FAQs

"WHY SHOULD I GO TO YOUR SCHOOL?", you ask.  Perhaps you should, perhaps you shouldn't.  If you do, it will probably be because of the following reasons:


INNOVATIVE, INTEGRATED CURRICULUM 

We present our curriculum with a unique blend of theory and practice geared to help students learn. Science, hands-on, and skills application classes are ideally integrated to maximize students' understanding and retention of knowledge and technique. The curriculum is challenging, creative, and achievable, and empowers the students with confidence to achieve their goals of licensing, employment, or professional enrichment. 

COMPREHENSIVE, HOLISTIC APPROACH 

We offer a comprehensive curriculum to ensure that our students have a solid foundation as they pursue their new careers. Our programs take a well-rounded approach to healing and include a variety of modalities. This approach includes not only the scientific/clinical aspects but the innovative/energy-based modalities as well. The interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit are explored and incorporated into classes. Because of this inclusive approach, our graduates are uniquely equipped to pursue rewarding careers in private practice, spas, health clubs, and medical settings or to create their own business opportunities in today's ever-changing marketplace. 

SMALL CLASSES 

Our low instructor-to-student ratio ensures personal attention to each student's needs and allows students to reach their full learning potential. Small student groups are typically more cohesive, support each other more readily, and work together more readily on their educational goals. 

INSTRUCTORS WITH FIELD EXPERIENCE AND DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS 

Experienced people in the field have commented that you can tell students from certain schools the moment they lay their hands on you. That's because many schools use a cookie-cutter approach to teaching and recruit instructors from their pool of graduates. The New School for Massage feels this is a limiting concept. We want students to develop their own unique style. We accomplish this by hiring talented, gifted instructors with varying educational and practical experience, and ensure that several schools of thought are represented within our faculty. Students are encouraged to develop a blend of philosophies, modalities, and treatment styles that suits them and their professional aspirations. 

PROPRIETARY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 

As important as massage and bodywork skills are, more is needed to ensure long-term success. Unfortunately there are many talented therapists with no clientele and success is not guaranteed because of knowledge of anatomy and muscles. Attracting and retaining clients and being successful take a whole new set of skills. Our professional development program focuses on career goals after the educational experience and challenges graduates to become prepared to compete in an expanding, competitive marketplace. 

CAREER COUNSELING AND JOB PLACEMENT 

We make career counseling and job placement available to students for life. Our electronic distribution system notifies students and graduates of job openings within seconds after they become known to us and we work closely with students on their individual career goals. 

AFFORDABLE TUITION 

Our tuition is a fraction of what other schools charge. We are able to offer superior education at competitive pricing by not participating in federal financial aid and the costs it imposes on schools. Students can pay up front at a discount, or spread tuition over the course of the program or longer. 

PROVEN CONCEPT 

Our school statistics illustrate the effectiveness of our philosophy and diploma program. They also explain how we have developed such an excellent reputation. Our graduates have the skills they need and the confidence to walk from the classroom into the workplace and do well. 

ACCESSIBILITY AND CONVENIENT LOCATION 

We feel we have the best location in the southern Illinios area. Situated in the vibrant, with plennty of transpotation options. 

ACCELERATED AND PART-TIME SCHEDULES 

We built our class schedules around students' unique lifestyles. Our schedule offerings include both accelerated and part-time programs. 

Founding Principles

Our faculty consists of some of the best and most talented massage and bodywork professionals who are committed to sharing their academic and professional expertise with our students.

To offer a truly well-rounded, comprehensive diploma program, we made certain that our faculty brings to the classroom a wide range of knowledge, including eastern and western modalities, herbalism, and spa and clinical massage experience.

Our instructors have university degrees and multiple certifications from local and nationwide schools; several philosophies and training programs are represented within our faculty.

All instructors meet the requirements set forth by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

VISION

Question: How long is your Diploma program? Why 608 hours?

Answer:
Our state-approved Massage and Bodywork Diploma program is 608 hours long. Depending on which scheduling option you select, you may finish it in 6.5 to 7 months or 10.5 to 11 months. See the current schedule here.

We chose to set the program duration to 608 clock hours because this number meets the requirements set forth by AMTA, ABMP, National Certification Board, Federation of Massage Licensing Boards, and State of Illinois licensing requirements. The majority of states that regulate massage therapy require between 500 and 608 hours of training.

Our 608-hour program develops superb massage therapists who can work in a hospitals, spas, private practice or any other setting. At the same time, we continue to monitor industry trends and, naturally, if it becomes important to increase the number of hours for licensing purposes we intend to do so.

Schools that offer Federal Financial Aid typically have programs in excess of 720 clock hours. The 720-hour requirement is necessary for the school to participate in federal grants (608 hours for loans); it is not a reflection of massage industry trends, even if some schools would like you to think so. Remember, the industry norm is in the 500-hour to 608-hour range and all recent states that license massage therapy are in the 500-608 hour range. 

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Question: Are you approved by the State? Accredited?

Answer:
We are approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education as a private vocational school, which is the requirement for taking the National Certification Exam or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam and becoming licensed. We are also members of ABMP. 

A separate, voluntary accreditation process is to have an outside agency review the school's processes, policies, and (in case of programmatic accreditation) curriculum. This process is used mainly by massage therapy schools that are interested in participating in federal financial aid programs. From our perspective, accreditation in its current form leads to higher tuition and higher classrooms and is otherwise pointless.

we hired an accreditation consultant to ensure that all our processes, curriculum, financials, student records, and overall standards are "accreditation-ready". Yet, we do not feel that it would serve any purpose to be tied to an accreditation agency at this point, especially since we do not plan on participating in federal financial aid programs, which is one of the main objectives of schools pursuing accreditation. 


In addition to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, we have reviewed and approved by several outside bodies and agencies, such as the Dept. of Homeland Security (for sponsoring International Students), Veterans Administration (for GI Bill Benefits), Illinois Department of Workforce Development (for WIA grants) and massage industry entities such as National Certification Board, American Massage Therapy Association, and Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

We constantly monitor the industry and may participate in an accreditation process at a later time, if it makes sense for our program and the students. 

Remember that the requirement for licensing in Illinois and for taking the National Certification Exam or Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam is the completion of a state-approved program (not an 'accredited' program).

A great article by The American Council on Trustees and Alumni on why accreditation does not work can be found here.

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Question: How much is tuition? What is included?

Answer: 
Please click here for up-to-date tuition information. 

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Question: What if you have compaints ?

Answer: IIM is regulated by Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Students with complaints that are unresolved through IIMs Issue Resolution procedures may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education. by visiting www.IBHE.org