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.