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Swedish Institute a College of Health Sciences

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Welcome to the Swedish Institute's College of Health Sciences. The Institute was founded in 1916 as the Swedish Institute of Physiotherapy and is the oldest continuously operating massage therapy institution in the country.

The college is proud of its long-standing program in massage therapy, that leads to an Associate in Occupational Studies degree, and has since also added degree programs in Advanced Personal Training, Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist and Nursing. Three certificate programs are also offered in Medical Billing and Coding, Personal Training and Clinical Medical Assistant. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, we pledge to continue to offer programs of the same quality that made our massage therapy program a landmark in healthcare education.

Manhattan! We are in the heart of New York City surrounded by nature – the collective creative spirit of human nature! Art galleries, restaurants, TV studios, retailers, gyms and yoga studios abound in our Chelsea neighborhood. Chelsea is bordered by Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River, Herald Square to the north and the Farmers' Market at Union Square to the south. Times Square and Broadway are within walking distance. Public transportation will bring you to our door.

Swedish Institute participates in a variety of Federal and State programs that help students pay for their education. The Financial Aid Office will assist you in obtaining the aid for which you qualify and that's right for you. It's recommended that you begin the process as soon as possible by completing the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) available online at

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Available Programs

  • Massage Therapy
    Cosmetology and Wellness

    Founded in 1916, the Swedish Institute is the oldest continuously operating school of massage therapy in the United States and has graduated thousands of massage therapists over the past 100 years. The current massage therapy program is a 64 semester credit hour program that can be completed in as little as 20 months full time. Graduates receive an Associate in Occupational Studies degree in Massage Therapy. Full time and part time study is available and classes are offered on a morning, afternoon and evening schedule. Graduates are eligible to sit for the New York State Licensing Examination in Massage Therapy.

    The Institute has one of the most comprehensive massage therapy programs in the country in terms of curriculum hours, emphasis on therapeutic understanding, clinical training, and integration of Western and Eastern techniques. The dynamic curriculum develops strong skills in Western and Eastern styles of massage, with an emphasis on careful assessment and treatment, professional development and business practices.

    Employment opportunities range from private practice to working in spas, health clubs, on cruise ships, in hospitals and in conjunction with other health professionals.

  • Medical Billing and Coding
    Medical Administration

    The Medical Billing and Coding program is a 48 quarter credit hour program that takes full-time students 9 months to complete and leads to a certificate. The program is designed to provide students with the appropriate didactic theory and skills required to begin a career in a billing, office administration and management within a healthcare setting. Students learn medical office administration including patient scheduling, billing, medical office coding, insurance and electronic health records management.

    Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, physician’s offices, public and private hospitals, inpatient and outpatient facilities, offices of other health practitioners such as chiropractors and optometrists, and in other healthcare settings such as outpatient care centers and nursing homes.

    The Swedish Institute's flexible scheduling options include both day and evening classes for the Medical Billing and Coding program.

  • Clinical Medical Assistant
    Medicine and Health Care

    The Medical Assistant program focuses on the clinical skills needed to assist physicians and nurses in physician offices and other healthcare settings. Students learn patient vital signs, standard examinations, phlebotomy/hematology techniques, laboratory procedures, 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG), basic pharmacology and the ethics of patient care. Students also learn typical office administration including reception, patient scheduling, filling and record-keeping, customer service, and an introduction to electronic health records management.

    This program is authorized by the New York State Board of Regents. Students have an option of taking certificate or degree program.

    Graduates typically work as medical assistants or medical office assistants in single or multi-physician practices, outpatient centers and hospitals. The certificate program is offered during evening hours.


Swedish Institute* is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). *Note: The Swedish Institute's Professional Continuing Education courses are professional or avocational in nature and as such are outside the scope of ACCSC's accreditation.

Swedish Institute's programs are registered with and regulated by the New York State Department of Education and the Institute is authorized to grant certificates and degrees to graduates of its registered programs.

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