Frequently Asked Questions for LMT

Massage Therapy Program

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I start the program?
It is highly recommended that you attend an informational meeting in order to get all the information you will need to plan and register for classes in the massage program. Dates and times of the informational meetings are on the Massage Therapy Program main page.

Do I have to start fall term?
You can start Lane's Massage Therapy Program in any term. You must take certain classes in your first terms.

How long does it take to complete the program?
It is highly recommended students complete the program in six (or more) terms.

Will classes taken at other community colleges or massage schools transfer to the program?
The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists makes the determination as to which courses they will accept toward the minimum 500 classroom hours when you apply to sit for the exam. However, if you have taken a course at another community college that you believe fulfills a prerequisite for a course you want to enroll in at Lane, our staff will be happy to review your transcript with you to make this determination.

If I hold a current Oregon license in a health related field, do I have to complete Lane's entire program?
No, an applicant who currently holds an Oregon license in a health related field can apply for a massage license by State Indorsement. The requirement for the written exam is waived, but the applicant must successfully complete a practical exam. Transcripts showing 300 hours of Massage Theory and Practical Application, Clinical Practice, Business Development, Communication, Ethics, and Sanitation are also required. Verification of current licensure from the licensing agency and a copy of your current license must be submitted with your application.

Are there other costs associated with the program?
Most courses have required textbooks. Student practitioners are also required to purchase personal liability insurance. Information about personal liability insurace is available at the DCA.

Is financial aid available?
Lane's Massage Therapy Program is a non-credit program and does not qualify for student federal financial aid.

How can I pay for Lane's Massage Therapy Program?

Are scholarships available?
The Continuing Education Department has a small scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded twice per year. The typical scholarship amount awarded is $300. Preference is given to students enrolled in certificate or pre-licensure programs. Please fill out and submit our application.

Information about other organizations that offer scholarships can be obtained from scholarship search sites such as www.fastweb.com. Also use the scholarship search at Lane's Career and Employment Services.

How does Lane's program compare with other massage schools in Oregon?
All of these schools meet or exceed the Oregon Board minimum of 500 hours (200 of health sciences and 300 of massage theory and practical application). Most programs take approximately 12 months to complete and classes have low teacher to student ratios. According to our students, many of whom transfer to Lane from other schools, the Lane Massage Therapy Program offers greater flexibility and high quality instruction at a very competitive cost!

I have finished the Massage Therapy Program. What is my next step?

  1. Check your unofficial transcript. You can do this by signing into myLane, clicking the myEnrollment tab and choosing "Print Unofficial Transcript."
  2. Contact Kathy Calise for an "I am finished with the massage program!" meeting, calisek@lanecc.edu
  3. After you have checked to make sure that you passed all of the required hours, you will then need to order an official transcript for the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists. Be sure and have these transcripts sent to you, but do not open the inner sealed envelope. Find out more about ordering your official transcript.
  4. You will find the information you need to know for the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists practical exam by visiting the OBMT website. Information about the MBLEx and National Certification Board written exams is also available at the OBMT website.

What if I have more questions?

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