Cortiva Institute Reviews

  • 17 Reviews
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $13,044
27% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
24% of 17 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 1/1/2021
  • Degree: Esthetician
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"Currently I am going to school for the Paramedical Esthetician program at the St. Petersburg, Florida location. Overall of the school, I would say that it is average. In general I think the majority of learning is going to be learning in the field after I graduate. The day class is packed, with a ton of students and you will definitely be able to make friends with many of the students. Jeff is very hands on and you will be doing facials from day 1- not bad at all. The only issue I would say is that with so many students in 1 class, there might not be enough of Jeff to go around (hehe) and it gets a little stressful. The night class is a third of the students and Margot is the sweetest and a lot of fun to learn from. She always has the best interest of her students. Margot will have you on the floor laughing, she loves what she does and is one of the girls who truly enjoys what she is teaching. For the most part, it is what you make of it. We all have bad days and sometimes just going to class can turn your day around. It was really easy to get enrolled. They do all of it for you and you will start school the next week. Candace did an amazing job with my financial portion and Morgan helped me through the paperwork. Very nice staff and great teachers at this location."
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  • Reviewed: 4/11/2020
  • Degree: Esthetician
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"DO NOT RECOMMEND, when I first started at this school, I was first told that I had to be an esthetician first before I could move on to learn laser treatments, at that time this was a lie, I found out later there were other options that they indicated to me were NOT available. They were available and not just available, available for the same price as they were charging I could have gotten double training for the same price elseware. Students beware and do your home work! Additionally, they can not keep staff, 30% of the time I attended this school our classroom sat devoid of an instructor, we sat in an empty room and were told to catch up on homework as they had no instructor for us today! Now the first few weeks were great, as we had an amazing teacher, but after a few short weeks she moved to California, later the last few weeks were great as well as we were moved into another class with another teacher, and she was wonderful as well, but the middle 2/3rds time we had NO teacher, or a drunk teacher who never showed up and ocationally a sub teacher who was borderline dementia, and rarely a great sub teacher from the night shift. But mostly... NO teacher! I am currently trying to find a way to get my student loans forgiven because this school defaulted on our contract in my opinion. Failure to perform, it is my understanding that in order to be a school and charge for an eduction you MUST have adequate instructors, 100% of the time. They did not. YES I graduated, but that was because of all of the educational materials available online that we went to for our training. you tube videos and phone apps for state board training. Most of my education came from online apps that were downloaded on my phone that I sat and did in an empty classroom, because there was no teacher. I even brought my laptop into the classroom so that I could go online to free resources to get my education while sitting in an empty classroom. So I, and many others feel that there should be a refund available to us. DO NOT GO HERE"
Worst School Ever
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2020
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"This school SUCKS! Im in the massage therapy program and I DONT RECOMMEND ANYONE to further their education here. It's VERY unprofessional and unorganized there's new changes every week since i started. Also if you have trouble with learning in anyway this is DEFINITELY NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU. They throw info at for 3 hours and expect you to remember it 5 weeks later for the final. There's no review there no one on one with the teacher there's no HELP AT ALL ! The teachers give you more attitude more then they help you. It's very hard to stay focused when you don't get the help And attention you need! I promise you if i knew this school was like this i would've nevered signed up for this school."
  • Reviewed: 6/16/2019
  • Degree: Esthetician
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I hate this place!!!!!!!!!!!Cortiva phxThe director (JR & R) & director (CK) of education are dumb as dirt. This school could have been a gold mine however; the Incompetency in the upper management is simply unbelievable!!!! they are what reality TV shows are made of (Hollywood you missed out big time at this location).The Director of education thrives on bullying students and having her staff work in a horrific hostile rascist environment daily as she is the antagonist every day, a so called leader of the school. CK is so unhappy and miserable in her own personal life she wants to make everybody as miserable as she is. How very sad to think somebody in a high management position thought she would be good in this position? THANK GOD for karma. karma is a B**** and trust in me karma will pay CK back in the end.The one positive thing in this school was my instructor Miss Jenn if it was not for her I would have NEVER stayed in this school or became the professional I am."
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2019
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Thankfully this place is closing. No one else can get sucked into the trap that I did. Gave this place a shot years ago, tried to drop out midway and was pretty pressured to stay by finance and another party. Never did anything massage therapy related after graduation yet here I am stuck with the debt. Too bad my outstanding $6k debt couldnt be wiped out with the school closing."
Study here at your own risk
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2019
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I gave this place a shot for 6 months. I feel like I wasted my money. The students dont take the education seriously, the teachers dont enforce rules but if and when they do, it is selective. Its high school all over again. No respect is shown between the students. The quality of the education is not worth the money. The books are not grammatically correct, the material in the books is breezed over. Its a fast paced environment. Get in get out. The inside of the school is run down and in disarray. The carpets are shredded and stained. Its dusty. The walls are unbelievably dirty. The desks and chairs are painful to sit in and use. For a massage school, you would think they care about your body. There are high school games played among the staff. Popularity contests. There are better places around here for less and even better education. You just need to hours and knowledge to pass the MBLEx. Not this school."
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2018
  • Degree: Esthetician
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"DONT COME HERE This school is ignorant. Everything they tell you is a lie, they never let you use school supplies and they make new rules like were children in elementary school everyday. Ms J. is the best thing here. Other than that the corporate and the president and and other high up staff are unsupportive and only care about your money."
Cortiva Student
  • Reviewed: 9/27/2018
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Not enough kinesthetic learning. Broken massage equipment such as warped face cradles and parts. Dirty sheets in clinic that are shared with a hospital. Slow, old computers for student study that connect to a overly locked down online network thanks to the system admin. 600+ hours and the most kinesthetic instruction you get is in the 1st term. When they sucker you into staying long enough to where they pocket half your tuition if you withdraw they start giving you more lectures and less hands-on experience. For the last stretch of the program, they toss all the students into clinical training and prepare you for the mBLEX. If you need help with anything, then you are told you are supposed to know it by now-- try to make friends in the other classes. Cortiva is very much so a second high school and a popularity contest. If you have absolutely no interest in the anatomy of things or an interest in protecting the ethics of the massage profession-- then they'll still pass you through their school. I wish I would have taken my money elsewhere."
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2018
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Thank YOU: Mr. Davis, always checking in and giving solid advice. Mrs. Helen and Mrs. Anna for giving me the opportunity in the work study program. Mr. Hank for CONSTANTLY advocating for his students. All ALUMNI and Teachers..THANK YOU for TRULY being THAT village-Gemini"
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2018
  • Degree: Esthetician
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"10/10 would not recommend this school. From the very beginning it was terrible. Went through multiple teachers within the 7.5 months. Wasted a lot of my time. There was constant fighting and arguing for a full 2 months. If I could get my money back I would. The teaching was horrible. It was more like you were on your own kind of thing. Never had a real lecture in class, and half the time we didnt fully finish stuff in the lab. Really disappointed"