Our Massage Therapy Program, our Massage Therapy Evening Core Program and our Shiatsu Program are all accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) - a professional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.
COMTA, a non-profit independent organization, seeks to improve the quality of education for students seeking education in the fields of massage therapy and bodywork. The COMTA accreditation process reflects current and emerging professional practice standards. To obtain COMTA accreditation, a massage therapy school must demonstrate that their educational curriculum substantially meets specific massage therapy and bodywork curriculum standards developed and set by professionals in the field. More information is available at www.comta.org
Cortiva Institute - Desert Institute of the Healing Arts is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). More information is available at www.accsct.org
Licensing: Licensing is handled differently in each state. We're committed to assisting our students in obtaining licensing in whichever state they decide to practice after graduation. All graduates of Cortiva Institute - Desert Institute of the Healing Arts meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Other State Licensing Approvals: Several states offer schools the option of special certification and Cortiva Institute - Desert Institute of the Healing Arts has gained that approval from the Iowa Massage Therapy Advisory Board, State Medical Board of Ohio, Washington State Board of Massage, Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, and the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
State Licensure: Cortiva Institute - Desert Institute of the Healing Arts has been licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education since September 1982. We hold a contract with the Vocational Rehabilitation Service and are an eligible Training Provider under the Workforce Investment Act.
Continuing Education Approval: We are an approved provider for Continuing Education Programs by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
Veterans Approval: Our Massage Therapy and Shiatsu Programs are approved for training veterans and their qualified dependents who are eligible for Veterans Administration Educational benefits.
Financial Aid Approval: Cortiva Institute - Desert Institute of the Healing Arts is approved to participate in Federal Direct Student Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, and Federal Pell Grants. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
Foreign Student Eligibility: We're approved by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service for foreign students' study.
Memberships: Cortiva Institute - Desert Institute of the Healing Arts is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools. AMTA is the largest national association of professional massage therapists.
We are also a member of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. The educational branch of the AOBTA creates and maintains standards of education in the field of Asian bodywork.