September 2011 Actions

Posted by: LaToshya Vaughn    |    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:00 am

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September 8, 2011 Commission

Commission Actions

The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
has concluded its September 8, 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
withdrawn, placed on show cause, placed on probation, placed on provisional
status or completed a substantive change process:

Initial Accreditation – Continued
(conditions to be reviewed at next

  • Miami-Jacobs Career College – (Dayton, Springboro, Troy, OH) –
    Initial Accreditation received April
    2011, expires April 2016

Renewal of Accreditation with Conditions:

  • Academy of Natural Therapy – (Greeley, CO) – Renewal of Accreditation expires April 2016

Addition of Eligible Non-Degree
(New 900 hour Massage Therapy Program

  • National Massage
    Therapy Institute – (Philadelphia, PA; Falls Church, VA; Wilmington, DE;
    Egg Harbor, NJ)

Addition of New Branch Location: (The main campus is Utah College of Massage Therapy – Salt Lake City, UT)

  • Texas Center for Massage Therapy – 1055 S. Sherman Street,
    Richardson, TX 75081

Change of Location:

Educating Hands School of
Massage – (Miami, FL)

From: 120 SW 8th
Street, Miami, FL 33130

To: 3883
Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33731

Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation

  • MassBay Community College – (Framingham, MA) effective August 1,

Show Cause:

  • Mountain State School of Massage – (Charleston, WV)

Continued Probation:

  • Educating Hands School of Massage – (Miami, FL)
  • Mountain State School of Massage – (Charleston, WV)

Revocation of Accreditation

  • Mississippi School of
    Therapeutic Massage – (Jackson, MS)

Summary of Reason:

October 2009, the Mississippi
School of Therapeutic Massage (MSTM) has consistently not met Commission
directives such as meeting deadlines, meeting the financial ratio per COMTA
standard, and paying applicable fees by their deadlines (i.e. annual
sustaining fees and late fees).  Due to
this continued failure to meet deadlines and financial standards, the
Commission has previously placed the school on Show Cause, Probation, and
ordered an unannounced site visit in November 2010. The school continued to
miss deadlines and failed to demonstrate compliance with the minimum financial
ratio during the recent Probation period which began January 5, 2011.

notification of action during this September 8th meeting is the
initial notice of revocation to the school. 
The action is subject to an appeal process.  If the school chooses not to appeal the
Commission’s action, the revocation will be effective October 1, 2011.  Should the
school decide to appeal the Commission’s decision, it must follow the Appeal
Process outlined in the COMTA Policies and Procedures Manual.  If the decision is not overturned by the
Appeals Committee, revocation will commence on the hearing date but no later
than January 20, 2012.

the Commission also indicated in the revocation notice that the school must submit
a Teach-Out Plan by
October 30, 2011

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