.

The 600-hour program is designed to prepare candidates for Hawai‘i state licensing and careers in the massage industry.

The hands-on portion of the program is comprised of energy therapy, chair massage, basic and advanced Namikoshi Shiatsu therapy, Swedish massage, sports massage and lomilomi massage and adult and infant CPR.

The academic portion is comprised of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, structural kinesiology, health, law and business management. Text books and supplies are included.

Graduates of this program are eligible for positions with health facilities, chiropractic clinics, resort hotel spas, day spas and private practice.

Classes take place Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. through graduation May 15, 2009. Credits for anatomy, physiology and medical terminology, and health courses reduce the hours requirement.

The cut-off for late enrollment and deposit payment is Aug. 29. For more information, call Dunas at 742-9400 or e-mail vadunas@aloha.net

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