The name of the school, Pacific Northwest College of Allied Health Sciences, communicates 2 crucial foundational concepts underlying our mission:

  1. We consider professional massage therapy as an allied-health discipline, meaning that we commit to the shared body of mainstream medical knowledge that other client-centered biomedical healthcare professions are founded upon, and
  2. We emphasize the use of science as the best way of correctly understanding how the material physical natural world works, including the human body in health and illness, and of translating that understanding into safe, effective, and cost-effective treatments for clients.


Currently, the Advanced-Practice Professional Massage Therapy Department is being developed and refined. Depending on the success of that department, additional departments will be considered for potential future expansion of the College.


The Pacific Northwest College of Allied Health Sciences offers two programs for on-going education to massage therapists; the Master’s-degree program, and the Continuing Education (CE) program.

The Master’s-degree program is the first degree-granting program to be put into operation by the College. Students in the master’s-degree program will be admitted to the College on a competitive basis, and will be expected to demonstrate academic progress. The Continuing Education (CE) program, by contrast, will not require admission to the College, and will not constitute work toward a degree.

Courses of study

Students admitted to the master’s-degree program will have the option of pursuing an MA (master of arts) degree, or an MS (master of sciences) degree. Students pursuing CE courses will have the option of taking individual courses, or of pursuing a Certificate of Participation, which constitutes a series of courses that meet the Washington state Department of Health biyearly requirements for licensed massage practitioner (LMP) license renewal.

For information on individual programs and courses, please refer to our Course Catalogue.


The specialties, or concentrations, available to both degree-program students and CE students, reflect our commitment to expanding access to safe, effective, and cost-effective massage therapy to vulnerable and underserved populations.

The five following populations were chosen as a starting point for building sustainable and extensible professional massage-therapy services that can later be replicated for other populations.

  • Veterans
  • Refugees
  • Caregivers
  • Children and families living with cerebral palsy (CP)
  • Children and families living with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)

Students are encouraged to develop capstone projects that extend the lessons learned from serving these populations into providing services for other populations of particular interest to the students.

PNCAHS classes

Advanced-Practice Professional Massage Therapy Program

Core curriculum

Clinical Skills for Urgent Situations

Ethics of Clinician Self-Care

Exercise Physiology

Microbiology for Massage Therapists

Information Science


Professionalization of Massage Therapy


Trauma-Aware Massage Therapy

Specialty curricula

Co-Occurrence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Pain

Massage in Global Health

Mental Health First Aid for Adults

Mental Health First Aid for Veterans

Mental Health First Aid for Youths

Military and Veteran Culture

Military Sexual Trauma

Post-Traumatic Stress

Suicide Prevention and Intervention

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Supporting classes

Clinical Cambodian

Clinical Chinese

Clinical French

Clinical German

Clinical Spanish

Clinical Vietnamese

Reading Chinese research literature

Reading French research literature

Reading German research literature

Reading Portuguese research literature

Reading Spanish research literature





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PNCAHS’s progress toward educational milestones

Teaching Demonstrations

Microbiology for Massage Therapists, video 1: Ravensara S. Travillian

An introduction to the foundational science of microbiology for massage therapists.


Microbiology for Massage Therapists: Ravensara S. Travillian, video 2


Microbiology for Massage Therapists: Ravensara S. Travillian, video 3

Accountability • Excellence • Integrity • Science-based practice • Universalism