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Associate of Science (Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork)

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Begin your massage and Asian Bodywork career with our associate’s degree. Our program ties together massage therapy with Oriental medicine theory, giving you the tools to best serve your future clients’ needs with a unique blend of East and West. 

The purpose of the Associate of Science program is to develop the student into an expertly trained body therapist, while providing the general education units required to advance into the bachelor’s or master’s degree program. The massage therapy portion of the program emphasizes Oriental medical theory, tui na, and the development of the student's ability to understand the causes and symptoms of disease. In the bodywork portion of the program, students receive an introduction to the theories of Chinese medicine and specialize in a multitude of Asian bodywork therapies.

The Associate of Science (Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork) is a five-semester degree program consisting of core massage therapy curriculum and 37 units of General Education to meet the requirements for advancement into the Master’s program. The Associate of Science Program is a total of 69 units. Graduates are eligible for national massage certification by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), as well as the requirements for Illinois licensure.

Graduates of the Associate of Science (Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork) degree will:

  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in their personal and professional lives.
  • Demonstrate fundamental body therapy skills.
  • Know and demonstrate essential, hygienic considerations in the performance of massage.
  • Know and respect conditions contraindicating massage.
  • Be eligible for the examination administered by National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • Demonstrate competent and professional communication and human relations skills.
  • Possess the knowledge and skill to run their own private practice massage business or become employed by other healthcare practitioners who utilize massage as part of their client treatment.
  • Possess skills that may lead to management positions in their industry.
  • Possess working knowledge and the ability to utilize information literacy skills to do further research and study.
  • Demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the historical/philosophical context in which Oriental Medicine is based.
  • Be eligible to apply to the bachelor’s and/or master’s degree at Pacific or other higher education institutions.

The Pacific College Associate of Science (Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork) program combines PCOM’s standard of excellence in quality education with courses that are fully integrated with on-location hands-on training and clinical rotations.

 

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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine's MSTOM programs are accredited by ACAOM. The college and all its programs are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. All programs, with the exception of the DAOM, are accredited by ACCSC. For important information on program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click here.

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The purpose of the Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork program is to prepare students for employment in massage therapy either in private practice, or a variety of healthcare or spa settings. Emphasis is placed on Oriental medical theory, Chinese therapeutic massage. The program develops the students’ ability to understand the causes and symptoms of disease, enabling them to customize their massage therapy to the client’s condition.

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Associate of Science (Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork)

The purpose of the Associate of Science program is to develop the student into an expertly trained body therapist, while providing the general education units required to advance into the bachelor’s or master’s degree program. The massage therapy portion of the program emphasizes Oriental medical theory, tui na, and the development of the student's ability to understand the causes and symptoms of disease. In the bodywork portion of the program, students receive an introduction to the theories of Chinese medicine and specialize in a multitude of Asian bodywork therapies.

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Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork Certificate

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Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork Certificate

Discover a path to provide pain relief, increase mobility, and share peacefulness and relaxation with patients. With our certificate program, you’ll be able to blend Eastern and Western massage modalities to provide the very best care. Discover your new career with us.

The purpose of the Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork program is to prepare students for employment in massage therapy either in private practice, or a variety of healthcare or spa settings. Emphasis is placed on Oriental medical theory, Chinese therapeutic massage. The program develops the students’ ability to understand the causes and symptoms of disease, enabling them to customize their massage therapy to the client’s condition. Students in the certificate program receive an introduction to the invaluable theories of Chinese medicine, and practice a variety of Asian bodywork therapies, including tui na, shiatsu, and Thai massage among others.

The Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork Certificate is a 33.5 unit program with 645 credit hours of theory and clinical practice. Graduates of the Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork Certificate are eligible to take the massage exams administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NESL Exam) and the Federation of State Massage Board (Mblex Exam). Graduates are also eligible for membership in the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA).


Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine's MSTOM programs are accredited by ACAOM. The college and all its programs are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. All programs, with the exception of the DAOM, are accredited by ACCSC. For important information on program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please click here.

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