Massage Therapy Program


Your Journey to Massage Therapy Certification

Students in the SWIC Massage Therapy program receive a strong, comprehensive foundation to practice as a certified massage therapist. Massage therapists provide hands-on care that promotes healing, relieves stress, manages pain and improves circulation.

New courses start every fall and spring. Courses are held at The Body Therapy Center and School of Massage.

Complete a One-Year Certificate or Two-Year Degree

One-Year Massage Therapy Certificate

The Massage Therapy Certificate program is a 37.5-semester credit program that can be completed in three semesters. Courses include MT technical courses and clinical experiences/practicums. The curriculum includes:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology and pathology
  • Massage techniques, including Western and non-Western philosophies
  • Kinesiology basics
  • Client assessment
  • Specific therapeutic massage applications
  • Spa treatments

The curriculum also includes the professional standards, ethics, business and legal practices related to massage therapy.

Two-Year Massage Therapy Degree

The Associate in Applied Science in Massage Therapy degree is a 69-semester credit program that can be completed in two years, including one summer. The associate degree includes general education courses to enhance skills in communication, social and behavioral sciences, information systems and specialized areas of massage therapy practice.

Get Certified and Start Your Career

SWIC Massage Therapy graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination. Illinois and Missouri require successful completion of the national certification examination or MBLEX state test in order to apply for licensure.

The job market for massage therapists is growing much faster than average – a 22% increase through 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median salary is about $38,040 annually.

Find Out More About Massage Therapy School

Submit the form on this page to contact us about the program and find out more about how to get started, or visit the program information page.