Become a Holistic Health Practitioner in San Diego, CA

Our Holistic Health Practitioner Program offers advanced training, with concentrations of herbology, nutrition, and advanced massage techniques to better equip you to help each of your clients’ specific needs.

Become a Holistic Health Practitioner Using Integrative Modalities

This program is currently In-Person only for all AM & PM classes.

The Holistic Health Practitioner program a higher level of education and training for mind, body, and soul to work as a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of California. After you complete our PMT program, you’ll receive four additional classes in advanced topics and modalities to help you become a more skilled and integrative practitioner.

Our students complete high-level advanced holistic applications that can be applied to the massage and bodywork skills you gain in the program. We provide various tools for you to succeed as a member of an integrative healthcare team and prepare you for your desired specialty or focus.

We also have a course dedicated to assisting you in starting your own massage therapy or holistic health business that will set you up for success as you leave our program. HHP students also receive training on the following:

  • Energy Medicine Modalities (Sound and color therapy, Crystals, Chakra Healing)
  • Holistic Health Applications (Mindfulness, Breathwork, Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy)
  • Advanced Orthopedic Assessments
  • Advanced Clinicals in our Mind, Body Soul Student Clinic
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CAMTC Approved
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Holistic Health Practitioner Program Course List

All courses are 90 clock hours, and our Holistic Health Program is a total of 1000 hours.  After completion of our 630-hour Professional Massage Therapy program. that exceeds the 500 minimum hours required to apply for a professional license from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMCT), you will complete an additional 370 hours.

The Holistic Health Practitioner courses include all the Professional Massage Therapist courses and an additional study in the areas of:

  • Holistic Massage Applications
  • Holistic Healing Applications
  • Energy Modalities
  • Advanced Clinic and Wellness
Fundamentals of Massage

Understanding Massage from Past to Present, Intro. to Swedish Massage, Massage Indications and Contraindications, Biomechanics for Career Longevity, Foundations of Ethics, Boundaries and Professionalism, Foundations of Anatomy, Introduction to Client Assessments and Documentation.

Eastern Modalities

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine Theories, Tui Na Therapy Treatments, Acupressure and Meridians, Origins and Philosophies of Thai Massage, Thai Bodywork, and Eastern Approaches to Client Assessments.

Western Modalities

Demonstrate competency for the variations of techniques covered that include Sports Massage, Reflexology, Deep Tissue Applications, Therapeutic Massage Cupping, Integration of Movement Theories and Stretching Techniques, Advance Client Assessments and Documentation.

Body Systems

Physiology, Pathology, Medical Terminology, and Special Populations to understand the Physiologic and Pathologic processes as they apply through Therapeutic Massage.


Use a multitude of hand-on palpation applications to identify 83 most common muscular anatomy., Identify 206 bones of the human body and most major bony landmarks, Intimate knowledge of skeletal muscle origins and insertions including an introduction to actions, fiber directions, antagonistic and synergistic contractions.

Science of Movement

Comprehend structure and physiology of connective tissue including the various forms and functions, further advancement of muscular skeletal anatomy and its myofascial units, and the biomechanics of movement patterns with postural and gait assessments and evaluations.

Career Development

Business Practices, Ethical Standards, Professionalism, Career Objectives, Resume Building, Website and Social Media Branding and Design, Personal Marketing Skills, Lifetime Career Placement.

Typical Weekly Program Schedule

AM Schedule

Tuesday – Thursday

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

PM Schedule

Monday – Thursday

5:45 PM – 10:15 PM

*Course schedule subject to availability. ICOHS College is a Clock Hour school, and ability to complete the program is based heavily on attendance. Courses are currently on-campus and students are expected to attend a minimum 80% of course hours to pass each class and graduate.

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February 27

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(Online & In-Person Classes)


Along with the Certificate of Completion students receive from ICOHS College, graduates are qualified to apply for a License from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), which legally allows you to practice massage in California.

ICOHS College supports all graduates throughout the process of obtaining licensure, reimburses the $200 application fee, and equips them with the necessary skill to excel in the massage profession.

California Massage Therapy Council Approved School

Extended Deadline - Nov 28th

Are you a veteran who has exhausted your G.I. bill benefits and lost employment due to COVID-19?

