Diploma of Sports and Medical Massage Program

Students practicing techniques in the Diploma of Sports and Medical Massage Program
Our Sport and Clinical-based Massage Therapy Program gives you expertly-developed massage skills with a valuable medical focus

Massage Therapy Career Training in Just 12 Months*

At Indiana Wellness College (formerly known as Indiana Massage College), you’ll be trained in sport and medical massage, so you can go after a career in a variety of healthcare and rehabilitation settings. Unlike generalist schools, IWC focuses on and excels at one thing – teaching massage therapy. Our instructors are massage experts and talented teachers in their own right. This means you’ll receive focused training from passionate professionals, setting you up to succeed in the massage therapy profession.

Broaden the scope of your career options! Our focused program will teach you clinical massage, not just Swedish massage. Learn how to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability, and increase joint mobility for patients leaving them with tangible results. With IWC, you’ll be equipped to go beyond relaxing patients and treat their mobility problems instead.

Many of our students come to us as career changers, or they wish to strengthen their current credentials by combining massage therapy with personal training, nursing, or other medical professions. Other students are former athletes who suffered sports injuries and have experienced the benefits of massage first-hand. Whatever your reason for attending, you’ll be training among mature, serious professionals.

Get the Skills to Start a Successful Massage Career

The DSMM Program at IWC consists of 900 hours of foundational massage and modalities training. You will receive the theoretical framework and practical skills needed to excel as a Massage Therapist, all while keeping things flexible for your other commitments in life like family and work.

During the course, you will learn:

  • Anatomy, Physiology, & Medical Terminology
  • Swedish Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Lymph Node Drainage
  • Pre & Post-Operative Massage
  • And More!

Not only will you meet educational requirements to be a certified or licensed Massage Therapist, you will acquire business skills that will allow you to present yourself expertly to employers or, if you’d prefer, start your own practice and become your own boss. With our program, you could be working or beginning your own practice in as little as 12 months*!

Learn Hands-On in Our Student Clinic

A key element of your training at IWC will be practicing massage techniques in a real, clinical setting. In our student clinic, where you will be for part of each quarter, you will work with real clients while being supervised by our instructors. There, you will gain confidence and experience the rewarding feeling of helping others with your newly-developed skills. Not only will you be hands-on in your learning, so will your instructors.

What makes Indiana Wellness College different from other schools is our instructor-to-student ratio: Each instructor looks after no more than 13 students – meaning you will know your instructors, and develop supporting relationships as you move through the program.

Convenient Learning Approach

The convenient learning approach at Indiana Wellness College enables students to learn the way that works best for them through 24/7 electronic access to lecture materials, assignments and videos while in the program, so that you can study thoroughly and as often as you need to.

During the program, you will also attend classes on campus one day per week, as well as perfect your massage skills during a weekly 5.5-hour shift at the Student Clinic.

Unlike other institutions that teach massage from a theoretical perspective, Indiana Wellness College emphasizes a hands-on program that prepares you for success in your new career.

Career Opportunities

Massage Therapy is an ideal career for the person who values flexibility and work/life balance. Many part-time and contract positions are available in the industry. With such a demand for the skill set and projected growth going forward, you may apply for certification or licensing and find work in cities of all sizes in most states across the country.

As a graduate and licensed therapist, you could find work in:

  • Chiropractor’s Offices
  • Sports/Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Health Clubs
  • Spas in hotels, resorts, cruise ships, and more

As a Massage Therapist, you will help alleviate pain and bring comfort to people in a relaxing, professional environment. Whether it’s a massage for a spa client or as part of clinical treatment, you will play an important role in bettering people’s lives.

Prepare for National Certification

Indiana Wellness College’s DSMM Program meets and exceeds the educational requirements for the national certification exam (MBLEx) and for certification in the state of Indiana. The state-wide average passing rate for the MBLEx is 76.9% on the first attempt. At Indiana Wellness College, however, the average passing rate is 94.1% (as of April 2018).

Why is our passing rate so high? It’s because of our above-and-beyond training standards and commitment to an optimal learning environment. Through the passion of our engaging instructors and specialized curriculum, we do everything we can to let you put your best foot forward into your career.

