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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Program Description

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.

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.

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.

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Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:

PER SEMESTER

$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services

OPTIONAL

$53......Parking

$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

A Career in Massage Therapy Will Deliver a Relaxing Future

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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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.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

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.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 13%
2015 - 2016 50%
2014 - 2015 65%

 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    _________________________________________________________________
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 3.85%
2015 - 2016 17.65%
2014 - 2015 17.07%

What exactly is Massage Therapy?

This seems like a simple question but actually, it is not a simple answer. In the state of Ohio Massage Therapy is considered a limited branch of medicine and is defined as the treatment of disorders of the human body by the manipulation of soft tissue. 

Massage Therapy does not describe any particular technique but rather provides an umbrella term that includes many approaches to manual therapy techniques.

What is the difference between "massage" and "Massage Therapy"?

In Ohio, the word “massage” is considered a very non-specific term and may refer to nearly any maneuver that promotes relaxation and can be performed by anyone. 

“Massage Therapy” however 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 one must successfully complete an approved 750-hour professional massage therapy program and pass a licensing exam.

Isn't Massage Therapy mostly about relaxation?

Not necessarily.  The great thing about massage therapy is that it can be used both for stress management and general health maintenance but it is equally effective for treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. 

This means that patients visit their massage therapist not only when they have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis, tension headaches, sore muscles, and numerous other musculoskeletal problems,  but also to maintain their health due to its positive effects on the body by improving immune function, improving circulation and for reducing stress.  

Where do Massage Therapists work?

Many licensed Massage Therapists work as self-employed independent practitioners in their own professional or home offices. Additionally, many Massage Therapists work in medical or chiropractic offices, clinics, hospitals, pain clinics, spas, resorts, corporate and factory worksites 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.

Why should I come to Hocking College to study Massage Therapy?

Every state approved Massage Therapy program in Ohio conforms to a basic set of educational guidelines as determined by the State Medical Board of Ohio, however, these guidelines allow a great deal of room for individuality within each program. 

At Hocking College, we believe that our massage therapy program offers one of the most comprehensive programs in Ohio.  Our state-approved program is designed to prepare students to successfully enter into this exciting profession with much more than just entry-level skills. 

In addition to the general massage procedures taught in most schools, our program additionally provides a solid foundation in advanced clinically-based treatment and assessment skills. 

We offer both a certificate (3 semesters) and degree (4 semesters) program, both of which equally prepare the graduate for taking the licensing examination and both meet the Ohio Medical Board requirements for licensure in this state.  And because Hocking College is a state-run college, the cost of our program is significantly less than many other massage therapy programs.

Accreditation

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.


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