Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about the Massage Therapy program at COCC

  1. When can I register for the massage program?
    • Our program has 2 starts each year.
      • Evening classes beginning at 5:45 p.m. each Spring
      • Day classes beginning at 9 a.m. each Fall
    • You must meet placement score criteria OR provide college transcripts in order to be eligible to enroll in the massage therapy program:
      • Reading & Writing placement into WR 121 OR completed WR 65 or higher
      • Placement into MTH 20 OR higher OR completion of MTH 10
      • While not necessary, we recommend that you complete ONE section of Anatomy (BI 121 OR 122 OR 231) before enrolling in the Massage Therapy Program 
    • Enrollment is a first come-first serve basis for the massage therapy program once prerequisite and/or placement scores are met
  2. What does it cost?
    • Program costs are based on regular COCC tuition + a program fee per LMT class credit
    • All LMT courses have a $25 per credit program fee.
    • 100 level LMT courses in terms 2-4 carry an additional $17 per credit fee that pays for your massage licensing and exam fees*
      • Exams fees are paid upon completion of the Certificate in Massage Therapy
  3. Will financial aid pay for massage therapy classes?
    • Speak to your financial aid contact or the Financial Aid Office at 541-383-7260
    • Current Federal Financial Aid rules will cover the certificate of completion if it is embedded in the AAS degree. Talk to your LMT advisor if you have questions or concerns about changes to financial aid
  4. How long will it take me to complete the Certificate of Completion program in massage therapy?
    • If you have met the prerequisites for the LMT program, you will complete the program in 4 terms
    • No summer LMT classes are available, but you can work on your AAS degree classes in the summer term
  5. How do I start the process?
    • Enroll at COCC
    • Take the placement test OR provide other college transcripts
    • Contact the program director for advising with your placement scores and discuss enrollment in LMT classes
  6. What classes do I have to take?
    • You must take all of the classes in each block each term* (see the Massage Therapy list of block classes)
    • MTH 20 OR MTH 31 Health Care Math will meet the math requirement for the "Certificate of Completion" and "AAS degree"
  7. Can I just take a few classes and see if I like it or not?
    • NO, the program is not set up to accommodate this request
    • We would suggest you take LMT 101 Intro to a Massage Career to see if a massage career is for you!
    • If you have special needs or concerns, please contact the program director at 541-318-3757
  8. Do I need a massage table before I start?
    • No, you will not need a table until the second term classes
    • All massage equipment is provided in the classrooms including linens and lotions
    • Additional massage supplies are available to purchase at the COCC bookstore including massage tables
  9. Do I have to be cleared for registration to take a class in the massage program?
    • Yes, you must have completed an advising session and been cleared to register for COCC classes
    • It is advisable to meet with the LMT Program director to ensure you are prepared for the LMT program
  10. What is the dress code for massage therapy?
    • Black polo shirts with the COCC Massage Therapy logo will be required for all LMT courses starting in the second term
    • Polo shirts are given out on the first day of LMT 145 Massage I. More can be purchased in the bookstore
    • Black clothing is required for the Spa courses
    • Holster and lotion bottles are given out in LMT 130 Massage Fundamentals and more can be purchased in the bookstore
  11. What happens if I am sick and cant come to class?
    • It is your responsibility to contact the instructor or instructors BEFORE class
    • Contact hours may be required to be made up to meet Oregon State Massage Board requirements
    • Instructor contact information is available on all syllabus
    • You may contact both the instructor and the program director about your illness or situation
  12. Where can I eat my food if there is no eating or drinking in the classrooms?
    • There is seating in the hallways
    • There is food and services available at the Coats Campus Center and some in the bookstore
    • Water is the only liquid allowed in the classroom
  13. How do I contact my instructor?
    • Check the contact information on the class syllabus for contact information
    • Check online in the staff directory
    • Office hours are posted on the office doors and online under each instructors name