Associate of Science in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

The decision to receive a master’s level education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine was, by far, one of the best decisions I’ve made in life. I am living my passion! I am now part of a major integrative medicine practice at an urban hospital. I thank PCOM for their role in building my foundation and giving me the courage and support to fly.
Angela Johnson, LAc, DiplOM, MSTOM, MPH

Associate of Science in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

Begin your massage and Asian Bodywork career with our associate’s degree in massage therapy. 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 a bachelor’s or master’s degree program. The massage therapy portion of the program emphasizes Oriental medical theory, tui na, Chinese bodywork 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.

If you've been looking for massage therapy schools in Chicago, 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.

Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 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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