Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Massage Therapy Fall Semester Retests

Massage Therapy Written Retest Exams:
Thursday, January 2nd at 2:00 pm
Report to 5th floor

Massage Therapy Palpation retest:
Thursday, Jan. 2nd at 10:00 am
Report to 5th floor

Introduction to Eastern ORAL retest:
Thursday, Jan. 2nd at 12:00 noon
Report to 5th floor

Massage Therapy practical retest exam:
Friday, Jan 3rd at various times.  Check with 226 Reception

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Attention 1st Semester Massage Therapy Students

The deadline for handing in your Health Certificate and PPD (TB test) results is Nov. 15th
Please return the completed documents to Claudia Etienne (x110) in the 5th floor Administrative Office.
(If you need new blank forms see Claudia--All other documents go to Jessica in Admissions)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Swedish Institute's Moodle is Moving

Moodle will be moving to a new server.

What does this mean for you?
  • The current URL (http://moodle.swedishinstitute.edu) will remain the same
  • Your current username/password will be the same
  • All past attempts at practice tests/quizzes and flashcards will be reset
  • You will be prompted to create a new profile on your first login to the new moodle.
  • The navigation, look and feel of the moodle has been updated.
This migration will occur starting on 10/14/2013 and should be completed by 10/19/2013.

Due to various internet provider configurations the actual time change will be different for each user. There may be some exceptions that take longer due to internet provider configurations but those should be rare.

During the migration all material will be available on both the old and new site so users will not lose the ability use the resources on the moodle.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Massage Therapy Student Recognition Day

Please join your fellow students as we celebrate one another's achievements at our first ever


When: Wednesday, October 16th
Where: 226 Student Lounge
When: All Day beginning at 12:30 pm

Please stop by before class, after class, or during evening break.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

165th Graduation Ceremony

There is nothing more satisfying than setting a goal, trying your best and accomplishing it. On Friday, September 27, 2013, students who have completed the specific requirements of the health care training program of their choice will graduate from Swedish Institute. The ceremony will take place at Fashion Institute’s Haft Auditorium, an impressive facility which is perfect for this momentous occasion.

Students enrolled in the Nursing program and have completed 68 semester credit-hour courses will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. To celebrate their great accomplishments, nursing students will undergo this rite of passage, which includes a pinning, candle lighting and an oath. With roots dating back to the 1860s, the ceremony is the symbolic beginning of their professional career in nursing.

Following the nursing ceremony, students from our Massage Therapy, Clinical and Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist and Personal Training programs will graduate, beginning at 6 p.m. This important milestone will be marked with music, readings and special speakers.

To all of our graduates – we you the best in all of your future endeavors. We know you will make a positive impact in the field of health sciences, and as you depart Swedish Institute to pursue your dreams, remember the words of Charles Dickens: “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”

Friday, August 16, 2013


August 17-28 8:00 am - 8:30 pm Monday through Friday
Saturday August 24, 31, & Sept. 7
August 29-September 9

Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-6:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Recent Scholarship Winners


For the Surgical Technologist Program:
SOHAIL KHALID – Eckardt Scholarship
FARRAH JOSHUA – Gilbert Scholarship

For the Massage Therapy Program:
SALLY SIBSON – Eckardt Scholarship
SOPHIE TOROK – Plumhoff Scholarship

Attention: First Semester Massage Students

The deadline for submitting your health certificate and PPD (TB Test) is July 15th.  If you are not sure whether or not you have submitted these documents, please check with Claudia Etienne in the Administrative Office here on the 5th floor. (X110)

If you need new blank forms she can provide them to you.
Thank you for being proactive in completing your file.

(If your file is not complete by the end of the semester you
WILL NOT be able to attend classes next semester).

Monday, June 10, 2013

93 Year Old Graduate Retires - Donates Table to Swedish Institute.

Throughout the year Alumni Services gets calls from graduates who have moved out of state, out of the country and from many years past.   When I first started working at Swedish Institute, I received a call from a graduate from 1948!!  Now that was quite the call…

Last week I received a call from a woman who said that her Mom was 93 years old and a graduate from 1971.  She had stopped working a few years ago (in her 90s!) and wanted to donate her table to the school. It seemed that her last client was a bit too ill to continue receiving massage and her mom’s thumb was hurting.   When I returned the call, I said we’d be happy to take the table, but more importantly I wanted to interview her mother and hear her story.

I went to meet Shirley Tuccillo in her home in Brooklyn.  She was a lovely woman who looked fit and strong.  When I arrived I offered her a Swedish Institute graduate pin which she was extremely grateful for.  We sat and spoke about school and she showed me her diploma. 

Shirley’s daughter explained that her mom was a quiet woman from the Midwest and worked at home as a housewife until her divorce in her late 40s.  She needed a job to support her young daughters and wanted to do something that would encourage her to be a bit less shy.

In 1971 Shirley attended Swedish Institute and found a job that did just what she had wanted.   The profession helped her to reach out to people and to support her children for over 40 years.

I asked Shirley a few questions about the school and she told me that she didn’t remember too much at this age, but she only wished she had “her sheet” that listed her clients, from the day that she did 22 massages!!!  I almost jumped out of my seat, when she said she had worked that much.  She patted my shoulder and said, “They weren’t all 1 hour sessions”.  Apparently Shirley did yoga and took very good care of herself to help her maintain her stamina.  I asked her if she still exercises and does yoga and she told me she just walks, “that’s it”.

