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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 80 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
  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 and contraindications of massage modalities
  3. Perform therapeutic massage for therapeutic benefits ethically and within the professional and legal boundary.
  4. Communicate with clients and other healthcare professionals by utilizing professional terminology and language
  5. Recognize and promote the practice of massage therapy for the wellbeing of the community
  6. Plan career pathway and business 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.
Licensure Requirement

Massage Therapists must abide by the current regulations to become certified or licensed within the state/jurisdiction. Among the common regulation requirements, most state or jurisdiction require therapist applicants to complete the minimum training hours and program content required by each state or jurisdiction for certification of licensure, and pass a licensure or certification exam. The state may administer its own exam or accept official score transcript from a standardized licensure or certification exam such as the Massage and Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx) administered by the Federation of state Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and the Board Certification Exam administered by National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks (NCBTMB).  Upon completing the Massage Technician 600- Hours program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the state licensure exam, Massage and Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx) and the Board Certification Exam administered by NCBTMB.
Students should note the minimum training hours and program content required for licensure or certification by the state or jurisdiction where they will seek practice or employment opportunities prior to their enrollment in a massage therapy training program.
Currently, there is no licensure requirement in California to practice massage therapy. California law provides for the voluntary certification of massage professionals by California Massage Therapy Council who meet the requirements in the California State Law. Certification is voluntary. CAMTC Certification is not required by State Law in order for a massage professional to practice their profession in the State. However, some cities and counties locally require CAMTC Certification for massage professionals. The City of Pasadena does not require massage therapists to be certified by CAMTC. Kingston University’s massage therapy programs are yet to be approved by CAMTC.

Program Approval
  • Kingston University is an Assigned School (Code: 490019-05) by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks (NCBTMB). Graduates of the Massage Technician 600 hours Program will be eligible to sit for the Certification Exam. Further information can be obtained by contacting NCBTMB listed below:

    National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks
    1901 South Meyers Road, Suite 240
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
    Phone: (630) 627-8000
    Website: www.ncbtmb.org
    Email: info@ncbtmb.org

  • Kingston is a school member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

Students may be admitted to the AOS program after they have completed 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 9 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 *
Communication, speech
Humanities and Fine Arts 1 course History, Foreign Language, Arts, Music
Social and Behavioral Science 1 course Sociology, Political Science, Psychology
* 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 the equivalent of general education courses at a GPA of 2.0 or better
  • completed all courses in AOS Massage Therapy 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
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