Career Pathways for Massage Therapy


The benefits of alternative and complementary forms of health care are on the rise and the demand for professional massage therapy has increased dramatically. COCC prepares students to be licensed professionals who can work with health care providers to improve the health of the community.

Licensed massage therapists work with doctors, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, sport teams, veterinarians, wellness programs or within corporate businesses. They may choose to work in: private practice, hospital employment, chiropractic offices, athletic clubs, wellness centers, cruise ships, vacation resorts, spas, salons and more.

The COCC Massage Therapy Program offers a one year certificate and an Associates of Applied Science degree. The one-year certificate requires 58-62 credits (four terms of full-time enrollment, and may not include prerequisites) and qualifies the student to apply for Oregon Board of Massage Therapy as a Licensed Massage Therapist. The degree program includes the certificate courses with the addition of general education classes specified. Both the Certificate and the AAS program have been approved by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, Oregon Department of Education and accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges as well as the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.

A career pathway is a series of connected educational programs, with integrated work experience, on-the-job training, and support services, that enables students to combine school and work and advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. Career pathways target jobs of importance to local economies. They are designed to create educational "stepping stones" for advancement of workers and jobs seekers, particularly those stuck in low-wage jobs, and a supply of qualified workers for employers. As such, career pathways help to ensure that investment in education and training pays off in enhanced economic development. - From Davis Jenkins, University of Illinois at Chicago

Regional Employment Projections from the State of Oregon Employment Department indicate that Massage Therapy related occupations are expected to grow at a slightly higher rate than the statewide average.

Click to view the COCC Massage Therapy Career Pathways Roadmap.

Click to view information for Massage Therapy Certificates and the Massage Therapy AAS Degree.


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