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Massage Therapy Program Features
How many hours is the UWS massage therapy program?
The 47.5 credit massage therapy certificate program is 768 clock hours.
What makes the UWS massage therapy program different?
University of Western States is a regionally accredited university. Our massage therapy program is home to the only Portland massage program with transferable credits. Our science-based, therapeutically-oriented program offers more clinical hours than other similar programs and our students have access to more educational resources including our university library and gross anatomy lab.
Describe the clinic experience for massage students?
UWS has outpatient and on-campus massage clinics. Beginning in the 2nd quarter and lasting throughout the remainder of the program, students will be assigned to a clinical rotation and will treat clients for both wellness and therapeutic massage sessions. Clinic rotations occur outside of the typical classroom schedule.
Can I work and go to school at the same time?
Yes. Some of our students work while attending school. Time management is very important for those who work and attend the massage therapy program. Portland classes are offered in the evenings from 6-10 p.m. It is important to have some flexibility in your schedule, as there are some daytime clinic and lab requirements each quarter.
When are classes typically scheduled?
Most Portland-campus classes are scheduled from 6 - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday. There are required activities outside of the typical schedule. Clinical rotations are typically available Monday - Saturday. Please contact the admissions office for the most up to date schedule of classes.
What is your average class size?
UWS maintains a 13:1 student to teacher ratio in all lab classes. Lecture classes will not exceed a 60:1 student to teacher ratio.
Is UWS an accredited massage therapy school?
Yes! The massage therapy program is the only university-based massage program in Oregon. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredits UWS, which means credits completed at UWS may transfer to other colleges and universities. The UWS massage program is also accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).
When do students start practicing massage?
Hands-on practice is an important part of the UWS curriculum. Students will begin hands-on practice in 1st quarter classes and will continue practicing massage throughout the program.
Is there on-campus housing?
There is no on-campus housing but UWS is located in a pleasant residential area with houses and apartments nearby. Many students are able to live within walking or bike riding distance from the campus.
Will I have to give and receive massage to and from classmates?
Yes. In order to learn how to do massage, students will be regularly asked to trade massages with classmates.
What are the licensing requirements for Oregon and Washington?
For the most up-to-date information on licensing check with: The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists or The Washington State Department of Health.
What are the licensing regulations for states other than Oregon and Washington?
If you plan to practice in states other than Oregon or Washington please check with that state's Department of Health to determine the licensure requirements. The office of admissions can provide information on how to contact each licensing board.
Are tutoring services available?
UWS provides free tutoring in all massage subjects for currently enrolled students.
Can international students get F-1 visas?
The massage program is not eligible to issue F-1 student visas. If you are in the United States under a visa which would permit you to study, this may be an option. Please consult your local consular office to determine eligibility.
Where can I find occupational information on massage therapy?
There are two good sources from the Federal government on massage therapy. The first is the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), developed by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration. This database contains information on many occupations. Massage therapists are coded in the database as 31-9011.00. The second source is the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A good, non-governmental place to find information on a career in massage therapy is the American Massage Therapy Association's website.
How many students who start the UWS massage therapy program actually complete it?
Over the past five years, 80% of students admitted to the UWS massage therapy certificate program successfully completed it. Almost all of these students completed the program in one year. For the most recent year, 86% of students who matriculated successfully completed the program.
Massage Therapy Admission and Cost
When can I enroll in the program?
The UWS massage program enrolls students twice per year, during fall and spring quarters. Applications are accepted as much as a year in advance of the start date but must be submitted at least two weeks before your intended start date. All applicants are encouraged to visit campus during the application process.
Can I get financial aid for this program?
Federal student financial aid is available those who qualify. Applicants are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by visiting http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Does UWS offer scholarships?
Yes, for more information you can visit the UWS office of financial aid page.
Do I have to buy a massage table?
UWS provides students with massage tables for all bodywork classes and clinics. Students are not required to purchase a massage table but it is strongly suggested for at-home practice purposes.
Do I need to submit transcripts as part of my application to University of Western States?
Official transcripts from each and every institution must be sent to the admissions office as part of your application. University of Western States accepts transcripts in two different methods: Mailed directly from a prior institution to: University of Western States Office of Admissions 2900 NE 132nd Avenue Portland, OR 97230 Emailed: Emailed in a password protected format (such as Parchment) to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is your responsibility to ensure that the transcript is downloaded by the recipient within 30 days. A printed copy of an electronic PDF transcript is not official. If you are currently enrolled in courses but will not complete the degree until a future term, do not send an updated transcript until the degree is awarded. At that time, send an updated transcript and the degree confirmation.