Harper College



1200 W Algonquin Rd
Health Careers Division
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
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Contact Information

Phone: (847)925-6076
Fax: (847)925-6047



Classes Begin

January, August

Financial Aid

Available to those who qualify

Year Established



Study the art and science of massage therapy with this top-tier program featuring:

  • 34 college credit hours (768 clock hours)
  • Experienced faculty who care about you and your success
  • Training for a career as a professional in allied health care
  • Full complement of community college services and support

Curriculum includes:

  • Relaxation and rehabilitative massage techniques
  • Sports, Seated Chair massage and Hydrotherapy
  • Movement & postural analysis
  • Two semester-long rotations in the school's massage teaching clinic with faculty supervision and support
  • Anatomy & physiology, kinesiology, pathology, business & legal practices necessary for success as a massage therapist

Admission requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a criminal background check

Graduates are eligible:

  • For the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), a requirement to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of IL, and
  • For the National Certification Board Exam, granting the credential Board Certified for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, a mark of excellence in the massage therapy profession

Interested students can:


Therapeutic Massage Certificate - Full Time Program

Program Hours: 768
Program Length: 11
Enrollment Period(s): Full time: Aug start / Part time: Jan start
Class Time: Both
Full or Part Time: Both
Continuing Education (CE): No
Career Services: Yes
Student Clinic: Yes