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This program will provide training for a student to become an advance massage therapist.  The program will provide in-depth training in the human body system, physiology, pathology as well as various advance massage therapy techniques in both western and non-western massage therapy applications. Students will be exposed to extensive clinical studies of individual cases and be able to explain the theories of massage therapy and develop therapy plans tailoring to individual client’s needs upon professional assessment of the clients. Students will learn an equivalent of 1000 hours of massage therapy skills and earn 90 quarter credit units, which qualify students for

participating in massage therapy certification tests such as Massage and Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx) and the Board Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.  Students may complete the program in seven quarters on a full-time study basis.



Program Objectives

At the completion of the program, the student should be able to demonstrate the followings skills and/or knowledge objectives:

  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 120-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
  17. Be able to perform self care exercises for promoting healthy and prolong professional career
  18. Know basic business management and professional ethics and standards.
  19. Use verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  20. Know basic hygiene and nutrition.
  21. Demonstrate CPR and First-Aid skills.
  22. Provide a broad scope of massage therapy treatments including palliative care  to benefits the needed
  23. Perform facial rejuvenating massage
  24. Demonstrate skills in performing Oriental massage techniques such as Thai massage, Tuina,  and the seven major chakras. 
  25. Competent in explaining theories of massage therapies and develop therapy plans for clients tailoring to the needs of individual clients.

The AOSMT curriculum includes 77 quarter units in Massage Therapy concentration courses as listed below.


General Education Courses Required: 14 Quarter Units or equivalent
Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication* 1 course College English
Humanities 1 course History
Foreign Languages
Social Science 1 course Sociology
Political Science
Computer Science
* Required course    
Course and Training Hour Requirements: 77 Quarter Units
Course No. Course Title Contact Clock Hours Quarter Unit
Lecture Lab/Practical Total
BS 1111 Human Biology
30 3.0
BS 1171 Topographic Anatomy 20 0 20 2.0
BS 2181 Anatomy and Physiology I 30 0 30 3.0
BS 3182 Anatomy and Physiology II 30 0 30 3.0
BS 4183 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 25 5 30 2.0
MT 1300 Massage Profession and Ethics 20 0 20 2.0
MT 2010 Pathology 40 0 40 4.0
MT 2020 Assessment for Bodywork 10 10 20 2.0
MT 2030 Myology and Kinesiology for Healthcare Professionals 40 0 40 4.0
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 2300 Business Management for Massage Therapy Professionals 30 0 30 3.0
MT 3120 Aromatherapy and Application 10 5 15 1.0
MT 3130 Massage for Sports Injury and Therapeutic Stretching 10 30 40 3.5
MT 3150 Pre-Natal Massage and Baby Massage 10 30 40 3.0
MT 3220 Energy Work for Massage Therapist 5 20 25 2.0
MT 3250 Chakra and Hot Stone Massage 10 20 30 2.0
MT 3500 Integrated Therapeutic Massage and Self-Care 10 60 70 4.5
AC 1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theories 20 0 20 2.0
AC 1241
Acupressure and Tuina Therapy
10 30 40 3.0
  TOTAL 487 413 900 77.0
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.
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 Occupational Studies degree with Massage Therapy option, students must meet the following academic requirements:
• completed a minimum of 13.5 quarter units or 9 semester units of General Education at a local community college or a school accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
• completed 77 quarter units in AOS Massage Therapy 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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