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Course Descriptions

Massage Therapy

  • MT100 3 credits
    Massage I – Basic Swedish - Register

    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 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement test scores.

  • MT101 2 credits
    Asian Bodywork I - Register

    Introduces fundamental methods and the philosophical background of Asian Bodywork: Acupressure and Shiatsu.

  • MT102 2 credits
    Massage II – Swedish Esalen - Register

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

  • MT103 2 credits
    Massage III – Swedish - Register

    Prepares students for both the written and practicum examinations for state board licensure. Reflexology, side lying massage, trigger point, deep tissue, and myofascial release techniques will be covered.
    Prerequisites: MT102 and BI121 or BI231.

  • MT105 3 credits
    Massage Therapeutics: Hydrotherapy and Massage for Cancer Patients - Register

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

  • MT106 2 credits
    Integrated Studies in Massage I – Upper Body - Register

    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, and MT100 and MT108.

  • MT107 2 credits
    Integrated Studies in Massage II – Lower Body - Register

    Continues the study of applications of massage on specific muscle groups, integrating musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, acupressure, and basic Swedish massage techniques.
    Prerequisite: MT106.

  • MT108 4 credits
    Kinesiology for Massage Therapists - Register

    Studies the branch of physiology that relates to the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement. Students will learn the joints of the body and their actions, the muscles that create actions, the origins and insertions of muscle attachments, and how to palpate the muscles.
    Prerequisite: RD90 or WR91 or designated placement test score.

  • MT109 4 credits
    Pathology for Massage Therapists - Register

    Provides student with the definitions of syndromes, symptoms, prognostics, treatment concepts and contraindications for massage therapists.
    Prerequisites: BI121 or BI231; and WR90 or WR91, or designated placement test score.

  • MT111 2 credits
    Sport Massage - Register

    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, and BI121 or BI231.

  • MT112 2 credits
    Massage for Pregnancy and the Infant/Child - Register

    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.

  • MT113 2 credits
    Myofascial Release - Register

    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.

  • MT114 1 credit
    Massage Therapy Study Skills Lab - Register

    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 2 credits
    Trigger Point Therapy - Register

    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.

  • MT116 2 credits
    Massage Exam Review - Register

    Prepares students for the Oregon State Board of Massage exams required for licensing by reviewing entire year’s worth of study.

  • MT117 2 credits
    Body Maintenance for Massage Therapists - Register

    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.

  • MT118 2 credits
    Deep Tissue Massage - Register

    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.
    Prerequisites: MT108, and BI121 or BI231.

  • MT119 2 credits
    Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy - Register

    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.

  • MT120A 1 credit
    Business for Massage Therapists - Part A - Register

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

  • MT120B 2 credits
    Business Practices for Massage Therapists – Part B - Register

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

  • MT121 2 credits
    Asian Bodywork II - Register

    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.

  • MT180 Variable credit
    Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Therapy - Register

    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 programs. 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.

  • MT180S 1 credit
    Cooperative Work Experience/Massage Seminar - Register

    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.

  • MT199 Variable credit
    Selected Topics in Massage - Register

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