If you think that a massage is something people get to pamper themselves, you're only 31% right. A study by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) found that 69% of massages today are for medical reasons, relaxation, and stress reduction.
According to the AMTA, the massage therapist "applies manual techniques and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client." These techniques include hands-on muscle manipulation as well as adjunctive therapies such as hydrotherapy and reflexology.
Our Massage Therapy school in Chicago, Illinois combines healthcare-related instruction with business-related topics and general education subjects to provide a well-rounded curriculum to prepare you for success in this fast-growing field.
Massage therapy is a growing profession, and a number of employers are adding massage therapists to their staff, including sports medicine centers, holistic health centers, chiropractic and naprapathic practices, orthopedic clinics, health and fitness centers, spas and physical/occupational therapy departments. Massage therapists can also start their own private practice or work in a hospital.
The Massage Therapy program is designed to prepare you for potential employment in the following: (the occupation listed contains a link to information on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website).
The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) coding scheme was developed in 1980 by the National Center for Education Statistics to facilitate the organization, collection, and reporting of fields of study and program completions. The CIP titles and program descriptions are intended to be generic categories into which program completions data can be placed, not exact duplicates of a specific major or field of study titles used by individual institutions. The college is required to list the following occupations (by name and Standard Occupational Classification—or SOC—code) that the O*NET crosswalk identifies as a representative sample of identified, entry-level occupations for completers of a program with a CIP code. The CIP Code for this program is 51.3501.
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.
We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates.
During the 2011-2012 Academic Year (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012), five students graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Northwestern College. Of these students, two graduated on-time as defined in the Northwestern College catalog. (Part-time students are not included in this number. They generally take a longer period of time to graduate because they don’t take a full course load; therefore, the graduation rate is lower since part-time students are not considered to have graduated on-time). The median student loan indebtedness of the Massage Therapy program graduates in 2011-2012 was as follows: Federal Stafford Student Loans (subsidized/unsubsidized) - $31,334; Third-Party Private Education Loans - $0; Northwestern College Institutional (GAP) Loan - $0.
The tuition and fees for a student starting the Massage Therapy associate degree program as of the 2012-2013 academic year is estimated at $44,445, based upon six academic quarters of full-time tuition at current tuition rates. (Potential future tuition increases cannot be determined at this time, and hence are not factored into this estimate.) Book and supply costs are estimated at $2,400. (The actual cost will vary depending on multiple factors). Northwestern College does not offer on-campus housing. For additional information on college costs, please visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance web page.
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