Moraine Valley Community College || Health Sciences || Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy—More About the Program

The Moraine Valley Community College Massage Therapy Program is a certificate program. The massage classes are taught in our contemporary, technology enabled classroom. The 2600 square foot multi- purpose room has a lecture area in the center. The room is equipped to accommodate 20 students. Surrounding the lecture area are 10 semi-private studios. Two studios are equipped with a hydraulic table to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Moraine Valley Community College operates within the guidelines of the Massage Licensing Act of Illinois and Rules of Practice Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 225, Part 57.We have a comprehensive curriculum that exceeds state requirements. Upon graduation, students are eligible to challenge the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. Either exam may be used for Illinois licensure. Since January 2005, all massage therapists in Illinois are required to be licensed.

Our students attend school full time and part time. We welcome the working adult who is seeking a second career as well as individuals who have chosen massage therapy as their first career. Classes are offered during the day and evening to accommodate the working adult. We have an open enrollment policy. Students can start the program during any semester. To be eligible to enroll in MAS 101 you must be a minimum of 18 years of age and be emotionally mature. There are physical demands that are required to be a successful massage therapist. These include, but not limited to: the ability to stand on your feet for prolonged periods of time; hand and finger dexterity; and the ability to lean over the table.

Our curriculum has a solid foundation in both the art and science of massage therapy. As a student you will be required to study anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. To ensure a well rounded graduate, you will also take coursework to increase your understanding of the importance of wellness and leadership. These courses are taught in the appropriate disciplines throughout the college.

Professional ethics are reinforced throughout the program. Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities thru our Center for Disability Services.

Therapists must also have the ability to relate to other students and professionals with a high level of interpersonal communication skills. Since we work with the public, poise, tact and diplomacy is required. Therapists must be able to relate to the public in an emotionally controlled and professional manner. The curriculum here at Moraine Valley requires students to possess computer skills and reading at the 10th grade level. It is paramount that massage therapists maintain established safety and sanitization standards for all supplies and equipment.

Our massage therapy classes are taught by licensed massage therapists. Each instructor brings their area of expertise to the program. They are committed to providing excellence in massage therapy training and education.

For assistance with career guidance and educational planning, please contact the Academic Advising Department at (708) 974-5721.