The Massage Therapy Two-Year Certificate of Completion develops skills that include a variety of massage techniques and modalities, maintaining client and business records, adhering to client/practitioner boundaries and ethics, client communication, and universal sanitation practices. The program integrates sciences related to the human body with massage therapy theory and practice.
The certificate can be completed in four terms. Students have two opportunities to enter the program each year: a Fall term day program and a Spring term evening program. Most students complete the certificate at the end of the same term the following year (i.e., a student starting Fall term 2021 would complete in Fall term 2022). Successful completion of all program courses in a term is required before moving to the next term. Students may take non-program courses before or after program enrollment.
The certificate qualifies students to sit for licensing exams the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists requires.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Identify the benefits and physiological effects of techniques that manipulate soft tissue
- Pathology: Recognize and describe medical conditions in which massage therapy is contraindicated and/or hazardous to the client.
- Kinesiology: Define the bones and muscles of the body, where they are located, and their articulations.
- Create an accurate treatment plan that incorporates chart notes reflecting client assessment and reassessment.
- Demonstrate awareness of appropriate ethics, boundaries, laws, and regulations in accordance with national standards.
- Describe professional business practice standards.