THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. MAY 15, 2013. American Career College's Massage Therapy students put their skills to work during National Nurses Week by offering free 15-minute massages to nurses and other personnel at St. Vincent Medical Center. The event enabled ACC to strengthen its relationship with St. Vincent's, and the massage therapy students gained much needed experience honing their technical, communication, assessment, and networking skills. Some MT students gained new clients; ACC's Surgical Technology and Vocational Nursing programs assisted in the event.
"It was a privilege for our Massage Therapy students to be a part of National Nurses Week," said Tom McNamara, President of American Career College. "These kinds of experiences help them to graduate with confidence as they prepare to enter a dynamic profession projected to grow rapidly over the next several years."
"This was a win-win for all participants and a way for us to pay tribute to nurses in our own way during their week of national recognition," said Charles Celeste, Director of ACC's Massage Therapy program. "It was gratifying for our students to be able to give them a 10-15 minute escape from their busy, stressful work."
Each year, National Nurses Week celebrates the profession and all the work nurses do. The week begins on May 6, National Nurses Day, and runs through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
ACC's massage therapy students enroll in a 720-hour modular program that encompasses multiple facets of the massage industry to prepare than as entry-level therapists. Students learn Swedish, deep tissue, and Shiatsu methods; spa and sports treatments; non-traditional bodywork and treatments for special needs populations; and business, ethics and professional training. The program teaches anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathophysiology as they relate to massage, in order to provide students with a basic understanding of the body, how dysfunctions occur, and how these relate to each subject.
About American Career College
American Career College (ACC) is a health care educator with four campuses located in Southern California. Founded by David Pyle (www.davidapyle.com) over 35 years ago, ACC offers students a comprehensive array of high-quality educational programs which prepare graduates for a challenging and rewarding career in health care. For more information, visit www.americancareercollege.edu.