Our 640-hour Massage Certificate Program prepares students for licensure in Oregon. It teaches the use of various strokes to manipulate soft tissues, engaging the muscular, cardiovascular and nervous systems in order to reduce tissue tightness, enhance circulation, reduce pain and promote general relaxation. Students receive a foundation in Swedish massage and an introduction to Shiatsu techniques. The program requires 85 elective hours and 34 Advanced Practice Skills elective hours to explore a variety of massage techniques or specialize in a specific area of interest. Tuition for the 640-hour Program is $12,995. See details on the Tuition and Fees page.

Flexibility of Schedule

OSM’s Massage Certificate Program is unique in that you can fit classes in around your life, work, personal pursuits, children and more. Our program is made up of a variety of individual classes, so the length of time it takes to graduate depends on a variety of factors; scheduling, flexibility, number of courses and so on.

Length of Program

With flexibility in your schedule and a full-time commitment to school, you can complete in as little as 15 months. However, if you have other commitments and would like to take 1 or 2 classes per quarter, it may take you up to 2 years to complete the program.

Weekly Schedule

Each quarter is 10 weeks in length; most classes meet once per week for 3 hours per session, with some exceptions. Elective classes are generally scheduled over an entire weekend, a single Saturday/Sunday and occasional weekday classes.

Homework and Practice Massages

The program is a rigorous one. You can expect 2 to 3 hours of reading, practice massages, homework and study for every 1 hour you’re in class. Tutors may be available. There are also Teaching Assistant opportunities.

640-Hour Core Curriculum

Core classes are those required for the 640-Hour Massage Certificate Program. For course descriptions of required classes, click here.

Health SciencesHours
Anatomy & Physiology I30
Anatomy & Physiology II30
Anatomy & Physiology III30
Kinesiology Upper Body30
Kinesiology Lower Body30
Pathology I30
Pathology II30
Bodywork
Massage Fundamentals45
Massage Theory14
Massage Upper Body30
Massage Lower Body30
Massage Assessment & App.30
Palpation Skills15
Shiatsu I30
Hydrotherapy15
Swedish Clinic45
Practice Development
Communication and Ethics30
Business of Massage15
Statutes6
Advanced Practice Skills40
Other
Bodywork/Business Electives85
Total: 640 Hours

Schedule Examples

Below are some examples of how our students may go through the program – these are only a few of the combinations that are available to students.

Quarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Quarter 5
Anat & Phys IAnat & Phys IIAnat & Phys IIIPathology IIAdv Prac Skills
Communication/EthicsKinesiology Upper Pathology ISwedish ClinicElectives
Mass. FundamentalsMassage Upper Kinesiology Lower Massage Assess/App
Massage TheoryHydrotherapyMassage Lower Business/Statutes
ElectivesShiatsu IPalpation SkillsElectives

Quarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Quarter 5Quarter 6
Anat & Phys IAnat & Phys IIPath IPath. IIAP IIIAdv Prac Skills
Comm/EthicsKines. Lower Kines. Upper Shiatsu ISwedish ClinicElectives
Mass. Fund.Massage Lower Massage Upper Massage A/ABusiness/Statutes
Massage TheoryHydrotherapyElectivesElectives
ElectivesPalpation SkillsElectives

Quarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Quarter 5Quarter 6Quarter 7
Comm/EthicsAP IHydroPath IAP IIIClinicBusiness
Mass FundShiatsu IMass UpperMass LowPath IIMass A/AAdv Pract Skills
Massage TheoryKines UpperMass LowElectivesElectivesStatutes
ElectivesAP IIPalpation Skills


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Massage Training Previews

The best way to learn more about a career in massage therapy and the massage training program at Oregon School of Massage is to attend one of our Training Previews. There is no cost to attend. Please join us for an online zoom Preview presentation.    
  • Saturday, November 21st @ 10am
  • Wednesday, December 16th @ 6pm
  To reserve a seat, contact: Morgan Neil, 877-588-8912 or  E-mail
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