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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Massage Therapy?
What does a Massage Therapist do?
What does Massage Therapy training involve?
Do I have to be licensed to practice massage therapy in Ohio?
Will Tri-C’s Massage Therapy program prepare me to sit for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) MBLEx massage exam and apply for a massage license with the State Medical Board of Ohio?
What if I want to practice massage therapy outside of Ohio?
Are Tri-C credits transferable?
What courses are included in the Massage Therapy Program?
What’s the difference between the Certificate of Proficiency,  Associate of Applied Science Degree, Post-Degree Professional Certificate, and Advanced Massage Therapy Short-Term Certificate?
What are the eligibility requirements for International students?
What is the difference between Tri-C’s Massage Therapy Program and the other massage schools in the area?
How long is the program? Can I complete the coursework on a part-time basis?
Is the program offered in the evenings or weekends?
How many students are accepted into the program? Is there a waiting list?
How can I get accepted into the program?
What are the prerequisite (core) courses?
When should I submit my application?
What does the program cost?
Is financial aid available?

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What is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to produce therapeutic effects such as stress relief, pain relief, relaxation, improved blood circulation preventive wellness. The use of oils, lotions, powders, or other lubricants may also be included.

What does a massage therapist do?

A massage therapist uses techniques such as stroking, kneading, tapping and rocking to produce therapeutic effects on the body systems. A professional massage therapist works closely with physicians and patients to promote health and wellness.

What does Massage Therapy training involve?

To be recognized as a professional massage therapist, you must have knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology in addition to knowledge of massage therapy methods.

Do I have to be licensed to practice massage therapy in Ohio?

Yes. Ohio is the only state in which massage therapy is considered a limited branch of medicine. The State Medical Board of Ohio licenses massage therapists and regulates massage therapy schools and practitioners through its standing committee on the Limited Branches and Alternative Medicine with the assistance of the Massage Therapy Advisory Committee.

Will Tri-C’s Massage Therapy program prepare me to sit for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) MBLEx massage exam and apply for a massage license with the State Medical Board of Ohio?

Yes. Tri-C’s Massage Therapy Program is approved by the Ohio medical board. After graduating from the program and passing the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) massage exam, students are eligible to apply for an Ohio medical board massage license.

Note:  After graduation and when applying for licensure, 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 (http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4731-4) for factors the medical board may consider when reviewing the results of a criminal record check.

IMPORTANT:  Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may be cause to deny or limit licensure or employment opportunities in specific careers and occupations such as massage therapy and may limit the student's ability to obtain federal, state or other financial aid. Students are encouraged to investigate these possibilities before applying to the Massage Therapy Program. 

Note:  All Massage Therapy students are required to complete 2 background checks. 

  • Before admittance to the program.  Click here for more information on Tri-C Health Careers background check.  Important:  In some instances a citation may preclude a student from being accepted into a health careers program which includes the Massage Therapy Program.
  • After graduating from the program: The medical board requires a background check for all individuals applying for the licensure exam (see above statement).

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What if I want to practice massage therapy outside of Ohio?

Upon graduation and after meeting national eligibility requirements, you will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork examination. There is no guarantee that you will be eligible to sit for and/or pass the national licensure exam. Many states also accept the MBLEx exam. 

Are Tri-C credits transferable?

Yes. Depending on the program, Tri-C college credits may be transferable to other colleges and universities such as Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Ursuline College, etc. If a Bachelor degree is also your educational goal, Tri-C has articulation agreements with Cleveland State University for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Baldwin Wallace for the Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management with a minor in Business Administration and Youngstown State University for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Degree.  These partnerships with 4-year colleges and universities allow Massage Therapy students to seamlessly continue their education from an Associate's to a Bachelor's degree with significant cost savings.

What courses are included in the Massage Therapy Program?

Specific course descriptions are printed in Cuyahoga Community College’s catalog.

 

What’s the difference between the Certificate of Proficiency, Associate of Applied Science Degree,  Post-Degree Professional Certificate and Advanced Massage Therapy Short-Term Certificate?

The Certificate of Proficiency in Massage Therapy provides students with an abbreviated career path leading to State Medical Board of Ohio licensure in Massage Therapy. All classes are completely transferrable to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy resulting in a seamless transition to the AAS degree.

