Academic Catalogs

Spa Management, Associate in Science Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AS_HMSM
Control Number: 17649

The popularity of spas in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past few years and shows no signs of slowing. According to a recent international Spa Association study, the spa industry generated over $12.7 billion in revenue in 2015. Each year, more spas are being opened across the country creating new jobs for spa professionals.

Orange Coast College is one of the first community college’s to offer Spa Management certification. The greater Orange County area is thriving with spas and our program is in a unique position to provide students access to numerous world-class resorts and spas – right in our own back yard.

Coursework in the program provides comprehensive business education and industry input to create a well-rounded educational experience for career success in the Spa market. You will acquire business and management strategies, desirable skills for successful day-to-day operations, combined with long-range strategies necessary for growth and profitability.

With increasing integration of spas in the hotel, resort, medical, healthcare, and tourism industries, spa management professionals are in demand. Our graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in the spa industry.

Complete the Spa Management Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Program Outcome

  1. The outcome of this certificate of achievement is to prepare students for employment as a supervisor, manager, director or owner in the spa industry.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
HTT A130 Cultural Tourism 3
HTT A160 Introduction to Spa and Hospitality Operations 1.5
HTT A165 Spa Industry Services and Treatments 1.5
HTT A180 Enhancing Guest Service 3
HTT A284 Leadership and Strategic Management 3
HTT A105 Passport to Success 3
HTT A170 Spa Industry Finance 1.5
HTT A175 Spa Marketing and Retail Management 1.5
HTT A185 Interviewing and Professional Development 3
HTT A285 Hospitality Operations 3
Year 2
HTT A138 Sharing the Travel Experience 3
HTT A240 Hospitality and Toursim Marketing 3
HTT A279 Spa Internship 4
 Total Units34
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 34
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60

Spa Management Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
CMST A100Interpersonal Communication3
HTT A199Current Issues in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism0.5-1.5
SPAN A180Elementary Spanish 15