Massage Therapy Certificates and Degree
The SWIC Massage Therapy program is designed to provide students with a strong, comprehensive foundation for practice as a massage therapist.
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Southwestern Illinois College offers both a one-year Massage Therapy certificate program and a two-year Associate in Applied Science Massage Therapy degree, as well as specialty Neuromuscular Therapy certificate program. Coordinator permission is required before students will be permitted to enroll in Massage Therapy courses.
The curriculum includes MT technical courses and assigned practical experiences (clinical practicum).
The Massage Therapy certificate is a 37.5 semester credit, one-year (three-semester) program consisting of:
- 37.5 semester credits of massage therapy courses
An accelerated certificate program is available for graduates of accredited physical therapist/physical therapist assistant programs. Contact Tammy Bivin for more information at 618-239-6400.
Neuromuscular Therapy, American Version, is a treatment protocol for treating soft tissue and myofascial restrictions. It utilizes specific massage therapy techniques, stretching, and home care to reduce/eliminate most neuromuscular pain patterns. These advanced massage techniques are frequently used by licensed massage therapists, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants.
Completion of these courses can be used for credit in completing the Massage Therapy degree and/or as credit to maintain a massage therapy license.
Associate in Applied Science Degree
The first year of the program consists of completion of the Massage Therapy certificate program. The second year includes coursework in the areas of social/behavioral science, computer applications, business mathematics, eastern practices of yoga/tai chi, and opportunities in advanced massage therapy techniques, biology, or health.
The Massage Therapy degree is a 61.5 semester credit, two-year (five semester) program consisting of:
- 18 semester credits of general education courses
- 43.5 semester credits of massage therapy courses