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Veterans & Military Dependents

From everyone at NHI, we would like to thank you for your dedicated service to our country.

We welcome Veterans and military dependents like you that understand the power of being of service and helping others. At NHI, you will be mentored and trained by a dedicated and passionate team of massage therapy professionals that are committed to your success, many of whom are NHI Alumni.

National Holistic Institute offers the finest massage therapy training programs in the nation. As a leader in massage therapy education for over 30 years, we offer a comprehensive Massage Therapy Training Program and our Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Program. We continue to fine tune and update our massage therapy programs to set you up for a successful and flexible career.

Our Massage Therapy Training Program fully prepares you to have a rewarding career as a professional massage therapist. Our Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Program takes your career to the next level by focusing on neuromuscular massage therapy and is offered for those who have prior training in massage therapy or for graduates of our Massage Therapy Training Program. If you have any questions about our massage school training, contact us today.

All ten of our California campuses are approved to provide educational benefits to Veterans.

National Holistic Institute students are eligible to use the following benefit options:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill®
  • Montgomery GI Bill®
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Survivors and Dependent Assistance

To check your eligibility go to

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I enroll in massage school even though I am still in active duty?

Yes – NHI massage school offers flexible class scheduling.

What happens if I am recalled or am on reserve duty?

If you are recalled to active duty, NHI will work with you to maintain your enrollment. If your absence is for less than 10 days, we’ll work to get you back into the same Group. If your absence is longer than 10 days, you will need to take a Leave of Absence and return to a different Group, right where you left off. The length of a Leave is limited by the Department of Education to a certain number of days within a 12-month period:

  • 120 days for an 8-month program
  • 150 days for a 10-month program
  • 180 days for a 12-month program

A longer absence will necessitate a withdrawal from school, but we will work with you to make sure you can re-enter at a time that works best for you.

Can my dependents use my GI bill® for their massage education?

Yes – For more information, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Can I begin/complete the enrollment process before I return from a deployment?

Yes – Complete the contact form on this page to begin your enrollment process and an Admissions Representative will contact you shortly.

What documents are required for enrollment as a veteran?

In order to certify for enrollment, we will need:

  1. Certificate of Eligibility
  2. DD214
  3. College Transcripts
  4. Military Transcripts

We will also have you sign an acknowledgment that you received our VA Bulletin. All of this is collected by the Financial Aid Department and then forwarded to our certifying official to complete once you start school.

Are all of NHI’s massage schools located throughout California eligible for VA benefits?

Yes. All ten California campuses are approved to provide educational benefits to Veterans.

Can NHI help me relocate?

Yes – Each campus has its own dedicated Student Life and Career Coordinator who can assist you in finding housing, employment and other necessities that come with relocating.

Massage Therapy School Student, Eric Wessel – U.S. Air Force’s photo

My name is Eric Wessel. I am a veteran of the Iraq war. I have chosen to pursue a career in massage therapy with NHI because I have experienced stress at its highest level. It took a toll on my mind and body. So in relation to the mind and body I feel it is important to have balance in them. Massage is one way to achieve that goal. I feel that giving a massage is therapeutic for me as well. It lets me get into a calmer space. I also enjoy seeing the difference in people when they receive a great massage. I am glad to have work that makes a difference to people.

Massage Therapy School Student, Eric Wessel – U.S. Air Force