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Massage Therapy


Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 513501
Courses for this Certificate
Fall 2017 Program Admission

About the Program

The Massage Therapy four-term certificate program provides a comprehensive combination of classroom and hands-on experience in massage therapy. The courses and total hours meet the requirements for application to the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists Practical Examination and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board’s Licensing Examination. Oregon law, however, sets the qualifications for certification of applicants. Grounds for denial of state licensure include physical or mental conditions that would make an applicant unable to safely conduct a massage, or conviction of a crime that bears a demonstrable relationship to the practice of massage. See Oregon Law 687.081.

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If students intend to transfer to Oregon Tech’s bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Management after successfully passing the registry or licensure exam, transfer courses should be chosen from the list of electives where possible. See an advisor for more information or visit

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Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Massage Therapy is a limited-entry program. Interested applicants must attend a mandatory massage therapy information session. The timeline for submitting program application materials for fall 2017 admission is April 1 - June 24, 2017. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis once prerequisites are completed. It is recommended that students receive varicella-zoster, rubella, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B series immunizations prior to entering the program. A tuberculin test, drug and alcohol test, and a criminal background check may be required for Cooperative Work Experience activities. Students are required to buy massage student liability insurance prior to enrolling in MT102 (approximately $45). Students must attend a mandatory orientation prior to the beginning of fall term.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Massage Therapy Department chair’s approval. Sealed official transcripts and a transfer credit evaluation request must be submitted to RCC’s Enrollment Services Office by May 1 to be considered in the application process. The transfer credit evaluation request may only be submitted online.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing all credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better will receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. Credits earned in this program can be applied to the Associate of General Studies degree.

Course No.
Course Title
CG100 College Success and Survival or transcript showing at least 36 college credits with at least a 2.0 GPA 0-2
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD30 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or BT113 Business English I or higher level composition

Note: Required for graduation. Students who have successfully completed the 3-credit version of BT113 will have met the writing requirement.

Total Prerequisite Credits 3-14
Recommended Preparatory Courses
Course No.
Course Title
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
BI211 General Biology I with lab 4
Required Courses Course
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
CS____ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency

Note: Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

HE261 CPR or HE252 First Aid/CPR 1-3
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or BT160 Business Math or higher level math 4
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3


Second Term
BI121 Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I with lab or BI231 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab

Note: BI211 is a prerequisite for BI231. If BI231 is taken, students must also complete BI232 and BI233.

MT100 Massage I – Basic Swedish 2
MT101 Asian Bodywork I 2
MT108 Kinesiology for Massage Therapists with lab 4
  Approved program elective 0-2


Third Term
BI122 Elementary Anatomy and Physiology II with lab or BI232 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab and BI233 Anatomy and Physiology III with lab

Note: If BI231 was taken, students must also complete BI232 and BI233.

MT102 Massage II – Swedish 2
MT105 Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients 3
MT106 Integrated Studies in Massage I (Upper Body) 2
MT109 Pathology for Massage Therapists 4
MT121 Asian Bodywork II 2


Fourth Term
MT103 Massage III – Swedish 2
MT107 Integrated Studies in Massage II (Lower Body) 2
MT116 Massage Exam Review 2
MT120A Business for Massage Therapists 1
MT120B Business for Massage Therapists 2
MT180 Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Practicum 1
MT180S Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Seminar 1
  Approved program elective(s) 2-4


Total Program Credits 50-64
Approved Program Electives (2-6 credits required)
Course No.
Course Title
BA109 Ready, Set, Work: Techniques for Landing a Job 2
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications 2
BT151 Practical Accounting I 4
BT250 Entrepreneurship 3
MT110 Polarity Therapy 2
MT111 Sport Massage 2
MT112 Massage for Pregnancy and Infant/Child 2
MT113 Myofascial Release 2
MT115 Trigger Point Therapy 2
MT117 Body Maintenance for Massage Therapists 2
MT118 Deep Tissue Massage 2
MT119 Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy 2
MT130 Polarity Therapy II 2
MT180 Cooperative Work Experience/Massage variable
MT199 Selected Topics: Massage variable

For more information contact the Massage Therapy Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-956-7066
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7066
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