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Attendance Policy

Consistent attendance is essential for the successful completion of the program. Courses cover a great deal of information in a short period of time and much of what you learn is acquired through hands on work.

Attendance is based on “clock hours.” A total of 10 clock hours of absences or tardies is allowed per quarter. Since each class is generally 5 hours in length, this means that you can only miss 2 classes during each quarter.

It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for makeup of time and work. Any missed test or quizzes must be made up during office hours within 7 days of the absence. Missed hours may be made up within 7 days of the absence with private tutoring offered at $30 per hour.

If a student is absent for 4 class days without notifying the school, they will be automatically withdrawn on the fourth day.

Re-enrollment is only available if the student withdrew in good academic and financial standing. Students wishing to re-enroll must interview with the school directors for approval.

Students are expected to be on time and prepared for class. Students are considered late 10 minutes after the class start time. Leaving more than 10 minutes early will also constitute tardiness. Arriving late or leaving early 30 minutes or more is considered an absence. If you are tardy 3 times in one quarter, it will be considered the same as one absence. Eight tardies are considered to be excessive, and are cause for dismissal.

Students may take a leave of absence only if they are in good academic standing at the time of leave. If they are absent for more than 10 hours during the quarter, they may be required to start that quarter over again the next time it is offered. Students also have the option of making up the classes via private tutoring at the rate of $30 per hour pending approval by the Director of Education.

Make-up Policy

It is the responsibility of the student to make up classes missed which may affect their integration of information.  It is advised that students who miss a class contact classmates and/or seek private tutoring available at $30 per hour.  Tutoring must be arranged with an instructor and should not be used for undocumented excessive absences.

Student Records

Cohutta Healing Arts Institute maintains student records via an offsite computer backup system. Students may view these records at any time by scheduling an appointment with the Director of Administration.  Students will receive transcripts and a Certificate upon completion of the program and payment of all outstanding balances.  Additional Certificates may be purchased for $10 each with a written request.  Transcripts sent to other educational institutions are processed free of charge with a written request.  Personal copies of transcripts may also be requested in writing for a fee of $5.

Grading Policy

We feel that regular evaluation of a student’s progress is important, whether it be in academic areas or in the area of massage techniques.  All examinations, whether in the academic or hands-on areas, are scored as follows:

A                      90 – 100%

B                      80 – 89%

C                      70 – 79%

69% and below is unsatisfactory

The student must be maintaining a 70% average or above on all tests within a specific class during each quarter of enrollment.  The student is allowed to retake one test each quarter for a total of 4 retakes.  However, retakes are only used if a student has failed a test and needs to retake to maintain the 70% average for that quarter.

If a student’s average falls below the 70% minimum average, the student will be placed on academic probation.  The student will be given 3 weeks to bring up their average or the student will be dropped from the class.  The student may obtain private tutoring at $30 per hour to attempt to bring up their average.

Transferring Credits

Unfortunately at this time we are unable to recognize credits from other educational institutions.

School Credentials

Cohutta Healing Arts Institute is authorized by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission and the Georgia Massage Therapy Board  to offer a certification program in massage therapy.


Cohutta Healing Arts Institute is a Drug-Free and Tobacco-Free environment. Should a student come to school under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances, they will be immediately dismissed.  The purpose of this policy is to assure our students and the public we serve that massage therapists are professionals and provide their clients a safe environment in which massage is performed in a focused, centered, and caring manner.  Tobacco is prohibited from being used on school grounds.  If tobacco products are used during breaks, it is essential to take steps to eliminate the smell from clothing.

Student Conduct

Students at Cohutta Healing Arts Institute know that our mission is to guide them toward the adoption of professional skills, behaviors and ethics.  For those who are unable to integrate these expectations, the Director will provide a Notice of Concern; if change does not occur, the student will be asked to leave in the best interest of the group.  Students demonstrate respect for their instructors, as well as respect for their classmates, by working toward the common goal of attainable excellence for all.  Students can reference their student contract for specific conduct that will require immediate termination from the program.

Dress Code

It is expected that all students will take personal responsibility in the area of grooming while they are in school.  We recommend limiting or eliminating your use of colognes and perfumes, as multiple-fragrances can be overpowering, and many people are sensitive or allergic to some fragrances. Please avoid the smell of smoking on your breath by using appropriate products. Students are expected to wear either t-shirts, polo shirts, or dress shirts and slacks or shorts (no shorter than fingertip length) during class times. During clinical internship, scrubs must be worn and hair must be pulled away from your face.