The Post-Degree Professional Certificate is for students who already have an associate, bachelor or higher degree and want to become licensed massage therapists.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is a 4-semester college degree program. All Certificate of Proficiency and Advanced Massage Therapy Short-Term Certificate courses are completely transferrable to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy

The Advanced Massage Therapy Short-Term Certificate enables students to progress in their careers and improve earning potential by moving to the next level. The short-term certificate will offer graduates of the Certificate of Proficiency and Post-Degree Professional Certificate advanced bodywork training, preparing them for positions in specialized areas.  The courses are completely transferable to the AAS degree. Students graduating with an AAS degree in Massage Therapy will also receive the Advanced Massage Therapy Short-Term Certificate.  

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What are the eligibility requirements for International students?

If you live in another country or have a foreign school transcript, click here for specific college admission guidelines.

What is the difference between Tri-C’s Massage Therapy Program and the other massage schools in the area?

Besides lower cost, at Tri-C you will receive an actual college degree. The courses you take at Tri-C may be transferable (depending on program selection) to other colleges and universities such as Kent State University, Cleveland State University, Ursuline College etc. We also have articulation agreements with several colleges and universities that allow Massage Therapy students to seamlessly continue their education from an Associate's to a Bachelor's degree with significant cost savings.

Most other massage therapy schools in Ohio do not offer college credits or college degrees. Courses and degrees completed at non-credit institutions cannot be transferred to other colleges and universities (including Tri-C).

How long is the program? Can I complete the coursework on a part-time basis?

The associate degree is a 16 month, 4-semester program. The Post-Degree Certificate and Certificate of Proficiency are one-year programs (3 semesters). Those applying for any of the Massage Therapy programs must meet eligibility requirements.

Part-time options are available. If you wish to enroll part-time, you must meet with the program manager for an approved part-time schedule. Part-time students will need more than four semesters to complete the associate’s degree and more than three semesters to complete one of the certificate programs. Part-time students must complete the program within three years after being accepted into the program.

Is the program offered in the evenings or weekends?

Yes. Courses are offered during the day and the evening/weekend. 

How many students are accepted into the program? Is there a waiting list?

Once per year, 50 students (25 in the day program and 25 in the evening/weekend program) are admitted to the program on a ”first-come, first-served” basis.

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How can I get accepted into the program?

Step 1:  You must apply for admittance and be accepted to Cuyahoga Community College.  More information on Tri-C Admissions can be found here.  Important:  Admittance to Tri-C does not admit a student to restricted programs like the Massage Therapy Program.

Step 2:  You must meet the Admissions Requirements for the Massage Therapy Program: Click here for Certificate of Proficiency Admissions Requirements
Click here for Post-Degree Professional Certificate Requirements
Click here for Associate of Applied Science Degree Requirements

Step 3:  After meeting all of the Tri-C, Massage Therapy Program, and Ohio medical board requirements, students are then accepted to the program on a "first come, first-served" basis once a year.

What are the prerequisite (core) courses?

 

Eligibility for ENG-1010 or completion of ENG-0990 with a letter grade of "C" or better
Eligibility for MATH-1060 or completion of MATH-0950 with a letter grade of "C" or better

Important:  Prerequisites are only required for the Certificate of Proficiency and Associate of Applied Science Degree.

 When should I submit my application? 

Applications are accepted throughout the entire year; however, the Massage Therapy Program only begins each Fall Semester.

Important:  We must start an application file for you as soon as possible, so you can begin submitting the paperwork and documents required by the State Medical Board of Ohio. You do not have to submit the paperwork at one time.  Submit your forms and documents as you complete them.

 

 

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What does the program cost

At the current rate of $97.88 per credit hour (in-county and not including lab and other fees), the Certificate of Proficiency will cost approximately $3,400, the associate degree program, including general education courses, is about $6,100 (not including lab and other fees) and the post-degree certificate program is approximately $3,100 (not including lab and other fees).

For the latest information on tuition costs click here.

Is financial aid available?

Financial assistance opportunities are available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment. Veterans may qualify for VA assistance. More information on financial aid can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid Offices (see below) or click here.

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How to reach us


Mary Segretario
Program Manager 
216-987-2426 
mary.segretario@tri-c.edu 
Eastern Campus Health Careers and Technology Building



Request a Massage Therapy Program Application Packet of Information at 216-987-2418 or email amy.morley@tri-c.edu.

 


Do you want to receive a massage in the Student Clinic? Call 216-987-2417.  Click here for more information on the Massage Therapy Student Clinic.  

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