Associate of Science in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

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Associate of Science in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

Pacific College’s Associate of Science program offers unparalleled opportunities to advance your career in Asian holistic medicine with a blend of classroom and online learning. Led by our expert faculty, online activities and in-class sessions have now merged to give students flexibility in addition to the distinguished hands-on instruction for which Pacific College is known.

The Associate of Science (Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork) degree program demonstrates significant training to massage clients and prospective employers. Graduates of the Associate of Science will be prepared to enter a career in massage therapy either in private practice, or in the employment of another qualified healthcare practitioner such as an acupuncturist, a health spa owner, or a chiropractor’s office. In addition the program offers general education courses to serve as a basis for lifelong learning. These classes will help prepare the student for higher education and careers that require the ability to think independently, critically evaluate and apply written and numerical information, present cogent written and oral communication, and think critically about the influences of art and philosophy.

This program is built around the 600-hour core massage therapy curriculum, but also includes 30 units of General Education within the 64.5 units required to complete the program. The massage 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. This ability will allow Pacific massage practitioners to customize their massage therapy to their client’s individual needs. Asian Bodywork Therapy has grown into a recognized specialty supported by the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia and certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Students in this program receive an introduction to the valuable theories of Chinese medicine and specialize in a multitude of Asian bodywork therapies, including tui na, shiatsu, Thai massage and others.

The Associate in Science (Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork) program prepares 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 (BCTMB), as well as the Massage Board License Exam and the requirements for California certification. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia if additional non-required courses in the Associate of Sciences degree program are taken for this purpose.

Graduates of the program are also eligible to apply to the Master of Science (Traditional Oriental Medicine) program offered at Pacific. 

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

  • Discuss and demonstrate professional ethics
  • 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 by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral professional communication skills.Possess the knowledge and skill to run their own private practice massage businesses.
  • 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 an informed awareness of the main strands of Western and Eastern thought in which Oriental Medicine is based.
  • Be eligible to apply to the Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree programs at Pacific College 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 the convenience of online activities and courses that are fully integrated with on-location hands-on training and clinical rotations. Pacific College offers students one-click access to college resources and support. One click and you are beginning a class. One click and you are receiving  one-on-one attention from distinguished and dedicated faculty members, and an open invitation to on- and off-campus programs and activities that can be tailored to each student’s preferred schedule. Once click and you are starting your new career.

Have questions on how distance education works? Visit our eLearning Frequently Asked Questions page.

Federal Consumer Disclosure Information About This Program

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college and all its programs in San Diego are approved by BPPE. 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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