Founded in 1988 by local educator and practicing chiropractor Dr. Paul Schwinghamer, the California Healing Arts College offers a handful of specialized programs focusing mainly on massage therapy and personal fitness training. The school is located in the western portion of the city of Los Angeles, California, situated close to a variety of freeways and in the middle of a pleasant neighborhood with Santa Monica beach only a few minutes away by car.
This program trains students to work in a medical office or clinic. They will learn to interact with patients and take and record vital signs, along with learning about medical ethics, pharmaceuticals, and how to generally manage a doctor’s office.
Personal Fitness Trainer
The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) awards the prestigious Personal Fitness Trainer (CPT) Certification in this program. Students will have extensive hands-on training with current fitness methods and will be knowledgeable in nutrition, lifestyle changes, leadership, and fitness assessments.
Students will have hands-on training in Swedish Massage, Oscillation, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, along with courses in Business Ethics and Practice. Students will be well prepared for the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) Certification.
Advanced Massage Therapy
Students in this program will complete the full Massage Therapy unit along with classes in Thai Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Biomechanics, and Customer Service.
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The College implements a completely open admissions policy, with enrollment being available to a wide variety of applicants. Basic requirements for consideration to be admitted include possessing a high school diploma or GED, or having passed an ATB (ability to benefit) test approved by the school and completed on site. Furthermore, during the personal interview that is necessary for admission, the school must detect a strong commitment and interest toward the fields of health care and service.
The admissions process involves the following steps: interviewing with a staff member; touring the facility; signing the school’s enrollment agreement; forwarding all academic transcripts from any institutions attended, including college level studies (if applicable); and finally paying for the tuition or creating a payment plan with the institution.
It is important for non-native English speakers to prove their proficiency in the language prior to being accepted to study in one of the school’s programs, as the school does not provide English education services.
Through the school’s provisional recognition by the US Department of Education, the College is eligible for disbursing federal student financial aid. The school encourages students to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as early as possible to be considered, as many forms of federal aid are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Eligible students can benefit from Federal Pell Grants, Federal Parent Loans to Undergraduate Students, Federal Family Education Loans, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.
The school has conventions for alternative loans with a handful of private organizations, including Sallie Mae and Educaid.
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The student body is quite small, rarely exceeding more than 50 individuals. Not only are students instructed by experienced professionals in the massage therapy field, they get the opportunity to put the educational theories being learned into practice: the school itself is an active massage center, and customers are regularly attended by the students, giving them the opportunity to apply their learning.
Student services include career counseling and placement as well as cost-defraying employment opportunities. Upon completion of their program, most graduates move on to work in professional spas, resorts, cruise ships, health clubs, and similar areas where their services will come in handy.
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The College receives its accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, and is given approval by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. The school is recognized by the US Department of Education and eligible to provide nurses with continuing education units (CEUs).
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