Massage Therapy | Southwestern Illinois College

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

Program Capacity

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.

Program Location

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:

The Body Therapy Center and School of Massage

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.

Program Cost

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.

Time Commitment

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:

Evening Class:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 6-10 p.m.
  • One weekend per month, Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Spring Semester Start:

Morning Class:

  • 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.

Medical Requirements

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.

Work Requirements

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.

State Requirements

Illinois and Missouri laws require massage therapists to be licensed to practice massage therapy within their state.

National Requirements

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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