October 2011 Actions

Posted by: LaToshya Vaughn    |    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:00 am

October 26-28, 2011 Commission MeetingCommission Actions

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The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) has concluded its October 26-28, 2011 Commission Meeting (renewal schools placed on show cause, probation, provisional status or deferral are considered accredited institutions).

By action of the Commission, the following schools have received initial or renewal of accreditation, withdrawn, placed on show cause, placed on probation, placed on provisional status or completed a substantive change process:

Initial Accreditation with Conditions
(conditions to be reviewed at next meeting):
• Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy (I) (Colorado Springs, CO): Initial Accreditation received October 2011, expires October 2016
• Manatee Technical Institute (P) (Bradenton, FL): Initial Accreditation received October 2011, expires October 2016

Initial AccreditationDeferred (not accredited by COMTA)
Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts – (Marlton, NJ)

Renewal of Accreditation with Conditions
(conditions to be reviewed at next meeting):
• Kishwaukee Community College (P) (Malta, IL): Renewal of Accreditation expires October 2016

Change of Ownership:
(The Steiner Education Group is now the rightful owner of the following COMTA accredited Cortiva schools’.  Furthermore, all the Cortiva schools’ accreditation status will change to “Provisional” until the process for reviewing the new ownership is completed.)
• Cortiva Institute – Boston, MA 
• Cortiva Institute – Chicago, Crystal Lake, Woodridge, IL
• Cortiva Institute – Pennsylvania and New Jersey Wall
• Cortiva Institute – Seattle and Federal Way, WA

As described in the COMTA Policies and Procedures manual, page 7:

Provisional Accreditation – A continuation of a previous grant of accreditation for a limited period of time during which COMTA evaluates new information which may affect the institution’s/program’s ability to stay in compliance with COMTA standards. Provisional accreditation begins when COMTA receives written notification of the anticipated change and ends when the institution/program receives written notification from COMTA of the Commission’s action. A change in the control of an accredited institution/program automatically triggers provisional accreditation. Provisional accreditation is granted by either the COMTA Chair or the Executive Director upon initial notification of the change of control, and is subject to Commission ratification within 30 days. The Commission may modify the terms of or reject the provisional accreditation. Maintenance of provisional accreditation is contingent upon an institution/program’s following COMTA procedures and the completion of a site visit no later than six (6) months following the change in control. No Substantive Changes may be made during provisional accreditation. 

Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation:
• Miami Jacobs Career College (P) –  (Dayton, Troy, Springboro, OH): effective October 11, 2011

Continued Probation: 
• Educating Hands School of Massage (I) – (Miami, FL)

Probation/Show Cause Removed:
• Academy of Natural Therapy (I) – (Greeley, CO)
• International Professional School of Bodywork (I) – (San Diego, CA)
• Mountain State School of Massage (I) – (Charleston, WV)

(I) – Institutional 
(P) – Programmatic

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