Certificate in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

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

Certificate in Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork

The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork Certificate program has been specially designed to merge our quality education with convenience. A blend of expertly instructed classroom and online courses in Asian Bodywork and Massage Therapy offers the opportunity to practice hands-on training on campus with our distinguished faculty, some of the best teaching at massage schools in California, while doing some of your coursework on your own time and in your own space.

The Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork certificate demonstrates significant training to clients and prospective employers. This program at Pacific College 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. This is critical in achieving the optimum therapeutic effect. 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 Asian bodywork therapy certification is a 33.5 unit program of theory and clinical practice that meets the requirements for certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as well as the requirements for California certification and the Massage Board License Exam. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) and can go on to massage therapy degrees.

Graduates of the Massage Therapist/Asian Bodywork certificate 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.

The Pacific College Certificate in Massage Therapy 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 massage therapy courses and clinical rotations. As a student in our eLearning program, you will be taught under the same rigorous academic standards as our traditional classroom programs. Pacific College offers students one-click access to college resources and support. One click and you’re starting a class. One click and the world is your campus. One click and you will receive 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. One click and you will start 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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