Massage Therapy

About the Massage Therapy Program:

If you are ready to begin a fulfilling career helping others on their wellness journey, then this one- of –a –kind, Ohio Medical Board-approved Massage Therapy Diploma program is for you! At OIAH, holistic health concepts are integrated into all coursework while preparing the student to take the Ohio State Board of Massage Therapy examination.

Our program is specially designed for people who want to focus on the clinical and rehabilitative approaches to massage therapy with a holistic understanding of healing. The OIAH massage therapy program has a strong foundation in traditional anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, and medical terminology.

OIAHs’ unique perspective integrates aromatherapy into massage therapy, and also teaches students the appropriate use of healing imagery to integrate into their practice. Additional topics covered include business training and starting your own practice.

Upon completion, the OIAH graduate is qualified to take the Ohio State Board Massage Therapy examination to become a Massage Therapist. Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT’s) work in medical settings or in private practice, they work in sports massage, in spas, on cruise ships – the possibilities are endless! Given the special holistic perspective OIAH provides its students, graduates will be able to integrate aromatherapy and healing imagery into their massage work, making it a complete body, mind and spirit healing experience for the client.

Massage Therapy Diploma Coursework

CoursePrerequisiteCredit HoursClass/Lab/Clinical HoursCost
ALH 102:
Medical Terminology
Admission to Program1.515 Class$262.50
ALH 104:
Ethics for Massage Therapy
Admission to Program110 Class$175
ARO 100:
Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists
Admission to Program15 Class/10 Lab$175
BIO 200:
Anatomy & Physiology: Intro to the Body
Admission to Program430 Class/20 Lab$700
MAS 100:
Massage Theory Fundamentals
Admission to Program1.510 Theory/10 Lab$262.50
MAS 110:
Massage Theory I
MAS 100430 Class/20 Lab$700
CoursePrerequisiteCredit HoursClass/Lab/Clinical HoursCost
ALH 103:
Business and Ehtics
MAS 400325 Class/10 Lab$525
BIO 210:
Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 2003.530 Class/10 Lab$612.50
BIO 250:
Pathophysiology
ALH 102325 Class/10 Lab$525
MAS 200:
Massage Theory II
MAS 110 & BIO 2001.510 Class/10 Lab$262.50
MAS 210:
Art of Massage Therapy I
MAS 200215 Class/10 Lab$350
NDI 101:
Non Directive Imagery for Massage Therapists
None15 Class/10 Lab$175
CoursePrerequisiteCredit HoursClass/Lab/Clinical HoursCost
BIO 260:
Pathophysiology II
BIO 2504.535 Class/20 Lab$787.50
BIO 300:
Anatomy & Physiology: Advanced
BIO 2604.535 Class/20 Lab$787.50
MAS 250:
Art of Massage Therapy II
MAS 210330 Class$525
MAS 300:
Massage Theories & Thechniques
MAS 250420 Class/60 Clinical$700
CoursePrerequisiteCredit HoursClass/Lab/Clinical HoursCost
BIO 350:
Pathophysiology III
BIO 300540 Class/20 Lab$875
BIO 360:
Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology IV
BIO 350540 Class/20 Lab$875
MAS 400:
Advanced Massage Therapy
MAS 300210 Class/30 Clinical$350
MAS 450:
Advanced Massage Therapy II
MAS 400320 Class/30 Clinical$525
 Total Credit Hours & TuitionClass/Lab/Clinical HoursCost
Total Program Cost$11,400
58440 Class/200 Lab/120 Clinical Hours$10,150
Estimated Cost of Textbooks, Skills Lab Materials, Uniforms (3), Liability Insurance$1,250

Massage Therapy Program – FAQs

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is a health care technique that involves muscle layer manipulation in order to relieve stress and pain.

How does a person become a licensed massage therapist?

Graduate from an approved program and then in Ohio, pass the MBLEX licensing exam.

What is the job outlook for opportunities in the massage field?

The job outlook has expanded greatly in the past several years with the rising trends in alternative health care. There are opportunities in spas, chiropractor’s offices, clinics & more. Many therapists also choose to open their own business after they have obtained their license.

