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The Associate in Health Science degree program with Massage Therapy option provides students an opportunity to earn an academic degree at the Associate degree level while preparing to enter the massage therapy profession. Students will engage in 695 hours of Massage Therapy skill training modules and become qualified to sit for massage therapy certification tests such as the Board Certification Examination administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage Therapy (NCBTMB) and the Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx). The Associate in Health Science program in Massage Therapy awards students with prior general education credits up to 18 semester units or 28 quarter units to fulfill the general education course requirement for graduation.

Upon completion of the courses, a student will be prepared to enter the massage therapist job market in the fields of, but not limited to, the following areas: chiropractic, physical therapy, orthopedic rehabilitation clinics, health spas, hotels, beauty salons, medical, private practice/free lancing, sports medicine, or education and ready for advance studies in massage therapy or other healthcare programs. Students may also qualify for state licensure or certification as defined by local state regulations.



Program Objectives

In this program, the student will build professional skills in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Chair Massage, Reflexology, Lymph Drainage therapy, aromatherapy and acupuncture meridian and points application.  At the completion of the courses, the student should be able to:

  1. Be able to competently and ethically apply therapeutic massage modules within the boundary defined by local, state or national authority.
  2. Understand human body systems with knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathology
  3. Become knowledgeable in health and well-being practice and capable of performing hygiene routines with respect to OSHA compliance
  4. Be capable of designing and explaining an effective therapeutic massage program by performing proper assessment and applying knowledge of indications and contraindications of massage techniques.
  5. Perform professional therapeutic massage and treat clients with respect, compassion and dignity and observe strict HIPPA and patient confidentiality at all time.
  6. Understand and communicate with other healthcare professionals so that an appropriate and informed referral of patients to other healthcare professionals can be made promptly when necessary.
  7. Become knowledgeable in basic business practice and capable of performing basic business management with respect to business ethics and compliance with relevant legal regulations and requirements on business operation
  8. Practice proper self-care routine and continue professional education development and practice enhancement as a lifelong career commitment

Students may be admitted to the AHS program after they have completed General Education courses or be enrolled, concurrently, in General Education courses, which must be completed prior to completion of the AHS program, and with a minimum G.P.A. attained must be of 2.0 or better. General Education courses are designed to give each student a breadth of experience in various academic disciplines. These learning experiences provide an introductory base to different fields of study and discuss how each disciple conducts its research, thus adding to general knowledge. GE courses are offered at community/city colleges.

To meet the graduation unit requirements prescribed for AHS Massage Therapy program, students are required to complete 28 quarter units or the equivalent in General Education Courses and 63 quarter units in Massage Therapy concentration courses
General Education Courses Required: 28 Quarter Units (18 Semester Units)
Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication 2 courses or 8 quarter units College English *
Communication, Speech
Humanities 1 course or 4 quarter units History, Foreign Languages
Mathematics 1 course or 4 quarter units College Algebra, Statistics, etc.
Social Science 2 course or 8 quarter units Sociology, Political Science, Psychology
Science & Technology 2 course or 8 quarter units Biology, Chemistry, Nutritioin, General Physics, Computer Science
* Required course    
Massage Therapy Concentration Course Requirement: 63 Quarter Units
1. Course and Training Hour Requirement
2. Performance Evaluation Requirement
1. Course and Training Hour Requirement
Course No. Course Title Contact Clock Hours Quarter Unit
Lecture Lab/Practical Total
BS 1111 Human Biology 30 0 30 3.0
BS 1171 Topographic Anatomy 20 0 20 2.0
BS 2180 Anatomy and Physiology Lab 0 20 20 1.0
BS 2181 Anatomy and Physiology I 30 0 30 3.0
BS 2182 Anatomy and Physiology II 30 0 30 3.0
BS 2183 Anatomy and Physiology III 30 0 30 3.0
CS 1511 Western Medical Terminology 20 0 20 2.0
MT 1000 Introduction to Massage Therapy 30 0 30 3.0
MT 1300 Massage Profession and Ethics 20 0 20 2.0
MT 2030 Myology and Kinesiology for Healthcare Professionals 30 10 40 3.5
MT 2010 Pathology 40 0 40 4.0
MT 2020 Assessment for Bodywork 20 0 20 2.0
MT 1110 Swedish Massage 25 45 70 5.0
MT 1150 Chair Massage and Reflexology 5 35 40 2.5
MT 2130 Sports Massage 25 35 60 4.5
MT 2150 Deep Tissue Massage and Applications 25 45 70 5.0
MT 2160 Lymph Drainage 10 20 30 2.0
MT 2500
Massage Practicum
0 60 60 3.5
MT 1180 Aromatherapy and Application 15 0 15 1.5
MT 1241
Acupressure and Tuina Therapy
20 10 30 2.5
AC 1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theories 20 0 20 2.0
  TOTAL 445 280 725 60.0
Students are required to complete CPR and First Aid training administered by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association to meet graduation requirement.
2. Performance Evaluation Requirements
Students must satisfactorily PASS the following requirements:

(i) All writing tests are required by the instructors
(ii) Performance tests to demonstrate competency in each massage skill module training
(iii) All other assignments and tests as required by the instructors
Graduation Requirement

Students must meet the following academic requirements prior to graduation:

  • completed a minimum of 28 quarter units or the equivalent in General Education Courses at a GPA of 2.0 or better
  • completed 63 quarter units in Massage Therapy concentration courses and pass performance evaluations
  • completed CPR and First Aid training administered by American Red Cross or American Heart Association
  • maintained a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better

Upon completing the academic requirements for graduation and fulfilling the financial obligation for the program, students will be awarded the Associate in Health Science, Massage Therapy degree.

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