Bachelor of Science in Integrative Therapeutics:
Massage Therapy

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The Bachelor of Science in Integrative Therapeutics: Massage Therapy (BSiT-MT) is specially designed for third-year students seeking to develop an in-depth understanding of therapeutic interventions with a focus on massage therapy. In addition, our pre-med/pre-health designed curriculum features three core threads in natural sciences, critical thinking and social sciences. Learn the scientific, psychological, and social factors that determine how and why massage works, at NUNM, the leader in natural medicine training. Your massage therapy training will benefit from our extensive integrative health centers in and around the Portland area.

This degree program includes courses in anatomy and physiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry and genetics, which provide a solid scientific understanding of the human body and the basic principles of health and disease, and provide fundamentals in research, and scientific and professional communication. The social science courses highlight the interpersonal and professional growth of the student with a strong focus on the development of cultural competency skills, ethical decision-making, expository writing, self-reflection and self-management.

Your studies include in-depth clinical training, allowing you to learn how to apply the art and science of massage therapy in an environment that values critical thought and using the principles of evidence-informed practice. You will have the knowledge and clinical hours to apply for licensure as a massage therapy professional (LMT) in all 50 states.

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Faculty Highlight

Rebecca Tuttle, MD

As an inaugural undergraduate faculty member, Dr. Tuttle has spearheaded the undergraduate anatomy and physiology experience, which includes a gross anatomy lab experience with cadaveric dissection. Stemming from her own experiences in the anatomy lab during her medical training, Dr. Tuttle incorporates hands-on experiences with an in-depth exploration of form and function in both the lab and the classroom.

On the horizon, Dr. Tuttle is creating an exciting elective entitled “Anatomy in Clay” in which students will combine art and science in the sculpting of organs, vasculature, nerves, and more. The tactile, visual experience is fun, practical, and memorable, which will help solidify the knowledge and retention of the human body’s intricate, awesome inner workings.

When not in the classroom or lab, Dr. Tuttle works as a full-time emergency physician. Sharing real-world pathology and presentation of human illness helps make the abstract study of physiology much more meaningful for her students. She integrates clinical correlations that make the material vivd and relevant. Her students praise her enthusiasm, passion and experience. Regarding Dr. Tuttle’s teaching style, one student commented, “The material was presented in a way which made it fun and easy to learn – rooted in function, practical use, and real diagnosis of medical conditions.”

Dr. Tuttle earned her Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University, focusing on Post-Secondary Adult & Continuing Education, Teaching Adult Learners, and Training & Development. She received her Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Baylor College of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at LA County’s Harbor/UCLA Medical Center and a medical education fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University.

  • BSiT-MT

    Admissions Requirements for BSiT-MT

    A GPA of 2.0 or higher

    Prerequisite Courses

    Students may apply to the programs while still completing their prerequisite coursework and may receive conditional admittance pending successful completion of those courses. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have either 60 semester or 90 quarter credits before beginning coursework at NUNM. All applicants must have completed the general education requirements of the previously-attended institution. Within these general education requirements, NUNM has specific requirements. These are outlined below.

    General Biology 3 One academic year of General or Principles of Biology. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    General Chemistry 3 One academic year of General or Principles of Chemistry. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 2
    Social Sciences 3 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement. One of these courses must be human psychology.
    Humanities 3 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    Oral Communication/Public Speaking 1 Courses in oral communication and public speaking will satisfy this requirement.
    Electives 3 A maximum of 3 quarter or 2 semester credits of physical education may be applied.
    • General Biology — 3 Courses
      One academic year of General or Principles of Biology. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    • General Chemistry — 3 Courses
      One academic year of General or Principles of Chemistry. These courses must be designed for science majors or pre-med students and include labs. Students on a semester system, only need to complete two courses in this subject.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
    • English Composition — 2 Courses
    • Social Sciences — 3 Courses
      Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement. One of these courses must be human psychology.
    • Humanities — 3 Courses
      Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    • Oral Communication/Public Speaking — 1 Course
      Courses in oral communication and public speaking will satisfy this requirement.
    • Electives — 3 Courses
      A maximum of 3 quarter or 2 semester credits of physical education may be applied.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the BSiT-MT Program

    • Personal Statement

      Please share a little bit about yourself and your background along with what interests you about receiving your undergraduate degree from NUNM. (maximum of 1200 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for BSiT-MT*
    Credits 44.5
    Cost/Credit $232
    Tuition $10,324
    Fees** $567
    Total $10,891

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the BSiT-MT program.

    Total BSiT-MT Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      98.5

    • Elective credits

      0

    • Total required credits

      98.5

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