Swedish Institute Reviews

  • 27 Reviews
  • New York (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,725
38% of 27 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 27 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Justin James
  • Reviewed: 5/6/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I graduated from the nursing program in 2017, when the program was in its infancy. Overall, I had an excellent experience with the program; the professors were knowledgeable, dedicated, and ultimately helped prepare me to pass the NCLEX exam. The accelerated nursing program is not for everyone and requires you to work hard but will set you up for success (passed the NCLEX in 75 questions, what more could you want!!)"
Sara Di Stefano
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2020
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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!!!"
Meghan K
  • Reviewed: 6/11/2019
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
"The Massage Therapy program at the Swedish Institute is hands-down fantastic. I felt incredibly prepared and ready to go out and interview and secure jobs. We were also thoroughly prepared for the state board exam required for licensure (honestly, if you can't pass this, you shouldn't be an LMT). The faculty are amazing and passionate, I never had a bad experience with any instructor and have definitely made some life-long connections with many. I've had really great success so far being a massage therapist and I'm looking forward to many more years to come! Seriously, Swedish sets you up entirely for success, as long as you are dedicated and put in the time and effort that is required to be a knowledgeable and trustworthy LMT. Thank you, Swedish Institute!"
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2019
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
"I loved attending the Swedish Institute for Massage. To be honest, the program was much more intense and thorough than I anticipated and I'm SO glad! I know so much more about neurology, kinesiology, pathology, anatomy and physiology than I ever thought I would. The classes build upon the knowledge that you learn, so make sure to study hard in first semester - because all of that info helps you to get through the rest of the curriculum. I loved my time there, and would recommend to anyone wanting to study massage."
Thomas S
  • Reviewed: 6/5/2019
  • Degree: Surgical Technician
"I was searching a while to find a school for Surgical Technology that met my needs in obtaining a degree with a successful career path. I found that Swedish Institute College Of Health Sciences was the right one. My future started the moment I made that choice of commitment to higher education. I had to plan ahead and lay out the groundwork for my success. Starting the Surgical Technologist program at Swedish Institute College proves to be challenging feet but, the harder I study and worked, the brighter I saw my future in becoming a Certified Surgical Technologist. Attending Swedish Institute not only gave me the skills I needed but they provided me with a level of care that assured me I can make it. The admission teams, administrator, the program director, and professors will help guide you every step of the way. If youre looking for a great school, look no further. Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences should be your number 1 choice."
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  • Reviewed: 5/28/2019
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
"Am forever grateful for the fair, thorough training, teaching, confidence building experience the Swedish Institute afforded me and many others. Massage was different in 1986. LMT's often traveled to Clients homes with tables..$100.00 x's what was suggested to be the goal of 20 Clients a week..was BIG Bucks~and still is. Rates have gone up^^! During the day I worked at local health clubs, on call at some hotels, Elizabeth Arden, eventually rented space in a ladies gym on Park Ave in NYC..and still had time to be home, walk the dog. Every step was great, inspiring..lead to the next, ~..I followed the path that being a freelance LMT offers. Made turns right and left. At age 58 in 2019..found a good place. The healing, healthy, helpful, lucrative most times choice of living this healing arts reality is not always for the weak or meek..BUT will build you to being a "best you" even if you are an introvert~helps you find yourself~ Go to a solid school..one with history like the Swedish Institute, go the extra mile to attend SI...you'll feel the strength of this potential when you walk the halls~ be a trailblazer..it matters. Education is nurtured at the Swedish Institute~ is so worth it! Best."
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2018
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
"I graduated from Swedish Institute in 2001 with a associates degree for the Massage Therapy program. Honestly, after so many years and still having to sadly pay a school loan I want to give this school 0 stars! For any student that is thinking about attending this school please look elsewhere. Dont waste your time and money in this school! If I knew better I would have gotten a degree in Occupational therapy assisting vs. the c*** degree I got from Swedish Institute. Additionally, not only do they make it expensive they make it super difficult especially the c*** tools of assessment class which I believe Frasier developed. Its a useless class which should be taught to people only considering Physical Therapy not Massage Therapy. I have worked in Chiropractic and physical therapy clinics and can honestly say that a lot of the material taught in that class was not even necessary to learn. A special test is only done by a physical therapist not by a massage therapist so what a crock! I wish so bad I never attended this school what a waste of my time and money! Not only Im I a massage therapist my husband is a physical therapist so I know what Im explaining here. Get a better school and a degree in another school not Swedish Institute!"
