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MT-Massage Therapy

Career and Technical Courses

MT100 (2 credits)
Massage I - Basic Swedish

Provides instruction in the history, techniques, treatment procedures, structure of the body parts, and practical application of Swedish massage for each area. Students will learn about massage equipment, sanitation, professional hygiene, and client communication including client history, indications, and contraindications for massage. Objectives and benefit of massage will also be covered. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores. Corequisites: BI121 or BI231, and MT100L.

MT100L (1 credit)
Massage I - Basic Swedish Lab

Lab associated with MT100.

MT101 (1 credit)
Asian Bodywork I

Introduces fundamental methods and the philosophical background of Asian Bodywork: Acupressure and Shiatsu. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Massage Therapy CPC program. Corequisite: MT101L.

MT101L (1 credit)
Asian Bodywork I Lab

Lab associated with MT101.

MT102 (2 credits)
Massage II--Swedish

Emphasizes assessment, documentation, the philosophical and psychological aspects of massage, and working with special populations. Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231, and MT100. Corequisite: MT102L.

MT102L (1 credit)
Massage II - Swedish Lab

Lab associated with MT102.

MT103 (1 credit)
Massage III--Swedish

Prepares students for the written examination for state board licensure and practical demonstration interviews. Reflexology, side lying massage, massage tools, trigger point, deep tissue, and myofascial release techniques will be covered. Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231, and MT102. Corequisite: MT103L.

MT103L (1 credit)
Massage III - Swedish

Lab associated with MT103.

MT105 (1 credit)
Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients

Covers hydrotherapy modalities and education for massaging the elderly and cancer patients. Prerequisite: MT100. Corequisite: MT105L.

MT105L (1 credit)
Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients Lab

Lab associated with MT105.

MT106 (1 credit)
Integrated Studies in Massage I (Upper Body)

Provides in-depth study of applications of massage on specific muscle groups, integrating musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, acupressure, and basic Swedish massage techniques. Students will learn home exercise programs to assist their clientele. Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231, MT100 and MT108. Corequisite: MT106L.

MT106L (1 credit)
Integrated Studies in Massage I (Upper Body) Lab

Lab associated with MT106.

MT107 (1 credit)
Integrated Studies in Massage II (Lower Body)

Continues the study of applications of massage on specific muscle groups, integrating musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, acupressure, and basic Swedish massage techniques. Students will learn home exercise programs to assist their clientele. Prerequisite: MT106. Corequisite: MT107L.

MT107L (1 credit)
Integrated Studies in Massage II (Lower Body) Lab

Lab associated with MT107.

MT108 (3 credits)
Kinesiology for Massage Therapists

Studies the branch of physiology that relates to the mechanics and anatomy of human movement. Students will learn the joints of the body and their actions, the muscles that create specific actions, muscle attachment sites, how to palpate, shorten, and lengthen the muscles. Prerequisites: RD90 or WR91 or designated placement score. Corequisite BI121 or BI231, and MT108L.

MT108L (1 credit)
Kinesiology for Massage Therapists

Lab associated with MT108.

MT109 (4 credits)
Pathology for Massage Therapists

Provides student with the definitions of syndromes, symptoms, prognostics, treatment concepts and contraindications for massage therapists. Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231; RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement scores. Corequisite: BI122 or BI232 and BI233.

MT111 (1 credit)
Sport Massage

Provides instruction and understanding of sports-related injuries and ailments. Students learn how to prevent injury, improve performance, relieve sore muscles, speed recovery, and reduce stress. Hands on application will be required to demonstrate sports massage techniques. Prerequisites: MT100 and MT108; BI121 or BI231. Corequisite: MT111L.

MT111L (1 credit)
Sport Massage Lab

Lab associated with MT111.

MT112 (1 credit)
Massage for Pregnancy and the Infant/Child

Provides instruction in full-body massage that can be done in the side-lying position for pregnant women. This technique is also ideal for people with neck and back problems. Massage techniques for infants and children will also be covered as well as the importance of touch for children with special needs. Corequisite: MT112L

MT112L (1 credit)
Massage for Pregnancy and the Infant/Child Lab

Lab associated with MT112.

MT113 (1 credit)
Myofascial Release

Teaches gentle and non-invasive techniques. Therapeutically works with restrictions in the fascia resulting in the reduction of pain and increased range of motion. Hands-on application is required. Corequisite: MT113L.

