Most of the schools in the Chicago, IL, area that offer massage therapy programs are for-profit institutions. Based on school type and student-to-faculty ratio, the following university is considered a top school for massage therapy programs near Chicago:
- Winner: National University of Health Sciences, located approximately 20 miles from Chicago in Lombard, IL, is the only private nonprofit school within 25 miles of Chicago to offer massage therapy programs. Students can attend this school for certificate or associate's degree programs in massage therapy.
School Info Chart
|Category||National University of Health Sciences|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $14,406*|
|Massage Therapy Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Massage Therapy Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||21*|
|Most Popular Massage Therapy Level in 2012-2013||Certificate (20 awarded)*|
|Noteworthy||Massage therapy certification program accredited by The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation and the associate's degree program in massage therapy accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
National University of Health Sciences
- 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Combines classroom instruction with hands-on lab and clinical experiences
- Graduates of the massage therapy certificate program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork examination
Students interested in either the massage therapy certificate or associate's degree program in massage therapy at the National University of Health Sciences must first complete four evening classes about massage fundamentals and hands-on techniques.The 1-year Massage Therapy Certificate program and the Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy program share generally the same coursework.
Massage therapy courses address assessment and exam processes, biomechanics, ethical practices, palpation and soft tissue physiology. Courses also cover various therapeutic techniques such as trigger point therapy and chair massage as well as techniques used for geriatric patients, infants, pediatric patients and those with various neurological and other diseases. The certificate program has courses available in the evenings only.
Prior to entering the associate's degree program, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 33 credit hours of general education courses at an accredited school. The massage therapy program can be completed in one year as long as all general education requirements are met. Courses are available Monday through Thursday during evenings only. In addition to massage therapy practices and issues, topics covered in the degree program include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, nutrition and relaxation theories. Students also do clinical internships in the university's clinics and at various community sites.