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Holistic Health Practitioner
- 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 Medicine

Massage Therapy Student at ICOHS College

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Holistic Health Practitioner program trains your brain and your body 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 practitioner.

You will learn high-level anatomy and kinesiology content and apply that to the bodywork skills you gain in the program. We give you training in both Eastern and Western modalities, deep tissue, basic Swedish techniques, and special populations.

We also have a course dedicated to starting your own massage therapy business that will give you a working business plan as you leave our program. HHP students also receive training on the following:

  • Hot Stones and basic spa techniques
  • Aromatherapy and Essential oils
  • Energy modalities like reiki/chakra work/crystals
  • Advanced medical massage practice and orthopedic applications
  • Hands-On Experience – you’ll have the opportunity to practice in our student clinic.

CALIFORNIA CERTIFICATIONS

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.

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PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM COURSE LIST

PMT courses are all 90 clock hours for a total of 630. HHP courses add an additional 370 for a total of 1000 clock hours. This program exceeds the 500 minimum hours required to apply for a professional license from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMCT).

TYPICAL WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOR HHP PROGRAM

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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

ICOHS STUDENT SERVICES FOR OUR HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER 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!

CAREER OUTLOOK FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTITIONERS IN CALIFORNIA AND BEYOND

After completing our Holistic Health Practitioner certificate program, students will be eligible to pursue several exciting career paths.

Some of the most popular fields include herbology, nutrition, massage, therapy, chiropractic medicine, and more. Our graduates can also find employment in spas, resorts, health clubs, wellness centers, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. Some may even go on to open their own practices.

Holistic health covers a wide net of careers, and salaries will vary. According to the BLS, the median salary of diagnosing and treating practitioners falls around $74,000 per year. Massage therapists, meanwhile, can expect to earn around $43,600 annually.

As far as massage therapists are concerned, the BLS predicts employment within the industry to increase by 32 percent from 2020 and 2030. This marks a much faster rate of growth than applied to other industries. As more members of society embrace alternative approaches to wellness, jobs for holistic health practitioners will continue to rise.

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LIFETIME CAREER PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

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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