Become a Massage Therapist

Are you passionate about exploring holistic approaches to health and healing? Do you find yourself eager to learn more about the rising trend in alternative medicine and wellness? Have you thought about how you could turn your passion into a profession where you could help not only yourself, but also help others?

Industry demand for massage therapists is growing faster than the average for all occupations†. If you’re looking for a massage therapy school to break into this in-demand field, choose Swedish Institute’s Massage Therapy Program. We are the only Massage Therapy school in the country with over 100 years of continuous experience educating and training students to become professional licensed massage therapists. In fact, the Swedish Institute job board yields 2.5 jobs for every 1 graduate. “The job openings for Massage Therapists that come into my office each month far exceed the number of graduates we have available to fill them. The employment market for Massage Therapists is very hot right now.” – Richard Gardner, Director of Career Services

Fast Facts

  • State of New York annual
    average wage = $55,290*

  • National mean annual wage = $48,270*

  • Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 32% from 2020 to 2030†

  • Program Length
    Available in 20-month
    32-month tracks

  • Sample Massage Therapy Program Schedule

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What to Expect in the Massage Therapy Program

Our Massage Therapy Program is available in 5-semester (20-month), 6-semester (24-month), and 8-semester (32-month) schedules. Massage Therapy classes are available in the morning, afternoon, and evening/Saturday, so you can begin working in your new career in as little as 20 months.

As a massage therapist, you will use massage techniques to promote relaxation, reduce pain, and address a variety of medical conditions in various environments – all with a goal of wellness and healing through massage and bodywork. The Massage Therapy program at Swedish Institute incorporates both Western and Eastern theories and approaches. Through combined hands-on practice and massage therapy classes, you will receive a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology, pathology, neurology, and kinesiology. You will also learn patient-care practices, client service skills, ethics, business practices, and professional development. Throughout your massage therapy classes, you will have the opportunity to master your technique by working with real clients in both our on-site P.H. Ling Stress Reduction Clinic and Therapeutic Clinic, as well as off-site at community service externships. The on-site clinic and off-site externship give you access to real-world training so that you are fully prepared for your new career once you graduate.*

Upon successful completion of the Massage Therapy program, you will be awarded an Associate in Occupational Studies degree (AOS) as authorized by the New York State Board of Regents. You will also be eligible to take the New York State licensure exam.* Upon passing the exam, you will be a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and enter the profession.


Does Swedish Institute’s Massage Therapy Program offer a flexible schedule?

Yes!  Our Massage Therapy Program is available in a variety of schedule options that should fit anyone’s schedule. We offer 5-semester (20-month), 6-semester (24-month), and 8-semester (32-month) schedules. Massage Therapy classes are available in the morning, afternoon, and evening/Saturday, so you can begin working in your new career in as little as 20 months. With current COVID-19 Concerns, lecture classes are being taught online.  The flexibility of offering online classes has allowed our students to better balance their home-life responsibilities with children and other family members. Through Swedish Institute’s iPad program, every student receives an iPad which assists with virtual learning, virtual classroom, and provides communication with classmates and instructors.

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What Does a
Massage Therapist Do?

Massage Therapists work with clients in a variety of settings to help relieve stress and pain and achieve holistic wellness using various techniques. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, your methods and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Performing and documenting client intake interviews, to understand their health status and concerns, and track treatment progress as their health condition evolves.
  • Using client intake information to assess client conditions and develop safe and effective massage treatment plans.
  • Implementing treatment plans by applying appropriate massage techniques to the soft tissues of the body.
  • Recommending and educating clients on methods for self-care – such as stretches, exercise and hot/cold therapies – to extend the benefits of massage outside of the session.

Massage Therapy Career Opportunities

Our Massage Therapy program prepares students for entry-level employment in a variety of settings, such as:

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Spas, gyms and health clubs

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Massage therapy clinics

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Chiropractor and doctor offices

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Sports medicine facilities

Resort and Hotel Massage Therapy

Resorts and hotels

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Holistic health clinics

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Private sector / self-employment

Massage Therapy Salary Opportunities

According to the September 2021 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the annual average wage for a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of New York is $55,290.* Salary will vary based on experience, location of employment, and the specific job title and duties being performed.

* and, using Occupational Employment Statistics Query System with a release date of September 2021.
†Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at (visited September 30, 2021).