Our comprehensive, integrated Diploma curriculum is organized in three units: Human Sciences for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Massage and Bodywork, and Professional Development. Material is presented in an innovative, integrated fashion intended to maximize students' retention of knowledge and technique. The curriculum is challenging, creative, and achievable, and empowers the students with confidence to achieve their goals of National Certification, licensing, employment, or personal and professional enrichment.
The Diploma program is 600 clock hours long, as required by the State of Illinois Licensing Law, and well above the 500 hours that are required by AMTA, ABMP, National Certification, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards' Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).
The effectiveness of the Diploma program is illustrated by the school's statistics in completion rates, job placement, and National Certification results. Graduates are fully trained to find positions in spas, health clubs, health clinics, or to develop a private practice.
The objective of the Diploma program is threefold: a) to provide students with the necessary coursework and experience that will give them the skills to enter the field of massage therapy and bodywork, b) to provide students with the knowledge required for passing the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards which is prerequisite for licensing in most states regulating massage therapy, and c) to provide credentialed training that will allow graduates to pursue Board Certification offered by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).