Frequently Asked Questions

Please read the FAQs to see if your questions are answered here. Feel free to contact us if you have additional questions regarding any of our Services or Academic Programs.

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We strongly feel that education thrives in a supportive, inspiring setting, with structure, and the opportunity to seriously academically explore. The enjoyment and laughter we have experienced in our classes over the past 10+ years contributes to a healthy learning experience and an avenue for personal and professional healing.

How to Apply?

Download the application form, print and follow instructions. There is a $150.00 application fee. This fee is applied to any Enrollment for a full program.

 

How are programs Scheduled?

In modules, roughly every other week, Thurs-Sat. For more exact scheduling dates, please refer to the resource links on each program's page for the class year of interest. Note that Naturopath program schedules changes from this pattern part way through the program, to no Saturdays, from First Year Term #2 onward, for the,  second year, classes are held two weekday afternoons per month.

 

How to Finance?

Our students have financed through their own means, and with family and job income assistance. For MASSAGE THERAPY training, students have received financial aid through MICHIGAN WORKS - if you take this route, start the process early. We do not process student loans, but we do offer a payment plan with a deposit.

 

What are policies, for refunds, absences, grading, Leave of Absence, and so on?

We are happy to send a CATALOG to you by request, via email.

 

Does the School offer Job Placement?

The school receives calls every week from employers, seeking to hire. We pass this information on to our students and grads. Additionally, with our many years of experience in this field, we are able to give good counsel on the process of establishing yourself as a practitioner. NO SCHOOL can actually “place” someone in a job, so that terminology is misleading- unless the School itself hires a grad for internal hire. We guide our students and grads towards the better jobs. 

 

I have a lot of questions, do offer additional career advise? 

We offer a Career Consult for $75, it is by appointment. Optional, but here if you need it.

 

How can I get to know the atmosphere of the School, and Teachers, better?

School visits for prospective students are welcomed anytime. We offer the opportunity to schedule a "sit-in" on a class for a 1 hour visit (typically from 11 am - noon, call to schedule). If desired, some of our classes and modules are open for paid Enrollment - $100/day. Beyond that, some like to experience our Student Intern Clinic to receive services that the students are trained to offer. One may do all of the above!

 

When do programs begin?

They begin every early September. There is a generous discount for those enrolling fully by July 1. General enrollment deadline is July 15. We encourage students to plan ahead to acquire books, equipment and supplies, to generally prepare to enter these professional programs in advance.

 

Can I take any classes or full programs for enrichment only?

Yes, either as an Audit (no diploma will be given) or to fully earn a Diploma for your own enrichment.

What does your school value above all else in training?  
Development as a genuine therapeutic presence, with practiced skills, progressive clinical training, and diversity in holistic approaches including integration of natural medicine applications for improved bodywork and natural medicine therapeutic outcomes. We want the graduate to develop confidence, skills, and versatility; we want consumers to understand and appreciate the absolute value of receiving quality health services - so we teach our students how to convey that.
 

To that end, special Field Work Journals are designed for practice work outside of class meetings, and a specific CLINIC PORTFOLIO, in two tiers, is designed. The second tier is designed for the intern to begin incorporating assessment methods and to work with clinic clients in a more advanced manner. That said, as you move through these programs you are a student, and not expected to perform advanced work. The entire program allows a pathway for optimal clinical practice of your progressively acquired skills. Supervised in-class practicum, and formal clinic round out the development of the therapist intern in a manner unknown elsewhere.

Why does this school cost less than others?

Since we do not process FAFSA and Pell, (federal govt. loan programs) we keep our tuition as affordable as possible. And you don’t have to deal with student loan payment worries. Frankly, other schools, which process those loans, immediately double or triple their tuition as a result, regardless of quality.  And candidly, some school tuitions are exploitive.

 

Can I earn while I learn?  

There are no legal restrictions (due to the fact that they are exempt from the Massage Therapy Licensure Law)  for offering FOOT REFLEXOLOGY, ENERGY BALANCING, AND ASIAN BODYWORK, so after we teach those to our students, they can consider charging student rates, or rates they previously charged. That said, it is legally required to achieve a massage therapy license in order to practice “massage therapy”,  receive compensation for massage therapy, or work doing massage therapy.  Some of our students come to us already practicing the exempt healing arts mentioned above, and take the massage training for advanced professional training and certification.

Will all students end up working the same way?  
I hope not! In basic foundational training such as that of a basic massage therapy program, we endeavor to bring out the individual gifts and service orientations of each student.  To accomplish this, we design the curriculum to unfold in a structured manner, allowing (as one example)  for some creative work on the part of students to design and narrate sessions to present to the class.  Take massage therapy for example: A routine, cookie cutter massage will only get you so far in this progressive field.  And it can get you stuck.  Critical thinking and innovation, based on accomplishment of basic academic principles will get you much farther, and with a richer connection to the work. You will have a chance to develop in this way at our school.  And of course, we encourage CE and pursuance of other continuing education outside of our program.

 

Is this work based on science? 

Yes, it is based upon the natural SCIENCES, the laws of the natural world- physiology, thermodynamics, functioning of anatomy, and laws governing how our bodies interact with therapeutic interventions.  When you experience the various forms of work, you prove to yourself that there are outcomes.