MT Course Curriculum

1st Quarter

ALH 102 Basic Medical Terminology – 15 class hours/1.5 credit hours

  • Course Description: The student will be introduced to basic prefixes, roots and suffixes, as well as disease terminology including anatomic, diagnostic, symptomatic, eponymic terms and standard abbreviations of the basic body systems.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Define and evaluate data content and structure 2) Define prefixes and suffixes in relation to medical terminology 3) Interpret medical terms for patients 4) Record health status of patient using medical terminology and abbreviations accepted by the medical profession
  • Prerequisite: None

ALH 104 Ethics for Massage Therapy – 10 class hours/1 credit hour

  • Course Description: In this course, students study the ethical issues involved in massage. Discussion emphasizes the guidelines for safe and ethical conduct and the importance of understanding and respecting professional boundaries in a massage therapy practice. Students also learn how to sensitively respond to clients with a history of physical and emotional abuse, appropriately decline and dismiss clients, reduce lawsuit liability and benefits of hands-on therapies for trauma and abuse survivors.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain the Code of Ethics for Massage Therapists 2) Describe the issues involved with transference and counter-transference 3) Identify boundary issues as well as establishing, maintaining, and changing boundaries 4) Demonstrate effective communication skills for establishing and maintaining boundaries 5) Explain dual relationships 6) Explain how to create safe, desexualized touch therapy 7) Demonstrate how to decline and dismiss clients 8) Describe how to reduce lawsuit liability 9) Explain benefits of hands-on therapy for trauma and abuse survivors
  • Prerequisite: None

ARO 100 Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists – 5 class hours/10 lab hours/1 credit hours

  • Course Description: The students will learn about the history of aromatherapy. They will learn the indications and contraindications for the specific carrier oils as well as the specific essential oils. Each student will be given the opportunity to mix essential oils for specific problems.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain history of aromatherapy 2) Describe aromatherapy, application and application methods 3) List indications and contraindications of specific carrier and essential oils 4) Understand application of oils in massage therapy
  • Prerequisite: None

BIO 200 Anatomy & Physiology: Intro to the Body – 30 class hours/20 lab hours/4 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course explains how the human body is organized at different levels. The students study various regions and parts of the body; the importance of the chemicals that make it up; and how cells, tissues, and organs form the systems that keep humans alive and healthy.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Identify various regions and parts of the body 2) Define the importance of the chemicals that make up the body 3) Explain how cells, tissues and organs form the systems that keep humans alive and healthy
  • Prerequisite: Admission To Program

MAS 100 Massage Theory Fundamentals – 10 class hours/10 lab hours/1.5 credit hours

  • Course Description: In this course students study the use of massage from ancient to modern times learning about the individuals known for developing certain techniques, basic differences in massage systems, and natural and instinctive remedy for some illnesses and injuries. Students will learn and practice the major massage movements (effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration and tapotement), passive and active joint movements and rhythm and pressure as applied to therapeutic body massage.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Describe why massage is a natural and instinctive remedy for some illnesses and injuries 2) Explain the use of massage from ancient to modern times as an aid to physiological and psychological well being 3) Describe the basic differences in massage systems 4) Explain why it is important for legitimate practitioners to know massage history 5) Describe the six major categories of massage movements 6) Explain Swedish (classic) massage techniques (7) Demonstrate mastery of basic massage movements (8) Demonstrate passive and active joint movements (9) Explain and demonstrate rhythm and pressure as applied to therapeutic body massage (10) Understand the historical significance of massage
  • Prerequisite: Admission To Program

MAS 110 Massage Theory I – 30 class hours/20 lab hours/4 credit hours

  • Course Description: In this course the student will master hand exercises specifically for the benefit of the massage practitioner to assist with a lifelong career with little or no injuries. We will also go through the steps in preparing a client for a massage session as well as learn the proper procedures for a basic body massage using proper draping techniques.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Define the primary terminology for techniques 2) Perform the primary techniques for massage 3) Demonstrate understanding for indications and contraindications for techniques 4) Demonstrate understanding of how to approach clients and assess needs of client 5) Perform good body mechanics 6) Demonstrate understanding of appropriate professional clinical behavior 7) Perform appropriate draping 8) Take a medical history 9) Understand and apply professional ethics 10) Perform therapeutic applications of massage 11) Discuss importance of energy 12) Describe scope of practice 13) Discuss the importance of licensure
  • Prerequisite: MAS 100

