The 16-month Associate of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy provides students with the competencies that enable them to learn not only the basic massage therapy skills but also the advanced techniques in a clinical setting. Students complete over 1,000 massage therapy instruction hours. Students can sit for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board's Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) before completing the degree by receiving a Certificate of Proficiency in Massage Therapy. All applicants for State Medical Board of Ohio massage licensure are required to pass the MBLEx exam. Students who are awarded the associate degree will also receive the Short-Term Certificate in Advanced Massage Therapy.
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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.
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Program Admission Requirements
Application must be submitted to the Massage Therapy Program Office at the Eastern Campus.
- High School Diploma/GED.
- Completion of ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II, with a “C” or higher, or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
- Non-native English speaking applicants with a foreign country high school diploma: Completion of ESL-1310 English as a Second Language: Grammar for Communication III, and ESL-1321 English as a Second Language: Reading and Writing III, and ESL-1331 English as a Second Language: Speaking and Listening III before acceptance to the Massage Therapy Program.
- Completion of MATH-0910 Basic Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra with a “C” or higher, or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.
- GPA. If courses already taken at Tri-C or other college/university, overall minimum of 2.5 GPA. (High school GPA is used for students without a college/university GPA.) Students with an overall GPA lower than 2.5, but no lower than 2.0, can be accepted as “Conditional Status” students. Contact the Program Manager for more information regarding "Conditional Acceptance" and "Conditional Status."
- 25 in the day program and 25 in the evening/weekend program (a combined total of 50 each year which includes students in the Certificate and Degree programs).
- Students must submit evidence of good health and required immunizations before acceptance to the program. Student will not be accepted or dropped from the program if significant limiting health conditions are present to prevent student from performing the essential functions of a Massage Therapy student and/or constitute a hazard to health and safety of patients or classmates.
- Once accepted, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA throughout program. Students with an Overall and/or MT course GPA below 2.5 but no lower than 2.0 will be placed on Conditional Status. Students who drop below 2.0 GPA are dismissed from the program.
- Students will be placed on Conditional Status if a "U," Unsatisfactory, is received for any of the Massage Therapy courses during Academic Progress Reporting in the first semester.
- Accepted applicants are required to attend group orientation sessions held prior to the start of fall semester and early in the fall semester.
- All science and math courses must have been completed within seven years at the time of admission to the program.
- Pass/No Pass (P/NP) and Audit (A) grading options for English and Math or any other courses in the Massage Therapy Program Sequence not accepted.
- Students must meet all college, program and medical board admissions requirements before acceptance to the program. This includes timely and correct completion of all required paperwork. Students are then accepted on a "first-come, first-served" basis, once per year.
- Ohio medical board accepts the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board’s Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) for licensure. Applicants for Ohio massage licensure are required to sit for and pass the MBLEx and then apply to the Ohio medical board for licensure. Students must complete all courses in the Certificate of Proficiency or Post-Degree Professional Certificate sequence with a letter grade of "C" or better and meet all other college, program, and Ohio medical board requirements.
- All massage courses in the sequence can only be repeated once to improve a grade.
- Tri-C Health Careers criminal background check required before acceptance to the Massage Therapy Program.
- Important: Arrests, charges or convictions of criminal offenses may be cause to deny or limit licensure or employment opportunities and may limit the student’s ability to obtain federal, state, and other financial aid. Students are encouraged to investigate these possibilities before applying to the Massage Therapy Program. In addition to the criminal background check required before acceptance to the program, the State Medical Board of Ohio requires that all applicants for massage licensure must submit BCII and FBI fingerprints and a criminal background check as part of the massage licensure application process. Please see Rule 4731-4-02(D) of the Ohio Administrative Code for factors the medical board may consider when reviewing the results of a criminal record check.
Program Learning Outcomes
This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- Use observation, verbal and other assessment tools to plan and perform a general relaxation massage.
- Show proficiency in anatomy and physiology studies, massage theory and techniques to be eligible to sit for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) MBLEx examination required for licensure as a Massage Therapist by the Ohio State Medical Board.
- Apply the knowledge of anatomy to the study of cells, tissues, and different systems of the body.
- Apply the detailed knowledge of anatomy as it relates to the study of muscles, joints, and ligaments.
- Use the knowledge of physiological principles as it relates to the different systems of the body and massage therapy.
- Apply the knowledge of pathological conditions as they indicate or contraindicate the applications of massage therapy.
- Apply the principles of pharmacology as it relates to the indications and contraindications to massage therapy.
- Develop a business plan that will address principles of small business management, entrepreneurship and marketing for a private practice.
- Demonstrate work ethic, hygiene, office management, customer service, time management and team work skills needed in a clinic setting.
- Communicate verbally and in writing, including SOAP charting, to clients, colleagues and other health care professionals.
- Conduct yourself professionally, ethically and legally, especially regarding sexual and substance abuse issues, according to the State Medical Board of Ohio and American Massage Therapy Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice including identifying and referring patients to an appropriate licensed healthcare professional as needed.
- Apply emergency, safety and sanitation protocols according to OSHA and CDC regulatory standards for a clinic and hospital setting.
- Use physical observation, verbal investigation and advanced assessment techniques to create and perform advanced treatment plan for disorders to the human body.
- Educate the patient, within the scope of practice as defined by the State Medical Board of Ohio, on the principles of treatment used for specific disorders, proper body mechanics as well as suggest appropriate modalities.
Suggested Semester Sequence
|First Semester||Credit Hours|
|MA-1010||Introduction to Medical Terminology||2|
|MT-1242||Somatic Studies I||3|
|MT-1302||Massage Therapy I||2|
|MT-1312||Applied Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy||3|
|MT-2301||Pathology for Massage Therapists||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|College Composition I|
|Honors College Composition I|
|MT-1272||Somatic Studies II||3|
|MT-1321||Functional Assessment in Massage Therapy||2|
|MT-1331||Massage Therapy II||3|
|MT-2350||Massage Therapy Clinic I||3|
|SPCH-1000||Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Honors General Psychology|
|MT-1280||Somatic Studies III||2|
|MT-2360||Massage Therapy Clinic II||3|
|MT-2701||Comprehensive Somatic Studies for Massage Therapists||1|
|MT-2991||Comprehensive Massage Therapy||1|
|BADM-1300||Small Business Management||4|
|MT-2311||Advanced Massage Therapy||3|
|MT-2380||Advanced Massage Therapy Clinic||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Life Span Development|
|Honors Life Span Development|
|Total Credit Hours||63|