Integrative Health Professions & Massage Therapy

 

 

 

Want to launch a career helping people to live healthier lives? With FRCC's affordable and highly accredited programs, you can use the skills and techniques you learn to join an existing wellness team or open your own health practice.

Choose from several certificate programs that focus on alternative healing and therapeutic techniques, such as massage therapy, integrative health and wellness coaching, energy work, reflexology or yoga instruction. Each of these certificates can be completed in one or two semesters. We also offer two Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in integrative health professions that each encompass a set of specialized health and wellness practices in as few as four semesters.

Why Study Integrative Health & Massage Therapy at Front Range Community College?

Our world now recognizes that an integrated approach to health is crucial to overall well-being. At FRCC, we'll train you to share health promotion, illness prevention and wellness habits in your community. Come learn remotely on Zoom, asynchronously online or in our state-of-the-art Health Care Careers Center on our Larimer Campus. Our helpful professors guide your learning through firsthand instruction that includes hands-on training and experiences.

Choose from an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Integrative Health Professions or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Health Body-Energy Work that allow your to complete multiple training certifications under each specialized degree. After completing your degree, you can begin a career in integrative health as an entrepreneur, an independent contractor or a team member within a health practice.

FRCC also offers a variety of certificate programs that focus on a specific area of integrative health. Some can be completed in as little as one semester. These are:

  • Massage therapy
  • Integrative health professions
  • Integrative health & wellness coaching
  • Reflexology
  • Yoga teacher

We also offer stand-alone classes in areas such as herbalism, aromatherapy, traditional Chinese medicine, Reiki, Healing Touch, Ayurveda, Tapping, lifestyle medicine and holistic nutrition. 

Degree Details

AAS in Integrative Health Professions

Program Locations: Larimer Campus or Online

Total Credits: 60 credits (4 semesters)

Complete a two-year AAS degree to begin a career in integrative health.  With the degree, you'll have the opportunity to choose the path that best fits your interest.

Path One: 

  • Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Explore a variety of integrative health profession (IHP) courses.

The Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching program is an approved Health & Wellness Coach Training Education Program by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).  Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the HWC Certifying Examination to become a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBCHWC)

Path Two: 

  • Herbalism and Aromatherapy
  • Yoga Teacher Training
  • Explore a variety of integrative health profession (IHP) courses.

 

Regardless of the path you select, students will take courses in mindfulness, mind-body connection, holistic nutrition, integrative business practices, and more.

You'll also study various therapeutic tools, healing methods, and ethical issues within the health and wellness industry.  With your knowledge, you can create your own practice or work alongside other practitioners in corporate wellness programs, special health facilities, clinics, yoga studios and hospitals.

Transfer and complete your bachelor’s degree!

FRCC and MSU Denver have a transfer agreement in place for this degree. That means you can spend two years here, earning your AAS degree in Integrative Health Professions and then transfer to MSU Denver to complete your Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Care degree. You will gain a strong start at FRCC and have an opportunity to continue your educational journey!

Program Details

AAS in Integrative Health Body-Energy

Program Locations: Larimer

Total Credits: 60 2/3 credits (4 semesters)

This two-year AAS degree focuses on integrative health body and energy work. You will earn your Massage Therapy and Reflexology certifications. You'll also have options to complete coursework and hands-on training in Reiki, Healing Touch, Jin Shin and other integrative health related topics.  

You'll study various hands-on, integrative modalities, healing methods, pain relief, injury recovery methods and specialized ethical issues.

This degree prepares you to work in your own practice or work alongside other practitioners in a variety of settings, including wellness facilities, spas/resorts, specialty health clinics, retirement centers, sports teams and hospitals. 

Program Details

Certificate Options

Massage Therapy

Program Locations: Larimer

Total Credits: 21 2/3 credits (3 semesters)

Begin a career as a skilled licensed Massage Therapist in Colorado. Learn professional massage practices and therapeutic techniques. Study the human body and the various conditions that affect it. You'll also get hands-on experience by completing two clinical rotations at our on-site massage suite. Our faculty will make sure you'll be ready to take the MBLEx, the national certification exam through the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. Please note this program only starts in the fall semester.

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Integrative Health Professions

Program Locations: Larimer, Online

Total Credits: 15 credits (1 semester)

If you're a current health professional or have a previous degree, this program lets you learn more about integrative therapies. You'll learn about the principles of holism, health promotion and disease/illness prevention.

This program is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the
National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Graduates of this program are eligible to
apply for the HWC Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).

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Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching

Program Locations: Larimer

Total Credits: 24 credits (2 semesters)

Learn coaching techniques to empower your clients to live healthy lifestyles. In your courses, you'll learn about:

  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Coaching skills

By teaching your clients how to reduce stress, as well asset and achieve health goals, you can help them make lasting behavioral changes for their well-being. This certificate is nationally accredited as an approved training program by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching.

This program is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the
National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Graduates of this program are eligible to
apply for the HWC Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).

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Reflexology

Program Locations: Larimer

Total Credits: 20 credits (2 semesters)

Reflexology is a non-invasive form of acupressure on the feet, hands and ears. It helps healing energy circulate throughout the body. Learn concepts and specialized techniques in the classroom, then practice them at our on-site clinic.

Once you've completed this program, you can take the national certification exam from the American Reflexology Certification Board. You will also qualify for professional membership status with the Reflexology Association of America.

This program starts in the fall semester beginning in Fall 2023.

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Yoga Teacher

Program Locations: Larimer

Total Credits: 12 credits (1 semester)

Become a professional Hatha Yoga teacher in this one-semester course. You'll learn the skills to teach yoga and relaxation to diverse populations. This certificate is certified by Yoga Alliance. Successful program graduates are eligible for their RYT200 level certification.

Please note the program cohort starts every spring semester.

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Transfer Options

If you would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university, we encourage you to talk with your advisor or the Integrative Health Professions program director. You may be able to transfer to the integrated therapeutic practices degree program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, along with other private universities and specialized programs throughout the U.S.

Careers & Outcomes

Your degree or certificate program in integrative health & massage therapy can open doors for a career in a variety of health-related fields. Although some careers may require bachelor's and graduate degrees, you'll get a strong foundation with a degree from FRCC.

Classes at FRCC's Larimer Campus

Classes meet at our Larimer Campus (see map and directions), at clinical sites in northern Colorado, remote learning on Zoom and asynchronously online.

Some Integrative health programs can be completed entirely online and remotely. Connect with the Integrative Health Program director to find out more about these options.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students enrolling or continuing at Front Range Community College (FRCC) have a right to certain information that the college must provide by law. As a student applying for or attending the Massage Therapy (MST) Program, you have the right to know it meets the certification and licensure criteria for the State of Colorado. The certificate may count toward licensing or certification in states other than Colorado. Therefore, if you are planning to seek work outside of Colorado, it is strongly recommended that you contact that State's certifying or licensing entity for guidance before you begin this program. State-by-state information is available from the American Message Therapy Association.

The MST program at FRCC meets the applicable requirements for national testing and the state prerequisites for licensure or certification in Colorado are as listed below:

FRCC has not determined if the Massage Therapy Certificate (MST) Program meets applicable state prerequisites for licensure or certification in states other than Colorado; however, the following states do not require specific licensure for Massage Therapy as of 2021: Kansas, Minnesota, Vermont and Wyoming.

Other states where it is undetermined if your Colorado MST licensure would transfer and/or if additional requirements would be necessary include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and U.S. Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Contact Us

Integrative Health Professions
Program Director
 
Joanna Yaromy

 

Massage Therapy
Program Director

Sarah Hunnell