Frequently Asked Questions
Who accredits your massage school?
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). This organization
has been recognized by the US Department of Education for their work
with massage therapy schools to ensure that their educational standards
demonstrate quality, performance and integrity of higher learning. We
are the only school in the Tidewater area accredited by this agency and the
first school in Virginia to receive this accreditation.
Why is this important?
Accreditation is a voluntary process
that identifies and acknowledges educational programs and/or institutions
for achieving and maintaining a level of quality, performance and integrity
that meets meaningful standards within the massage industry. The review
process for accreditation is comprehensive and includes all facets of
the massage school: administrative practices, curriculum, student affairs,
faculty competence and relationship with employers of graduates. An accredited
school is one that meets these standards of excellence.
The Cayce/Reilly School has held COMTA accreditation since 1996. The
staff and faculty are proud of this achievement and work diligently to
maintain these standards of excellence. COMTA is an organization that
is highly respected within the massage industry and graduating from a
COMTA-accredited school is an added advantage as you make your way into
What are the qualifications of your massage instructors?
of our massage instructors are certified in the subjects they teach,
and bring a wealth of information to the classroom.
For example, we have chiropractors and certified science teachers in
anatomy, and a certified reflexologist instructing reflexology. Our
assistant instructors must be in the business for at least one year prior to
being hired in our school and they must be certified to practice as a
massage therapist in Virginia.
What are your massage class ratios?
Most classes have a student/instructor ratio of 24:2. We like to keep our
classes small and only accept 24 students per each class.
What is the student completion rate of your classes?
About 95% of our students who begin our program complete their classes and go on to graduate.
What is your pass rate on the National Certification Examination?
In 2008, our pass rate was 96%.
How do you assist in job placement?
of the Cayce/Reilly School are highly sought after by employers. This
competitive edge allows us to maintain an up-to-date database of job
opportunities. As you approach graduation, it is to your advantage to
utilize this benefit. Also, as an alumni you will be emailed with the
most recent additions to the job opportunity database.
Can you give total of all costs to attend your school?
We are open and honest about all costs incurred to students enrolled in
our program. There are no hidden costs or unwanted "surprises." Learn More
Can you send me information on your programs without an initial visit?
a prospective massage student, we want you to be as informed as
possible about our school and, therefore, we do not require that you
visit the school before we will send you information. When you call to
request one of our catalogs, it is usually mailed to you within 24
After you have reviewed the material, if you would like to visit the school, we encourage you to do so. One of the advantages of
being a smaller school is we have the time to sit and answer all your
questions, in a non-pressured atmosphere, so that you are better able
to make an informed decision.
Is it possible for me to speak with any of your alumni?
We encourage it. We also suggest you receive a massage, either from a
graduate in your area or at the A.R.E. Health Center & Spa, located in Virginia Beach. VA. View the list of graduates in your area!