All test scores are figured using a percentage grading system (the number of correctly answered questions divided by the number of questions on the test). 75% or higher is considered passing. Practical Testing is graded on a checklist of areas to be done or covered by the student. The student must explain and/or demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the examiner, at least 75% of the items on the checklist. The student can be provided with a copy of the checklist to study for these exams. Oral exams can consist of any of the areas covered in the programs for which the student is testing. The examiner will ask questions and the student will answer to the best of his/her ability. The student must score at least a 75% in each of these areas in order to pass. Final transcripts will include the following overall assessment ranking:
|Professionally Competent, Exceptionally skilled|
|Professionally Competent, Strongly skilled|
Notification of Grades
Students receive evaluation of their status at the end of each class weekend. Final Exam scores will be available at the end of the exam series.
In Cases of Non-Passing Grades
If a student does not pass any test, both class testing and final exams, they can apply for a retest. The fee is $25 and is scheduled at the convenience of the tester. If the non-passing score is for a class that is part of a diploma program, the retest must be completed and passed before the student will be allowed to continue with the next class in the program. If the non-passing score is for a Certificate of Attendance, then the retest must be within 30 days. Only one retest is allowed. If the student does not pass the retest, they must take the class again with a $100 retake fee.
Students are expected to practice common courtesy and to respect fellow students’ boundaries. Students must practice proper hygiene. No disruption of the class is acceptable. Soliciting of fellow students for products or services is not allowed. All cell phones must be turned off during class time. If the need arises, a student will be notified and given a verbal warning of the offensive behavior. If the situation is not resolved, the student will receive a written warning including the offense, the correction needed, and the results if not corrected. If the situation is not corrected, the student may be withdrawn from the class or program without refund. Students should refrain from drinking alcohol over the weekend of class and/or lab; and student whose clothing or breath has remnants of alcohol or drug usage will be asked to leave. Repeated offenses may be grounds for dismissal.
Any student dismissed for conduct, attendance, or non-passing grades will have the option of re-entry providing the following requirements are met.
Attire should be modest. Casual/comfortable is suggested. Shoes are required at all times. Massage Students should be in short-sleeved, collared shirts; comfortable pants (no jeans or sweats) or knee-length shorts. Socks and shoes must be worn at all times. School shirts are provided for all diploma students and should be worn at all times.
All tuition and fees paid by the applicant shall be refunded if requested within three business days after signing a contract with the school or if the applicant is rejected by the school before enrollment. All refunds shall be returned within 30 days. After the three day period has expired, all tuition fees are non refundable. Tuition will be held, however, for three years from the date of registration and is subject to tuition increases (once you register for a program, you have up to three years to complete the program before the original tuition payment expires).
If a student cannot attend a scheduled diploma class, a written notice must be given 14 days prior to the class date. At that time, the tuition will be moved forward to the next time the class is offered. If the notice is not received 14 days prior, then an additional $100 retake fee is required to attend the class the next time it is available.
Individual Classes (non diploma students)
If unable to attend a class already paid for, students may receive no refund. However, with written notice two weeks prior to the class, fees will be moved to the next time that exact class is available. If less than a two-week notice is given, the class fee is forfeited. [In the case of veterans with financial support only, the amount charged will be an approximate pro-rata portion of the total.]
Students are responsible for signing in at the beginning of each class, out and in for lunch, and out at the end of the class. If you fail to sign, for any section, you are considered absent and lose the scheduled hours. If you have an emergency, you must call the administration office to notify them. Excused absences will be considered on an individual basis. Students must maintain a 90% attendance record. If they fall below 90%, they must make arrangements for make up, if the instructor or the Director of Education approves.
We start classes on time. Any information covered will not be re-addressed for anyone who is late. If you are 15 minutes late, you lose 1/2 hour of class time. If you are 1/2 hour late, you lose 1 hour of class time. If you are later than 1 hour, you lose 2 hours or the actual time you are late rounded up to the next 1/4 hour, whichever is greater. If you are 15 minutes late coming back from lunch, you lose 1 hour. If you are 1/2 hour late, you lose 2 hours. In other words, DO NOT BE LATE!
Excused Absences or Lateness
Requests must be in writing and sent to the administration office and will be considered on an individual basis. Consideration will be on what control the student had over the event.
Leave of Absence
A request for a leave of absence must be in writing. Each circumstance will be considered on an individual basis. We will do our best to accommodate each student with their needs. The first option is to apply their fees to the next time a course is offered. Keep in mind each diploma program is allowed 36 months to complete.
Extra Credit Hours
If a student needs to make up hours, then the instructor or administration can offer extra credit hours. These may include such things as a book report, giving a lecture or extra Directed Studies. These will all have a time limit and must be completed within that time in order for credit to be given.
Students are allowed to retake any class they have previously attended if the homework for that class has been completed. The retake fee is only $50. If the homework is not completed, the retake fee is $100.
Certificates of Attendance
Both diploma program students and individual class participants are awarded a Certificate of Attendance for classes that are successfully completed. Note: Therapeutic Bodywork Practitioner students receive certificates once the first six classes are successfully completed.
Directed Study (homework) Due Date
Each class credited toward a diploma will have a Directed Study assignment. The assignment is due 30 days after the completion of the class in the Massage/Homeopathy programs and 60 days in the Naturopathic programs. Any Directed Study not completed on time will require the student to apply for an extension. Extensions are $50 and are due at the time the Directed Study was due. Each class can have 2 extensions. After that, the class must be retaken for $100.
Graduation Requirements for Diploma Programs
Graduation requirements for a diploma program include: