Massage Therapy

This non-credit certification program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Other funding sources may be available for those who qualify. Students are encouraged to explore Sallie Mae, The Workforce Connection, VA Funding, and other scholarship/grant opportunities.

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About the Program

The Massage Training and Continuing Education Program offers both a complete certification program as well as continuing education classes to help keep massage therapists on top of their licensing requirements.

Finish our Massage Therapy Training Program in less than a year! Led by Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center LLC – we offer a 600-hour training for a career in massage and bodywork therapies.

With a strong business edge and a well-rounded curriculum, this program has been designed to offer students a comprehensive education, combining lectures, demonstrations, and clinical practice. The program starts every September and April.

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the human body and its interactions, as well as a strong foundation in the areas of anatomy and physiology, applied kinesiology, and pathology. The program involves hands-on learning of basic relaxation, therapeutic, and clinical approaches. After completing a certain portion of the program, student clinics will be available, which will allow students opportunities to perform massage on actual clients, under the supervision of licensed massage therapists and/or instructors.

The program will also cover the History & Theory of Massage; Fundamentals of Massage & Bodywork Therapies; Therapeutic Massage, Clinical Approaches, & Other Modalities; Anatomy & Physiology; Kinesiology; Business, Wellness, & Ethics; Community Outreach; Student Clinic; Research; and elective modalities related to the field of massage therapy will also be required. 

Admission Requirements

  • Students must be 18 years of age or older;
  • have a high school Diploma or GED;
  • complete a student interview with Jamie Fanara (Program Director);
  • obtain ABMP student insurance;
  • receive a 60-minute professional massage by a licensed massage therapist prior to enrolling; and
  • obtain two letters of reference.

What can I do with this certificate?

Potential Careers & Wages

  • Get Licensed: Students will be eligible to sit for the MBLEX exam and apply for a state license. Once the official license is received from the state, you can practice doing massage as a Licensed Massage Therapist.
  • Competitive Pay
  • Jobs in chiropractic clinics, spas, salons, athletic centers, wellness centers, pain clinics, and local hospitals.

Students and graduates of the Massage Therapy program rave about the program and its instructors. Check out this video to learn more about Massage Therapy at RVC.

Program cost: $7,995*
*Note: Electives and supplies are priced separately.
  • Tuition includes a non-refundable $495 registration/processing fee.
  • We do not offer Financial Aid at this time. However, feel free to explore Sallie Mae, The Workforce Connection, VA Funding, and other scholarship/grant opportunities.

Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center LLC is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and is an Assigned School with the National Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).

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  • Fall starts in September. Schedule: Tuesday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., and Thursdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Spring starts in April. Schedule: Wednesday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

To learn more, contact Jamie Fanara at (815) 977-4743 or

This scholarship was established in memory of Chase Shott by his mother, Kathy Shott, and others who knew and loved Chase. They wanted to continue his beautiful legacy of love by aiding future students of Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center and Rock Valley College’s 600-Hour Massage Therapy Program Rock Valley College Foundation scholarship. The Chase Shott Memorial Scholarship is available to give a helping hand for equipment, books, or extra classes that may be required over and above the tuition costs.

Learn more about Chase in this short video testimony.

We also provide NCBTMB-approved Continuing Education Classes for Licensed Massage Therapists. Whether you are new to the field or have years of experience, we have the classes you need to meet your State CE requirements. Please check with your state governing boards prior to enrolling when maintaining an out-of-state license.

Search online using course code prefix MAS.

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