Founded in 1997 as the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Massage of Columbia to provide a clinically based curriculum in the Professional Massage Therapy training program, the Southeastern Institute Columbia today seeks to fulfill the need, in healthcare, for highly skilled, clinically trained professionals. After being acquired by Dr. Arthur and Belinda Keiser, the name of the school was changed to the Southeastern Institute in 2009 and the course offerings expanded beyond Massage Therapy. Today the Southeastern Institute has campuses in Charleston, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Charlotte, North Carolina; and of course Columbia, South Carolina.
The campus of the Southeastern Institute Columbia, South Carolina, features 5,700 feet of clean, quiet, and air conditioned classrooms, a media center, bookstore, and offices. Students receive the benefits of not only lectures, but real-world learning via hands-on instruction and clinical internships. State-of-the-art materials are used like audio-visual equipment, portable treatment tables, skeletons, and anatomical charts. Class sizes are kept small to offer students individual attention, and class schedules are flexible, offering daytime and evening schedules for students with previous commitments. The academic year is split into 3 semesters to help students achieve their educational goals in a timely fashion. After graduation, Alumni receive job placement assistance from SI Columbia.
At Southeastern Institute Columbia diploma and certificate awarding programs include professional clinical massage therapy, medical billing and coding, and medical assisting. Professional clinical massage therapy students must log 90 hours of practical clinical experience and receive a certificate. Continuing education opportunities include coursework such as “deep tissue classes made easy,” “massage ethics,” and “top ten trigger points for easing pain.” Accreditation for Southeastern Institute academic certificate and degree awarding programs is provided by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The Southeastern Institute is associated with Keiser Career College, a 2 year institution focused on student skill performance and career management development.