Choosing a massage therapy or esthetics school is a big decision that will have a huge impact on your future. One important thing to look for when choosing a school is the overall quality of their programs. This is not always an easy thing to judge, but knowing about a school’s accreditation will help you identify some of the best schools. If a massage therapy or esthetics school is accredited, it means that the school has voluntarily chosen to demonstrate to an accrediting agency that the school and its programs are in full compliance with requirements set by the agency for every component of the school. The best accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as having demonstrated their compliance with requirements set by the Department for how accrediting agencies should function.
Here at Health Works Institute, we take great pride in the quality of our massage therapy and esthetics programs, and it is for that reason that we have chosen to receive our accreditation through COMTA (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation). COMTA is an organization that was formed to establish and maintain educational standards for the massage therapy profession. In 2009, COMTA requested and was granted permission by the U.S. Department of Education to also accredit esthetics programs. Health Works Institute was first accredited by COMTA in 2003 and currently has a seven-year accreditation term, which is indicative of the strength of the school’s ability to consistently maintain full compliance with all accreditation standards.
3 Reasons Accreditation Should Matter to You
Why should Health Works Institute’s COMTA accreditation matter to you? Here are three reasons: financial aid, graduation rates, and high standards.
- Financial Aid: This is a very important detail that, for a lot of students, can make all the difference in their ability to attend a massage therapy or esthetics program. Accreditation by COMTA allowed Health Works Institute to apply to the U.S. Department of Education for permission to administer federal student financial aid programs. In 2003, the school was granted permission to administer Pell Grants, Direct Loans, and the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student (PLUS).
- Graduation Rates: If you’re going to make the leap and change the path of your career, isn’t it great to know that the chances are high that you’ll get where you’re headed? Our goal is to help you complete our program and move forward into a successful career in your chosen field. A study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork found that the average graduation rate for COMTA accredited schools is 88 percent. Schools accredited by other agencies have an average graduation rate of 60-84 percent.
- High Standards: Higher standards mean you get the best education, support, and resources possible. And who doesn’t want the best? Accreditation provides recognition of the quality of all aspects of the operation of the school, including: curriculum content; instructional methods; teacher qualifications; financial management; student satisfaction, performance and completion; graduate placement rate; student recruitment methods; learning resources; student services; and ongoing professional development for faculty and administrative staff.
From giving you the skills you will need in your profession and business, to the reputation of the school and the professional relationships a school has built with potential employers, the right school will be the launch pad that makes all the difference when starting your career. At Health Works Institute, we are proud of the quality of the programs that we have built. We encourage you to get to know us and the school, so you’ll be confident that you are making a wise decision when you choose the place where you’ll receive your training. Click here to request more information about our massage therapy or esthetics program, or give our admission coordinator, Rhianna, a call at 406-582-1555, ext. 13. She would love to answer any questions that you have.