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About: First Accredited Massage Therapy School in California

In keeping with our high standards of excellence, the National Holistic Institute is nationally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  In fact, we were the first nationally accredited massage school in California in the early 1980's and therefore the first massage school to offer federal financial aid in California. In addition, we have a number of additional approvals, licenses, and official relationships that benefit our students and graduates who want to learn massage and gain massage therapy certification.

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training - Massage Therapy Certification

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training

The U.S. government’s federal register states that “The essential purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a professional judgment as to the quality of the institution or program(s) offered, and to encourage continual improvement.”  We are periodically reviewed by our accrediting agency, both via scheduled and unscheduled visits, to ensure that we maintain high standards.
National Holistic Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). ACCET is listed by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. In support of ACCET's standards, NHI upholds the following principles of professional ethics and training in massage:

  • To provide programs of study that are educationally sound, up-to-date, of high quality and are demonstrably effective.
  • To maintain fair, ethical and clearly stated advertising, admission, and enrollment practices by accurately and fairly representing our institution and its services to all people.
  • To provide effective student counseling and motivational programs that recognize individual differences and ensure successful student retention, graduation and employability where applicable.
  • To demonstrate the ultimate benefit of private educational training programs through satisfied participants.
  • To maintain an effective peer review system that ensures proper and ethical administration of all financial aspects of the institution.
  • To promote the concept of voluntary self-regulation inherent in the accreditation process.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to the people we serve through local community involvement and participation.
  • To demonstrate the effectiveness of private educational training, thereby providing essential skills to support a productive American workforce.
  • To promote continuing education and training programs of the highest quality and integrity.
Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education - Massage Therapy Certification

State of California — California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009

National Holistic Institute's approval to operate as a private postsecondary school in the State of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009, which is effective January 1, 2010. National Holistic Institute under Section 94802(a) of CPPEA will, by operation of law, be approved until December 31, 2013. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau can be reached at: P.O. Box 980818, Sacramento, CA 95798-0818, 916.574.7774 or

The Bureau establishes educational standards that are intended to serve as the minimum standard for instructional quality and institutional stability for private postsecondary schools, such as our massage school in California. The Bureau responds to student complaints and oversees a fund designed to help reimburse a student's tuition if a school closes unexpectedly. The Bureau is also responsible for approving education and training programs for veterans.

School information per the CPPEA

United States Department of Education - Massage Therapy Certification

United States Department of Education

The National Holistic Institute's accredited massage therapy school is an eligible institution approved by the United States Department of Education to participate in the following programs:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
  • Federal Family Education Loan Program
  • Federal Work Study Program
American Massage Therapy Association  - Massage Therapy Certification

American Massage Therapy Association

NHI's accredited massage therapy school adheres to the national standards for Massage Therapists established by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).  The Association was established in 1943 to promote the practice of professional Massage Therapy.  AMTA is the largest and most influential organization in the field.  NHI has been affiliated with the AMTA for over 25 years and is a member of the AMTA’s Council of Schools (COS).

Department of Homeland Security - Massage Therapy Certification

Foreign Student Eligibility

NHI's accredited massage therapy school welcomes students from other countries.  We enroll foreign students under the regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Visit our International Students Page

Department of Veterans Affairs - Massage Therapy Certification

Vocational Rehabilitation & Veterans’ Benefits

Many vocational rehabilitation counselors have found NHI’s Massage Therapy training appropriate for the retraining of their clients.  Along with technical skill and support, our program instills the confidence to succeed.

NHI is approved to train Veterans and eligible persons by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE). CSAAVE is administered by the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Students who wish to receive veteran benefits need to notify the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). The NHI program is approved as accredited under Section 3675, Chapter 36, Title 38, U.S. Code.

Board of Registered Nursing - Massage Therapy Certification

Nurses’ Continuing Education

Many nurses find Massage Therapy training valuable both for themselves and their patients, and incorporate it into their nursing work.  Others develop an independent practice that allows them to help others outside a hospital setting. The Board of Registered Nursing approved NHI massage therapy school to offer continuing education for nurses to learn massage.

Board of Registered Nursing - Massage Therapy Certification

Acupuncturists’ Continuing Education

Many acupuncturists find Massage Therapy training valuable both for themselves and their clients, and incorporate it into their work. The Acupuncture Board approved NHI massage therapy school to offer continuing education for acupuncturists to learn massage.

National Certification Exam - Massage Therapy Certification

National Certification Exam

Upon successful completion of NHI’s Massage Therapist and Health Education training, many of our graduates take the National Certification Examination to gain their massage therapy certification. This voluntary test has been established to measure entry level competence in the field. NHI’s comprehensive training in massage prepares our graduates for this test.

BOC - Certified Athletic Trainers

Board of Certification

National Holistic Institute is a Board of Certification (BOC) Approved Provider for Certified Athletic Trainers.




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