Financial Assistance may be available to you through VRRAP (Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program)
  • Up to 12 months of tuition and fees for high-demand career paths
  • Monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill® rates


Skills you’ll learn during our HHP certificate program include:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue
  • Anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Basic Thai massage
  • Basic Tui Na
  • Sports massage
  • Pre and post-event massage
  • Advanced Swedish techniques
  • High-level pathology to allow you to understand the integration of all body systems and contraindications of massage with specific conditions

We also cover essential and business planning, ethics of massage and state requirements/regulations, touch sensitivity, and techniques to keep therapists healthy both in body and mind.

  • Portable Massage Table and Bolster
  • Laptop
  • All course books are included in tuition and fees
  • An ICOHS notebook and tote bag
  • Your first set of oil and lotion with hip holsters
  • ICOHS T-Shirt
  • CAMTC License fee reimbursement ($200)
  • Mandatory CAMTC background check (live scan) covered by tuition

Each massage student receives a massage table and a laptop to support their studies and future careers! The laptop is for the student to keep and use for online assignments, tests, and projects.

Students can choose from 5 different colors of massage tables, and all tables are portable and come with a bolster, headrest, and carry case.

One of ICOHS College’s cornerstones is Students Come First, and one of the ways we can do so is through our instructor-to-student ratio and intensive hands-on training. In addition, we maintain a class size where instructors can focus on the needs of each student.

As a result, students get hours of hands-on training with direct feedback from their instructors, giving them the confidence to succeed in their careers.

Holistic health practitioners rely on a “whole person approach” to assess their patients’ mental, emotional, and spiritual health in addition to their physical wellbeing as well. Instead of simply treating symptoms, holistic medicine looks into all underlying factors contributing to the condition.

A certificate in holistic health will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. Some of the most popular holistic health practices include acupuncture, tai chi, clinical nutrition, aromatherapy, hypnosis, massage therapy, nutrition, herbalism, and more. These disciplines can be used to maintain overall health, achieve weight loss, and secure psychological wellness.

You do not currently need a massage license in San Diego. However, massage businesses are considered police-regulated businesses within the city. These establishments must only employ individuals with a certification from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) to avoid pursuing a police permit. Currently, the SDPD issues very few permits for massage establishments.

Holistic Health Practitioner is the next step up from a Professional Massage Therapist. Students interested in the HHP program can continue their education after successfully completing the PMT program or start directly in the HHP program.


Our Student Services team is here to serve you! We plan events both on-campus and virtually, as well as cultivate events happening in the larger holistic community.

We source volunteer opportunities for students to go into the community and get practice, as well as networking and business-oriented events to help you succeed in your Holistic Health career!


Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives by providing alternative and holistic therapies and assisting them in achieving emotional, physical, and spiritual balance?

San Diego has a lot to offer massage therapists, including healthcare institutions that respect massage, a community of sports enthusiasts, and spas that attract visitors from all over the world. There are several employment opportunities available, some more competitive than others, while others with higher pay.

After completing our Professional Massage Therapist certificate program, students will be eligible to pursue several exciting career paths.

Students can easily find employment at spas, hospitals, and clinics. A larger majority will go on to start their own practice.

Our training also provides the knowledge and skills needed to provide services in nursing homes, sports venues, or fitness centers. Individuals may also find work on cruise ships or directly with sports teams.

Statistics predict employment within the industry to increase by 32% between 2020 and 2030. This marks a much faster rate of growth as compared to other sectors. As the benefits of holistic health and wellness become more pronounced, jobs for massage therapists will continue to rise.


ICOHS College offers lifetime job assistance. We offer our students resume and cover letter review and support, mock interviews, and access to our list of partners and companies that want to hire them! So regardless of how long ago a student has graduated, they can always return to ICOHS College for job assistance.

Although we cannot guarantee a job, as the actual interview and determination are up to the employer, we will support them throughout the process.

Our Career Services team is constantly in contact with spas, chiropractic offices, physical therapists, and other massage practices that are looking for new staff. We send out timely email notices of internships and openings, and we help you prepare for your application!

At any time during and after your program, you can send us your resume and cover letter for feedback and editing, and we will always make time to do mock interviews and train you to get the job you want.

Note: Self-employment is a common vocational objective after completion of this program.

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