Swedish Institute Reviews

  • 26 Reviews
  • New York (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,725
38% of 26 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 26 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Sara Di Stefano
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2020
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I attended Swedish Institute from 2015-2017. The course work was challenging but exciting and the hands on instructors were the absolute best. The instructors helped prepare me for what it would be like in the real world. I was able to be a part of some great internships through the school. Right after I graduated and took the NYS exam, I moved to Texas. The extensive training I received at Swedish helped me land a job at a super luxurious spa that doesn’t hire newbies. I am grateful for my training and experience at Swedish."
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2020
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I am very pleased with the education received the Swedish Institute. As a recent graduate I found myself excelling effortlessly. This school really prepares you and gives the students all knowledge, tools and resources to be a leading successful massage therapist not years after graduating but right after finishing school you are already right at the level of experienced therapists. The clients I am seeing now think I have years of experience from the results and the way my work feels and information I give them when addressing their case or problem areas. My employers are incredibly pleased with my readiness and professionalism which the school really enforces in all classes. This is due in great part to the amazing experienced and active faculty members we are lucky to learn from and the extensive advanced curriculum in combination with an excellent clinic that allows as to get real experience which has come handy in my current practice. So if you take advantage of what this school offers, apply yourself and being a massage therapist is your calling this is the best school to go to."
Damian DeMolina
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2020
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I attended SWEDISH and finished in 2 years. I can’t speak highly enough of my experience during my time there. The staff was so professional and armed with knowledge. I met great friends there. SWEDISH isn’t a program for someone who isn’t going to take the plunge and make the commitment. It’s hard work. You have to be committed and in the end, it’s worth it. You’ll have the best massage therapy education you can have and will have the confidence to work anywhere. It was recommended to me from a friend who graduated about a decade before me. I’m so glad I listened to her and took her advice. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you attend an orientation there and see for yourself."
Eric Joppy
  • Reviewed: 10/31/2019
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"The Swede has opened my mind to the many layers and approaches to massage work. I didnt realize what an incredible blessing I was in for when signing up for the massage program. The swede did not only teach me how to “rub” a body. It taught me how to creatively think and approach the body, how magical we are as human beings, how much our emotions are really our super power, and how to take your power back. I received an Associates degree in Occupational Studies, which I also didnt realize I would receive when signing up. I confidently recommend the Swedish Institute to anyone looking to begin, or further a career in the health or fitness fields. Going to Swedish is like therapy for your mind, body, AND soul. Plus the faculty and instructors are full of wisdom and passion, which makes learning a lot more enjoyable."
E Spencer
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2019
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2001
"I graduated Swedish Institute in 2001 and have had a career in therapeutic bodywork ever since. The SI curriculum prepared me for a career, not just a job. The world of massage and bodywork is a wide sea of possibilities, and with the education I received I was able to confer with chiropractors and physicians in their language about clients/patients who benefit from informed, knowledgeable treatment of soft tissue. Being equipped to do basic orthopedic testing allowed me to provide treatments that addressed the source of a client's problem rather than guessing and chasing pain; this, in turn, allowed me to build a private practice where clients trust they will receive knowledgeable care from an educated practitioner. I have more job satisfaction that I could have ever imagined. This school does not teach a cookie-cutter approach — you will learn more than you need to do spa massages; If you want a trade school, keep looking. Swedish Institute will prepare you to be a thinking bodywork professional."
Don't waste your time
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"This school need more professional teachers. The lab coordinator should be fired. She is absolutely horrendous. She tries to intimidate and yell at every student to point that we are afraid to speak.Lab is antiquated and simulation is a joke. Just terrible. Worst educational decision I have ever made. Go to St.Paul's school of Nursing instead. I def should have. smh"
Great training and skills foundation!
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2019
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"I graduated in 2009 with an associates in a massage therapy. Since then Ive worked in various massage settings, cities and countries - day spas, chiropractic offices, gyms, luxury spas and private practice. The Swedish gave me a wonderful education in the standard Swedish massage approach as well as advanced Western technique training which gave me a solid foundation to execute skillful techniques in my sessions. Over the years, I continued to enhance my professional training with the continuing education classes the Swedish Institute provides throughout the year. I've also made wonderful personal and professional friends here."
