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2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Massage Therapy Certificate (Owens Code: ZMST)

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Campus Offered:


Credits Required: 31


The State Medical Board of Ohio, located at 77 S. High Street, 17th floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6127, (614) 466-3934 approves the massage therapy program.

Certificate Information:

This certificate program is designed to prepare highly competent massage therapists for service delivery in a variety of health-related settings. This program provides students with the scope of the Massage Therapy profession with an understanding of the therapeutic principles that underlie the daily practice. Emphasis is placed on ethics, practice, various massage and mobilization techniques and the anatomy and physiology of the human body as it relates to the practice of massage therapy.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate ethical, legal, and safe behaviors as specified by the American Massage Therapy Association, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and the State Medical Board of Ohio.

  • Students will perform data collection techniques.

  • Students will distinguish safe, competent, intentional and systematic massage techniques.

  • Students will demonstrate professional interaction with clients.

  • Students will demonstrate appropriate, effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication with clients, their families, colleagues, health care providers, and the public.

  • Students will explain the practice of reading and interpreting professional literature.

  • Students will combine skills necessary to establish and operate a massage therapy practice or integrate into a multidisciplinary environment. 

Licensure Examination:

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Examination (MBLEx).  After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be required to apply to the State of Ohio for a License in Massage Therapy (LMT).

Transfer Information:

Graduates may pursue a bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University. Meet with an Advisor or the Department Chair for more information.  All of the courses may be applied to the Massage Therapy Technology  Associate degree program if the student desires to progress in the future to obtain the Associate of Applied Science degree specializing in Massage Therapy.

Student Advisement:

A misdemeanor or felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to obtain a limited practitioners license in massage therapy.

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Required Courses

Spring Semester

9 credits

Summer Semester

6 credits

Fall Semester

6 credits

Spring Semester

10 credits

Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Elective Information

 Contact your Advisor for Elective recommendations. Prerequisites and co-requisites may apply.

Petition for Certificate Completion

Students are eligible to become a candidate for a Certificate when the student has completed all necessary requirements. Students who are registering for their final semester of course work must submit a petition for certificate completion by accessing their Ozone account.

Visit the Owens website for petition deadline dates and fee information.  For more information regarding certificate completion refer to the Graduation Requirements Policy and Procedures.

Massage Therapy Certificate Information

Admission Requirements

  • All applicants must be 18 years of age and a complete file that includes, an application, high school/GED transcript, college transcript, any developmental courses completed and an Owens Community College cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The deadline for a complete file is June 13, September 14 and November 14. All students accepted must attend the mandatory orientation.

  • Following acceptance into the program, students must meet health requirements and obtain CPR - Health Care Provider certification by the American Heart Association prior to beginning MAS 210 . Contact the Department Chair or the Academic Advising Office for more information.

  • The program accepts 20 students per class twice a year.  Applicants who do not meet admission requirements or who have applied after the program selection is completed must request reevaluation for admission to the program after completion of the requirements.

  • All students must receive a grade of “B” or higher in each Massage Therapy course. Student who receives a “C” or lower in a Massage Therapy course may be readmitted only one time on a space available basis.

Non-Academic Readmission Policy

Students who leave the program for other than academic reasons (“C”, “D” or “F” in a Massage Therapy course) may request readmission and be readmitted provided there is course seat availability. The Department Chair must be notified in writing of the student’s intention to return to the program at least four months prior to the start of the semester.

Academic Readmission Policy

A student requesting readmission after dismissal for academic reasons (“C”, “D” or “F” in a Massage Therapy course) must complete the following before being considered:

  1. Contact an advisor who will assist in development of a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems.

  2. The following requirements must be included in the academic plan for readmission:

    1. Written notification to the Department Chair of the student’s intention to return to the program at least four months prior to the start of the semester.

    2. A 2.0 overall GPA.

    3. May be required to pass a lab proficiency examination to demonstrate previously acquired skills.

Professional Practice

Therapy students learn and practice skills in the on-campus Massage Therapy Clinic. On-going recruitment of clients for the clinic is necessary for each student to meet his/her program requirements. Students will be expected to recruit clients in addition to the client that seeks routine care in the clinic.

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