 

Is the MBLEX EXAM important? 

This massage therapy exam has been adopted by most states and is a national exam.  (visit: https://www.fsmtb.org/) We want you to be aware of it and begin to study for it from day one. It is impossible to predict the exact questions, which are taken from an algorithm.  It is up to each individual student to study for this exam, and while we provide supports and resources for this study, and cover basic material in class, it is up to you to develop study skills in the form of reading, drills, and repetition of concepts - just like any other profession would.

 

What is “ Clinic “?  

Clinic refers to a mandatory portion (80 hours) of the massage therapy program wherein student interns work on the general public under supervision. Students become interns after 20 hours of Pathology, half of their A & P, lecture/practice of palpation and basic strokes, a Clinic orientation, and  in-class clinic sessions with fellow student.

These hours ARE NOT listed in the posted schedule. They are determined per class, with interns entering their names into a clinic schedule book in order to receive bookings. A small % of clinic requirements are fulfilled at off premises events, where students will work with the public (staff of institutions, generally) doing a type of fully clothed session work. NATUROPATH students will also be required to fulfill Clinic portfolios, of 60 hours.

 

How important is attendance?

Students must fulfill all required hours and general program requirements by the laws of the State. There is no lee-way for missing class. If you are sick you will need to make up the time.  You are allowed only 2 make up classes without paying additional teacher fees, although you will still need to make up the time (as the total hours are governed by a state license requirements). After that time, it is required that students pay administrative fees of $100 per day of missed time, and accept that any make up time is dictated as to form and content, by the School administration. A legal document of Leave of Absence is offered as a contractual agreement,  for students experiencing duress or unexpected life changes. The administrative fee to set that up is $300.00. This Agreement protects the enrollment investment of the students and does allow them to continue without the costs of re-admission or starting over. A Leave of Absence can be up to 3 months long, or extended by individualized agreements.

 

What is the policy for inclement weather? 

One thing we all know:  we have inclement weather and challenges in Michigan winters.  But pretty much everyone is out there on the roads those days going to work- everywhere from offices to stores to coffee shops. Massage School and Naturopathy school would uphold the same standards. The K-12 School Districts cancel early because often, the busses need to leave very early, when salting has not helped roads. Yet on those same days colleges are open. We do not cancel just because the K-12 school districts do. The take away from this is two-fold - we don’t use weather as an excuse not to attend.  And I will not, the School will not, encourage or try to coerce anyone to travel against their own ability to be safe. You alone decide whether you are safe to travel. Plan ahead to leave early on challenging days, have snow tires, etc.  We have held class on winter days for 11 years and only cancelled 3 times in all that time. One such time was excusing a class 4 hours early so they could get home in advance of an actual storm, and one being due to a Power outage.  If School Admin does CANCEL, WE WILL RESCHEDULE. We may cancel for the following reasons:  power outages, road ice, and snow dumps beyond capacity of trucks to clear. We will text students for notification.

 

What about my vacations?  

As this is set up as a professional program, do commit for the run of it. The School schedules a few breaks in the schedule here and there – do plan your vacations then. There are ample times for vacation breaks. We have learned from past experience that when students are scheduling trips and vacations throughout the actual scheduled program times, and missing classes and material, they are unable to keep up with the curriculum.  It takes high performance and lack of disruptions to earn a diploma. With living teachers you can miss a tremendous lot by not being present. Then too, there is the mounting cost of paying for Make Up work. Do refrain from planning trips that occur on the same days as school days. Do consider taking our programs when you can plan your personal breaks around the program schedule. It is a professional program from day one - one which prepares the grad for optimal interviews.

 

Can I participate in the programs of this school without following all these rules?  
Yes, this is called an Audit of the program. With a decision to audit, one may register/enroll, pay the same fees, yet not have to follow these two policies:  1) that of adhering to attendance rules, or 2) of completing assignments/achieving minimal exam outcomes.  A participant enrolls legally at the outset as an Audit Student. This status also means that the School has a different responsibility to an Audit Student- for example, the School would not create Make Up work for missed days. The Audit Student would not receive a diploma.  Other School policies such as comportment and behavioral policies would have to be followed by everyone. Some participants prefer to Audit, and some participants take our programs for personal enrichment, which is another wonderful way to experience learning.

 

What jobs can I do after training: 

Consulting, group work, retreat planning, positions in integrative clinics, enterprises of your own, offering your services and skills. A job within another enterprise to accommodate your training. Grads can branch off or branch out and specialize in different natural medicine areas, as well as integrate within medical settings. The world is changing quickly, and there is potential in the corporate world in wellness departments, in social media work, and in sales of products and services. Whatever your previous training or job, you would be able to bring that experience into your future in a beneficial manner. Very few people will actually have the training that you do, yet the world in our country is changing daily more towards incorporating trained holistic guidance in family, personal, corporate, and institutional life- so you will stand out as a trained, professional resource in your community, able to offer your skills and wisdom in the market.

 

Know that the School has a potentially important role in making recommendations and referrals to any participating or graduating student which will affect their life ahead and beyond- ideally in the most positive manner!