Student & Graduate Reviews
Fooled by Cortiva - 6/18/2018
Graduation Year: 2018
"The whole program is OUT OF ORDER from start to finish. Some faculty members including the school president does not have your best interest at heart and miseducated themselves. You will not learn much of whats needed to get you through lab or Clinicals"
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."
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."
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."
Trish - 6/2/2010
"Pushes students though a program with minimum level of education/skills training, provides the barest of job placement support, that leaves the students high and dry with nothing but a large student loan to pay with no Job. This school is a massage school mill."
Allison Choi - 7/15/2008
"I have always used spas but never quite knew how someone became qualified to work at one. Having appreciated Biology in school I did understand that the muscles of the body work closely together and are intimately related to a personâ€™s health. I wanted to explore the field of massage therapy so I enrolled here in Philadelphia in Cortiva Institude. The classes were full of hands on exercises and I spent less time in the books and more time learning the art of massage therapy. The tuition was very affordable and now that I have a degree I have a full range of spas and day resorts to work at in the greater Philadelphia area. Without having to spend too much money on education, Cortiva Institute opened up a world of job possibilities. However, working mostly in the day, I only wish there were a greater number of night classes that would have allowed for my schooling to be even more convenient. Cortiva, however, always provided me the support as I juggled both work and school."