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Massage Therapy Training Program & Continuing Education

Rock Valley College offers both a complete Massage Therapy Training Program as well as Massage Therapy Continuing Education Classes to help keep massage therapists on top of their licensure requirements.

Massage Therapy Training Program

Our Massage Therapy Training Program through Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center LLC offers 600-hour/12-month training to people pursuing a career in massage & bodywork therapies.

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).

Massage Therapy Training Program

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 the Fast Track Day Program starts every April.

Program 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 (included in tuition); receive a 60-minute professional massage by a licensed massage therapist prior to enrolling; and obtain two letters of personal reference.

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 options!

Program content includes:

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 both basic relaxation and deep-tissue massage techniques. 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; Deep Tissue & 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. 

After the program:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will receive a certificate from Bodycraft Wellness & Massage Center, LLC. Students then become eligible to take their MBLEX exam. Upon passing the exam, students can then apply for an Illinois state license under the Department of Financial and Professional Regulations Division. Successful completion does not guarantee employment, but
strong support and guidance will be offered.

 Complaints against this school must be made through the IBHE Online Complaint System. 

Rock Valley College is excited to announce a "Fast Track" Day Program option for the Massage Therapy Training Program that starts every April. 

The program will meet one day per week, Thursdays from 9 AM to 9 PM, for a total of 12 months. Students will be given appropriate breaks throughout the day and year. Massage Therapy students will also be responsible for clinic hours on Wednesdays from 9 AM to 1 PM, 80 elective hours, and volunteer outreach hours on days of their choosing.

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

Established in memory of Chase Shott by his mother, Kathy Shott, and others who knew and loved Chase and 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 through the named scholarship established through the Rock Valley College Foundation. 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 the scholarship.

Watch Chase Shott's program testimonial: 

Continuing Education & Elective Classes

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.

Register for Massage Therapy Continuing Education classes on Eventbrite!

You can also view and register for classes through RVC Self Service. 

Please click on each course for more information:

Current Term (Spring 2023)

Sec. Date/Location Avail.
Philosophical Physiology Prop
3/31/23 - 3/31/23
Fri 11:00am-2:00pm CLII 122
All Available
Fri 11:00am-2:00pm CLII 127
Infant Massage
4/26/23 - 4/26/23
Wed 1:00pm-5:00pm CLII 122
Wed 1:00pm-5:00pm CLII 127
Forearm Fusion
5/5/23 - 5/6/23
Fri/Sat 9:00am-6:00pm CLII 122
Fri/Sat 9:00am-6:00pm CLII 127
Lomi Lomi
5/7/23 - 5/8/23
Mon/Sun 9:00am-4:30pm CLII 122
All Available
Mon/Sun 9:00am-4:30pm CLII 127
Spa Add-Ons
5/10/23 - 5/10/23
Wed 1:00pm-8:00pm CLII 122
Wed 1:00pm-8:00pm CLII 127
Self-Care for Massage Therapis
5/12/23 - 5/12/23
Fri 10:00am-5:00pm CLII 122
Fri 10:00am-5:00pm CLII 127
Massage Therapy I-Swedish
4/19/23 - 5/31/23
Wed 9:00am-1:00pm CLII 122
Wed 9:00am-1:00pm CLII 127
Thur 9:00am-9:00pm CLII 122
Thur 9:00am-9:00pm CLII 127

Upcoming Term (Summer 2023)

Sec. Date/Location Avail.
Sports Massage
6/24/23 - 6/25/23
Sat/Sun 10:00am-5:00pm CLII 122
Sat/Sun 10:00am-5:00pm CLII 127
Scar Tissue Massage
7/15/23 - 7/16/23
Sat/Sun 10:00am-5:00pm CLII 122
Sat/Sun 10:00am-5:00pm CLII 127
Bamboo Fusion Therapy
8/5/23 - 8/6/23
Sat/Sun 9:00am-6:00pm CLII 122
All Available
Sat/Sun 9:00am-6:00pm CLII 127

Disclaimer: Course availability is updated often but not in real-time. Availability indicated on this page does not guarantee you a seat in the class. View live availability data when registering in Self Service.

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