Our 640-hour Massage Certificate Program prepares students for licensure in Oregon and Washington. 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 $11,995. 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 or more 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 or Sunday and occasional weekday classes.

Homework and Practice Massages

You can expect 2 to 3 hours of reading, practice massages, homework and study for every 1 hour you’re in class.

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
Massage Fundamentals45
Massage Theory14
Massage Upper Body30
Massage Lower Body30
Massage Assessment & App.30
Palpation Skills15
Shiatsu I30
Swedish Clinic45
Practice Development
Communication and Ethics30
Business of Massage15
Advanced Practice Skills40
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

Massage Training Previews

Previews help you make a sound decision about choosing a career in massage by outlining the time, finances and energy needed for training. Oregon licensing and career opportunities are discussed. There is no cost to attend.

Next Dates:
Saturday, February 3: 10am-12pm - PORTLAND
Saturday, February 10: 10am-12pm - SALEM

To reserve a seat, contact:
PORTLAND - Alisha Eddleman, 800-844-3420 or  E-mail
SALEM - Morgan Neil, 877-588-8912 or  E-mail

Injury Prevention

Feb 10, Sat 9am-6pm - $170

Discuss the causes of fatigue and repetitive strain injury in the upper extremities. Learn strategies to avoid injury through proper body mechanics, reducing muscle and joint tightness and improving local circulation. Stretching, strengthening and range of motion exercises for the upper extremities are covered. Use a variety of hydrotherapy treatments to increase circulation and reduce fatigue. Students will identify and self-treat their myofascial trigger points.

To register, please call 1-800-844-3420.