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Professional Massage Therapy Program
(720 Clock Hours / 34.5 Quarter Credits)

Program Length
Full Time: 32 weeks (7½ months)
Part Time: 52 weeks (12 months)

Program Description

This comprehensive massage therapy program prepares students to become successful practicing bodyworkers by giving them a broad knowledge of both therapeutic and clinical techniques. Students learn an eclectic style of therapeutic massage that is based on Swedish theory, which gives them a solid foundation for mastering many different bodywork techniques. They are taught a wide-range of bodywork therapies that includes sports massage, athletic assessment and bodywork, reflexology, deep tissue, myofascial techniques, neuromuscular assessment and documentation, lymphatic and Russian sports massage, structural bodywork, injury techniques, trigger point therapy, and cranial sacral therapy.
The program includes courses in anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology, as well as integrative assessment and documentation. Students gain a solid understanding of the body, enabling them to effectively communicate with other health care professionals and create comprehensive treatment programs for their clients. Professional Ethics and Communication are taught through Cortiva Institute’s business and career development classes, along with training in laws and regulations. The program exceeds standards set by most state and municipal governments for licensing.**
Program Objectives
• To develop the personal and professional potential of students so they enter the field as therapists who will offer a quality of service that will be sought after by both clients and employers.
• To instill in students a client-centered approach to bodywork.
• To train students in the theory and technique of a balanced blend of bodywork therapies and prepare them to seek gainful employment working as massage therapists or in related fields supported by the training received within the program and recognized by the state.
• To prepare students with sufficient training in the theory and technique of massage therapy and bodywork to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) or other state recognized licensing exam.

Esthetics Training Program
(660 Clock Hours / 31.5 Quarter Credits)

Program Length
Full Time: 32 weeks (7½ months)
Part Time: 52 weeks (12 months)

Program Description

This comprehensive 660-hour program offers training in the theoretical and practical components of esthetics. The theory classes emphasize study in dermatology, physiology and histology of the skin, product chemistry and ingredients, and salon safety and sanitation. Business and career development classes, along with training in Maryland laws

and regulations, are also offered. The practical portion of the program enables students to develop the hands-on skills necessary to be effective estheticians. This program offers instruction in facials, makeup application, depilatory waxing procedures, non-wax hair removal, and mask therapy. This program meets the requirements set forth by the Maryland State Board of Cosmetology.

Program Objectives
The Cortiva program is designed to train students in the theory and technique of a balanced blend of bodywork modalities while simultaneously developing their skills in active listening, postural assessment and ethical communication as a means to understand and meet the client’s needs within the scope of their practice

The objectives of the program are to:

  • To develop the personal and professional potential of students so they enter the field as estheticians who will offer a quality of service that will be sought after by both clients and employers.
  • To train students in the theory and technique of a balanced blend of esthetics and skin care while preparing them to seek gainful employment working as estheticians or in related fields supported by the training received in school and recognized by the state including, but not limited to, facials, hot stone facials, waxing, makeup and airbrush makeup, lash services, and other techniques and treatments taught in the program.
  • To prepare students with sufficient training in the theory and technique of esthetics to sit for the state recognized licensing exam(s) for estheticians.

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32-week Daytime Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]
52-week Evening Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]
32-week Daytime Professional Skin Therapy Program [View | Print]
52-week Evening Professional Massage Therapy Program [View | Print]

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