Licensing & Job Placement
The Institute regularly surveys graduates and gathers names of employers from completed survey forms. The Institute also surveys employers and regularly updates information regarding the kind of job opening that usually occurs at the various locations. Employers occasionally call the Institute, seeking qualified practitioners. Information on current job openings is posted on bulletin boards at the Institute, and a list of current and past employers is kept in a binder notebook in the library. Graduates of the Institute and other local practitioners are invited to place notices on the Institute’s bulletin board regarding job openings and office rentals.
The practice of massage therapy is regulated in Montana by the Massage Therapy Board. The requirements for a lisence include graduation from an educational program of at least 500 hours and achieving a passing score on a Board-approved exam. There are other requirements for licensure, including being at least 18 years old and having a high school diploma or the equivalent. Specific details are provided to students in the Professional Development course and may be obtained on the internet at www.massagetherapists.mt.
The Institute provides students with assistance in locating places where they may conduct a self-employed private practice as well as employers who are seeking massage therapists and/or estheticians to fill job openings. Both programs include an in-depth business course that requires students to prepare to apply for and succeed in a job in their chosen field, as well as a detailed business plan for a private practice. To fulfill the requirements of this course, students must take actual steps toward employment or the establishment of a private practice, including the preparation of licensure and/or certification application materials, job interviews, commercial space lease negotiations, etc. Before graduation, students are asked to indicate their interest in receiving job placement assistance. Interested students meet with the Director to receive guidance in taking advantage of the placement assistance provided by the Institute.
We are dedicated to providing our graduates with employment recourses to ensure their post-education success. Please visit our Job Opportunities page to see current listings.
Accreditation & Licensure
The Massage Therapy and Esthetics Programs at Health Works Institute are accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Esthetics Program is licensed by the Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. The Microdermabrasion course in the Esthetics Program is licensed by the same board, and students receive a Microdermabrasion Certificate, which allows them to perform this treatment as soon as they receive their esthetics license after graduation. The Esthetics Instructor Training Program is also licensed by the same board. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the written and practical state exams to become licensed instructors.
The school is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to accept non-immigrant students under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
Students who are veterans or their eligible dependents may use the educational assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The school is also approved for the MyCAA Program, which provides assistance to spouses of active duty military personnel.
The massage therapy program is approved by Washington State Department of Health Board of Massage (approval number 0130).
The school is also an approved training provider for the Workforce Investment Act, which is administered by the local Job Service office, and for various education assistance programs administered by Vocational Rehabilitation offices.
Why 750 Hours?
As of May 2015, 44 states plus the territory of Puerto Rico have massage therapy license laws. The education requirements are as follows: 29 states require 500 to 599 hours; 10 states require 600 to 699 hours; 4 states require 750 hours; and two states (New York and Nebraska) and Puerto Rico require 1,000 hours.
As people who frequently receive massage therapy treatments, the instructors and administrative staff members at Health Works have personally experienced the numerous and wonderful benefits that well-trained massage therapists provide to their clients. We have also personally experienced many, many poorly-performed massage sessions throughout the country. We believe that a 750-hour program presented over the better part of a year is necessary to prepare our students to meet the expectations of their clients and their employers.
These expectations include: significant reduction in pain and other symptoms of illnesses, conditions and injuries; immediate and long-term relief from stress that causes physiological dysfunction and emotional problems; and fulfillment of the essential need of human beings for soothing touch.
We believe that many graduates of shorter programs quickly discover that they need more knowledge and skills to fulfill the expectations of their clients and employers. This leads these graduates to spend a significant amount of money on continuing education soon after they graduate. There is no financial aid available for continuing education, and the cost per classroom hour of continuing education is much higher than the cost per hour of basic massage therapy education. While we encourage our graduates to take continuing education on a regular basis throughout their careers, we are happy knowing that, as of their graduation day, they are fully ready to meet the expectations of their employers and clients. We also know that they appreciate having had access to federal financial aid to get a comprehensive basic education.
Our graduates are ready to enter the profession with confidence. The clients of our graduates receive the real value and multiple benefits that only thoroughly-trained massage therapists can deliver. Our graduates are ready to fully meet the expectations of their clients and employers, and our graduates enjoy the financial success that only comes with a large clientele of satisfied customers.