Cortiva Institute Reviews - Certificate in Massage Therapy

1.85 out of 5 stars
(8 Reviews)
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $13,044
29% of 8 students said this degree improved their career prospects
13% of 8 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Worst School Ever - 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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Jason - 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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Study here at your own risk - 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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Cortiva Student - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gemini - 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"
1.6 out of 5 stars
Stephen B. - 4/27/2018
Degree: Massage Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016
"2016 graduate of Cortiva- Joliet IL. Initially I found this a wonderful opportunity and change in life. However after graduating and trying to find sustainable work - my opinion has changed. I live 10 minutes from my campus and the crank our 30+ therapists every 12-15 weeks making almost impossible to find full time employment within a 30 mile radius of home. I've read other reviews and am in the same boat...we're like lawyers...more out there than needed. I've also now had severe issues with their "in-house" loan; they've allowed me to fall through the cracks and have been hesitant to help me since they transferred my loan to a servicing center. Cortiva has now placed me into collections because their contracted service center "failed" to continue to send me updated statements for payment. Now Sunrise Credit Specialists now want $2880 due in full. I've spoken to 3 different financial aid reps who've all said they'd look into this just to not respond to emails or contact me with any and all information. A waste of time and money for rushed through courses and supplies."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Zack - 6/5/2015
Degree: Massage Therapy
Graduation Year: 2011
"Paid too much for a degree/certificate for a job field that is flooded with LMT's that make on avg.$15 hr. This is not a career that will suport you full time, this job field has alot unpaid time, do to the way bussiness is done, if they dont have clients, you sit and make nothing, but you still have to be there and avalable. The staff is very good, but less than 1/4 of them are still teaching at the location in Scottsdale where I attended, BIG turnover in less than 4 years. High number of LMT's graduate (would say this location 20 to 30 every 3 months from this location), but less than 10% are still in the job as LMT's after 1 year."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Not Worth the Money - 1/28/2015
Degree: Massage Therapy
Graduation Year: 2014
"This school is very focused on money. The curriculum is not that much better than anywhere else to be honest. They charge you $12,000.00 and it's not worth it. In those fees are $430 for a table you can get online for much less (and of course they make it seem as if they're doing you a favor), a "student fee" of $330 that is for a little lotion and some $5 Cortiva t-shirts you are required to wear, among other hidden corporate fees. I wouldn't have such a problem with it if they weren't putting all that into the loans you have to get to go there if you can't pay cash. The staff in general are snooty, and treat you worse and worse as the course goes on. Almost everyone in my class was put through the ringer by their ridiculous corporate polities and bureaucratic atmosphere. I would never suggest a friend of mine to go to this place. A lot of us are still waiting on our licenses because they failed to submit paperwork and still haven't done it. If you're a veteran like I am, expect to have problems getting your Pell and GI Bill money."
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