Massage Therapy - Associate in Occupational Studies
Founded in 1916, the Swedish Institute is the oldest school of massage therapy in the United States and has graduated thousands of massage therapists over the past 96 years. The current massage therapy program is a 64 semester credit hour program that can be completed in as little as 16 months and graduates receive an Associate in Occupational Studies degree in Massage Therapy. Full time and part time study is available and classes are offered at various times throughout the day and evening. Graduates are eligible to sit for the New York State Licensing Examination in Massage Therapy.
The Institute has one of the most comprehensive massage therapy programs in the country in terms of curriculum hours, emphasis on therapeutic understanding, clinical training, and integration of Western and Eastern techniques. The dynamic curriculum develops strong skills in Western and Eastern styles of massage, with an emphasis on careful assessment and treatment, professional development and business practices.
Employment opportunities range from private practice to working in spas, health clubs, on cruise ships, in hospitals and in conjunction with other health professionals.
Surgical Technologist - Associate in Occupational Studies
The Surgical Technologist program prepares students to become an integral part of the surgical team. As a health professional whose primary responsibility is assisting and attending the surgeon, the Surgical Technologist usually works under pressure, with focused concentration, speed and accuracy for extended periods of time. The integrative approach at Swedish Institute will prepare students to work in this important field while caring for themselves and their patients. Students learn anatomy and physiology, surgical procedures, and safe and effective conditions required for surgery. Through laboratory and hands-on practice, students learn proper procedures for creating and maintaining sterile conditions, setting up the operating room, and the preparation of equipment and instruments in advance of surgery.
The Surgical Technologist program is 94.5 quarter-credit hour program that takes full-time students 18 months to complete and leads to an Associate in Occupational Studies degree. Surgical Technologists work in a variety of settings such as hospital surgical departments, outpatient surgical centers, physician’s offices, ambulatory surgical centers and in the private sector in medical sales, product development and education.