Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago is launching its newly accredited program, the Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork Certificate. This Certificate demonstrates a significant increase in training to clients and prospective employers. Pacific College's Chicago program teaches traditional massage skills with an emphasis on Oriental medicine theory, tui na, and the development of the students' ability to synthesize the causes, symptoms, and treatments of disease.
The Massage Therapy/ Asian Bodywork Certificate requires a minimum of 600 hours and 33.5 academic credits. The state of Illinois requires 500 hours of training for licensure, so Pacific College students will be aptly prepared to enter the field of massage. This program may be completed in three 4-month terms, or one calendar year. It will prepare students for certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Successful passage of the NCBTMB's National Certification Exam is required for licensure and necessary for entry-level bodywork opportunities. Graduates may also be eligible, depending on their choice of electives, for membership to the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). Federal financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Two $500 scholarships for Fall-2009 are on offer for those who are eligible.
This certificate program will train each graduate to customize each massage session to his or her client's specific needs, which is critical in providing ideal body therapy. Asian Bodywork Therapy has grown into a recognized specialty supported by the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) and certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
For more information on Pacific College, Chicago's new certificate program, please contact Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at (773) 477-4109, or visit www.PacificCollege.edu