RLC's Massage Therapy program to be offered at night starting Fall 2013

INA, Ill. (April 18, 2013) - Rend Lake College will begin an evening Therapeutic Massage program in the fall.

Massage Therapy is a profession that provides personal and business benefits. Reasons for pursuing this avenue of professional growth are as individual as the student.

"Part of the college's mission is to make educational programming as available as possible to anyone who wants to pursue it," said Kim Robert, dean of the Allied Health Division. "We understand many students struggle to balance family, work and school. It's unfortunate when those responsibilities cause someone to decide to drop out of a program or not go back to school at all. Hopefully, by offering this program at night, they can pursue an education on a schedule that fits."

    The Therapeutic Massage program is designed to provide a basic education in the profession of therapeutic massage, including classroom theory, laboratory practice and clinical experience in the public setting. Instruction in CPR / First Aid, business and ethics also is included. This program prepares individuals for careers in massage and bodywork. Practitioners use their hands to apply various scientific principles to the muscles and soft tissue. Therapeutic massage is used to facilitate relaxation, health improvement and pain relief.


RLC's Occupational Certificate in Therapeutic Massage includes the following classes:

  • Introduction to Therapeutic Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage Techniques I
  • Human Body for Massage Therapy I
  • Pathology for Massage Therapy
  • Business Practices and Ethics   
  • Responding to Client Emergencies
  • Human Body for Massage Therapy II
  • Therapeutic Massage Techniques II
  • Therapeutic Massage Clinical I 
  • Therapeutic Massage Clinical II 

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible for Illinois state licensure and to take the National Certification Exam. One of the final classes in the program focuses on reviewing for the National Certification Examination. The program is approved by the Illinois Community College Board and recognized by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. It consists of 29 credit hours (616 contact hours). The program is housed at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon.

Employment Opportunities
    Varied employment opportunities exist in the field of therapeutic massage, including (but not limited to): working along with other health care professionals in a clinical setting – hospitals, chiropractors’ and physicians’ offices, physical therapy and pain management clinics – spa settings, beauty shops, corporations and, in many cases, self-employment, both full- and part-time.

Program Requirements

Therapeutic Massage is not an open-entry program. Application requirements include:

  • Admission to Rend Lake College
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or GED certificate
  • Proof of sound health by a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner
  • Documentation of health screenings and immunizations
  • Membership in a national massage association with liability insurance
  • Completion of each class with a grade of “C” or better
  • Passing of a background check

Financial Aid

The college tries to assist individuals who demonstrate financial need, and in most cases, financial aid is available. The college has been approved as a participating institution for grants made by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and also is approved for federal student aid programs, including veterans benefits. Locally endowed scholarships are available to full-time students through the RLC Foundation.

To Enroll

To get started, call RLC's Allied Health Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1251. A toll-free number at 800-369-5321 is available to residents of the college's district. Email Allied Health at or .

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