Schedule and Tuition
Program Highlights
Clinical Requirements

"ATI's program has exceeded my expectations in every aspect. The curriculum is thorough, well-organized and taught by outstanding faculty. As such, I feel very confident in my skills as a professional Asian Bodywork Therapist and highly recommend this program to anyone dedicated to the study of Acupressure Shiatsu."
- Wayne Lapinski, ATI Graduate
Schedule and Tuition

Length of Program / Schedule:
730-hour program in ~15 months
Two evenings a week (6:30-9:30pm) and one weekend a month
         (Sat. & Sun. 9:30-5:00pm).
The program consists of five semesters. Each semester is approximately
          10 weeks. A one to two week break is scheduled between courses

Enrollment for the certification program cycles approximately every nine months in April, January, and September.

Class Calendars:
Entering January 2011 Class Calendar (.pdf)
Entering September 2010 Class Calendar (.pdf)

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$50   Application Fee
$9,775   Tuition for 730-hr. certification program (approximately $10/hr.)
$1,550   Anatomy & Physiology 100-hr. (exemption possible if transcripts show you have taken A&P within five years of enrollment)
~ $642   Books and supplies
~ $100   Liability insurance required for clinic ($1,000,000 coverage)
$25   Student membership in the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)

Financial responsibility is a necessary part of any education and of succeeding in the business world. ATI offers a small work-study tuition credit for a qualified student each new enrollment. In addition we offer flexible payment plans for quarterly or monthly payments with modest interest charges. MasterCard and Visa are also accepted. There will be a 3% fee for charging any tuition payment over $100 to a credit card with a $1000 limit on any single charge.

Program Highlights

The certification program at the Acupressure Therapy Institute has a unique curriculum and many aspects of special interest:

Integration of theory and application to bodywork

Problem based learning system studying case histories

Individualized treatment strategies and techniques

Pattern differentiation of symptoms and signs

Assessment by the Four Examinations including pulse, observation, palpation and asking

Adjunct therapies techniques: magnet therapy, moxa, cupping,, guasha, liniments and poultices

A comprehensive system for learning Extraordinary Vessel Acupressure for giving constitutional treatments

Three student supervised clinics

Clinical Requirements

The Acupressure Therapy Institute requires students to attend a minimum of 100-hours in supervised Student Treatment Clinic. Students participate in two on-site clinics and an optional off-site internship:


Chair Acupressure Clinic: Intermediate level students have the opportunity to develop their confidence in giving Chair Acupressure in short sessions to clients in a seated position.


Student Acupressure Clinic: Advanced students apply theory and technique in a full mat treatment clinic. Students gain confidence and experience for opening their private practices upon graduation.


Off-site ATI Student Acupressure Clinic at the Massachusetts Hospital School: A wonderful opportunity to work with a special population of disabled adolescents. Acupressure sessions are given in a team approach with students assisting the supervisors during the treatments. A minimum of 15 hours is required for participation. Available positions are limited and a fee of $200 not included in the program tuition is required.