OPTM22 Pathology

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Level: 6
Credits: 10

Directed Learning hours: 30
Self Directed Learning hours: 70
Total Learning Hours: 100


This course aims to give students an understanding of pathological processes and common diseases that are relevant to massage practice.


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Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the terms and principles governing major disease processes
  2. Demonstrate understanding of common diseases description, incidence, etiology, signs and symptoms, and the indications and contraindications to massage practice


  • Terms and principles governing major disease processes
  • Common diseases which are relevant to massage practice


The following strategies may be used: • Assignments • Theoretical examination • Oral presentations • Online quizzes/exercises • Group projects • Case studies

Attendance Requirements

Students will be expected to engage with online discussions and activities and in some instances, participation may be required.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve competency in all assessment tasks for completion of this course. Students attendance and participation must also comply with the attendance requirements of the course.

Student Reading List

Required Reading Resources:

  • Marieb, E., & Hoehn, K. (2007). Human anatomy & physiology (7th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.
  • Premkumar, K. (2000). Pathology A to Z – A handbook for massage therapists (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Recommended Reading Resources:

  • The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resources.