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Massage Therapy

Certificate of Completion

Fall 2022 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 licensure application to the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board’s Licensing Examination and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) certification. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for massage therapy are:

Demonstrate awareness of appropriate client communication, inclusiveness, ethics, universal precautions, boundaries, laws and regulations in accordance with State Board standards.

Classify, describe and apply massage, bodywork, hydrotherapy, plus manual techniques and explain the primary effects and anticipated outcomes of treatment. 

Locate, identify and describe the function of the body systems and how homeostasis is maintained utilizing medical terminology.

Recognize acute and chronic medical conditions, understand when massage therapy, bodywork and hydrotherapy are indicated, advised with precautions, or contraindicated.

Assess client, create and implement an individualized treatment plan, and document in a client chart using a SOAP format including client goals, assessment findings, treatment and reassessment.

Develop and implement a personalized career plan, including good body mechanics, self-care, and professional development, support, and referral networks.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process 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 level as determined through the Placement Process. 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 meeting. The timeline for submitting program application materials for fall 2022 admission is April 1-June 24, 2022. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis once prerequisites are completed. It is recommended that students receive influenza, 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 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.


TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS:

48-56

Program Map

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.

Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Credits Alternate Course Comments

CG100

College Success and Survival

0-2

 

or transcript showing at least 30 college credits within any academic year and at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA

MTH60 1

Fundamentals of Algebra I

4

MTH63/ BT160

PSY101

Psychology of Human Relations 1

3

BT101

 

WR115

Introduction to Expository Writing 1

3-4

BT113

or higher level composition course

 

Prerequisites credits vary based on Placement Score(s):

10-13

 

 

Recommended Preparatory Courses:

AH100

Medical Terminology: Introduction

3

 

 

BI211

General Biology I 2

4

 

 

**Apply to the Massage Program between April 1 and June 24 for fall entry.

Fall

BI121

Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BI231 2

summer/fall term

BI121L

Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

0

BI231L 2

summer/fall term

MT100

Massage I - Basic Swedish

3

 

fall term only

MT100L

Massage I - Basic Swedish Lab

0

 

fall term only

MT101

Asian Bodywork I

2

 

fall term only

MT101L

Asian Bodywork I Lab

0

 

fall term only

MT108

Kinesiology for Massage Therapists

4

 

fall term only

MT108L

Kinesiology for Massage Therapists Lab

0

 

fall term only

MTELEC

Massage Therapy Elective

2

 

Only 6 program electives allowed. Elective options for fall - MT115/L & MT114/L

CIS120

Concepts in Computing I 3

0-2

 

 

Total Credits:

15-17

 

 

Winter

BI122

Elementary Anatomy and Physiology II

4-8

BI232/L 2
BI233/L 2

BI122/122L is offered fall/winter term only

BI122L

Elementary Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

0

 

BI122/122L is offered fall/winter term only

MT102

Massage II--Swedish

3

 

winter term only

MT102L

Massage II - Swedish Lab

0

 

winter term only

MT105

Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients

2

 

winter term only

MT105L

Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients Lab

0

 

winter term only

MT106

Integrated Studies in Massage I (Upper Body)

2

 

winter term only

MT106L

Integrated Studies in Massage I - (Upper Body) Lab

0

 

winter term only

MT109

Pathology for Massage Therapists

4

 

winter term only

MT121

Asian Bodywork II

2

 

winter/spring term

MT121L

Asian Bodywork II Lab

0

 

winter/spring term

MTELEC

Massage Therapy Elective

2

 

Only 6 program electives allowed. Elective option for winter - MT111/L

 

Total Credits:

19-23

 

 

Spring

MT103

Massage III--Swedish

2

 

spring term only

MT103L

 Massage III—Swedish Lab

0

 

spring term only

MT107

Integrated Studies in Massage II (Lower Body)

2

 

spring term only

MT107L

Integrated Studies in Massage II (Lower Body) Lab

0

 

spring term only

MT116

Massage Exam Review

2

 

spring term only

MT120A

Business for Massage Therapists (Part A)

1

 

spring term only

MT120B

Business for Massage Therapists (Part B)

2

 

spring term only

MT180

CWE/Massage Therapy

1

 

additional credits are elective

MT180S

Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Seminar

1

 

must be taken with MT180

MTELEC

Massage Therapy Elective

2

 

Only 6 program electives allowed. Elective options for spring - MT112/L, MT113/L, MT118/L

HE261

CPR/Basic Life Support Provider

1-3

HE252

 

Total Credits:

14-16

 

 

Summer Optional

MTELEC

Massage Therapy Elective

2

 

Only 6 program electives allowed. Elective options for summer - MT117/L, MT119/L

Approved Program Electives (6 credits required)

Course No.

Course Title

Credits

BA109

Ready, Set, Work: Techniques for Landing a Job

2

BT250

Entrepreneurship

3

MT111, MT111L

Sport Massage

2

MT112, MT112L

Massage for Pregnancy and Infant/Child

2

MT113, MT113L

Myofascial Release

2

MT114

Massage Therapy Study Skills Lab

1

MT115, MT115L

Trigger Point Therapy

2

MT117, MT117L

Body Maintenance for Massage Therapists

2

MT118, MT118L

Deep Tissue Massage

2

MT119, MT119L

Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy

2

MT180

Cooperative Work Experience/Massage

variable

MT199

Selected Topics: Massage

variable



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

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

3 Required for graduation. Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.


For more information, contact the Massage Therapy Department.

Massage Therapy Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: massage@roguecc.edu
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/massage
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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