The success of humanity is dependent on many factors, but humans could not exist if we didn’t care for each other. Caring for your neighbor and having a nurturing attitude toward fellow inhabitants of this earth is essential to furthering human life. By keeping our hearts open and by coming from a place of love when we interact with one another, we spread goodness, kindness, and total acceptance of each another. One small kind action toward someone can lead to another kind action, causing a ripple-effect, and multiply beyond our comprehension.
By using massage as a tool to create a better human experience for another person, whether by reducing pain, or providing a quality and comforting touch, we do our part in moving the course of humanity in the direction toward good.
Our mission is to educate an exceptional Licensed Massage Therapist who can consistently give high quality massage, is fully knowledgeable, competent, and adaptable in the field of massage therapy.
Continuing Education Opportunities (CE’s)
There are various continuing education opportunities for existing licensed therapists coordinated by Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts. Some CE classes may be attended by students currently enrolled in the CMT program. Please see our website for an updated list of classes not limited to Ortho-Bionomy®, Pregnancy Massage, Trager Method, Burn Scar Massage, and CPR. State law requires license holders to acquire 24 hours of CE training every 4 years for renewal.
Admission Requirements (for all programs)
- Must be 18 years old on or before starting date of class.
- Have high school diploma, high school equivalency (if foreign), GED, or 60 high school credit hours completed.
- Be in overall good health with appropriate manual dexterity for this vocation.
- Speak fluent English (as to not slow down the class and to pass the MBLEx which is only given in English or Spanish)
- Schedule an informal meeting and tour of the facility with the School Director, Nicole Zollinger-Muench or member of the admissions team. Students should have some previous exposure to bodywork, which can be accomplished by visiting one of our admissions agents at the school.
- Submit enrollment form along with $100.00 fee.
The class sizes are small with no more than 10 students per class in our clinic space, and no more than 20 students in our large classroom space. We feel it is important that our students get individual training with our instructors and that no student is left behind in the training.
Our instructors are State Certified Massage Therapists, some with National Certifications and affiliations, with time-tested massage skills and diverse experiences. They all have successful massage practices for a combined 50 or more years, and have varying educational experiences in medical, education, psychology, kinesiology, physiology, or athletic training backgrounds. We are intensely passionate about teaching in the field of massage therapy and endearing anatomy geeks. We don’t provide a cookie cutter type of massage education, but rather honor individual learning styles and differences by tailoring the material to the students as much as possible. We can speed up or slow down a class as students require or desire.
Late Tuition Payment Policy
- Payments must be made by the 1st of each month. There is a 5-day grace period. If the payment is not received by the 5th of the month the student will not be allowed to attend classes until payment is made, and will have to make up the hours missed. Auto pay is mandatory for those who have been late with three payments during the course of the program.
- In the event that you fail to remit payment on or before the first day of class or in the event you have insufficient funds from your automatic payment, you will not be permitted to attend class until payment in full is received or you arrange other payment arrangements.
- All tuition and fees must be paid in full to receive a grade transcript, certification and/or diploma. In addition, should Carmel School of Massage retain attorneys to collect unpaid amounts from you, you will be responsible for all costs incurred in collecting from you including but not limited to our reasonable attorney's fees, collection costs, court fees and the highest rate of interest allowed by law.
Criteria for Completion of Program and Policies
- A student fails if they do not complete the 750 hours of training as outlined in the curriculum (excessive absences defined as missing without make-up 25% of the classes offered).
- A student fails if they do not pass the two major exams (written and practical) given.
- A student fails if they do not successfully administer 70% or more of the technical skills presented.
Program Withdrawal by the Student
Students may withdraw voluntarily from Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts at any point during the course of their program. To withdrawal from the program, students must write the reason of the withdrawal and schedule a time to meet with the Director. Tuition and Fees must be paid to date of withdrawal. In cases of a refund, please see the refund policy below.
Termination from Program
The Carmel School of Massage and Healing Arts policy on termination of a student states that a student may be terminated if that student fails to abide by the terms of the enrollment agreement or Carmel School of Massage and Healing Arts' policies and standards of conduct.
