Become a Holistic Health Practitioner Program - San Diego, CA

Our Holistic Health Practitioner Program provides advanced training with an emphasis on herbology, modalities, and advanced massage techniques to better equip you to meet the unique requirements of each of your clients.

Become a Holistic Health Practitioner Using Integrative Modalities

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

As part of our holistic studies, the Holistic Health Practitioner Program provides a higher level of education and trains your body and mind to work as a licensed practitioner in the state of California. After you complete our Professional Massage Therapy program, you will receive four additional classes in advanced topics and modalities to help you become a highly skilled holistic health 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.

In addition, students 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
  • Hot Stones and Cupping Massage
  • Hands-On Experience – you’ll have the opportunity to practice in our student Mind, Body, Soul clinic.

We also have a course dedicated to starting your own massage therapy business that will give you a working business plan as you complete our program.

affiliation ACCET 2
ACCET Accredited
affiliation BPPE 2
BPPE Recognized
affiliation camt 2
CAMTC Approved
Accredited by ACCET – A Partnership for Quality®

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

Course Details

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Benefits for Students Enrolled in the Holistic Health Practitioner Program

All Holistic Health students will receive their Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals membership included with their program.

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

The ABMP membership includes tremendous benefits and resources for Holistic Health Practitioners, including:

ABMP Student Benefits Overview

Upon graduation, students will continue to enjoy the amazing benefits of ABMP with their FREE first year of professional membership with liability insurance.​

Typical Weekly Program Schedule

AM Schedule

Tuesday – Thursday

9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

PM Schedule

Monday – Thursday

5:45 PM – 10:15 PM

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

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June 12th

We are accepting applications for the next session!
(Online & In-Person Classes)


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

CALIFORNIA CERTIFICATIONS Along with the Certificate of Completion that students receive from ICOHS College, graduates are qualified to apply for a License from the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), which legally allows them 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 as massage therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners.

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 Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Cupping Massage
  • Anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Massage related Pathology
  • Body Systems
  • Working with Special Populations (prenatal, oncology, older adults, and other differently abled)
  • Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine for Bodyworkers
  • Thai Massage
  • Tui Na Bodywork
  • Advanced assessments and applications for engaging soft tissue.
  • Introduction to Lymphatic Massage
  • Energy Medicine Modalities (Sound and color therapy, Crystals, Chakra Healing)
  • Holistic Health (Mindfulness, Breathwork, Herb and Essential Oil Applications, Trauma Informed Client Care)
  • Advanced Clinicals in our Mind, Body Soul Student Clinic

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, Bolster and Carrying Case
  • Laptop
  • All course books are included in tuition and fees
  • ICOHS tote bag
  • Your first set of oil and lotion with hip holsters
  • Cupping Set
  • Chakra pendulum
  • Essential oil salve or herbal compress
  • ICOHS T-Shirt
  • CAMTC License fee reimbursement ($200)
  • Mandatory CAMTC background check (live scan) covered by tuition.

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.

Our faculty are known well around the local community. Among them you’ll find professionals who have mastered their skills through international studies, operate their own healing centers and have dedicated centuries of experiences from around the globe to be in service to the field and their areas of expertise.

Holistic health practitioners rely on a “whole person approach” to care. They consider their clients’ mental, emotional, and spiritual health in addition to their physical wellbeing. Instead of simply treating symptoms, holistic health considers the root cause and all factors contributing to the condition.

A certificate in holistic health will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We will prepare you for Integrating eastern and western modalities and a variety of holistic health and massage applications to maintain overall wellbeing for you and your clients by engaging principles and practices of mind body and soul.

Our Holistic Health Practitioner program includes the 630-clock hour Massage program with an additional 4 courses for a total of 1000 hours of advanced preparation for a career in Holistic Health opening additional employment opportunities to serve communities from the whole person mind body soul lens, for optimal health and wellbeing.


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 healthcare therapies and assisting them in achieving optimal health through emotional, physical, and spiritual balance?

San Diego has a lot to offer holistic healing practitioners, including health clubs, wellness centers, doctor’s officers, hospitals, and spas and resorts that attract visitors from all over the world. Some of the most popular fields include herbology, nutrition, massage, therapy, chiropractic medicine, and more.

Holistic health covers a wide net of careers, and salaries will vary. According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), 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.

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 support in resume and cover letter reviews, 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 holistic health practices 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 conduct 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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