“We’re hearing from more and more employers that they prefer to hire AOS graduates because of the advanced level of training and education that comes with that type of new hire,” said Joni Masse, BCMT’s Director of Education
Boulder, CO (PRWEB) February 4, 2011
The Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) today officially unveiled its newly expanded Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in massage therapy degree program. Open to all certified massage therapists, BCMT’s new AOS program offers students the opportunity to master advanced massage therapy techniques from the school’s most experienced educators. The skills and methods learned by AOS students can be immediately beneficial to clients – increasing both client and employer satisfaction.
“We’re hearing from more and more employers – everyone from clinics to spas to hospitals – that they prefer to hire AOS graduates because of the advanced level of training and education that comes with that type of new hire,” said Joni Masse, BCMT’s Director of Education. “They recognize and appreciate the difference an AOS degree makes and in turn, so do their customers. Additionally, our AOS graduates tend to earn more than a certified massage therapist.”
As part of the new program, AOS students will be introduced to two new courses, Self-Care: Concepts and Strategies and Advanced Integrative Therapeutic Massage, and two new faculty members Louis Carlino, MA, RYT, and Michael Rosen-Pyros, BA, DC. In Self-Care: Concepts and Strategies, students explore self-care as a precondition for providing beneficial service to others. In Advanced Integrative Therapeutic Massage students will learn about the integrative style of bodywork by exploring topics and techniques related to the work of Wilhelm Reich, process work, and trauma therapeutics.
“Serving others through the healing arts is effective to the degree that healing energy is flowing through the one offering the service. Healing energy comes from abundance and abundance can only happen if a proper balance to caring for one’s self is present in one's life. For that reason, I believe that sharing basic strategies and concepts related to self-care through the AOS program can really make a life-long difference personally and professionally," said Carlino when asked why he joined the AOS faculty team.
The BCMT AOS degree program is available four times per year (January, April, July and October) and is comprised of six months of part-time evening courses, with classes meeting up to three nights per week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Additionally, students select 120 hours of electives which are scheduled Friday – Sunday from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. The AOS Degree in Massage Therapy Degree will be awarded after successful completion of a total of 90.125-quarter credit hours or the equivalent (64.125 credit hours from the Massage Therapy Certificate Program and 26 earned as part of the AOS Degree Program). This postgraduate training is open to graduates of approved massage therapy certificate programs of at least 500 hours.
To learn more about BCMT’s AOS program, please visit http://www.bcmt.org/continuing-education-massage-therapy/associate-of-occupational-studies-degree-massage-therapy.htm or http://www.bcmt.org.
About Boulder College of Massage Therapy
Founded in 1975, the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) is an independent, not-for-profit massage therapy college offering an internationally recognized Massage Therapy Certificate Program, an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree in Massage Therapy, advanced certificates and continuing education courses. More than 4000 graduates in fifty states and 31 different countries turned to BCMT to help them achieve their career goals. As a not-for-profit organization, BCMT believes in educating people on the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy and giving back to the community. As part of their training, BCMT students participate in service learning, providing thousands of hours of massage therapy services a year to individuals and organizations including the elderly, hospice and AIDS patients, breast cancer survivors, healthcare workers, rehabilitating animals, teachers, firefighters, and low-income individuals. In addition, BCMT’s student clinic offers more than 7,000 discounted massages every year. The Boulder College of Massage Therapy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and approved and regulated by the State of Colorado Department of Higher Education. Additional information on the college and its offerings can be viewed online at http://www.bcmt.org.
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