Massage Therapy Diploma Program
This program is no longer accepting new students and/or re-entering students into the program.
With the increase in awareness about pain medication alternatives,* you could have a bright future in the field of Massage Therapy and work in a clinical setting.
Massage Therapy Program career opportunities that focus on the clinical side include working in hospitals, chiropractic and physical therapy offices, fitness centers, sports teams, and resorts. Massage Therapy opportunities are also available at wellness spas and massage franchises.
Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), which is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).
- Help People Live and Feel Better
- O*Net OnLine has a salary range in Illinois of $18,530 to $62,600** with a Bright Outlook
Flexible options include:
• Daytime Schedule: Mon-Thursday 9 am – 2:30 pm OR
• Night & Weekend Schedule: Tues., Wed., Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm and Saturday 9 am – 5:30 pm
Program length – 10 months
RCC student employers include: Rockford Pain Management, Swedish American Health System, Circle of Wellness, WM DaySpa Salon, Massage Envy.
*http://www.cbsnews.com/news/got-back-pain-opioid-painkillers-wont-help-study-says/ retrieved 1/10/2017
**https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9011.00 retrieved 1/6/2017
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Classes in massage therapy include instruction in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and a variety of therapeutic massage techniques. Instruction covers Swedish and Eastern modalities, as well as advanced techniques. Program includes an externship to provide relevant, real world experience.
Skilled massage therapists use the healing power of touch to help their clients. A typical workday for a massage therapist includes manipulation of muscles and soft tissue to relieve and manage pain, rehabilitate injuries, relieve stress, improve circulation and enhance overall well being. Massage therapy positions could be found in hospitals, chiropractic and physical therapy offices, fitness centers, sports teams, resorts, wellness spas and massage franchises.
A focus on wellness among Baby Boomers and Gen Xers means lots of job opportunities for massage therapists.
According to IBIS World, a leading resource for business intelligence, massage therapy was a $12 billion industry in the United States in 2015.1 Demand for massage therapists is expected to grow by more than 14% through 2024.2