Oakland Community College 


Associate in Applied Science (MST.APP)

   The Massage Therapy program, leading to an associate in applied science degree, is designed to prepare students to work in the field of soft tissue manipulation and is taught from a clinical perspective.  Courses, consisting of both theory and clinical experience, focus on the rehabilitative and holistic aspects of the profession. The associate degree consists of the successful completion of all 65 credit hours including the major and required supportive courses as well as the general education requirements. Students may attend either full-time day or part-time evening classes.
   The State of Michigan now requires all massage therapists to obtain licensure. The National Certification Exam (NCETM) and the MBLEX exams will be used to credential Michigan massage therapists. Oakland Community College’s Massage Therapy Program well prepares its graduates for either exam.
   Massage therapists may be employed in a number of settings such as private practice, spas or salons or a variety of health care facilities. Successful completion of the certificate or the associate degree readies the individual for employment in any massage related field.

Program Admission Procedures

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Massage Therapy program. Enrollment into the MST courses is possible only after the student has applied and has been admitted to the program.  To enter the program, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete the application to the Massage Therapy Program with a Highland Lakes counselor
  • High school diploma or GED (State of Michigan licensing requirement)
  • Completion of BIO 2630 and BIO 2640, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    BIO 1600, Human Structure and Function with a "C" (2.0) or better grade in each.
  • Designation of (MST) Massage Therapy as a curriculum of study
  • Designation of Highland Lakes as home campus
  • A "C" (2.0) or better grade is required in all program, major requirements, required supportive and general education requirements
Major Requirements Credits
MST 1000 Introduction to Massage Therapy 3
MST 1250 Mechanics of massage Therapy and the Human Body 3
MST 1300 Alternative Approaches to Massage Therapy 2
MST 1350 Intermediate Application to Massage Therapy 4
MST 2000 Massage Therapy and Special Populations 4
MST 2250 Advanced Techniques 4
MST 2300 Clinical Lab 1
MST 2351 Externship I 1
MST 2352 Externship II 1
MST 2353 Externship III 2
Required Supportive Courses
BIO 1600 Human Structure and Function 3
BIO 2630 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
  BIO 2640 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BUS 1210 Starting & Operating a Small Business 3
ENG 15101 Composition I 3
EXL 2032 Kinesiology 4
EXL 2050 Diet and Exercise 3
HEA 1510 Nutrition 3
MED 1103 Medical Terminology 3
MST 1450 Bio Behavioral Management 2
PSY 2510 Introduction to Psychology 3
See degree requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree.
General Education Requirement
See General Education Distribution Requirements
1   ENG 2200 may be substituted.
●   Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.