National Certification
State and City Licensing
Certification at the Acupressure Therapy Institute
Career Options

 
National Certification

The 730-hour program fulfills the educational standards set by the national professional associations: the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) is recognized as an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs.

Graduates of the Acupressure Therapy Institute will be eligible to become certified Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) by the AOBTA.

Graduates also qualify to take the Asian Bodywork Therapy exam given by the NCCAOM. Those that pass the NCCAOM exam are certified as Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (Dipl. ABT).


State and City Licensing

Massachusetts has a state license for massage therapy. It is written in the law that Acupressure and Asian Bodywork Therapy are exempt from this state license as our modality is not considered "massage". Some cities and towns may continue to regulate and license Asian Bodywork Therapy. Each city and town has their own requirements for licensing. Most require graduation from a 500-hour or 730-hour program at a state licensed school. Some require successful completion of a national exam (NCCAOM ABT exam or NCBTMB LMT exam).

The Asian Bodywork Therapy program at the Acupressure Therapy Institute is designed so that upon completion, graduates will have complete knowledge, skills, and credentials for certification, licensure, and successful practice.


Certification at the Acupressure Therapy Institute

The Acupressure Therapy Institute awards certification in Acupressure Shiatsu to students who have met the certificate requirements. ATI graduates are also certified as Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) by AOBTA.


Career Options

Business management is taught so that students will be capable of setting clear professional goals and will have the tools and knowledge to achieve them. Pertinent legal considerations, licensing and professional organizations will be covered. Practical aspects of how to start a small business will be taught along with successful management practices. Students will be prepared upon graduation to have the know-how to successfully establish themselves as professional practitioners.

Many hospitals and health centers are now offering complementary and alternative therapies. Many insurance companies are beginning to provide coverage for acupuncture and massage therapies. The public has a greater awareness of the different modalities for healing and has been seeking out alternative treatments.

Career options include:

Private practice

Joining a group practice in massage, chiropractic, Acupuncture or other modality

Working in a health spa

Working in a hospital clinic

Traveling abroad and participating in overseas clinics

Developing a specialty

Participating in research

Training to become an Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) teacher