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 and School of Massage
- 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 & Director: Holly Pinto, BS, LMT, BCTMB
Periodically, some classes may be moved to the Belleville Campus as needed.
Clinical Practicum Courses
Clinical practicum (practice in massage therapy) skills 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 availability. 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.
Massage Therapy Bridge program for the PT/PTA
For details, see the Massage Therapy Bridge program for the PT/PTA Cost Sheet.
The Massage Therapy certificate program begins each spring and summer at the Body Therapy Center and School of Massage.
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.
Clinical practicums are scheduled by appointment only.
Students will be required to have a physical examination prior to beginning the program. Students are encouraged to carry a current CPR certification card, but is not mandatory. The program coordinator will provide more information prior to your enrollment.
MBLEx State Exam
Upon successful completion of SWIC’s Massage Therapy certificate program, graduates are eligible to take the MBLEX state test. Students who successfully pass this examination are eligible to apply for licensure. For information about the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), go to www.fsmtb.org.
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.
Illinois and Missouri laws require massage therapists to be licensed to practice massage therapy within their state.
Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB) represents the highest attainable credential within the massage therapy and bodywork profession. Board Certification is a separate credential above and beyond entry-level massage therapy licensure.
As Board Certification is voluntary, its achievement represents the highest level of commitment to clients and to the advancement of the massage therapy and bodywork profession. For more information, go to www.NCBTMB.org.
For more information, please fill out the form on the contact page.