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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 720 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

Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand the human body system with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathology.
  2. Know benefits of massage, and general massage indications and contraindications.
  3. Know body awareness and demonstrate basic skills in a massage practicum.
  4. Explain and use skills in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, lymph drainage therapy and perform a full 60-minute body massage.
  5. Perform myofascial release and trigger points technique
  6. Know palpitation series
  7. Demonstrate therapeutic stretching skills
  8. Know rotator cuff solutions
  9. Demonstrate skills of chair massage
  10. Perform reflexology treatment on the foot
  11. Demonstrate application of aromatherapy and chakra
  12. Know basic business skills and management and professional ethics and standards.
  13. Apply verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  14. Know basic hygiene and nutrition
  15. Demonstrate CPR and First Aid training
  16. Know and perform other non-western massage techniques including acupressure and basic cupping technique

The AHSMT curriculum includes 28 quarter units in General Education Courses, and 62 quarter units in Massage Therapy concentration courses as listed below.


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 1 course or 4 quarter units Sociology, Political Science, Psychology
Science & Technology 1 course or 4 quarter units Biology, Chemistry, Nutritioin, General Physics, Computer Science
* Required course    
Massage Therapy Concentration Course Requirement: 62 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   30 3.0
BS 1171 Topographic Anatomy 20   20 2.0
BS 2181 Anatomy and Physiology I 30   30 3.0
BS 3182 Anatomy and Physiology II 30   30 3.0
BS 4283 Anatomy and Physiology III 30   30 3.0
CS 1511 Western Medical Terminology 20   20 2.0
MT 1000 Introduction to Massage Therapy 25 5 30 2.0
MT 1300 Massage Profession and Ethics 20   20 2.0
MT 2030 Myology and Kinesiology for Healthcare Professionals 40   40 4.0
MT 2010 Pathology 40   40 4.0
MT 2020 Assessment for Bodywork 10 10 20 2.0
MT 2110 Swedish Massage 20 50 70 6.0
MT 2120 Chair Massage 2 18 20 1.5
MT 2130 Sports Massage 20 40 60 5.0
MT 2140 Reflexology 5 15 20 1.5
MT 2150 Deep Tissue Massage and Applications 20 50 70 6.0
MT 2160 Lymph Drainage 10 30 40 3.0
MT 2500
Massage Practicum
0 50 50 3.0
MT 3120
Aromatherapy and Application
10 5 15 1.0
AC 1241
Acupressure and Tuina Therapy
10 30 40 3.0
AC 1211
Acupuncture Meridian Theories
20 0 20 2.0
  TOTAL     715 62.0
Students are required to complete CPR and First Aid training at a local chapter of American Red Cross or American Heart Association before completing the program.
2. Performance Evaluation Requirement
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

To receive the Associate in Health Science degree with Massage Therapy option, students must meet the following academic requirements:

  • completed 28 quarter units (18 semester units) in General Education Courses
  • completed 62 quarter units in Massage Therapy concentration courses and pass performance evaluations
  • submit a valid CPR and First Aid certificate issued by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • maintained a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or better
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