Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapies

Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapies

If you've been searching for massage therapy training programs, your search ends here. 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. Your future massage career starts here. 

The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science in massage therapy is to develop the student into an expertly trained body therapist. Focus is on Oriental medical theory with a comprehensive training in practical massage skills, including tui na, shiatsu, Thai massage, and a variety of Asian bodywork therapies. The wide array of electives allows the student to study specific areas of interest, such as pediatrics, sports massage, or reflexology.

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The Associate of Applied Science (Massage Therapies) is a 5-semester massage degree program consisting of 64.5 units that meets the requirements for national massage certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).


PCOM has changed my life tremendously. I didn't know what I wanted in life except to become a massage therapist. Luckily, I had support from the PCOM Staff and students. I have learned a lot from the education I have received and I have put it to great use. I have made huge strides at this school, with my own massage certification, and my AAS on the way. If I could do it, you can too. -Tracie Travis

Graduates of the Associate degrees will:

  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in their personal and professional lives.
  • Demonstrate a wide and well practiced variety of body therapy skills.
  • Understand the integration of body, mind and spirit.
  • Know and demonstrate essential, hygienic considerations in the performance of massage.
  • Know and respect conditions contraindicating massage.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of massage, biomedical science and Oriental medicine sufficient to pass the massage exam administered by National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
  • Demonstrate competence in basic business skills related to the practice of massage.

Completion of this associate's degree begins with completion of the Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork Certificate.

Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The college is authorized for operation by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The college’s MSTOM, MSAc (CH and NY), and DAOM (SD) programs are accredited by ACAOM. For important information on program costs, completion and placement rates, median debt incurred, etc., please see the program disclosure document.

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