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Massage Therapy


Autumn Semester 2017 Information Sessions

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 12 PM or 5 PM
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12 PM or 5 PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12 PM or 5 PM
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 12 PM or 5 PM
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12 PM or 5 PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12 PM or 5 PM

All sessions will be held in Union Hall - Room 145

Please RSVP with date and time to Stan Williams at


In September 1997, the Massage Therapy Program (Certificate Program) began at Columbus State Community College. In August 1999, the Ohio Board of Regents approved an Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy. The first class of graduates from the Associates of Applied Science degree program consisted of four students in September 2000.

Successful completion of the Massage Therapy Program meets all requirements for graduates to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) for massage therapy given by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). A passing score on the MBLEx allows the graduate to apply for a license to practice massage therapy in Ohio via the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO). In Ohio, licensure from the SMBO is required for massage therapy employment.

Since January 2012 when Ohio adopted the MBLEx as its licensure exam, 98% of Columbus State Community College – Massage Therapy Program graduates that have taken the exam, have passed on their first attempt. The pass-rate currently for the State of Ohio is 82% and the national pass-rate is 72%.

The program prepares students for careers in the massage therapy field including health and fitness environments, salon and day spas, medical offices, private practices, and many other areas of opportunity. The Massage Therapy Program is part of Allied Health Professions under the direction of Dr. Connie Grossman in the Health & Human Services Division.

Program Contacts:

Rick Greely, MEd, LMT - Program Coordinator/Faculty Adviser 614-287-5693

Stan Williams, MA, LMT - Teaching Assistant/Intake Coordinator 614-287-5786

Vincent Cocozza, AAS - Office Associate, Allied Health Professions 614-287-2521

Massage Therapy Program Outcomes

massageUpon completion of the Certificate Program or the Associate of Technical Studies Degree in Massage Therapy/Entrepreneurship, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and be able to perform soft tissue manipulation techniques which may be appropriate for the use in the treatment of disorders of the human body.
  2. Effectively communicate the beneficial effects of massage to patients.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to assess and appropriately treat disorders of the human body, which may benefit from massage.
  4. Display an understanding and demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain appropriate patient and business records.
  5. Display an understanding of skills necessary to establish and operate a massage therapy practice, or integrate into a multi-disciplinary environment.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with other health care providers as to the advisability of massage.
  7. Display an understanding of and demonstrate the effective use of complementary therapeutic modalities in the treatment of ailments of the human body.
  8. Display an understanding of, and effectively educate patients in the proper care and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to provide therapeutic massage in accordance with the State Medical Board of Ohio scope of practice and the professional ethical standards as determined by the American Massage Therapy Association.

Job Placement

Columbus State Community College does not guarantee job placement for graduates.