Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic Massage Program

Degree Options

Gainful Employment

Program Information

The mission of Kishwaukee College’s Therapeutic Massage Certification Program is to provide excellence in massage therapy training. Students are provided the knowledge and practical skills of massage therapy so that they may become highly skilled practitioners. Courses are offered at an affordable rate and are scheduled at convenient times to accommodate a diverse student population.  While emphasizing health and wellness, the program strives to educate students with a firm foundation in the bio-sciences, professionalism and ethics.

Our therapeutic massage certification program will prepare you to become a highly skilled massage therapist. The curriculum meets the standards set by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and our graduates are eligible to sit for the Massage and Bodywork Licensure Exam (MBLEx). Kishwaukee College remains informed of the Illinois Massage Licensing Act to insure that our graduates will be eligible for professional licensure in the State of Illinois.

Our curriculum was developed to accommodate many different learning styles for both the full-time and part-time student. Kishwaukee College offers part-time, (Regular Track) evening/weekend class schedules and our full-time, (Fast Track) day class schedules to meet the needs of all students.

Our student body is comprised of working adults seeking a second career and also people who are entering massage therapy as a first career choice.

Career Cluster Health Science
This program is part of the Health Science Career Cluster.

Information Sessions

To learn more about the program, tour our state-of-the-art facility, meet the coordinator, and have all your questions answered, please call Leslie Ciaccio for an appointment at 815-825-9363.

Kishwaukee College Therapeutic Massage Program's Professional Affiliations


Member of the Illinois Community College Massage Educators.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition $6800
AMTA Student Membership $45
5 Professional Massage (maximum, may be fewer) $250
2 gallons massage oil or lotion $100
1 portable massage table $500
Linens $200
Books (approximate cost) $1000
Total Estimate Costs $8895

Student should take the MBLEx exam upon graduation. The examination cost is approximately $195. This is not a graduation requirement, but it is required to apply for an Illinois Massage Therapist license.

After passing an approved exam, Illinois massage therapists must apply for licensure through the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to practice massage therapy in the State. Graduates should plan to spend $243 total for the initial licensure. This includes $175 to apply for the license and approximately $68 for fingerprinting.

Additional Resources

Contact Information

Leslie Ciaccio
Coordinator, Complementary Health Programs
Office: B1241