Financial Aid – Funding Your Career Training

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. We provide financial counseling, including payment plans and recommendations for third-party financing.

To learn about the financial aid options available for you, please contact us.

Course Curriculum

The program is divided into 4 quarters of theory and clinical practice. Click below to learn more about what’s taught in each quarter:

Quarter 1

Quarter 1 – 12 Weeks – 163 Hours

    • Swedish Massage
    • Seated & Corporate Chair Massage
    • Pregnancy Massage
    • Business Ethics & Soft Skills
    • Career Success Lab
    • Clinic Talk
    • Career Success
    • Integrated A&P(K)&MdT 1
  • Pathology 1

The first quarter of the curriculum is focused on learning the fundamentals of massage therapy including anatomy, ethics, and foundational modalities. Students have the opportunity to learn in our student clinic by offering massages to the public and helping with organization. We believe all aspects of this quarter can help our students prepare for a massage career.

Quarter 2

Quarter 2 – 13 Weeks – 245.75 Hours

    • CPR, First Aid & AED
    • MediSPA Techniques
    • Asian Modalities
    • Deep Tissue Massage
    • Kinesiotherapy
    • Career Success Lab
    • Clinic Talk
    • Career Success
    • Integrated A&P(K)&MdT 2
    • Pathology 2
  • Clinic 1

The second quarter curriculum is focused on teaching students more in-depth concepts and techniques within massage therapy. Here, students also practice their skills in our student clinic.

Quarter 3

Quarter 3 – 12 Weeks – 234 Hours

    • Deep Tissue Massage
    • Kinesiotherapy
    • Career Success Lab
    • Clinic Talk
    • Career Success
    • Integrated A&P(K)&MdT 3
    • Pathology 3
  • Clinic 2

The third quarter’s curriculum allows students to delve into sports massage on a deeper level. Students learn specific skills pertaining to sports like stretching and taping, as well as more about the human body and how its make-up can pertain to massage therapy.

Quarter 4

Quarter 4 – 13 Weeks – 257.25 Hours

    • Sports, Stretch, & K-Taking & Cupping
    • Lymph Drainage Massage
    • Medical Modalities
    • Craniosacral Therapy
    • Career Success Lab
    • Clinic Talk
    • Career Success
    • Massage Certificate Prep
    • Health Psychology
    • Therapist Nutrition
    • Practice Management & Marketing
    • Keystone Project
    • Community Leadership
  • Clinic 3

The last quarter is dedicated to preparing students to receive their massage therapy diploma and to help them become well-versed in several unique massage modalities like Asian and Craniosacral therapy. Our goal is to create knowledgeable, passionate, and driven massage therapists who wish to pursue careers in medical or sports massage upon graduation.

Course Curriculum Summary

Summary of Hours

    • Total Hours: 900
    • Supervised Class Hours: 625
    • Supervised Hands-On: 517.5
    • A&P Hours: 167
    • Patho Hours: 72
    • Business Hours: 129.5
  • Clinic Hours: 209

* As of February 2019

Course Cost

Below outlines the tuition and fees for the 50-week Diploma of Sports and Medical Massage Program:

Application Fee $25
Registration Fee $75
Total Fees $100
Tuition $13,500
Books & Materials $750
MBLEx Exam $265
Total Tuition Investment $14,515

* As of February 2019. Tuition includes classroom materials, clinic facilities and professional instruction.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for enrollment at Indiana Wellness College. While a college or university degree is beneficial for a variety of reasons, it is not a prerequisite for your massage therapy diploma or professional certification/licensing.

Is a Rewarding Career in Massage Therapy Right For You? Get More Info…

Massage Therapy is a filled with a wide range of career opportunities that allow to you enter a career you’re proud of without sacrificing the flexibility you want in your life. Training for your future career through Indiana Wellness College means much more than basic massage training. You will leave with the clinical skills needed to provide crucial healthcare services to clients.

We’d love to show you around our facilities and help you in making your important decision to go back to school. Fill out the form on this page, to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call 317-449-4798

*program length when completed in normal time