Massage Therapy Information
Interested in Massage Therapy as a Career?
Central Oregon Community College offers a two-year
degree... an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Massage
Therapy! COCC is the only college in Oregon that
offers this degree in massage therapy and one of the few
As the benefits of alternative and complementary forms of health
care are recognized, demand for professional massage therapy has
increased. COCC is preparing students to be massage therapy
professionals who will work with health care providers to improve
the health of the community.
Be the Best - Central
Oregon Community College is one of only a handful of colleges
nationwide offering an associate of applied science degree program
in massage therapy. The rise in holistic medicine, skyrocketing
health care costs and the credibility of manual medicine are
providing a variety of career opportunities for massage therapists.
A two-year certificate or an associate's degree will provide a
competitive edge in the job market.
Location - The
College's main campus is located on the western edge of Bend, a
city known for its natural beauty and its proximity to diverse
recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, kayaking,
snowboarding, skiing, fishing, hunting, and much more all within a
45 minute drive to their locations.
The 193-acre Bend campus offers quiet, peaceful surroundings for
study and reflection. On the western slope of Awbrey Butte,
students have a spectacular view of the Oregon Cascade mountain
range from nearly every point on the grounds.
Certificate Program - The COCC Massage
Therapy Program offers both one-year and two-year certificates.
The one-year certificate requires hours 790 (four terms) of
instruction and qualifies students for state licensing exams. The
participants are prepared for entry level massage therapy. Completion of the one year certificate in massage therapy will qualify the student for the payment of massage therapy all licensing fees required in Oregon.
The two-year certificate requires an additional hours of
instruction and qualifies the practitioner to treat soft-tissue
dysfunctions, work in a spa, PT office, hospital setting, or begin
a private practice.
Degree Program - To meet the demand for
extensively trained massage therapists, COCC offers an associate's
degree of applied science degree program in massage therapy. This
two-year degree prepares students for additional opportunities and
advancement in massage therapy careers. Course hours earned in the
certificate program can be applied to degree program
COCC is the only school in the state that offers an AAS
degree in massage therapy!
Education Workshops - All of our
second year and degree classes qualify as CE hours and can be
applied toward your LMT licensing requirements for CE hours!
The 200 level classes are co-enrolled and offered through the COCC Community Learning
department. Enrollment is limited to ensure quality education, so
early registration will guarantee a space in class. Registration
deadlines are due one week before classes begin, unless otherwise
noted. Registration will be accepted only with payment when enrolling through Community Learning.