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2019
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"RUN This school is a profit scheme quite frankly. I came in just to inquire about MAYBE doing a massage program IN THE FUTURE at ANY school but they bullied me into signing up that week, saying school is about to start and if you dont register NOW you will miss classes! I hadn't even been fully sold on the idea of obtaining a 2nd degree. Every year they charge new students $5000 more (they told us this). Once I needed to take a semester off for work and the staff gave me the WRONG drop date, so I was then told I owed Swedish over $1000 during my time off in late drop fees to start the following semester. I said screw them, and went to class anyway, AND THE FEE MAGICALLY DISAPPEARED. (My friend had a similar incident. They make you appeal if you fail a class and some classes require a C+ to pass (oddly enough those irrelevant to massage therapy). Some textbooks are 500 pages and certain teachers are fantastic, but then there are those from other departments who come teach our program and couldn't be bothered less with inquires or adequate teaching. Aside from that, some teachers. I already called my teacher snapping at me mid lecture, to stop talking, when in fact another student was asking ME a question! What a welcome! Many teachers do not have degrees for what they are teaching (Neurology, Soft Tissue Assesmenent, etc) and a select few come from other professions totally (expect massage courses)! Students are given 30 mins to shovel food down their throats in a lunch room with 1-2 working microwaves for 200 students on lunch break at a given time. 30% of the curriculum are classes that are not only contrary to science, but are MANDATORY (not electives) and completely useless in the job world (Eastern modalities). A waste of time, money and intellect. Yet they DO NOT teach you hot stone massage, Indian Head Massage, wraps, scrubs or anything most spas require. Sports massage was literally a TWO DAY LESSON, and chair massage ( the most physically taxing), ONE DAY. If you want to learn in depth about any of the techniques to actually NEED in the spas, they will offer them as continuing education courses for hundreds of dollars per day, up to over a thousand for a few days course. PROFIT SCHEME at the benefit of investors, not students. Historically, the school is responsible for pushing the state legislation requiring 1200 hours of education and a special State licensure. Reason being is so that they can offer a pricey degree program at triple the rate of public colleges in the region. Had I been given more time to think about are schools, absolutely would have chosen a public college because not only are they affordable, but they would have my best interest adequate education and job placement. For 1200 hours of education, you can have an INTERNATIONAL MASSAGE CERTIFICATION (CIDESCO) that includes beauty and spa training. I would have preferred to have that.The best thing about the whole program was oddly enough, the Professional Development classes ( which even still were inadequate). They made gross exaggerations with how much money we can make (against accreditation rules), and should have expanded their classes about massage and business. In fact, a dual degree with spa management (or at least electives) is vastly more useful than any one energetic massage class taught! Alas, there were none offered. Nor did they speak about national and international certifications to expand our horizons. In hindsight, it's probably so that you stay in NYC to take their costly Continuing Education courses! With all the bad reviews about false representation and lack of adequate studies (in Nursing, Massage, etc), I honestly wonder how they are able to keep accreditation, or who they are paying to do so. This school should be reported."
Latif Yasin
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2019
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"First and foremost I’d like to say that Swedish Institute changed my life, and all for the better. Initially when I decided to attend Swedish, I was just seeking formal allied health training so that I could land an entry level position as a Medical Assistant. I not only received a marketable and professional certification from Swedish: I also gained life long mentors, I was able to take part in extensive community service events, land an excellent externship at a leading Pediatric clinic in the NYC area, and gain the confidence I needed to be successful in the future endeavors. The instructors at Swedish are a GEM — why? Because you can tell they care so long as the student puts forth the effort. Pay close attention to me when I say this: they will help you succeed and they want you better your life. The classrooms are simulated like an actual clinic/hospital setting, the massage classrooms all look very professional, the “operating room” is state of the art — everything about Swedish is top notch. Not to mention, the location made for an easy commute. Swedish isn’t like your traditional college, it’s fast paced and they prepare you for that professional job you want. In my opinion and through much personal life experience, education regardless of what school you attend is what YOU (the student) make of it. I would never trade my time at Swedish for anything else! To this day, I miss my mentors and my peers - it was such a positively life altering chapter in my life and I’m forever grateful."
Mike Castle
  • Reviewed: 6/11/2019
  • Degree: Personal Training
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I graduated from The Swedish Institute's Advanced Personal Training degree program with an associates in Exercise Physiology in 2016. The instructors there were very caring and helpful. The staff in the finical aid office were very helpful as well. I was former military and they made the transition very easy and understandable for me. I recently graduated from LIU Brooklyn with a degree in Sports Science and I owe it all to the Swedish Institute. I feel that the Swedish Institute allowed me to articulate eloquently why it is that we do what we do with our bodies and how we do it. The anatomy, the science, and the business. When I got to LIU I felt super prepared and nothing caught me off guard. In fact I felt like I knew just as much or if not, more than the professors when it came to exercise science. If you are thinking about attending The Swedish Institute for the personal training program I advise that you do it now!!!"