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Massage Therapy Certificate

Massage Therapy Certificate

Massage Therapy Certificate

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

Hocking College’s Massage Therapy certificate program is a two academic year part-time evening program.

Upon completion of this well-rounded  program, students will possess a solid foundation in the understanding of human anatomy and physiology, utilize functional assessments of the musculo-skeletal system and perform a wide variety of massage therapy techniques.

Students will be able to apply these skills for circulatory enhancement, pain management, stress reduction, general relaxation and to treat a broad array of musculo-skeletal conditions.

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 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 spring semester and extends for three consecutive semesters, including summer. For more information on this option, please look under Short Term Certificates, on the program page. 

Frequently Asked Questions About 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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.


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

  • Assess 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) Determines 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.

Build Out Your Massage Therapy Program

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. 

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. 

Additional Outcomes 

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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Massage Therapy Certificate

Total Credit Hours:
37.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$1,797.00

Class Hours: 24.0
Lab Hours: 26.0

Total Credit Hours:
37.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$1,805.00

Class Hours: 26.0
Lab Hours: 28.0

 

Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  MT-1110 Massage Therapy I 1.00 4.00 3.00 $160.00
  MT-1114 Hydrotherapy 2.00 0.00 2.00 $230.00
  MT-1140 Ethics for Massage Therapists 2.00 0.00 2.00 $35.00
  MT-2150 Massage Therapy Business & Law 2.00 0.00 2.00 $25.00
  BIOS-1113 Anatomy and Physiology I 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
    Totals 10.00 6.00 13.00 $620.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  MT-1120 Massage Therapy II 0.00 4.00 2.00 $160.00
  MT-1135 Kinesiology/Myology - Massage Therapists 3.00 2.00 4.00 $95.00
  BIOS-1114 Anatomy and Physiology II 3.00 2.00 4.00 $170.00
    Totals 6.00 8.00 10.00 $425.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  MT-2250 Massage Therapy Clinical (SL/CR) 0.00 4.00 2.00 $345.00
  MT-2210 Advanced Clinical Therapies (Capstone) 1.00 8.00 5.00 $265.00
  MT-2200 Pathology for Massage Therapists 3.00 0.00 3.00 $45.00
  BIOS-2154 Massage A&P Integration (Capstone) 4.00 0.00 4.00 $95.00
    Totals 8.00 12.00 14.00 $750.00
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 6.00 Cost: $510.00

SECOND SEMESTER
Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 8.00 Cost: $365.00

THIRD SEMESTER
Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 12.00 Cost: $750.00

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Will Deliver a Relaxing Future

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.

Massage Therapy graduates who pass the State Medical Board of Ohio exam often work as self-employed practitioners, either in professional or home  offices or operating house-call practices.

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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Student Learning Outcomes 

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:

  • Assess 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) Determines 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.

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%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A

 

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% 

2017 - 2018 Graduation Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Graduation Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Graduation Rate: N/A

 

2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Employment Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Employment Rate: N/A

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