Take an exciting career in your hands with Rend Lake College’s Therapeutic Massage program, which results in an occupational certificate in as little as two semesters. Several pre-entrance examinations have been schedule for May and June for those interested in joining this growing field.
Pre-entrance examinations for the Therapeutic Massage program will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25; Friday, June 9; Friday, June 30; Friday, July 7; and Friday, July 21. The test costs $20 and will be held in Room 116 in the Administration Building on the Ina campus.
The Therapeutic Massage program prepares people for careers in massage and bodywork. Practitioners use their hands to apply various scientific principles to the muscles and soft tissue. Day (full-time) and evening (part-time) programs are available at Rend Lake College.
Therapeutic massage is used to facilitate relaxation, health improvement and pain relief. The program provides education in the human body, clinical experience and business, professional and personal development. Swedish Massage techniques are utilized as the foundation of practice.
Graduates may work in a variety of settings, including medical facilities, beauty salons, private practices and sports clinics.
An Illinois State Police background check is required to enroll in the program. Upon successful completion, students are qualified to take the national certification examination.
Analysis from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2000 numbers projects that the massage therapy industry will grow faster than average through 2010. A September 2002 press release from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork says the organization had seen a 25 percent rise in certifications every year since 1996.
To preregister for the entrance examination, contact Gloria Oliver, Career Resource and Assessment Specialist, at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1268 or 1266, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1268 / 1266. For more information about the Therapeutic Massage program, contact Therapeutic Massage Associate Professor Michael Adamson at Ext. 1274 or at (618) 927-7383.