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Please run from this school, it is set up to make you fail. There main goal is for you to repeat the classes, so you will have to pay $5000. to repeat the classes. Many people are second degree students with A average, but are unable to pass simple classes like English, Psychology etc... Most students are unable to progress or even graduate from this program. You will regret it if you go...."
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"Let me just start off by saying the road to success is not an easy one . However the instructors at Swedish make it harder for you . Ive never encountered this type of behavior before . The school is unprofessional , they change dates around on you with no warning and its your job to accommodate them . Its unfortunate that this review has to be left but students are afraid if they escalate situations they will be bullied and black listed . The truth is the students and myself are not learning a thing . The current professor has a bad disposition and expects you to know everything . Please dont ask to clarify anything its like youre asking to be belittled and screamed at . She runs threw the slides , she rolls her eyes at the students and most of all she calls us stupid in her own words every chance she gets !!! If I cant move on to the next semester with a clear understanding of what I should know , well thats a poor reflection on the both of us . I can go on and on for days but Ill just end it with . RUN WHILE YOU CAN ."
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"I just want to say how disappointed I am with the way this program has unfolded. I dont think it should be taken lightly that some of us put ourselves in $50,000 debt because we believed we signed up for quality education in a quality facility. Ive been through a profit nursing school before and had good grades and had quality teachers but due to unfortunate circumstances, left the program. I WANT to be a well rounded and well qualified nurse and Im lucky enough to have learned fundamentals in my previous school that i had been able to pass, due to my prior education. Its disheartening when professors and administration play the blame game ion each other and then reprimand and belittle their students because of it. At the end of the day they highlight and yell at the top of their lungs about how much the students dont know and how scared they are for our future as nurses. Instead they should listen to themselves and see that their students are a reflection of the quality of their teaching. Dont get me wrong, i think students and teachers should be held accountable for their actions, but how are students supposed to be knowledgeable if their arent given and arent guided with the proper knowledge? Instead we get teachers that get mad at the student for asking a question, you receive the response omg, you should know this already! Yes, we should and unfortunately a lot of us dont because when we ask questions we dont get the quidance we need. How are we supposed to feel comfortable in such a hostile childish environment. When you get criticize for being tired, because were young and we dont have the right to complain about being tired because we apparently dont have responsibilities! When some of us have full time jobs or work overnight or have children, i dont think anyone should ever have to deal with instructors like that. We shouldnt have to feel like were being judged in that manner. If a teacher is in a bad mood wed get the door slammed on us. Not ALL instructors in the program are bad, the professor that teaches all the science classes is amazing! He doesnt use slides, he lectures and asks us questions as he lectures the topic repeats if we dont understand and connects it all to nursing concepts/care, even to the drugs for certain things. THATS a knowledgeable and respectable teacher!!! I am still in the program and am currently passing, to no credit but our science teacher and my prior fundamentals and med surg teachers at a different school . I do put the time and the effort to teach myself outside of the class room, but life is stressful as it is and Ive spent too much money to try and leave. Since trying to get through the program is stressful enough, working to make sure you and your family dont die, i should t have to be stressed over the drama that this institutions staff creates. Some teachers play victim really well and like to make it seem like the students are bullies. Understand why students get so frustrated before you sit there in your high horse and withhold grades and give off attitude. Attitudes of an instructor should never have to be brought up to this extent, we as students shouldnt have to feel like were constantly battling for the education that we pay for. I will say our dean is a good dean, she unfortunately had been out for a good length of time due to unfortunate circumstances. Now that shes back hopefully there can be change for the better. PS dont go to this school."
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2018
  • Degree: Nursing
"This nursing program is honestly just terrible. This school wont be open for long. Sad to say that I havent learned ANYTHING from the professors. Its sad because we spend a fortune to go here. I would never recommend anyone to this program. The administration is just pitiful and they are all about money. I am 4 semesters in and I am afraid for when I get out on the field. My classmates and I all feel the same way. We pretty much teach ourselves everything. Professors do nothing but read from the slides. They dont teach. People please save your money. Dont even waste your time signing up for such an unprofessional establishment. Go to a real school where you will actually learn something!"