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Massage Therapy Certificate

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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. 

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. 


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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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Massage Therapy Certificate

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 26.0
Lab Hours: 28.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

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
  BIOS-1151 Massage Anatomy and Physiology I 3.00 2.00 4.00 $85.00
    Totals 8.00 6.00 11.00 $510.00

  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-1152 Massage Anatomy and Physiology II 3.00 2.00 4.00 $85.00
  MT-2150 Massage Therapy Business and Law 2.00 0.00 2.00 $25.00
    Totals 8.00 8.00 12.00 $365.00

  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
Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 6.00 Cost: $510.00

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

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

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Massage Therapy CertificationA Career in Massage Therapy
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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