Massage Therapy Certificate
Massage Therapy Certificate
Available at these Campuses: Chicago Bridgeview
The field of massage therapy provides students like you with an opportunity to build a career that matches both your lifestyle and your dreams for the future. Part scientific theory, part art form, and one hundred percent committed to healing, massage therapy is becoming one of the most practical and respected forms of holistic health care in the country.
In fact, massage therapy is now a major aspect of many traditional healing plans. No other medical art form is able to fuse ancient health practices and Western medicine with the same kind of results. Massage also provides a platform for self-employment or a career within an established medical facility, and allows you the ability to work directly with your clients in a way that many other medical careers do not.
That’s why Northwestern College is proud to offer a massage therapy certificate program that makes the most out of this booming industry. Our certificate program is designed to get you out the door and on the fast track toward your career.
What Massage Therapy Can Do For You
Today’s massage therapists work almost everywhere. Spas, medical offices, physical therapy facilities, sports clinics, private practices—you can even find them in malls and airports. This kind of flexibility is great if you aren’t quite sure what the future holds for you and your family.
With a massage therapy certificate, you also get the benefit of a well-rounded, science-based education that matters. At Northwestern College, we believe in teaching courses that not only meet employer expectations, but exceed them. Area medical facilities look to us for quality, career-driven graduates—and we’d love to include you in the next group of successful massage therapists to walk through our doors.
Why Choose a Massage Therapy Certificate Program?
Of course, we know that your time is your most valuable asset. You want an education that will help boost your career and build a foundation for a better future.
Our certificate programs may be your perfect fit. With a massage therapy certificate, you can:
- Complete your massage training in as little as 47 credit hours
- Avoid general education classes so you can focus on what matters most to you
- Learn both practical and theoretical foundations of massage
- Sit for the Illinois state licensure exam
The massage therapy certificate program also allows you to transfer your earned credits to our massage therapy degree program at any time. If you decide you’d like to expand your training and see how far a degree can take you, we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.
You chose the field of massage therapy because of its flexibility and opportunities—we suggest you choose Northwestern College for those same reasons.
With courses starting on a regular, rotating schedule and a certificate program designed to have you out in the working world as soon as possible, your new massage therapy career is closer than you realize.
Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Evaluate and construct treatment plans to perform therapeutic massages
- Use medical terms when documenting notes from massage treatment sessions
- Gain knowledge in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathology, and kinesiology
- Actively participate in the functions of health care teams
- Become licensed as a massage therapist in the state of Illinois
As a massage therapy student, you will enjoy classes such as:
Anatomy and Physiology
These courses cover the structure and function of the human body. All eleven systems are covered – cardiovascular, nervous, integumentary, endocrine, skeletal, muscular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Emphasis is placed on integrating the functions of the various systems.
This course develops an understanding of therapeutic massage practices and procedures. An emphasis is placed on the theory behind massage treatments to the upper and lower body. Functional anatomy and structural kinesiology are studied along with the indications for therapeutic massage. Students learn how to develop procedures for comprehensive therapeutic massage sessions.
A survey of illnesses and conditions which cause disruption to the normal physiologic processes of the human body with an emphasis placed on the indications and contraindications for soft tissue and manual therapies.
Accreditations and Approvals
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org.
The massage therapy program at Northwestern College is supported by two professional organizations – the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).
Making College Affordable
At Northwestern College, we help our students understand their college costs and how to pay for them. We also, understand that applying for financial aid can seem a little confusing and overwhelming, and want to make the process of applying for financial aid as easy as possible. That’s why our Financial Assistance Representatives are available to meet with you to help you understand financial aid and help you navigate through the application process.
Northwestern College participates in several different types of financial aid programs to enable our Financial Assistant Department to offer you the best possible combination of aid awards. We participate in both the Federal Student Aid Programs and Illinois State MAP Program, along with other miscellaneous financial aid programs from various sources (including Veterans Programs).
Most of our students receive some form of financial assistance. We work hard to help you find the money you need to finance your education, guiding you through the financial aid process and helping you explore different financial aid options. Grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study will assist you in paying for a college education. Read on to learn more about these opportunities.
Remember, you can always contact the Financial Assistant Department at any time and speak with one of our Financial Assistance Representatives if you have any questions regarding the financial aid process. We look forward to helping you!
Grants are need-based awards funded by the federal or state government. Grants are funds that do not require repayment. Learn More
For many students and parents, loans represents an important resource to help finance educational expenses. Northwestern College participates in the federal student loan program which allows students and their parents to borrow money to help meet their educational costs. A loan is a borrowed money that is expected to be paid back with interest. When you take out a student loan, you are making a legal obligation to repay the loan, so carefully consider the amount you borrow. Be a responsible borrower and borrow only what you need. Learn More
The internal scholarships and tuition discounts that we offer are sums of money that do not require repayment. Last year, we made more than $4 million in scholarships available to students just like you. See which ones you qualify for.
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