Approvals & Memberships

Accreditation is a voluntary process that provides assurance of quality education through a comprehensive system of standards and procedures.

If you are looking into professional massage therapy training, it's important to make sure that the schools you're considering have been accredited by one or more of the accrediting agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education for purposes of administering federal financial aid. See for more information.


Accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) - a professional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. COMTA, a non-profit independent organization, seeks to improve the quality of education for students seeking education in the fields of massage therapy and bodywork. The COMTA accreditation process reflects current and emerging professional practice standards. To obtain COMTA accreditation, a massage therapy school must demonstrate that their educational curriculum substantially meets specific massage therapy and bodywork curriculum standards developed and set by professionals in the field. For more information, please visit

State Licensure

Licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.


  • Member of the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA).
  • Member of the American Massage Therapy Association's Council of Schools.
  • Member of the Career College Association (CCA)
Continuing Education Approval

Approved provider for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Board of Certification. This allows athletic trainers to receive credit for Cortiva programs.

Approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as a provider of continuing education credits for nationally certified massage therapists.

Financial Aid Approval

Approved to participate in Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Plus Loans, and Federal Pell Grants.

State Licensing Approvals

The Cortiva Institute – Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy meets or exceeds all educational standards as outlined by the State Board of Massage Therapy. Requirements in other states may differ.

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