BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s campus conferred certificates to nine therapeutic massage graduates on Friday, July 28. A graduation ceremony was held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Lamkin Hall at Ivy Tech Bloomington’s main campus.

Graduates are now eligible to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) and upon completion will be eligible for employment as massage therapists.

“Ivy Tech Bloomington began to offer the therapeutic massage certificate in Spring 2017 in response to workforce demand,” said Dr. Larry Swafford, dean of the school of health sciences. “Several local massage and spa businesses approached me during job fairs and open houses and asked if we thought about opening a program because there was such a need in the community.”

The therapeutic massage program is offered by five other Ivy Tech campuses: Evansville, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Sellersburg, and Terre Haute.

Ivy Tech’s therapeutic massage certificate is financial-aid eligible and requires 26 credit hours in course work, which equates to 500 clock hours. Students participate in a student-run clinic that is open to the public by appointment. The certificate also counts toward the Healthcare Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree. More information about the program can be found online at

To enroll at Ivy Tech, visit, stop into Ivy Tech Bloomington located at 200 Daniels Way, or call (812) 330-6013. Ivy Tech is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.