Registration Information

    • Before you register, ensure you know which classes you wish to take and the associated prerequisites. If you have questions, call or e-mail before registering for classes.
    • Registration is always first-come, first-served and begins at 10am the Tuesday of week 7 for all students.  Enrollment for new students closes the end of week 8. Registration for core classes closes the end of week 8.
    • During Registration, call the Portland campus for Portland classes and the Salem campus for Salem classes.
    • There’s no way to know which classes will fill first, so please register early if your schedule is inflexible.
    • The first day of Registration can be very busy, especially between 10-11am.  You can register over the phone.  If  no answer, please be patient as we are likely helping others. You may leave a message but remember, we cannot guarantee registrations left on our voice messaging system.

Portland & Salem: 

  • When you call/come in to register,  have the following ready:  Name, student ID #, address, phone number, e-mail address, classes in which you wish to register, payment (or payment plan already established).
  • ***If a class is full:  Please put your name on the wait list and indicate your day/eve/flexible preferences, so we can create a 2nd section of a class if needed. Typically we need at least 8 committed students, room space and instructor availability to create a 2nd section of a class. ***

Things to Consider:

Class Schedules

The schedule will always be out several weeks before registration begins.  This will give you plenty of time to plan your class schedule.  The schedule will also be on the web

  • On the schedule, in the lower right hand corner of the calendar, the registration dates are listed in a black box.
  • On the schedule, in the top left corner, there is always a version number and date.  It’s quite common for the schedule to change due to a typo or adding/dropping a class.  Please make sure you have the most recent version before you register for class.
  • If the version number changes, the paper color of the posted schedule will also change.


  • Prerequisites are always listed on the schedule and the registration form as well as in the student handbook.  If you sign up for a class that you have not met the pre-requisites for, the registrar will call you and drop you from the class.  Please don’t let this happen to you.  This is a totally preventable thing.
  • Once you start checking the prerequisites, you will realize that you can take some out of order, like AP III before AP II or that you can take Kines – Lower Body before Kines – Upper Body.  This will help you plan your schedule, especially if you are limited to Nights only or Days only.

Course Tracking Guide

OSM programs are very modular in nature.  The course-tracking guide will help you keep all of your classes in order.  This guide is in the back of your student handbook, available at the front desk or here >> 640-Hr Course Tracking Guide

Schedule Planning Considerations

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • What path have you chosen for your training:  Certificate Program, Health Endorsement, Transfer Student?
  • Do you work?  If so, PT or FT?
  • Do you have family, personal or outside commitments?  If so, how do they affect your study and class time allotment?
  • How are you performing in classes?  If you’ve been struggling, often late or overbooked, consider taking fewer classes to have a more successful experience.
  • Are you being realistic about your schedule?  Some students may tell me they can handle 4 classes, FT work and other commitments, but may not be aware of the homework load.
  • How many classes are you comfortable taking per quarter?
    • 1 to 2 is typically suggested for those that work FT and/or have FT family commitments
    • 2 – 3 for those that have a bit more space
    • 4 for those that do not have FT work or FT family commitments

Bodywork Classes

  • Typically 1 per quarter is best – it keeps you engaged and excited about school.
  • Taking Shiatsu I & Massage Fundamentals in the same quarter is not recommended.  Shiatsu I is more form-based (the kata), while Mass Fund is more freestyle.  The concepts learned in these 2 classes can be overwhelming, not to mention the large amount of bodywork at the beginning of a student’s program.
  • All Western core bodywork classes require 2 outside massages per week – this cannot be the same massage for 2 different classes; ex: Massage Upper & Lower in the same quarter would require 4 massages per week.
  • All Eastern core bodywork classes require students to give & receive 1 massage per week.  This is usually established in a pre or post-class lab, which the instructor sets up with the students on the first day of class.
  • Shiatsu Clinic is typically recommended in the quarter immediately following Shiatsu II.
  • If you have been experiencing physical challenges, health conditions, or physio-emotional health concerns, we recommend you take a quarter off or just take a quarter off from a bodywork class and pursue health sciences until you are feeling more balanced.

Health Science Classes

  • AP I tends to be the most difficult for students to overcome; we encourage students to form study groups and provide each other with support.
  • AP II and III can be taken in any order, but I’ve been told the AP III class is slightly more difficult to grasp than the AP II class.
  • Kinesiology classes are approximately 1/2 lecture and 1/2 palpation lab.
  • Kinesiology Lower Body has fewer muscles to learn/study than Kinesiology Upper Body – if a student is concerned about these classes, I recommend they start with Kinesiology Lower.  I also recommend clay modeling on a mini-skeleton, available to you in the student study area.
  • Pathology I & II must be taken in order – Pathology I is best taken after AP II and Pathology II is best taken after AP III.  This way, you’ve learned the body systems for which you’ll be learning the diseases in Pathology.

Other Classes to Consider

  • Hydrotherapy is available in a 5-week session for day students & a weekend intensive for evening students – this is an intense class and I recommend you plan nothing else that weekend.
  • Business & Statutes typically follow each other; combined, they make up a 7-week class

Please call or e-mail the me if you have any questions regarding registration, what classes you should take, or any school policy.  Most issues can be handled over the phone.  One-on-one time in Salem or in Portland can be scheduled if needed.  The goal of the Student Services Coordinator is to help you discover a fulfilling path during your learning experience.