Massage Therapy Enrollment Requirements | Southwestern Illinois College

Southwestern Illinois College’s Massage Therapy program is open to anyone who is a high school graduate or has earned a high school equivalency certificate.

Students must complete the following requirements in order to enroll:

1. Schedule a meeting with Program Coordinator Tammy Bivin.

Students may not register for Massage Therapy courses without the program coordinator’s permission.

The program coordinator will meet individually with interested students to provide a tour of The Body Therapy Center and School of Massage, explain program requirements and expectations, in addition to assisting students with completing registration forms to enroll.

For an appointment call 618-239-6400 or email at

It is recommended that students who are interested in the profession of massage therapy receive a massage prior to starting the program and participate in job shadowing/mentoring.

2. Complete the SWIC Placement Test

Students wishing to enroll in the Massage Therapy program are required to take the SWIC placement test.

Contact the Testing Center for more information.


Complete the SWIC placement test.

The SWIC placement test assesses skills in reading, writing and mathematics. To enroll in Massage Therapy courses, the placement test results must qualify the student to enroll in ENG 101 or greater and MATH 94 or greater.

To schedule the SWIC placement test, call or visit the Testing Center at the Belleville Campus, 618-235-2700, ext. 5182; the Red Bud Campus 618-282-6682, ext. 8114; or the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus 618-931-0600, ext. 7337. Requirements and recommendations to prepare you for the exam are located in the Testing Center.

Academic Advisor

Meet with an academic advisor to review the results and help develop a course schedule.

New Students

New SWIC students are encouraged to complete the New Student Orientation.