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Massage Therapy

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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Degree

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

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.

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.


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 spring 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 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. 



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 Associate of Technical Studies in Massage Therapy

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 43.0
Lab Hours: 37.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 43.0
Lab Hours: 37.0


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
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
    Totals 13.00 6.00 16.00 $640.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  MT-2150 Massage Therapy Business and Law 2.00 0.00 2.00 $25.00
  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
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
    Totals 10.00 10.00 15.00 $547.00

  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
  MT-1125 Aromatherapy & Natural Treatments 2.00 2.00 3.00 $180.00
  BIOS-2154 Massage A&P Integration (Capstone) 4.00 0.00 4.00 $95.00
    Totals 10.00 14.00 17.00 $930.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  MT-1126 Ayurvedic and Cross Cultural Treatments 2.00 2.00 3.00 $230.00
  PSYC-1101 General Psychology 3.00 0.00 3.00 $15.00
  ACC-1101 Financial Accounting I 2.00 2.00 3.00 $99.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  EM-1134 Basic Life Support (CPR) / BFA 0.00 3.00 1.00 $110.00
    Totals 10.00 7.00 13.00 $494.00
Course Hours: 13.00 Lab Hours: 6.00 Cost: $640.00

Course Hours: 10.00 Lab Hours: 10.00 Cost: $547.00

Course Hours: 10.00 Lab Hours: 14.00 Cost: $930.00

Course Hours: 10.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $494.00

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A Career in Massage Therapy Will Deliver a Relaxing Future

Masseuse treating clients arm in massage chair in bright room.jpegLicensed 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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