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Massage Therapy

A fast-growing career field that's an important part of overall good health in today's stressful world, massage therapy is a licensed profession in the State of Illinois. Instruction prepares students to take a state licensing exam which, upon successful completion, allows students to apply for their Illinois licensure. Requirements in other states may differ.

Massage Therapy Program

The massage therapy program is a three-semester, 744 hour program. Courses are firmly based in the sciences, massage theory and bodywork techniques, including a strong hands-on clinical learning experience in all three semesters. A career in massage therapy can be very self-directed, is flexible and offers opportunities in both full- and part- time work. Students follow the course of study in a sequential order. Elgin Community College provides students with a multidimensional education that prepares them for Illinois licensure and a holistic career that addresses body, mind, and spirit.

Mission Statement of the Massage Therapy Program

It is the mission of the massage therapy department to support Elgin Community College in “Improving People’s Lives through Learning”. To that end, we will provide students highly trained instructors, an education that exceeds set standards, opportunities to give back to their community with time and service, and relevant challenges to learn, think, and act using critical thinking skills, a compassionate heart, and well trained hands.

Application & Admission Procedures

Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or drug test will be denied admission. Students demonstrating a positive background check or drug test while enrolled in the program will be dismissed from this health professions program. Information on these requirements is given to students upon acceptance to the program.

All candidates seeking admission to this program must submit the following items to the ECC Records Department:

  1. Completed ECC application - how to apply»  
  2. Official high school transcripts or GED score or equivalent from country of origin
  3. Official college transcripts from other colleges attended. More»  
  4. Complete and submit health professions application and fee payment.
  5. Health professions forms  

Students must successfully complete MAS 100 before submitting the health professions application and before taking any additional massage therapy classes. The massage therapy program application is given to students at the final class meeting of MAS 100.

Students seeking application to this program must take the PSB-HOA exam after completing MAS 100 if they score under 85 percent on the final written exam. Applicants who take the PSB-HOA exam must  score in the 25th percentile. PSB-HOA testing information

Special Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete MAS 100, Introduction to Massage Therapy, with a 75 percent or better and score a 68 percent of better on the written exam.
  2. Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam. (Note: Students who achieve an 85 percent or better on the MAS 100 final exam are exempt from taking the PSB-HOA exam; students who score in the 12th to 24th percentile after the second attempt may be granted conditional part-time admission to the Massage Therapy program)
  3. High school diploma, GED certificate, or 60+ college level credits
  4. Return to Massage Therapy Department:

  5. Completed massage therapy program application packet
  6. One receipt from a professional massage received within the previous nine months of application to the program
  7. A written critique of the professional massage

The deadline for applying to the Massage Therapy program is July 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.  After this date, applications will only be considered if space is available. Once all application materials have been delivered to the ECC Records Department and the Massage Therapy Department, the student is contacted regarding their acceptance to the program. All admissions are subject to approval of program administration. An interview may be scheduled if requested. If the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of seats available (20 per program), admission to the program will be competitive and selective.

All students accepted into the Massage Therapy Program will be required to attend an orientation session, held the week before classes start. In their acceptance packet, students are notified regarding orientation, books, supplies, official department scrubs and a background and drug test.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fee information. More»  

Included in the fees for your courses are student membership and insurance in a professional massage therapy organization, your student name tag, and payment for your exam for state licensing. Books, supplies and uniforms cost approximately  $1,300 over and above program tuition and fees. Unless other arrangements are made through Student Accounts, each semester must be paid for before registering for the next semester.

Student Massage Clinics

Community members are invited to be clients in our practice and learning clinics as ECC student-therapists bring together their classroom academics with technique and practice. Clinics are a student-centered learning experience. Clients are participants in an educational process, not a professional clinic. Instructors direct the students on technique and area of focus.  Download clinic policies  

If you are interested in attending our student massage clinics, ECC offers online scheduling. ShowHide scheduling details

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