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Massage Therapy (AOS)

Associate of Occupational Studies Degree Program

Program Overview

ASA College’s Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Massage Therapy is a 65 credit program designed to be completed in five semesters. It meets the New York State Education Department’s required minimum of 1000 clock hours (lecture, lab, and practicum contact hours) and required criteria in all specified content areas.

Onsite internships and off-campus externships provide opportunities for students to practice their skills and prepare for the required New York State Massage Therapy licensing examination.

Program Goals

Students will learn four types of massages:

  • Swedish Massage: performed in the direction of the heart, designed for relaxation, relief of muscular tension, improvement of circulation and range of motion.
  • Shiatsu Massage: is a pressure-point massage technique developed in Japan, uses pressure and stretching techniques to reduce stress and fatigue, improve circulation, reduce blood pressure and muscle stiffness, and increase stamina.
  • Deep Tissue Massage: is aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscles and connective tissue. It is similar to Swedish Massage, but more intense. This helps relieve chronic muscle tension or knots.
  • Sports Massage: following an athletic event, this type is used to relieve pain, prevent stiffness, and can also be used for injury rehabilitation.

Career Outlook

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage of massage therapists was $39,860 in May 2016, and growth is expected to be faster than average, at a rate of 22% from 2014 to 2024.

Massage Therapists can work in a variety of venues: hospitals, nursing homes, vacation resorts, cruise ships, corporate offices, and hotels.

Many Massage Therapists work in clinical practice with physicians, physical therapists, psychologists, chiropractors, and acupuncturists.

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¹Effective Monday, April 13th, the following guidelines apply to student laptop distribution at all ASA Campuses for the Summer 2020 semester only:

    • Full-time and part-time active students are eligible to receive a free laptop if they register for the Summer 2020 semester.*  
    • This extends to students in all programs including those enrolled in ESL, as well as international students.**
Please note that students with a balance must contact the Student Accounts Department prior to becoming eligible for a free laptop for the summer semester.  Also, if you have already received and/or purchased a laptop from ASA, then you are not eligible for another one.
* If a student registering for the summer semester drops prior to completion of the fourth week of said term, the student will be assessed a product charge on his/her student account for the laptop.
**Students in an extended enrollment or non-matriculated status, as well as ability-to-benefit students solely enrolled for six credit hours as a part of career pathways, do not qualify for a free laptop.  These students do have the option of purchasing the product for $275.
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2You may graduate in 16 months from an associate degree program if no remedial classes are required