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Is a Career in Massage Therapy Right for You? Find Out!


East West College offers students a rigorous and balanced massage education experience. We combine thorough study of the science of the human body – kinesiology, anatomy & physiology and pathology – with extensive explorations in the art of performing massage to meet client needs.  East West College instructors are warm, experienced, and highly knowledgeable.  Our faculty includes massage therapists, naturopaths and other health care providers, with over 325 years of combined clinical experience.   The East West experience is supportive, professional, and highly rewarding for our students.

Are You Massage Training Ready? Find Out!

Take The East West College “Massage Training Readiness Quiz”

The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.

East West College’s dynamic, supportive and beautiful environment blends with a comprehensive program whose graduates are in high demand — and for good reason. Your massage therapy training begins with the fundamentals: How to apply Swedish massage techniques, learning all the major muscles in the body, and how to establish healthy therapeutic relationships with clients. In the second term, you will move into learning the incredible complexities of the anatomy and physiology of the body, how to analyze and treat the lower body and create effective massage treatment plans that will meet your client’s needs. In the third quarter, you will be assessing the upper body, exploring the major disorders your clients may be experiencing and learning the major bodywork approaches of several Eastern and Western cultures. And in your final quarter you will put all of this knowledge into actual massage practice in the EWC Student Clinic — a very exciting time! Plus . . . you will be able to take two specific bodywork electives (you choose from a variety of options), learn the basics of the business practices to help you succeed financially, and explore the needs of special populations such the elderly and athletes. This is a very thorough training program and it will allow you to emerge from the college feeling confident about starting your new profession.
Our program is carefully designed so that East West College graduates will be able to:

  • Describe their philosophy of the role of massage and bodywork in client health and healing.
  • Create, implement and document personalized treatment plans through the integration of client goals, assessment findings, knowledge of the human body, understanding of the effects of massage and bodywork, and intuition.
  • Perform massage and bodywork safely, effectively, compassionately and in response to client needs.
  • Establish and maintain professional therapeutic relationships with clients.
  • Develop and implement strategies for attaining a satisfying, successful and ethical professional practice or employment situation.
  • Develop and implement strategies for supporting a life-long practice, through self-care, professional development, and professional support and referral networks.
East West College’s massage programs begin four times each year — in January, April, July and October. Academic quarters are twelve weeks in length with a one-week break between quarters. Most courses meet either one or two times per week for three hours per class session. The Kinesiology and Anatomy & Physiology courses meet three days per week to provide time to learn this material at a reasonable pace. These massage therapy classes cover a vast range of subject, from fundamentals to more specific sciences surrounding therapy. Daytime and evening/weekend schedules are available. Learning massage therapy and its related sciences requires intensive study and practice. Because of this, the East West College program is designed to allow time to integrate and absorb the material. The program is offered in 12-month and 15-month formats. The longer program is designed for those who may experience academic challenges, are working while attending college or have other reasons to go a bit more slowly. This can significantly increase your opportunity for success.
Our expectation for excellence extends to accreditation.  East West College is one of only five massage programs on the West Coast accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), the only federally recognized accrediting agency with specific curriculum standards for massage.  In COMTA’s own words, “Accreditation identifies and acknowledges educational institutions and programs for achieving and maintaining a level of quality, performance and integrity based on educational and professional standards.” COMTA sets high standards for all parts of the college’s operations — from curriculum to faculty to finances. COMTA accreditation assures students that the college has met or exceeded standards that specifically apply to the massage field. In addition to the COMTA accreditation, East West College’s program is licensed by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission and approved by the following: – Oregon Board of Massage Therapists – Washington Board of Massage – Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation – Oregon Commission for the BlindU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Fall Quarter 2017 : September 30 - December 23

Saturday, September 30 – First Day of Classes for New Students 
Monday, October 2 – First Day of Classes for Returning Students
Sunday, October 15 – Spring and Summer Graduation
Saturday, November 4 – Graduation & Licensing Review (Clinic Students)
Monday, November 13 – Registration for Winter Quarter Begins
Thursday – Sunday, November 23-26 – Thanksgiving (Academic Holiday)
Saturday,  December 23 – Last Day of Classes
December 24 – January 1 – Break

Winter Quarter 2018 : January 2 - March 24

Tuesday, January 2 – First Day of Classes for New Students
Wednesday, January 3
– First Day of Classes for Returning Students
Saturday, February 3 – Graduation & Licensing Review (Clinic Students)
Monday, February 12 – Registration for Spring Quarter Begins
Saturday, March 24 – Last Day of Classes
March 29 – March 30 – Break

Spring Quarter 2018 : March 31 - June 22

Saturday, March 31 – First Day of Classes for New Students
Monday, April 2
– First Day of Classes for Returning Students
Sunday, April 15 – Fall and Winter Graduation
Saturday, May 5 – Graduation & Licensing Review (Clinic Students)
Monday, May 14 – Registration for Summer Quarter Begins
Saturday – Monday, May 26-28 – Memorial Day (Academic Holiday)
Friday, June 22 – Last Day of Classes
June 23 – June 29 – Break

Summer Quarter 2018 : July 2 - September 21

Monday, July 2 – First Day of Classes for New Students
Monday, July 2
– First Day of Classes for Returning Students
Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day (Academic Holiday)
Saturday, August 4 – Graduation & Licensing Review (Clinic Students)
Monday, August 13 – Registration for Fall Quarter Begins
Monday, September 3 Labor Day (Academic Holiday)
Friday, September 21 – Last Day of Classes
September 22-28 – Break

Fall Quarter 2018 : September 29 - December 22

Saturday, September 29 – First Day of Classes for New Students 
Monday, October 1 – First Day of Classes for Returning Students
Sunday, October 14 – Spring and Summer Graduation
Saturday, November 3 – Graduation & Licensing Review (Clinic Students)
Monday, November 12 – Registration for Winter Quarter Begins
Thursday – Sunday, November 22-25 – Thanksgiving (Academic Holiday)
Saturday,  December 22 – Last Day of Classes
December 23 – January 2 – Break



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Since 1972, East West College has prepared graduates for successful massage careers. We empower students with deep knowledge on the art and science of massage. We enrich the Portland, OR community through our massage clinic and outreach events. And we support current massage therapists with continuing education workshops. Together, East West College alumni, instructors, and students foster health through massage. Call or email today to learn how you can join in our mission to make a difference through the healing powers of massage.

East West College of the Healing Arts   |   525 NE Oregon Street   |   Portland, OR 97232   |   503 233 6500   |