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Looking for a rewarding career in Massage Therapy? There’s no better place to pursue it than Cortiva Institute.

Why Cortiva Institute?

  • A diploma in as little as 7 1/2 months
  • Convenient day and night classes that fit your life
  • The country’s largest dedicated massage therapy school group
  • 1,000’s of jobs available across the country
  • Support in finding a career that brings you joy
  • Accomplished instructors and faculty to guide your development
  • A network of over 100,000 alumni
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify

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Discover Programs that put You on a Path to Success

Cortiva Institute gives you the tools and confidence to succeed, from our holistic, hands-on curriculum, to expert faculty—all practicing specialist in their field—who guide you every step of the way.

An affordable path to success

Cortiva helps in every way we can to knock down financial roadblocks, and connects you with organizations and employers who do the same.

  • Extensive financing options and in-house loans if you qualify
  • Automatic membership in professional organization with scholarship opportunities
  • Free liability insurance through membership
  • Student licensure and testing fees covered where required
  • Access to 1,000s of employers who prioritize our graduates for interviews
  • A growing list of employers who offer tuition reimbursement

“If you want to take that leap from your dead end job to a career in massage therapy, Cortiva Institute is the place to be”

Al Shakise Anderson

Al Shakise Anderson
Licensed Massage Therapist
Cortiva Graduate

“Not only was the Cortiva environment extremely inviting, but from a financial and timing standpoint, it was the perfect match”

Erin Weinberger

Erin Weinberger
Licensed Massage Therapist
Cortiva Graduate

“What I love most about Cortiva is that it's a family atmosphere”

Lucy Valle

Lucy Valle
Licensed Massage Therapist
Medical Massage Practitioner
Cortiva Instructor

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720 Clock Hours
34.5 Quarter Credits
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.

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