Code of Student Conduct (samples) - See the Student Code of Conduct Manual for more details
The class you enroll in is the class you are expected to come to for all of your classes (unless you are making up hours). If you miss 3 or more (4-hour blocks) of class, in one month’s time, a demerit will be placed in your file. After the second demerit, you will have a private meeting with one of our faculty members to discuss how you can make school a higher priority. Three demerits in a row will constitute expulsion from our program. If you are unable to make class due to personal or family illness or unforeseen, unavoidable circumstances, the student is expected to contact the instructor or the Assistant Administrator.
Make up Hours
Students are responsible to make up missed material and hours in a timely manner by attending other classes. Students will not be allowed to catch up on missed work during normally scheduled class time. If students have not made up missed classroom hours 6 weeks after expected graduation date, students will be charged $8.00/hour per classroom hour that still needs to be made up.
Personal Hygiene / Dress Code Policy
We ask students to be aware of and maintain their personal hygiene. The following are essential:
- General cleanliness
- Short fingernails
- Washing hands before and after each massage
- Wearing scrubs or modest, comfortable, clean clothing that is acceptable for this profession
Sexual Harassment Policy
Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts is committed to preventing sexual harassment in the school. There are procedures in place to educate the student on the definition of sexual harassment and to receive and deal with complaints. Any student found to be in violation of this policy will be expelled from the program at the Director’s discretion.
Alcohol and Drug-Free Policy
It is unlawful for a massage therapist to perform massage under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs that might impair the judgment of the therapist. A student may be dismissed for the unlawful possession or use of illicit drugs and alcohol while attending class and labs. Any student found to be in violation of this policy will be expelled from the program at the Director’s discretion.
It is the policy of Carmel School of Massage and Healing Arts that no person may be denied admission, participation or be discriminated against, in any curricular programs or activities because of the person's sex, race, religion, national origin, orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap.
The result of this is that Carmel School of Massage students and faculty will work with each other during class and lab in an even-rotation when possible.
Exceptions may be considered by providing a formal complaint, in writing, to the School Director. This complaint will be addressed individually and an exception to the policy may be granted.
It is the policy that Carmel School of Massage students must be able to demonstrate and maintain the highest professional standards including but not limited to the following types of character traits or the good-spirit of the industry:
|Positive Attitude||High Integrity||Modest Dress|
|Helpfulness||Good Ethics||Understanding Attitude|
These are the kinds of traits professionals exhibit in this industry. If you cannot exhibit these kinds of behaviors with your classmates, you will not be able to exhibit them professionally.
Student Illness Policy
To help prevent the spread of illness we ask Students to stay home if you have an infection that might cause others to become ill, a fever of 100 degrees or more, diarrhea, vomiting or unexplained rashes. Students who have had a fever should not return to school until they have been free of a fever without the aid of medications for a minimum of 24 hours. This 24-hour policy also applies for vomiting and diarrhea.
Procedures for Filing a Complaint
Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts takes all concerns and complaints seriously. All questions or concerns about the Carmel School of Massage program, policies, or administration should be communicated to the school administration during non-class hours. If questions occur during class hours, the instructor will request that the student write or email the school administrators on their own time. To file a complaint, please write the nature of the complaint, including names, dates and any other information necessary for a complete understanding of the situation and schedule a time to meet with the Director to discuss the issue. If you have a complaint or concern that cannot be resolved through dialog with the staff, administration and/or owner of the school, please refer to the information below.
This institution is regulated by:
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Office for Career and Technical Schools
10 N. Senate Ave, Suite SE 308
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 234-8338 or 317 232-1732
As a crucial part of this massage therapy program, students will be exposed to other culture’s massage and health modalities which can sometimes be aligned with religions. This school does not teach or align with any religion affiliation. As a student, learning other cultures heath and religious practices should not interfere with your personal spiritual beliefs.
Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts reserves the right, based on resources to limit class sizes.
- NCBTMB Assigned School - 1000 hours approved
Graduates from our school are eligible to sit for the prestigious Board Certification Exam, which is the highest voluntary credential attainable to massage therapists and bodyworkers in the profession today. www.ncbtmb.org
Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts has met the requirements for school membership status with the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. www.abmp.com
Students enrolled at Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts will be allowed to take the MBLEx state-licensing exam any time after completion of the program. The student is responsible for this additional expense of $195.00. www.fsmtb.org
Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International has partnered with our school to create the Center of Ortho-Bionomy in Indiana, who is the sole coordinator for all Ortho-Bionomy® classes in the state of Indiana. www.Ortho-Bionomy.com
Federal VA Refund Policy
Title 38 US Code CFR 21.4255 Refund Policy; Non-Accredited Courses for IHL/NCD
A refund of the unused portion of the tuition, fees and other charges will be made to the veteran or eligible person who fails to enter or fails to complete the course as required by Veteran Administration regulation. The refund will be within 10% (percent) of an exact pro rata refund. No more than $10.00 of the established registration fee will be retained if a veteran or eligible person fails to enter and complete the course.
The code states that the exact proration will be determined on the ratio of the number of days of instruction completed by the student to the total number of instructional days in the course.
This policy will change upon accreditation of the school by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S Department of Education. The State Approving Agency will be notified accordingly.
The postsecondary proprietary educational institution shall pay a refund to the student in the amount calculated under the refund policy specified below or as otherwise approved by the Office for Career and Technical Schools (OCTS). The institution must make the proper refund no later than thirty-one (31) days of the student's request for cancellation or withdrawal.
If a postsecondary proprietary educational institution utilizes a refund policy of their recognized national accrediting agency or the United States Department of Education (USDOE) Title IV refund policy, the postsecondary proprietary educational institution must provide written verification in the form of a final refund calculation, upon the request of OCTS, that its refund policy is more favorable to the student than that of OCTS.
The following refund policy applies to each postsecondary proprietary educational institution as follows:
1. A student is entitled to a full refund if one (1) or more of the following criteria are met:
(a) The student cancels the enrollment agreement or enrollment application within six (6) business days after signing.
(b) The student does not meet the postsecondary proprietary educational institution's minimum admission requirements.
(c) The student's enrollment was procured as a result of a misrepresentation in the written materials utilized by the postsecondary proprietary educational institution.
(d) If the student has not visited the postsecondary educational institution prior to enrollment, and, upon touring the institution or attending the regularly scheduled orientation/classes, the student withdrew from the program within three (3) days.
2. A student withdrawing from an instructional program, after starting the instructional program at a postsecondary proprietary institution and attending one (1) week or less, is entitled to a refund of ninety percent (90%) of the cost of the financial obligation, less an application/enrollment fee of ten percent (10%) of the total tuition, not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
3. A student withdrawing from an instructional program, after attending more than one (1) week but equal to or less than twenty-five percent (25%) of the duration of the instructional program, is entitled to a refund of seventy-five percent (75%) of the cost of the financial obligation, less an application/enrollment fee of ten percent (10%) of the total tuition, not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
4. A student withdrawing from an instructional program, after attending more than twenty-five percent (25%) but equal to or less than fifty percent (50%) of the duration of the instructional program, is entitled to a refund of fifty percent (50%) of the cost of the financial obligation, less an application/enrollment fee of ten percent (10%) of the total tuition, not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
5. A student withdrawing from an instructional program, after attending more than fifty percent (50%) but equal to or less than sixty percent (60%) of the duration of the instructional program, is entitled to a refund of forty percent (40%) of the cost of the financial obligation, less an application/enrollment fee of ten percent (10%) of the total tuition, not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100).
6. A student withdrawing from an institutional program, after attending more than sixty percent (60%) of the duration of the instructional program, is not entitled to a refund.
Student Protection Fund
IC 22-4.1-21-15 and IC 22-4.1-21-18 requires each educational institution accredited by the Office for Career and Technical Schools to submit an institutional surety bond and contribute to the Career College Student Assurance Fund which will be used to pay off debt incurred due to the closing of a school, discontinuance of a program, or loss of accreditation by an institution. To file a claim, each student must submit a completed “Student Complaint Form.” This form can be found on OCTS’s website at http://www.in.gov/dwd/2731.htm.
OCTS Refund Policy Revised 8/21/17