Associate of Technical Studies in Massage Therapy

The Hocking College Massage Therapy program is a clinically-oriented program, which prepares students for licensure by the Ohio State Medical Board. Upon completion of this well-rounded program, you will possess a solid foundation in the understanding of human anatomy and physiology, demonstrate general office and medical record keeping skills, utilize functional assessments of the musculoskeletal system and perform a wide variety of massage therapy techniques.

You will be able to apply these skills to treat a broad array of musculoskeletal conditions, promote wellbeing and general relaxation. By the completion of the program, you should be able to enhance circulatory function, exercise pain management and apply stress reduction.

Massage Therapy is one the fastest growing areas in the health field today, and Ohio is the first state to license this profession. Massage Therapy is a legally defined term relating to the application of manual treatment for musculoskeletal conditions or general stress management, specifically from a massage therapist licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board. To become licensed in Ohio, you must successfully complete an approved 750-hour professional massage therapy program and pass the Ohio State Medical Board Exam.
Every state approved massage therapy program in Ohio conforms to a basic set of educational guidelines as determined by the state medical board. However, these guidelines allow a great deal of room for individuality within each program. At Hocking College, we believe that our massage therapy program is one of the most comprehensive programs in Ohio. Our two-year state approved massage therapy degree program is designed to prepare students to successfully enter this exciting profession with much more than entry-level skills.

 In addition to two semesters of general massage procedures, our program provides a strong foundation in advanced clinically-based skills such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy, along with in-depth functional assessment to address musculoskeletal conditions.

Another notable component of our comprehensive program is the spa therapy courses, which include hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, ayurvedic and cross-cultural therapies, herbal and natural therapies and body scrubs and wraps. These courses are essential for those wishing to work in spas, as well as those who plan to include these healing modalities in their own private practice.

Altogether our balance of general, clinical and spa therapy massage treatments give our graduates the skills necessary to make them highly marketable in a variety of massage related fields. Because Hocking College is a state run college, the cost of our program is significantly less than proprietary massage schools.    

Program Options

Massage Therapy Degree Program:  The Associate of Technical Studies in Massage Therapy program provides a comprehensive course of study in general massage, clinically-based massage procedures and spa therapy massage and modalities. The Hocking College Massage Therapy Degree Program begins each autumn semester and extends for four consecutive semesters, including summer.    

Massage Therapy Certificate Program: Our Massage Therapy Certificate program, while not leading to a degree, complies with the Ohio State Medical Board requirements for licensure after passing the required qualifying examination. This part-time evening program includes all of the general massage and clinically-based massage courses. While the spa therapy courses are not included in the certificate program, any or all of them may be added to the certificate course of study as per the interest of the student. Like the degree program, the certificate program begins each autumn semester and extends for four consecutive semesters, including summer. For more information on this option, please look under Short Term Certificates, on the program page.

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Technical Studies in Massage Therapy:

  • Assesses patients in accordance with the therapist's scope of practice in order to: 1) Determine the appropriateness of massage therapy as a treatment option for the patient's condition. 2) Determine the underlying anatomical or physiological dysfunction in order to develop the most suitable treatment methods.
  • Plans and performs massage therapy treatments appropriate for client's individual needs.
  • Demonstrates appropriate documentation of patient care.
  • Demonstrates safety and hygienic practices that are conducive to maintaining the health of the client/patient and Massage Therapist.
  • Demonstrates the business and management skills necessary to establish and operate a massage therapy practice or integrate into a multi-disciplinary environment.


Associate of Technical Study in Massage Therapy

Course of Study

For students entering May 2017

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
MT-1110Massage Therapy I1.004.003.00$160.00
MT-1140Ethics for Massage Therapists2.000.002.00$35.00
BIOS-1151Massage Anatomy and Physiology I3.002.004.00$85.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
MT-2150Massage Therapy Business and Law2.000.002.00$25.00
MT-1120Massage Therapy II0.004.002.00$160.00
MT-1135Kinesiology/Myology - Massage Therapists3.002.004.00$95.00
BIOS-1152Massage Anatomy and Physiology II3.002.004.00$85.00
MATH-1103Applied Mathematics2.002.003.00$182.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
MT-2250Massage Therapy Clinical (SL/CR)$345.00
MT-2210Advanced Clinical Therapies (Capstone)$265.00
MT-2200Pathology for Massage Therapists3.000.003.00$45.00
MT-1125Aromatherapy & Natural Treatments2.002.003.00$180.00
BIOS-2154Massage A&p Integration (capstone)$95.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
MT-1126Ayurvedic and Cross Cultural Treatments2.002.003.00$230.00
PSYC-1101General Psychology3.000.003.00$15.00
ACC-1101Financial Accounting I2.002.003.00$99.00
EM-1134CPR Pro/1st Aid for Healthcare Provider0.003.001.00$110.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Licensed Massage Therapy graduates often work as self-employed, independent practitioners, practicing in professional or home offices. Other employment opportunities include working in medical or chiropractic offices, clinics, hospitals, health clubs, spas, resorts, corporate and factory work sites or working with athletic teams. The ever-growing awareness of the health benefits derived from Massage Therapy continues to create new venues of employment opportunities for well-trained and resourceful therapists.

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