Massage Therapy Certification

Therapist giving a massage to a patient using black stones.

When you become a certified massage therapist, each client represents an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life through the power of massage. Massage therapy is an accessible treatment option that has proven effective for a variety of conditions. Benefits include improved mental health and stress relief, chronic pain relief, immune disorder management, improved sleep quality, speeding the body’s recovery process, and disease prevention.

The Massage Therapy Program at Elgin Community College prepares you for the Illinois state licensing exam. Our vocational certificate is far more affordable than area for-profit massage schools and features spacious, modern facilities, experienced instructors, and flexible and convenient class times. The program is designed as a three-semester, full-time program of study, though part-time options are also available. Evening and weekend classes begin in the fall and daytime classes begin in the spring.

Massage Therapy Accreditation

At Elgin, we know that your education is an investment in your future, and we understand how important it is that your massage therapy certification program is accredited. After all, your work as a massage therapist will require your clients to trust you and have confidence in your knowledge and skill.

Our Massage Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), 2101 Wilson Blvd, Ste 302, Arlington, VA, 22201, 202-888-6790, The program also holds school memberships in the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals (ABMP), both of which are members of the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations.

Preference is given to candidates who are legal residents of Community College District
509. Working in-district does not meet this requirement. Qualified applicants from other districts may be considered if space is available. Learn more about our joint agreement programs.

Massage Therapy Curriculum

The Elgin Community College Massage Therapy Program offers you a multi-dimensional education that will prepare you for Illinois state licensure and a holistic career that integrates body, mind, and spirit. The total vocational certificate program consists of 38.5 credit hours. Classes include Wellness Concepts, Musculoskeletal Palpation, and Business for Massage Therapists.

Continuing Massage Therapy Education

Your Elgin education doesn’t stop after your certification. Staying up to date on massage methodology is essential for massage therapists. Elgin Community College is approved by The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for continuing education. Explore our course offerings.

Learn more about the Massage Therapy program at Elgin!

Certified massage therapists improve their clients’ quality of life at every appointment. Are you ready to transform lives? Start with your own.

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Expand your massage therapy skills with continuing ed at ECC

Elgin Community College is an NCBTMB approved provider for continuing education. Find the classes right for you by going to our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Classes. Be sure to select the Fall 2018 tab and scroll down to massage offerings and select a class to register online.

Questions? Contact the Massage Therapy Program Director at or 847-214-7203.