Massage Therapy Degree
Massage Therapy Degree
Available at these Campuses: Chicago Bridgeview
No career field takes the idea of “hands-on” training quite as seriously as massage therapy—and no school takes the idea of massage therapy training quite as seriously as Northwestern College.
When you begin a course of study in massage therapy, you aren’t just learning about muscle groups and alternative healthcare options. You learn about treating clients, alleviating pain, running a business, and providing a service that thousands of people rely on for their continued health and well-being.
The massage therapy program at Northwestern College is ready to start preparing you for this career and for the future. Our qualified instructors know what it takes to succeed in this field—and they’re excited to begin sharing their knowledge with you.
What to Look for in a Massage Therapy Program
When you’re looking at massage therapy programs, it’s important to look for courses that teach you:
- Adjunctive therapies that include hydrotherapy and reflexology
- Physiological outcomes of massage manipulation
- Joint movement for assessment and therapy
- Proper charting, recordkeeping, reporting, and business procedures
- Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathology, and kinesiology
This kind of comprehensive training not only prepares you to be successful as a massage therapist, but it also allows you to become a better practitioner for those you serve. That’s because for many people, a massage therapist is so much more than a care provider—you’re a support network, a source of pain relief, a bridge to alternative health options, and a trusted part of their medical team.
It’s also a good idea to enroll in a massage therapy program that prepares you to sit for the licensure exam administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).
We have good news for you: Northwestern College is all this and more.
Begin Your Massage Therapy Career in as Few as Two Years
Perhaps one of the most exciting things about a massage therapy career is how many opportunities are waiting on the other side of your graduation ceremony. In addition to traditional healthcare centers like hospitals, physical therapy facilities, and doctors’ offices, massage therapists find employment at holistic health centers, chiropractic and naturopathic practices, health and fitness centers, spas, and private practices. The field of massage has a multitude of opportunities and with short work days, usually 6 hour shifts, it leaves time for family. Let us help you get to that graduation ceremony with your head held high.
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 anatomy, physiology, pathology, and kinesiology
- Assess, massage, and develop treatment plans for over 40 medical conditions
- Analyze and apply treatment plans for specific pathologies
- Actively participate in the functions of healthcare teams
- Become licensed as a massage therapist in the state of Illinois
Business of Massage
All legal, professional, and business aspects of this course concentrate on the practice of massage therapy. Topics include creating a business plan, marketing a practice, writing business policies and procedures, organizational styles of managing, and customer service delivery methods. Understanding professional practices, the expenses of operating them, developing fee structures, and budgetary methods are all studied in respect to the business of massage therapy.
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.
Students learn about the competencies that are required to perform clinical massage therapy in the wellness and clinical massage fields. Clinical research accompanies the study of clinical massage techniques and procedures. The theory of clinical massage therapy connects systematic assessment plans of massage treatments specifically to clinical conditions.
Accreditations and Approvals
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahlc.org.
Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance.
Northwestern College is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
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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