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2022-2023 Health Professions, Public Safety Pathway
Health Professions Public Safety

Massage Therapy: Entry-level Therapist

Career Pathway Certificate

Fall 2023 Program Admission

About the Program

The Entry-level Massage Therapist three-term Career Pathway 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 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 the Massage Therapy Career Pathway Certificate are:

  • Demonstrate professional communications, regulations, laws and ethics.
  • Classify, describe and apply treatments.
  • Locate, identify and describe the function of the body systems.
  • Recognize pathologic conditions and determine appropriate treatment.
  • Assess, create, implement and document individualized treatment plans.
  • Develop and implement a personalized career plan.

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.

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 2023 admission is April 1 to June 24, 2023. 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, Hepatitis B and COVID 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.

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, [email protected].

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS:

44
Program Prerequisites

View the Massage Therapy Information Video and complete the quiz.

Course No. Course Title Alternate Course(s) Comments

CG100

College Success and Survival

 

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

MTH20

Pre-algebra

 

or designated placement score

RD90

College Reading

 

WR91 fulfills RD90/WR90

WR90

Fundamentals of Composition

 

WR91 fulfills RD90/WR90

Prerequisites - credits vary based on Placement Score(s): 2-14

 

 

Recommended preparatory course

AH100

Medical Terminology: Introduction

 

 

** Click here to apply to the Massage Program between April 1 and June 24 for fall entry.

Fall
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BI121

Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I

 

summer/fall terms only

BI121L

Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

 

summer/fall terms only

MT100

Massage I - Basic Swedish

 

fall term only

MT100L

Massage I - Basic Swedish Lab

 

fall term only

MT101

Asian Bodywork I

 

fall term only

MT101L

Asian Bodywork I Lab

 

fall term only

MT108

Kinesiology for Massage Therapists

 

fall term only

MT108L

Kinesiology for Massage Therapists Lab

 

fall term only

MT115

Trigger Point Therapy

MT114

Only 2 program electives allowed. Electives for fall - MT115/L and MT114/L

MT115L

Trigger Point Therapy Lab

 

 

 

Term Credits: 15

 

 

Winter

BI122

Elementary Anatomy and Physiology II

 

fall/winter term only

BI122L

Elementary Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

 

fall/winter term only

MT102

Massage II - Swedish

 

winter term only

MT102L

Massage II - Swedish Lab

 

winter term only

MT105

Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients

 

winter term only

MT105L

Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients Lab

 

winter term only

MT106

Integrated Studies in Massage I (Upper Body)

 

winter term only

MT106L

Integrated Studies in Massage I (Upper Body) Lab

 

winter term only

MT109

Pathology for Massage Therapists

 

winter term only

MT121

Asian Bodywork II

 

winter/spring term only

MT121L

Asian Bodywork II Lab

 

winter/spring term only

MTELEC

Massage Therapy Elective

 

Only 2 program electives allowed. Elective option for winter - MT111/L

 

Term Credits:

17

 

 

Spring

MT103

Massage III - Swedish

 

spring term only

MT103L

Massage III - Swedish Lab

 

spring term only

MT107

Integrated Studies in Massage II (Lower Body)

 

spring term only

MT107L

Integrated Studies in Massage II - (Lower Body) Lab

 

spring term only

MT116

Massage Exam Review

 

spring term only

MT120A

Business for Massage Therapists (Part A)

 

spring term only

MT120B

Business for Massage Therapists (Part B)

 

spring term only

MT180

Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Therapy

 

additional credits are elective

MT180S

Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Seminar

 

must be taken with MT180

HE261

CPR/Basic Life Support Provider

 

 

 

 

 

Only 2 program electives allowed. Elective options for spring - MT112/L, MT113/L, MT118/L

 

Term Credits: 12

 

 

Approved Program Electives

(2 credits required)

Course No.

Course Title

Credits

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

For more information, contact the Massage Therapy Department.

Massage Therapy Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: [email protected]
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/massage
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