2nd Quarter

ALH 103 Business & Ethics – 25 class hours/10 lab hours /3 credit hours

  • Course Description: In this course the student will make a life plan which will include both personal and business goals. The student will begin to set up their business, choosing a business name, location, as well as considering the office design and equipment need, permits, licensing or zoning that may be required.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain specifics of starting a business 2) Describe legal and ethical parameters of scope of practice 3) Create marketing materials 4) Develop business plan
  • Prerequisite: Completion of all coursework for respective program modality

BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology II – 30 class hours/10 lab hours/3.5 credit hours

  • Course Description:This course is a requirement for the massage therapy program and discusses the various ways in which the body is supported and the different movements it can perform.
  • Learning Outcomes: Explain how both support and movement are made possible by the cooperative effort of bones, joins, and muscles
  • Prerequisite: BIO 200

BIO 250 Pathophysiology – 25 class hours/10 lab hours/3 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course is a requirement for the massage therapy program and is designed to examine the types of diseases and the agents of disease.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain various types of disease 2) List the agents of disease,
    3) List methods of infection control, 4) List universal precautions 5) Identify muscular pathologies
    6) Learn characteristics of muscle tissue and the muscular system including muscle origins, insertions, actions, and nerve innervations
  • Prerequisite: ALH 102

MAS 200 Massage Theory II – 10 class hours/10 lab hours/1.5 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course is designed for students to learn the major contraindications and indications for massage, the use of massage by other healthcare professionals, and how massage aids in healing and convalescence. The students will also learn and have hands on practice in more detailed modalities.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate safe, ethical, legal and competent clinical interventions related to their assessments 2) Discuss and demonstrate Indirect Muscle Energy techniques 3) Chart a medical history and client progress notes using SOAP notes 4) Verbalize understanding of therapeutic relationships 5) Identify musculoskeletal disorders mediated by massage therapy 6) Demonstrate the safe and competent use of Myo-neural therapy for cervical muscle pain and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (as defined by Ohio Scope of Practice for Medical Massage Therapists) 7) Identify and demonstrate appropriate use of three different pain assessment scales 8) Demonstrate Swedish massage techniques and clinical application 9) Demonstrate the safe and competent use of Craniosacral therapy as a soft tissue modality
  • Prerequisite: MAS 110 & BIO 200

MAS 210 Art of Massage Therapy I – 15 class hours/10 lab hours/2 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course discusses the use of heat and cold in body treatments, the different types of apparatus that may or may not be used by the massage practitioner, as well as an understanding and use of massage in sports/athletic arena. Students perform a variety of methods using cryotherapy and heat therapy.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain the use of heat and cold in body treatments 2) Describe types of apparatus that may be approved and may not be approved for use by the massage practitioner 3) Describe at least five ways of applying heat to the body 4) Define athletic/sport massage 5) Explain the purposes of athletic massage 6) Explain the causes of muscle fatigue 7) Explain contraindications for athletic massage 8) Explain the historical significance massage has played in medicine 9) Differentiate among alternative, complementary, and integrative medicine 10) Describe the role of the patient in integrative medicine 11) Explain how massage may fit into a hospital setting
  • Prerequisite: MAS 200

NDI 101 Non Directive Imagery for Massage Therapist – 5 class hours/10 lab hours/1 credit hour

  • Course Description: This course is designed to permit the student to develop a relationship with their inner guide while applying the imagery techniques for dealing with relaxation and other issues for both the student and their clients.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) List indications and contraindications for the NDI process 2) Define qualities and role of Guide 3) Develop Relationship with Inner Guide 4) Develop Imagery techniques for Safety 5) Apply techniques for relaxation 6) Develop Imagery Techniques for dealing with abreaction 7) Perform Non-Directive process
  • Prerequisite: None

3rd Quarter

BIO 260 Pathophysiology II – 35 class hours/20 lab hours/4.5 credit hours

  • Course Description: The students study the significance of the nerve impulse in making rapid adjustments for maintaining homeostasis. Students will also study neurological pathologies.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain nerve impulses in relationship to homeostasis 2) Explain how the nervous system detects changes in the environment, selects a course of action and responds to the changes 3) Identify and understand major pathologies of the brain, spinal cord and related branches
  • Prerequisite: BIO 250

