Guiding Principles and Procedures for a Thriving Learning Environment

We’re so glad that you’re considering or have decided to join the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks! Here, we outline the essential guidelines and procedures that ensure a productive, respectful, and safe learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff. Our policies are designed to uphold the highest standards of education and professionalism, reflecting our commitment to fostering an atmosphere where everyone can thrive.

We encourage all students to familiarize themselves with these policies, as they provide important information about our academic standards, attendance requirements, code of conduct, and other critical aspects of our school operations. By adhering to these policies, you help maintain the integrity and excellence of our educational programs, contributing to a supportive community dedicated to the art and science of massage therapy.

School Policies

Sexual Harassment Policy

Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks will not tolerate sexual harassment by faculty, students, staff or anyone who conducts business with the academy. We encourage timely reporting of all incidents. Any person who has been harassed or has knowledge of harassment should report the acts directly to the school director. Individuals found to have engaged in misconduct will be attended to accordingly.

It is the policy of the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks to grant equal opportunity to qualified persons without regard to race, color, age, gender, disability, religion, origin, or sexual orientation.

Students are expected to dress in clean, appropriate attire. You are required to wear modest fitting black or khaki pants, a school uniform shirt and closed toe shoes. During summer months, finger-tip length khaki shorts may be worn. Sneakers may be worn if they are clean and professional.

Long hair should be tied back while working in massage and clinic. Hats are not acceptable in class or in the clinic. While working in clinic you will be required to wear an Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks shirt, which will be provided by the school when  you are eligible to begin.

All student records will remain strictly confidential. At no time will the school give your name, address, or phone number to anyone without prior written permission from the student.

Students may inspect and review their educational records by contacting the Director or Instructor who will assist them. Any discrepancies will be investigated and remedied with mutual consent of the student, instructor, and director.

Any student who has any concerns about the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks, it’s operation, or any staff members must bring their concern directly to the school director or administrator so the concern may be dealt with in a timely manner. 

All grievances will be taken seriously and handled as quickly as possible. If you are not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint, you may then contact the State Board of Private Licensed Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 607 South Drive Floor 3E, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

Students are expected to comply with all student and safety regulations. Failure to comply will result in oral and written disciplinary warning or dismissal. Conduct which is unsatisfactory includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct which disrupts or interferes with student progress.
  • Use of headphones, cell phones and any other disruptive devices are prohibited in class.
  • Theft of property belonging to school or other students. Theft may be reported to civil authorities.
  • Defacing or destruction of property.
  • Evidence of cheating in class.
  • Disrespect of staff, instructors, or fellow students.
  • Possession or consumption of alcohol or illegal substances on or near school premises.
  • Smoking in unauthorized areas of the school grounds.
  • Sexual harassment against an employee or student.
  • Falsification of any information required by the admissions process
  • Any arrests and convictions.
  • Falling 2 or more months in arrears with respect to any debt to the school.

Classes are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday.

The Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks recognizes the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day before
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve

Students should strive for 100% attendance in all scheduled classes. You are allowed 2 missed days in massage and 2 missed days in anatomy & physiology, plus 1 additional day in either. Any student missing more than 5 days of their program will be required to complete the missed days at the discretion of the instructor. Missed time beyond the 5 allotted days must be made up in a regular class time. The student is responsible for acquiring any missed material during their absence.

All makeup hours must be approved by an instructor and director of the academy. Classes must be attended in full and recorded in the makeup hours binder. Instructor’s authorization must accompany all made up hours.

A student may be placed on probation due to excessive absences until the time is made up or assigned work completed. You are required to contact the academy as soon as you are aware that you will not be attending class that day(s).

Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks does understand that unique or unexpected situations may arise and we will assist the student on an individual ba

Late arrival for scheduled classes is time that must be accounted for and made up. Classes begin and end at scheduled times and all students are required to be punctual. Students who are late will not be given credit for the time missed from class. If a student is late or misses any portion of that class, the student will be considered absent for that hour.

If a student’s grade point average falls below 70% they will be placed on academic probation. If the GPA is not brought up within a one month period, the student may be dismissed from the program. A student may be withdrawn from clinic if on academic probation.


Numeric equivalents of letter grades are as follows:

  • A = 93 – 100
  • B = 85 – 92
  • C = 77 – 84
  • D = 70 – 76
  • F = below 70

In order to graduate each students must complete 600 hours, achieve 70% or higher on the Anatomy & Physiology and Massage Theory & Practice final as well as achieving 70% or higher overall average in both the massage theory class and the Anatomy & Physiology class and fulfill all financial obligations and clinic requirements.

Any student missing more than two days in either massage or anatomy & physiology will be required to complete a make up assignment given at the discretion of the instructor. Missed time beyond the two days must be made up in another class, with the instructor’s approval. 

Absences on test dates will require you to make up the test within three days of your return and at the instructor’s convenience and discretion. Arrangements must be made the day you return from your absence. Failure to make up the test within three days of your return will result in a zero.

Each student will be required to spend 48 hours in a clinical environment. The student clinic provides quality massage skills at an affordable price for the general public. Each student’s work is supervised by qualified personnel. These clinic hours will be hours outside of the student’s regular class time and will be scheduled at their availability.

*See student clinic handbook for additional information