Associate of Applied Science
Credits Required: 68-69
State Medical Board of Ohio, located at 77 S. High Street, 17th floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6127, (614) 466-3934.
This program is designed to prepare highly competent Massage Therapists for service delivery in rehabilitation and pain management centers, as well as hospitals, palliative care and hospice centers. Students will be qualified to work in geriatric massage and nursing homes, chiropractic offices, health and wellness centers and corporate-industrial wellness programs, among other health-related locations. Graduates will also have the opportunity to develop basic business skills to start their own small business. Massage Therapist can assist people of all ages to achieve and maintain health and well-being.
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 demonstrate 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.
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).
Graduates may pursue a bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University. Meet with an Advisor or the Department Chair for more information.
A misdemeanor or felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to obtain a limited practitioners license in massage therapy.
Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Elective Information
Contact your Advisor for Elective recommendations. Prerequisites and co-requisites may apply.
1 Select Math Elective course choice from: MTH 108 or higher
Massage Therapy Program Information
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. Applicants who do not meet admission requirements or who have applied after the program selection is completed are encouraged to complete a year of developmental and general education coursework as specified by the program. Students must request re-evaluation 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. Students who receive 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:
Contact an Advisor who will assist in development of a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems.
The following requirements must be included in the academic plan for readmission:
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.
A 2.0 overall GPA.
May be required to pass a lab proficiency examination to demonstrate previously acquired skills.
Massage 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.