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Accreditation & Approvals

First Accredited Massage Therapy School in California

It is important to select a massage school that is accredited to ensure you receive a high quality massage therapy education. National Holistic Institute is nationally accredited by Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, we provide courses for Continuing Education for massage therapists.


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.

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, by operation of law, is approved. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau can be reached at: 1747 North Market, Suite 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (888) 370-7589 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

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
California Massage Therapy Council

California Massage Therapy Council
CAMTC Approved | SCH0045 | Emeryville Campus & Santa Rosa Campus
CAMTC Approved | SCH0046 | Santa Ana Campus
CAMTC Approved | SCH0047 | Sacramento Campus
CAMTC Approved | SCH0048 | Studio City Campus
CAMTC Approved | SCH0049 | San Jose Campus
CAMTC Approved | SCH0157 | Redding Campus
CAMTC Approved | SCH0158 | Clovis Campus
CAMTC Approved | SCH0169 | Modesto Campus
CAMTC Approved | SCH0166 | Ontario Campus

American Massage Therapy Association

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).

US Dept of Homeland Security

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

Vocational Rehabilitation & Veterans

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.

National Certification Exam

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.