BIO 300 Anatomy & Physiology: Advanced – 35 class hours/20 lab hours/4.5 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course teaches students the role of hormones in maintaining long term homeostasis as well as other ways the body maintains homeostasis on a day-to-day basis. Two systems, the cardiovascular system including the blood, heart and blood vessels and lymphatic system are described in their use by the body to maintain homeostasis.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain the role of hormones in homeostasis, 2) Explain the structure functions of the cardiovascular system and its role in homeostasis 3) Explain the structure and functions of the lymphatic system and its role in homeostasis.
  • Prerequisite: BIO 260

MAS 250 The Art of Massage Therapy II – 30 class hours/3 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course is designed to broaden student’s knowledge of special massage techniques. The students study and practice a few techniques for prenatal massage, lymphatic massage, trigger point release, pressure point release, acupressure and reflexology.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain the benefits of prenatal massage 2) Describe the basic functions of the lymphatic system 3) Describe how to treat trigger points 4) Explain the basic philosophy of acupressure and acupuncture 5) Describe shiatsu as related to pressure points of the body 6) Define reflexology
  • Prerequisite: MAS 210

MAS 300 Massage Theories & Techniques – 20 class hours/60 clinical hours/4 credit hours

  • Course Description: In this course the students study pharmacology by common drug groupings, vitamins and minerals, and the use and side effects of herbs and supplements.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Explain the definition of pharmacology 2) Describe how drugs are named and classified 3) Describe how to look up a drug 4) Explain some common drug groupings and the groups relevance for a massage therapist 5) Describe the effects of vitamins and minerals on the body 6) Describe the possible uses and side effects of herbs and supplements
  • Prerequisite: MAS 250

4th Quarter

BIO 350 Pathophysiology III – 40 class hours/20 lab hours/5 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course gives the students an understanding of the respiratory system, digestive system including metabolism, and the urinary and reproductive systems. Discussion concerning nonspecific resistance to disease, immunity, fluid and electrolyte balance, and acid-base homeostasis is also included.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) List the functions of the respiratory system 2) List the functions of the digestive system and effects on metabolism 3) List the functions of the urinary system 4) Understand the major pathologies of the respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems
  • Prerequisite: BIO 300

BIO 360 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology IV – 40 class hours/20 lab hours/5 credit hours

  • Course Description: This course is a comprehensive review for massage therapy students of all the material presented in the previous anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology coursework. This class is designed to narrow the student’s focus and help them prepare for the State Medical Board massage therapy exam.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of anatomy concepts 2) Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of physiology concepts 3) Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of pathophysiology concepts
  • Prerequisite: BIO 350

MAS 400 Advanced Massage Therapy – 10 class hours/30 clinical hours/2 credit hours

  • Course Description: In this course discusses the use of hydrotherapy as a therapeutic aid as well as the effects of different water temperatures on the body. We will also explore the specific releases for muscles of the head, face, neck, arm, hand, vertebral column, low back, abdomen and pelvis.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate understanding of all massage therapy techniques 2) Demonstrate knowledge of Swedish massage and practice 3) Perform universal precautions 4) Compare and contrast Swedish massage theory and techniques with Eastern massage theories and techniques 5) Identify three possible continuing education courses for professional development 6) Perform massage therapy interventions under the supervision of a licensed massage therapist
  • Prerequisite: MAS 300

MAS 450 Advanced Massage Therapy II – 20 class hours/30 clinical hours/3 credit hours

  • Course Description: In this course the student learns releases for the muscles of the thigh. There will also be an extensive review of the entire massage program and will have a mock state board exam. The students will perform their skills in an off-site nursing home clinical experience.
  • Learning Outcomes: 1) Students work in nursing home setting for three days 2) Perform massage on nursing home residents 3) Take accurate medical histories and write SOAP notes for each resident seen 4) Represent OIAH in a professional a courteous manner 5) Demonstrate knowledge of State Board Materials 6) Demonstrate knowledge of review materials 7) Perform all aspects of operations of massage clinic
  • Prerequisite: MAS 400

Admissions and Enrollment

Each program has its own set of Admissions requirements in order to enroll. Please view the following document to see the Admissions Policy for the Massage Therapy Program. All applicants for programs must be 18 years or older and a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate.

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Disqualifying Offenses for Enrollment

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