Home About Kingston Admission Academic Programs Library Alumni Clinic Contact Us


HOME > Academic Programs > Undergraduate > School of Health Science: Associate in Occupational Studies, Massage Therapy Option (AHSMT)


This Associate in Occupational Studies, Massage Therapy Option program provides 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 900 hours of massage therapy skills and earn 75 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. Describe theories, concepts and knowledge of human body, biomechanics and massage therapy.
  2. Design therapeutic massage programs based on proper assessment and mastery of indications an dcontraindications of massage modalities
  3. Perform therapeutic massage for therapeutic benefits ethically within the professional and legal boundaries
  4. Communicate with clients and other healthcare professionals by utilizing professional terminology adn language
  5. Recognize and promote the practice of massage therpay for the wellbeing of the community
  6. Plan career pathway, business and practice management options with ethical practice
  7. Integrate proper self-care practice in professional career development
  8. Sit for standardized certification or licensure examinations which cover contents similar to the training program completed

Students may be admitted to the AOS program after they have completed 10 semester units or 15 quarter units or the equivalent of General Education courses or be enrolled, concurrently, in General Education courses, which must be completed prior to completion of the AOS 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 that is directly applicable to massage therapy occupation. 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, students are required to complete 10 semester units or 15 quarter units or the equivalent in General Education Courses and 75 quarter units in Massage Therapy concentration courses.

The courses are listed below:

General Education Courses Required: 15 Quarter Units or equivalent
Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication* 1 course College English
Humanities and Fine Arts 1 course History
Foreign Languages
Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 course Sociology
Political Science
* Required course    

Course and Training Hour Requirements: 75 Quarter Units

The technical training coourses required for completing AOS Degree Program in Massage Therapy are outlined below:

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 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 2010 Pathology 40 0 40 4.0
MT 2020 Assessment for Bodywork 20 0 20 2.0
MT 2030 Myology and Kinesiology for Healthcare Professionals 30 10 40 3.5
MT 1110 Swedish Massage 25 45 70 5.0
MT 1150 Chair Massage and Refexology 5 35 40 2.5
MT 1180 Aromatherapy and Application 15 0 15 1.5
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 2300 Business Management for Massage Therapy Professionals 30 0 30 3.0
MT 2210 Pre-Natal Massage and Baby Massage 30 10 40 3.5
MT 2230 Massage for Sports Injury 30 15 45 4.0
MT 1222 Energy Work for Massage Therapist 10 10 20 1.5
MT 1280 Chakra and Hot Stone Massage 20 10 30 2.5
MT 2550 Integrated Therapeutic Massage and Self-Care 0 70 70 4.0
AC 1211 Acupuncture Meridian Theories 20 0 20 2.0
MT 1241
Acupressure and Tuina Therapy
20 10 30 2.5
  TOTAL 565 335 900 75.0
* Students must complete CPR and First Aid training administered by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association prior to graduating from the AOS Massage Therapy 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

Students must meet the following academic requirements prior to graduation:

  • complete at least 15 quarter units or 10 semester units of general education courses at a GPA of 2.0 or better
  • completed all courses in AOS Massage Therapy courses and pass performance evaluations
  • complied with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements including meeting the minimum C.G.P.A.and pace of progress, and completing the program within the maximum program time frame (see the Academic Policy for detail)
  • Fulfilled all financial obligatiosn required by Kingston University prior to graduation
  • completed CPR and First Aid training administered by the American Red Cross and American Heart Association.

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

Download Brochure
Transfer Credit Policy

Kingston University
3871 E. Colorado Blvd., Main Tel: 626-229-9929
Pasadena, CA 91107    
E-Mail: info@kingston-edu.org
Maps & Direction

Office Hour  
Monday ~ Friday 9:30 am ~ 5:30 pm
National Holidays  
President's Day / Memorial Day / Independence Day
Labor Day / Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Years

Copyright © 2019 Kingston University, Los Angeles, California