Five Branches University offers a wide variety of classes in therapeutic massage and bodywork, bringing together wisdom from modalities based in Eastern and Western Traditions. Some courses may be taken individually, for massage therapists and other healing practitioners wanting to add to their skills, or who require more class hours to re-certify with the CAMTC.

500 Hour Asian Bodywork Therapist Certificate

The 500-hour Massage and Asian Bodywork Certificate Program, offered at both our San Jose and Santa Cruz campuses, qualifies you to apply with the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) to become a state-Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). Five Branches is a CAMTC-approved school and this program will provide the preparation necessary to confidently take the MBLEx exam, required with certification.

The program is offered part-time, with classes offered in the mornings and on weekends, so that participants can also work, if they choose. The entire 500-hour program can be completed in two trimesters, or about 8 months.

Coursework offered at both campuses includes:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupressure and Tui Na
  • Swedish Massage
  • Anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Professional Ethics
  • Business Management & Career Paths
  • Supervised Clinical Practice


Additional bodywork courses (with varying availability between campuses) include:

  • Thai Massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Qi Gong
  • Sports Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Chair Massage
  • Deep Tissue

Prerequisite: High School diploma, GED or equivalent

Catalog and schedule of classes will be available soon!


Contact Us:

Five Branches Massage Program

Interim Program Director:
San Jose: (408) 260-0208
Santa Cruz: (831) 476-9424

Email: scextension@fivebranches.edu

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