Massage Therapy at a Glance
- Hourly wages: $15 to $50
- Level of patient contact: High
- Length of program: seven month certificate or two-year degree
- Program location: The Body Therapy Center
- Program start time: Spring and Summer semesters
- Hands-on training and practice
- Meet with program coordinator to enroll. Contact Coordinator Tamara Bivin at 618-239-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Semester Capacity
During the spring semester, the Massage Therapy program generally accepts 20 students for morning classes.
Summer Semester Capacity
During the summer semester, the Massage Therapy program generally accepts 20 students for the evening classes.
The Massage Therapy Certificate and Degree consist of general education courses, MT pre-fix courses and clinical practicum courses. Specific locations depend on the course type:
General Education Courses
General education courses are offered at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City or Red Bud campuses.
Massage Therapy Courses
Massage Therapy program courses are only offered at:
4 Executive Woods Court
Swansea, IL 62226
Owner & Instructor: Holly Pinto
Periodically, some classes may be moved to the Belleville Campus as needed.
Clinical Practicum Courses
Clinical practicum (practice in massage therapy) is completed at The Body Therapy Center and School of Massage and at off-site locations for special events. Students may periodically be required to travel outside of the college district for clinical practicum. Practicum work begins as early as the first semester of the program and continues every semester until program completion. Clinical practicum is completed by scheduled client appointments and the student’s schedule. Hours may be completed during the day, evening and/or weekend.
Massage Therapy Certificate program
For details, see the Massage Therapy Certificate Cost Sheet.
Massage Therapy Degree program
For details, see the Massage Therapy Degree Cost Sheet.
Massage Therapy Neuromuscular Certificate program
For details, see the Massage Therapy Neuromuscular Certificate Cost Sheet.
The Massage Therapy certificate program begins each spring and summer at the Body Therapy Center and School of Massage. For students beginning the program during the spring semester, courses are offered in the morning for the seven month (spring and summer) program. For students beginning in the summer semester, courses are offered in the evening each semester of the program (summer and fall).
Schedule for certificate program
Summer Semester Start:
- Summer: Monday and Wednesday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Thursday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and one weekend per month (Sat/Sun 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
- Fall: Monday and Wednesday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Thursday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Spring Semester Start:
- Spring: Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Thursday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Summer: Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and one weekend per month (Sat/Sun 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Note: schedule subject to change. Additional sections may be available depending on enrollment.
For Fall/Spring Semester starts – Clinical practicums are scheduled by appointment.
Students will be required to possess current CPR certification, show proof of immunizations and physical examination before beginning any clinical practicum. The program coordinator will provide more information prior to your enrollment.
National Certification Board Exam
Upon successful completion of SWIC’s Massage Therapy certificate program, graduates are eligible to take the National Certification Board Exam or MBLEX state test for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks. Students who successfully pass this examination are eligible to apply for licensure.
Illinois and Missouri laws require massage therapists to be licensed to practice massage therapy within their state.
Although not all states require licensure to practice massage therapy, graduates are advised to take the National Certification Examination or MBLEX state test after graduation because an increasing number of states have adopted this exam to regulate Massage Therapists.
Background Check & Fingerprinting
In addition, states require graduates to submit to a criminal background check and provide verification of fingerprint processing by an approved agency. The laws regarding massage therapy practice vary from state to state; refer to the AMTA website for more information.
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