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Swedish Institute has been training allied health professionals in the New York Metro area for over 100 years. Located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, our college boasts two campus locations of fully equipped classrooms geared toward specialized, on-site training.

Our mission is to educate students to become skilled, ethical and culturally competent massage therapists, nurses, personal trainers and allied health professionals serving the diverse communities of the Greater New York Metro area.

Swedish Institute offers Certificate and Associate Degree programs geared towards placing students in fulfilling careers in their chosen field. Whether through the guidance of faculty, student services or career placement, Swedish Institute prepares students for entry-level careers immediately after graduation*.

Our History

Swedish Institute was founded in 1916, and holds the title as the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institution in the country. Originally founded as the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy, founder Theodore Melander had a vision of training healthcare professionals in holistic approaches to wellness, through a unique curriculum he developed that included medical gymnastics, dietetics, exercise techniques and physiotherapy.

Over the past century, Swedish Institute has grown from a well-known school of massage therapy into a multi-purpose institution. 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, Medical Billing and Coding and Clinical Medical Assistant.

*Swedish Institute Career Placement services are available to graduates who have successfully completed their program, and obtained necessary certification or licensure for legal work in New York State.

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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