MT113L (1 credit)
Myofascial Release Lab

Lab associated with MT113.

MT114 (1 credit)
Massage Therapy Study Skills Lab

Provides knowledge and hands-on instruction in the theory and massage techniques of new topics that have evolved. Through instructor observation and guidance, students will gain the appropriate study skills and the awareness of the amount of time and effort required to obtain their academic goals.

MT115 (1 credit)
Trigger Point Therapy

Provides instruction in the understanding of trigger points, the anatomical locations of the muscles that have trigger points and techniques to treat them. Hands-on application is required. Corequisite: MT115L.

MT115L (1 credit)
Trigger Point Therapy Lab

Lab associated with MT115.

MT116 (2 credits)
Massage Exam Review

Prepares students for the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists Licensing Exams by reviewing the entire years’ worth of study. Prerequisite: Course is designed for students who have completed the required coursework and will be taking exams to become licensed by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists. 

MT117 (1 credit)
Body Maintenance for Massage Therapists

Provides knowledge and hands-on techniques to show how to recognize, prevent, and treat injuries for bodywork professionals. Students will learn how and why injuries happen and receive information that will help protect their own health and better understand their clients’ complaints. Corequisite: MT117L.

MT117L (1 credit)
Body Maintenance for Massage Therapists Lab

Lab associated with MT117.

MT118 (1 credit)
Deep Tissue Massage

Provides knowledge and hands-on instruction in the theory of deep-tissue massage, anatomy of muscles and relevant structures, and treatment for pain symptoms throughout the body. Shows how deep tissue massage can provide instant results for patients suffering with pain due to musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Hands on practice will be included. Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231, and MT108. Corequisite: MT118L.

MT118L (1 credit)
Deep Tissue Massage Lab

Lab associated with MT118.

MT119 (1 credit)
Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy

Introduces craniosacral therapy including palpation of the craniosacral rhythm at the listening stations, diaphragms and cranial structures. Students will learn the 10-point protocol of craniosacral therapy. Corequisite: MT101L.

MT119L (1 credit)
Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy Lab

Lab associated with MT119.

MT120A (1 credit)
Business for Massage Therapists (Part A)

Focuses on the concept of professionalism, ethics, boundaries, and the legal issues associated with massage/bodywork therapy. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

MT120B (2 credits)
Business for Massage Therapists (Part B)

Focuses on business practices, marketing, record keeping, and insurance billing for a massage therapy practice. Prerequisite: WR90 or WR91 or designated placement score.

MT121 (1 credit)
Asian Bodywork II

Students will learn the fundamental methods and philosophical background of Ayurveda and Touch 4 Health. Introduces different styles and techniques of acupressure and energy balancing.  Prerequisite:  MT101. Corequisite: MT121L.

MT121L (1 credit)
Asian Bodywork II Lab

Lab associated with MT121.

MT180 (variable credits)
Cooperative Work Experience / Massage Therapy

Cooperative Work Experience is an educational program that enables students to receive academic credit for on-the-job, experiential learning based on skills acquired in their program.  Together, the instructor, employer, and student establish learning objectives that specify the significant and appropriate learning which is expected to result from the work experience.  This course offers a career-related experience for students working for an approved employer.  As a capstone course, it should be completed within the last two terms of a certificate or degree program. Prerequisite: CWE courses require prior arrangements with faculty or the Department Chair.

MT180S (1 credit)
Cooperative Work Experience / Massage Seminar

Provides students with strategies for successful experiential learning, including techniques for self-monitoring and tracking progress; sustaining positive relationships with co-workers and supervisors; working with mentors; and basic conflict resolution. Presents information regarding the role played by non-verbal communication, written and unwritten workplace policies, and positive work ethics. Course includes practical instruction regarding the integration of reflective learning with experiential learning and the process of integrating relevant theory and/or outside learning resources with experiential learning. Students will be provided with basic strategies for career advancement, and the theory and practical application of techniques for writing a skills-based resume, effective employment application, and interview skills. Corequisite: MT180.

MT199 (variable credits)
Selected Topics: Massage Therapy

Provides knowledge and hands-on instruction in the theory and techniques of new massage topics that have evolved.