Certificate in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

Certificate in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

New Convenient Day or Evening/Saturday Schedules 

We understand the demands you face as a busy adult learner, whether you're working, raising a family, caring for relatives, or even all at once, so we've redesigned our Massage Therapy Certificate program schedule to better fit your lifestyle:

  • Weekdays Program: Graduate in 11 months
  • Evenings and Saturdays Program: Graduate in 15 months

See the full schedule for students beginning in Fall 2016.


If you are interested in finding out how to get a massage certification, discover a path to provide pain relief, increase mobility, and share peacefulness and relaxation with patients. With our certificate in massage therapy program, you’ll be able to blend Eastern and Western massage modalities to provide the very best care. Discover your new career with us through our massage therapy certificate programs.

The purpose of the Chicago 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 and Chinese massage therapy. 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.

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The experiences I have had and the opportunities I have been afforded at PCOM have been pivotal in shaping my life and career. Pacific College offered me the foundation necessary to support a successful lifetime of learning and self-exploration, as well as the ability to relish the benefits and the joys of a private practice. - Gretchen Seitz, LAc, DiplAc, DiplOM

The Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork Certificate is a 36 unit program with 675 credit hours of theory and clinical practice. Graduates of the Massage Therapist/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 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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