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Massage Therapy is a licensed profession in New York State. The Massage Therapy degree program prepares students to take the New York State licensure exam, achieve licensure, and enter the profession. Students use massage techniques to promote relaxation, reduce pain, and treat a variety of medical conditions – all with a goal of wellness and healing.
Swedish’s Massage Therapy degree program students study both Western and Eastern theories and techniques. Through combined classroom instruction and hands-on practice, our students receive a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology, massage-related pathology, neurology, and kinesiology. Students enrolled in the Massage Therapy program master their skills in our stress reduction and therapeutic clinics and at community service externships.
Graduates are awarded an Associate in Occupational Studies degree (AOS) as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents.
The Massage Therapy program is available in 5-semester (20 month) and 8-semester (32 month) programs. Classes are available in the morning, afternoon, and evenings, as well as Saturdays. This program provides students with a thorough education in classical Swedish massage and Five Element Shiatsu. Over the course of training, students will master advanced applications in Western techniques, including sports massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release, and they will be introduced to complementary modalities such as Thai massage, Tui na, and reflexology for a strong foundation in both client assessment and treatment processes. Coursework in the ethics of client care, communication skills and client safety ensure that practice will be at a high professional level.
This program also enables the student to practice and hone their skills in real life situations through the college’s stress reduction and therapeutic clinics and at community service externships. Successful completion of Swedish’s Massage Therapy program provides the student with all of the education and practical skills needed to take their licensure exams. Once licensed, graduates will qualify for employment opportunities in a variety of settings, including spas, health facilities, gyms, hospitals, corporate fitness centers, physical therapy clinics, and chiropractic offices. A graduate of this program will also earn the education necessary for establishing a private practice.
Want to know more about what a day in the life of a Massage Therapy student is like? Check out a Sample Schedule!
Number of massages students performed in the Stress Reduction Clinic
Years of experience educating individuals for health and fitness careers
Percentage of our students who passed their licensing exam the first time they took it (past 10 years)
Classes Begin Monday, May 7
Classes End Saturday, August 18
School is closed for Holidays, Memorial Day- Monday, May 28, Independence Day- Wednesday, July 4th
Classes Begin Tuesday, January 16
Classes End Saturday, April 28
School is closed for Holiday: Martin Luther King- Monday, January 15
Classes Begin Thursday, September 7
Classes End Friday, December 22
School is closed for Holiday: Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 23 and
Friday, November 24
Classes begin Monday, June 26 *Massage Therapy only (morning classes)
Classes end Saturday, August 19
Classes begin Monday, May 8
Classes end Saturday, August 19
School is closed for Holidays:
Memorial Day – Monday, May 29
Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4
Classes Begin Monday, April 16
Classes End Monday, July 2
School is closed for Holiday: Memorial Day- Monday, May 28
Classes End Tuesday, April 3
School is closed for Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Monday, January 15
Classes Begin Thursday, October 5
School is closed for Holiday: Thanksgiving- Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24
Classes Begin Wednesday, July 12
Classes End Wednesday, September 27
School is closed for Holiday: Labor Day – Monday, September 4
Dear Prospective Student,
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Swedish Institute’s Massage Therapy Program. Our program is the oldest in the nation. Swedish has been providing massage therapy training for the last 100 years! We offer a program that is innovative, challenging, and fun as students embark on a journey toward a fulfilling career. The study of massage therapy is a path to a holistic-minded medical profession that offers the practitioner lots of variety, flexibility, and freedom in both their professional and private lives. Even more importantly, massage therapy provides you with the opportunity to have a positive impact in the lives of those you touch.
Our program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis with classes available during the morning, afternoon, or evening/weekend hours. We offer students a challenging and supportive environment focused on turning out competent, ethical, and successful massage therapists who are life-long learners, support their communities, and advance the profession.
Our students report that Swedish is like no other school and reflect often about how well trained they feel. A big part of that feeling is due to an accomplished and caring faculty, our dynamic curriculum, engaging classes, and our clinical internships. We also work hard to foster a respectful atmosphere where students can grow personally and professionally.
I invite you to visit our school, explore our website, and engage our admissions counselors so you can find out first-hand about our program. I hope you will join us in this growing field and at our institution – taking this opportunity to transform your hopes and dreams into a meaningful career.
Ericka Clinton, B.S., L.M.T
Dean of Massage Therapy
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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.