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Massage Therapy: Entry-level Therapist

2017-18 Graduation Guide [PDF]

Career Pathways Certificate
Major Code: 513501JP
Courses for this Certificate
Fall 2018 Program Admission

About the Program

The Entry-level Massage Therapist three-term career pathways certificate meets the requirements for licensure application to the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists 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 687081.

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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 2018 admission is April 1 - June 24, 2018. 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.

Completion 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
RD90 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR90 Fundamentals of Composition or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-14
Recommended Preparatory Courses
Course No.
Course Title
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
BI211 General Biology I with lab 4
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title

First Term

BI121 Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
MT100 Massage I – Basic Swedish 2
MT101 Asian Bodywork I 2
MT108 Kinesiology for Massage Therapists with lab 4
  Approved program elective 2-3


Second Term

BI122 Elementary Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 4
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


Third Term

HE261 CPR/Basic Life Support Provider 1
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
MT121 Asian Bodywork II 2
MT180 Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Practicum 1
MT180S Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Seminar 1


Approved Program Electives (2-3 credits required)
Course No.
Course Title
BA109 Ready, Set, Work: Techniques for Landing a Job 2
BA211 Financial Accounting I 4
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications 2
BT250 Entrepreneurship 3
MT111 Sport Massage 2
MT112 Massage for Pregnancy and Infant/Child 2
MT113 Myofascial Release 2
MT114 Massage Therapy Study Skills Lab 1
MT115 Trigger Point Therapy 2
MT117 Body Maintenance for Massage Therapists1 2
MT118 Deep Tissue Massage 2
MT119 Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy 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
Web address:
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