I asked Shirley what advice she might have for new therapists entering the field.  She looked me in the eye, smiled and said “You have to love people and you have to love what you do”.
I thanked her, invited her to visit the school any time and told her that it was days like this that make my job in alumni services as enriching as working as a massage therapist.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Library Hours for Semester Break

226 Library at 226 West 26th St. 5th Floor

Thursday April 18 & Friday April 19, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday April 20 & April 27
Monday April 22 & Tuesday April 23, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Weds April 24-Weds May 1 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Regular Library hours resume Thursday May 2

Library at 151 West 26th Street 4th Floor

Open Monday-Thursday 8:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30-5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Swedish Institute Fitness Fair

Friday 3/29, Monday 4/1, Wednesday 4/3, and Friday 4/5  from 11:00- 3:00

Get a free fitness evaluation from a Swedish Institute Advanced Personal Training Certificate Program Student.  Including:
  • Resting Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
  • Body Composition Measurement
  • YMCA Step Test
  • Muscular Strength/Endurance Tests
  • Flexibility Tests
  • Exercise Program Recommendations

Please wear appropriate exercise clothing.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Scholarship Applications

Applications will be available from Reception at both 151 and 226 on Monday, March 25, 2013 and are being emailed to your Swedish Institute email.

Deadline to return completed applications is April 22, 2013.

Please check the Student Bulletin Boards in the Lounge at 226 and at 151 for detailed information concerning eligibility for this application cycle.   

Next application cycle will begin on June 1, 2013. Thereafter, applications will be available in December for January cycle and in June for July cycle. (Applications have changed so make sure that you have the new one!)
(Scholarships are currently not available to non-matriculating or international students.  They are also not available to students who are in their first and last semesters. Check details posted in Student Lounge.)


Education Expert, Medical Doctor And Award Winning Writer Will Oversee Curriculum Development, Program Accreditation And Community Outreach Activities

Dr. Joseph Balatbat, fondly referred to by his peers as Dr. J, has joined the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences, in New York City, as the Director of Education with more than fifteen years of experience in proprietary school supervision.

Dr. Balatbat is a pediatrician by profession.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and a Doctor of Medicine with high honors from the University of Santo Tomas Philippines.  He completed his residency training at St. Luke’s Medical Center NYC and became the chief resident during his last year of residency.

True to his commitment in anything that he is working on, Dr. Balatbat took and passed certification examinations in medical assisting (and phlebotomy technology) with the goal of understanding the programs being offered by the Swedish Institute – its focus, direction, and standards.  He has worked as a subject matter expert regarding curriculum development, test preparation, and book review.  Dr. Balatbat has earned many writing awards in the technical writing category from the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

As an academic leader, Dr. Balatbat oversees curriculum development and implementation, program accreditation, initiative retention strategies and engages students to participate in community outreach and service-learning activities.  He is passionate about faculty growth and professional development.

Dr. Balatbat firmly believes in giving back through community service by volunteering time at food shelters, and by engaging students and faculty to embrace service–learning as part of the student experience.  His undying support in research, raising awareness, funding campaigns, and finding a cure for Type I - juvenile (autoimmune) diabetes is immensely important to Dr. Balatbat.  He has been a staunch advocate in this cause for more than ten years.

Dr. J loves cats and is a huge Superman fan.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Students, Faculty And Alumni Will Educate The Community About The Importance of Hypertension Screening And The Benefits of Healthy Living

What: Health Fair
When: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 11AM - 2PM
Friday, April 5, 2013, 11AM - 2PM

Where: Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences
151 West 26th Street
New York, New York

The Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences, is hosting a two-day Health Fair to bring attention to the community about the importance of hypertension screening - the leading cause of heart disease throughout the world.

Representatives from the school be will on-hand to educate the public and offer free screenings and demonstrations. Medical Assistant students will provide on-site blood pressure evaluations, Advanced Personal Training students can perform a fitness test, while a faculty member from the Massage Therapy program will demonstrate massage techniques that can alleviate hypertension.

Using SimMan® technology, nursing faculty will simulate how the body responds during cardiac arrest. Guests will also be able to tour the Surgical Technology lab and learn about the various medical equipment used in an operating room.

“The Swedish Institute educates students to become skilled and compassionate allied health professionals serving the diverse communities of the Greater New York Metropolitan Area”, says Dr. Joseph Balatbat, Director of Education. “We are offering our services to the community in honor of World Health Day, which marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization whose theme for 2013 is high blood pressure”.

Refreshments and informational materials will be offered. All are free and open to the public.

Available for in-person interviews are Peter Neigler, COO/President, Dr. Joseph Balatbat, Director of Education as well as the deans from each of the education programs.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Open House - Bring a friend tomorrow

Friday, March 15th
10:00 am or 2:00 pm
Swedish Institute
151 W. 26th Street

On Friday, March 15th, visit Swedish Institute for a Spring Open House. This is an opportunity to meet with representatives from Admissions, our Faculty and Financial Aid.

There will be two sessions; one starting at10:00 am and the other at 2:00 pm.

During your visit, you will:
Get a tour of our campus, which includes our allied health labs, massage clinic and the personal training fitness  facility!
Have a Q & A with Faculty from our Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist, Personal Training, and Nursing programs.
Spend time with Admissions to learn more about your program of interest.

Attend a Financial Aid Workshop

Interested? Then reserve your place now, via…
Online: www.swedishinstitute.edu
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 646-738-3860

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013