AOS Degree

AOS Degree

On this page: Overview, Objectives, Courses, Completion, Gainful Employment Info


Program Overview

This program exceeds 750 hours and is currently ineligible for Title IV funds

This comprehensive degree program develops a practical working knowledge of the anatomical and physiological sciences necessary for successful and rewarding employment as a massage therapist. The required specialized courses challenge students to acquire the proficiency and competence necessary to this field. As part of their professional development, students are prepared to build a clientele, create a successful business, or secure job placement.

Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will receive an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree in Massage Therapy.


Program Objectives

  • To prepare students for entry level positions as a massage therapist.
  • Demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the anatomical and physiological sciences.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in several advanced modalities.



Prerequisite High School Graduate or equivalent.
Major Courses
(Class ID)
Body Centered Therapy (CMT 132)
Clinic Massage (CMT 140)
Integrative Massage (CMT 142)
Massage Level 1 (CMT 110)
Massage Level 2 (CMT 120)
Massage Level 3 (CMT 130)
Neuroanatomy (BIO 230)
Palpation of Anatomy (CMT 122)
Pathology for Massage Therapists (BIO 210)
Sports Massage Level 1 (SPM 130)
General Education
(Class ID)
Anatomy (BIO 110)
Business (BUS 140)
Diet & Nutrition (BIO 140)
Physiology (BIO 120)
Required Select two (2) areas of specialization and a minimum of 16 quarter credit hours.

Cranial Sacral
Lymphatic Drainage
Spa Arts and Sciences
Trauma Touch Therapy™

(Class ID)
Select a minimum of 6.5 quarter hour electives if specialized courses are less than 22.5 quarter credit hours.

Applied Kinesiology (ELE 201)
Aromatherapy (ELE 130)
Healing Touch Level 1 (ELE 242)
Hydrostone (ELE 246)
Infant Massage (ELE 136)
Intro to Polarity (ELE 138)
Prenatal Massage (ELE 134)
Seated Massage Level 1 (ELE 132)



93 credit hours

Minimum of 6.5 elective quarter credit hours if specialized courses total less than 22.5 quarter credit hours.

Completion: 27 months (maximum), 24 months (minimum)

Former CSHA students wanting to transfer into the degree program must meet all equivalent course work and degree requirements and must complete a minimum of 23.5 quarter credit hours in the degree program.

Non-CSHA students wanting to transfer comparable course work into the degree program must meet existing transfer requirements and complete a minimum of 25% of the required degree curriculum at CSHA.


Gainful Employment Information (Data Reported in 2016)

Name and Standard Occupational Classification for this program Massage Therapists; 31-9011.00
U.S. Dept. of Labor’s O*Net for this program Click Here
On-time graduation rate for this program 76%
Job placement rate 93%
Median loan debt incurred (prior to ineligibility) Title IV: $11,067; Private: $0
Tuition and fee charges See AOS Tuition
Graduation & Placement Rates See chart
Gainful Employment Information Click Here