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Oh, Wendy....I feel for ya. I've been there. I moved to Ohio from New York state. I was licensed in NY (which requires 1000 hours - OH only requires 750). BUT, the program I took was only 6 months. OH has a requirement of sitting in class for 9 months. so, in order for me to sit for the boards here I had to sit in review classes for 3 months. It was actually a blessing because I found out what they expect and study for on the boards. In NY they don't teach a lot from Kellogg....unfortunately, while I was taking classes i was not massaging. i didn't practice for over 6 months. but it was worth it.
Anyway, I am licensed here now. Going forward it is really up to you what you want from your career. Do you want to do just relaxation massage for the time you are here? are you settling here? if you are i would suggest contacting American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus to see if they will allow some of your schooling to transfer and see what classes you need to allow you to sit for the boards. Believe me, from experience it is worth the time and money. Just a warning....massage techs are only allowed to be in Franklin County, I believe. Outside of that and you would have to be working in an establishment offering ONLY relaxation.
I know the feeling.... I just moved here from Florida too. Im in the prosses of trying to get the tech license now. I found a job now i just need the license. I am licensed in florida, I took the MBLeX thankfully! It takes 10-12 weeks after submitting all your info for them to prosses the paper work from what I was told. Ohio is definatly good at making this hard on us.