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Massage Therapy Program

The massage therapist program at American College of Healthcare prepares students for a career in massage therapy in hospitals and wellness centers, nursing homes, health clubs and fitness centers, cruise ships, and spas or resorts. The program focuses on providing relief and improved health and well-being to clients through the application of manual techniques for manipulating skin, muscles, and connective tissues. Program courses include: Western (Swedish) massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, safety, and professional standards and ethics. Get more details below including other California colleges that offer massage therapy program.

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American College of Healthcare

3160 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA

American College of Health Care now has two campuses in California – Riverside and Huntington Park.  ACHC was founded in 1993 and in 2009 came under new ownership.  The school offers 6 career training programs in the health care field:

  • Medical Assistant and  Medical Administrative Assistant
  •  Medical Billing and Coding,
  • Pharmacy Technician
  •  Surgical Technology
  • Physical Therapy Aide/Massage Therapist.

The Surgical Technology program and the Pharmacy Technician program can lead to certification status.  The Surgical program can be completed in 17 months, earning the successful graduate a CST (Certified Surgical Technologist).   The Pharmacy program can be completed in 12 months. While licensing of Pharmacy Technicians is not mandatory, the ACHC program prepares participants for a voluntary nationally administered certification exam -- Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) examination.

The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) has accredited the Surgical Technology Program and the American College of Health Care has earned institutional accreditation for its non-degree programs.

Tuition and fees for the Surgical Technology Program as of January 10, 2013 were approximately$32,600.  ACH reported a 73% placement rate for program graduates.  Cost of the Pharmacy Technician Program was about $16,500 with a 75% placement rate.  The other programs had placement rates ranging from the 80% range to 100% for the Medical Administrative Assistant Program.

Students Enrolled in the Massage Therapy Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. American College of Healthcare offers a less than two-year award program in massage therapy.

Students by Gender (2019)


Students by Race (2019)

Multiple Races1

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2020: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

Career Options for Graduates

Students who have completed the Massage Therapy program at American College of Healthcare, have entered into some of these more popular career paths listed below:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary


Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Massage Therapists


Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

Career Outlook & Projections ()

According to the BLS, massage therapists employment is expected to grow at a rate of 21.6% from 2014 to 2024

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Student Services

To support students and graduates, American College of Healthcare may provide services including:

  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Career path counseling
  • Assisting students to find work
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