Frequently Asked Questions About ICSMM
Q: Will I receive enough certification hours from ICSMM to be eligible for the national certification exam and/or the Indiana State Certification?
A: Absolutely. You will find that Indiana College of Sports and Medical Massage (ICSMM) meets and exceeds every area of national examination & state certification requirements. (Click below for details.)
Curriculum to Standards Comparison
Q: What is the instructor-to-student ratio at Indiana College of Sports and Medical Massage?
A: ICSMM emphasizes hands-on instruction, so instructor-to-student ratio is never more than 12-to-1.
Q: What is the size of a typical class?
A: ICSMM limits class enrollment to 12 students per class. By contrast some schools allow classes with up to 55 students.
Q: How long is the program?
A: The program may be completed in 40 weeks (about 9 months).
Q: What massage techniques and modalities are emphasized?
A: While students receive instruction in many popular and therapeutic massage techniques, all techniques are solution-focused and emphasize preparation for work in a clinical setting. Examples include Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, rehabilitative massage, kinesio-taping, lymph drainage, pregnancy massage, nutrition, hydrotherapy, hot stone, and others.
Q: Will my instructors be experienced therapists?
A: Yes. Our instructors at ICSMM come from the ranks of massage therapists who work in spas, medical clinics or private practice. Our instructors are seasoned educators.
Q: Is other coursework available from Indiana College of Sports and Medical Massage?
A: No, Our business is to educate and train qualified massage therapists. Instead of being just good at many programs, having one program allows us to pursue excellence in our area of specialization.
Q: Will I be able to work while I complete the program?
A: Yes. Our hybrid learning model was created with the needs of working adults and busy families in mind. Designed for the average student to complete in around 19 hours each week (about the same as a part time job), you have maximum flexibility.
Q: Can I learn massage online from home?
A: Yes, online programs do require initiative and self-discipline, but we also provide support to help you build those skills. Orientation and your first day of class includes exercises in scheduling to balance your school work with family and job. Sample study schedules are provided and then individually adapted to your specific situation. Weekly campus attendance in the classroom allows students to meet and discuss as well as to practice hands-on skills. This combination of home study and supervised hands-on practice optimizes learning and time efficiency.
Q: I’m not a techie, can I really study ‘online?’
A: Most massage therapists are not techies and our program was designed with that in mind. If you can send an email and have ever used Facebook, then you already have all the skills you will need. If the email part is still scary or you just don’t like Facebook, we’ll cover that in orientation.
Q: What kind of job can I get?
A: Our program offers a unique combination of medical and sports focused training because we focus on finding solutions for our clients. Unlike many general massage curriculum, which only prepare you for employment at a spa, you will leave us with marketable skills valuable in a variety of therapeutic settings and with the business training to succeed if you decide to create your own job. Of course, we’ll also cover all of the basic massage skills necessary to “wow” a spa manager into offering you spa employment, but you’ll also learn effective techniques for helping ease chronic pain and injuries.
Q: Do I have to take General Education classes like English & Math?
A: No, although general education is important. ICSMM is a career-focused school providing specific training in massage and bodywork. You can pick up “Gen-Eds” at any community college; come to us for career skills.