Certification Program in Massage Therapy

Hocking College’s Massage Therapy certificate program is a two academic year part-time evening program. Though it is not a degree program, this comprehensive certificate course of study meets all of the requirements necessary for graduates to qualify for the Ohio State Medical Board Massage Therapy licensing examination. 

Upon completion of this well-rounded program, you will possess a solid foundation in the understanding of human anatomy and physiology, utilize functional assessments of the musculoskeletal system and perform a wide variety of massage therapy techniques.  You will be able to apply these skills for circulatory enhancement, pain management, stress reduction, general relaxation and to treat a broad array of musculoskeletal conditions.

At Hocking College, we believe that our massage therapy program offers one of the best comprehensive clinically-oriented programs in Ohio. The Massage Therapy Certificate program is designed to prepare students to successfully enter this exciting profession with much more than entry-level skills. The program includes Neuromuscular Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy and in-depth training in functional assessment. Because Hocking is a state college, we can offer a top-quality massage therapy education for a fraction of the cost of most 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. For more information on this option, please look under Health & Nursing, on the program page.   

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.

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Certificate in Massage Therapy:

  • Assesses and performs appropriate massage therapy treatments;
  • Develops client relationships;
  • Maintains a safe environment;
  • Demonstrates professionalism and maintains professional ethical behaviors;
  • Documents patient care;
  • Interacts with other health care providers and the community; and,
  • Practice life-long learning in profession.


Occupational Certificate in Massage Therapy Certificate

Course of Study

For students entering May 2016

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
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
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
MT-2150Massage Therapy Business and Law2.000.002.00$25.00
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


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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