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Our History

Swedish Institute, founded in 1916, is the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institution in the country. (It was originally founded as Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy.) Founder Theodore Melander viewed massage therapy within a holistic approach to wellness, and developed a unique curriculum that included medical gymnastics, dietetics, exercise techniques and physiotherapy.

Swedish Institute has grown from a well-known school of massage therapy into a multi-purpose institution with authority from the New York State Education Department to grant degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and master’s levels. The college continues to offer its long-standing Massage Therapy Program, and has since added degree programs in Advanced Personal Training, Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist, and Nursing. In addition, the college now offers certificate programs in Personal Training, and in Medical Billing and Coding.

Swedish Institute’s mission is to educate students to become skilled, ethical, culturally competent and compassionate massage therapists, nurses, personal trainers and allied health professionals serving the diverse communities of the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.


Accreditation and Approvals

Swedish Institute is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to confer the Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree, the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree and the Master of Science (MS) degree to graduates of programs registered with the State of New York.

Swedish Institute is also nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC is a national accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Institutional accreditation by this agency enables institutions to participate in federal student financial assistance programs administered by the U. S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Information about ACCSC can be found at www.accsc.org.

The Surgical Technologist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). The Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant program has been chosen to be a part of the American Medical Technologists’ School Recognition Program.

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Success Stories

I am honored to say I graduated from Swedish Institute not once, but twice. The First time was in the Massage Therapy Program and the second, Surgical Technology. I felt more than prepared in the in the surgery room. Mostly very confident in what I have learned. Special thanks to Richard Gardner in Career Services who worked day and night to make sure I got a job. If I had to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat.

Swedish was the perfect place for my transition for my journey into the medical field. I was properly taught and prepared for what I could expect in real life applications. Once making it through the 18-month program, career services helped me immensely, in finding the right place to be employed by. I love what I do, and that wouldn't have happened if not for Swedish Institute.

Being in the surgical tech program was mostly a fun experience at the Swedish Institute. I learned a lot in my clinical rotations, such an intense and exciting profession, and clinical helped me tremendously with preparing for the "OR World". During my last term, Career Services help me so much, especially with my resume. Richard was able to find me a job, a now I'm living my dream of working in the operating room.

The hands-on approach truly aided me in comprehension and application of the sciences. Career Services provided a strong support system post-graduation. To all, I’m indebited!

From being interviewed by Lucy Lou from Admissions, guided by Dr Sam, to being prepped by all the instructors, and then helped by Mrs Rodriguez to land a job, everyone helped me bloom into who I am professionally. By far exceeded all expectations!

Even after graduation, I keep in contact with Career Services. Thank you Swedish Institute for all of your help. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my professors, classmates and Career Services.

I was able to immediately seek employment after I graduated, and I then started my private practice six months out of school. I’ve expanded and recently opened my second location. I would highly recommend the Swedish Institute.

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