An Ohio massage school has joined forces  with a local community college to offer a massage therapy degree.

Healing Arts Institute of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Northwest State Community College announced the Associate Degree of Technical Studies in Massage Therapy degree program on Dec. 22.  

“Many of our students have the desire to go out and start their own business after graduation,” said Deb Keller, the institute’s director of education. “With this partnership they will have the best of both worlds. Healing Arts Institute will teach them the trade that will make their business successful, and Northwest State will teach them how to build and maintain that business.”

Upon receiving a diploma from HAI and becoming licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio, students will be able to transfer 21 credit hours toward an Associate of Technical Studies degree in Massage Therapy at Northwest State. This degree will allow students the opportunity to develop a tailor-made program of instruction that best fits their interests and needs.

Because students of both HAI and Northwest State live all across the Northwest Ohio area, the College will be offering associate degree classes via synchronous learning on the campus of HAI, online and at satellite locations in Bryan, Defiance, Metamora and Paulding. Classes will also be offered at the main campus in Archbold, Ohio.

“This is a great opportunity for students looking to enter into the field of Massage Therapy,” said Dr. Thomas Stuckey, president of Northwest State Community College. “We are doing everything we can to make this education more accessible to them.”