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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 by engaging in a minimum of 600 hours of Massage Therapy skill training modules, which qualify students for participating in massage therapy certification tests such as Massage and 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 27 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 27 quarter units in General Education Courses, and 63 quarter units in Massage Therapy concentration courses.

The courses are listed below

General Education Courses Required: 18 Semester Units
Category Minimum Requirement Example of Subject Area
English & Communication 2 courses or 6 semester units College English *
Humanities 1 courses or 3 semester units History *
Foreign Languages
Mathematics 1 course or 3 semester units College Algebra
Social Science 1 course or 3 semester units Sociology
Political Science
Science & Technology 1 course or 3 semester units Biology *
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
MT 1030 Basic Hygiene and Nutrition
  10 1.0
MT 1300 Massage Profession and Ethics
  20 2.0
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
MT 2030 Myology and Kinesiology for Healthcare Professionals 40   40 4.0
MT 2010 Pathology 60   60 6.0
MT 2020 Assessment for Bodywork 10 10 20 1.5
MT 2100 Massage Practicum 10 20 30 2.0
MT 2110 Swedish Massage and Lymph Drainage 40 40 80 6.0
MT 2120 Chair Massage 2 18 20 1.0
MT 2130 Sports Massage and Therapeutic Stretching 10 60 70 4.0
MT 2140 Reflexology 2 18 20 1.0
MT 2150 Deep Tissue Massage and Applications 10 60 70 4.0
AC 8211 Acupuncture Meridian Theories 20   20 2.0
  TOTAL     745 63.0
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 27 quarter units (18 semester units) in General Education Courses
  • completed 63 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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