Lincoln College

Undergraduate Catalog :: Normal Campus


Massage Therapy Certificate


Certificates are not academic degree but are provided to document knowledge in certain professional fields for those students aspiring to employment in that field or for current professionals seeking to acquire new knowledge for professional advancement. Classes used to satisfy the requirements for a certificate carry academic credit and may also be used to satisfy major and minor degree requirements.

Massage Therapy Certificate (Traditional)

The Massage Therapy Certificate is designed to prepare students for a career as a licensed massage therapists. Students are required to complete 20 credits (660 clock hours) to be eligible to receive certificate from the school. Successful completion of coursework enables students to apply for the National Certification Exam or the MBLex to receive licensure from the State of Illinois.

Certificate Requirements

660 Clock Hours (20 “credits”)

Massage Therapy Schedule

Licensure Requirements

Any person is eligible to receive a license as a massage therapist who submits proof that he/she is 18 years of age, successfully completed a minimum of 500 hours from an established massage therapy school, has applied in writing on the prescribed forms and has paid the required fees, and had his/her fingerprints submitted to the Department of Police in an electronic format.

Licensed Massage therapists in the State of Illinois must obtain at least 24 hours of approved continuing education per license renewal period every 2 years.

The Massage Therapy program consists of the following courses of study:

Total classroom/clinical hours – 660

Massage Therapy Make Up Hours Available

Make up hours will be determined by the instructor on the first day of class.

Client Services

Massage Therapy students must have completed fundamentals and massage technique application (140 total hours) before performing massage on clients.

Licensure Requirements and Application Process (for the State of Illinois)

National Certification

State of Illinois Licensure