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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Program (810 hours)

Educational Objective

This program is designed to train the student in massage therapy. Our course teaches a wide variety of diverse massage techniques.  All the massage techniques will be guided by a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. Significant lab and internship experiences in our program provide the student with time to gain excellence and professionalism in all aspects of massage therapy.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality of education and training so that we may meet the following objectives:

  • To instruct, enhance and assist the student in learning all components of the Massage Therapy Curriculum.
  • To gain a comprehensive understanding of the workings and interrelationships of all systems of the body through anatomy, physiology, pathology and biomechanics.
  • To help the student understand and recognize the indications and contraindications of massage therapy, as well as understand and be able to communicate the benefits it can provide.
  • To develop and apply knowledge of the prevention and spread of disease, as well as maintaining sanitary working environments and good personal hygiene.
  • To teach students to be proficient and excel in the practical application of massage therapy techniques and client relationships.
  • To teach the necessary skills to plan, develop and operate a successful business within the Laws and Rules of the State of California and other governing authorities.

Career Opportunities

A graduate of the Massage Therapy Program may launch his/her own business; find employment as a massage therapist and physical therapy aid assistant in a hospital, chiropractic office, public or private health club/resort, or commercial or private industry, fitness centers, health clubs, salons and spas, rehabilitation clinics, multi-specialty medical groups, wellness facilities; or in the educational field as an instructor in a non-degree granting institution.

Length of Program: 27 Weeks (30 Hours/Week)

Admission Requirements

Any person 16 years old or older, or has a high school diploma, or has passed the GED or high school proficiency test is eligible to enter the program. If a student has not graduated from high school and does not have a GED, or has not passed the California High School Proficiency Test, but is 16 years old or older, a determination of that student’s ability to benefit from participation in the program will be required to pass an ability to benefit test (See information below).

Applicants for admission to the Massage Therapy program must provide the following information:

1. A completed admission application.
2. Documentation of the highest level of educational attainment.
3. Pay the non-refundable registration fee: $100.00

Test of Ability and Capacity to Benefit from Instruction

Ability to Benefit

Students who do not have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent may still be admitted if they are at least 16 years old and pass the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test. The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) is an ability to benefit test approved by the US Department of Education that is used to determine whether an application without a high school diploma or recognized equivalent has the ability to benefit from our program. The following forms of the test are used: Verbal Forms VS-1 & VS-2, Quantitative Forms QS-1 & QS-2.  The approved passing scores on this test are as follows: Verbal (200) and Quantitative (210). Ability-to-benefit students must achieve a passing score on both skill assessments in a single testing session to pass the test and be eligible for admission. The student will be required to have the test administered by a third party and the results delivered to us prior to admission as a student at American West.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Pass all modules, course, and terms
  • Satisfy all financial obligations
  • Complete the programs
  • Pass the program’s final tests