Massage Therapy at a Glance
- Hourly wages: $15 to $50
- Level of patient contact: High
- Length of program: One-year certificate or two-year degree
- Program location: The Body Therapy Center
- Program start time: Fall and Spring semesters
- Hands-on training and practice
- Meet with program coordinator to enroll
Fall Semester Capacity
During the fall semester, the Massage Therapy program generally accepts 40 students: 20 students in the afternoon class and 20 in the evening class.
Spring Semester Capacity
During the spring semester, the Massage Therapy program generally accepts 20 students for the morning class.
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 fall and spring at the Body Therapy Center and School of Massage. For students beginning the program during the fall semester, courses are offered in the afternoon and evening of the one year (fall, spring and summer) program. For students beginning in the spring semester, courses are offered in the morning each semester of the program (spring, summer and fall).
Schedule for certificate program
Fall Semester Start:
- Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 6-10 p.m.
- One weekend per month, Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Spring Semester Start:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Clinical Practicums (scheduled by appointment):
- Monday and Wednesday: 1-9 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
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.
For more information, please fill out the form on the contact page.