What is accredited/accreditation? Accreditation protects the student and ensures that they are receiving a quality education from an established, reputable school. Accreditation is a voluntary peer review process that identifies and acknowledges educational programs and/or institutions for achieving and maintaining a high level of quality, performance and integrity based on educational and professional standards. Accreditation goes far above and well beyond the State of Iowa approval process which is essentially an application and fee based process.

Why do we choose Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) as our accreditation agency? COMTA is the ONLY accreditation agency that dictates massage therapy curriculum. This is extremely important to us since we are educating massage therapist!

Carlson College of Massage Therapy is Iowa’s first COMTA accredited school and less than 1% of schools nationwide meet the rigorous standards and chose to be COMTA accredited. COMTA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education allowing us to offer federal financial aid.

We want to make certain that our students know that quality of education matters to us. We are not just training you for a profession, we are educating you to become a professional. The standards we adhere to with COMTA ensure that we are holding the profession of massage therapy to the level that it needs to be. For more information about COMTA, visit their website at www.comta.org.

Some states, like Arizona, require that applicants for licensure have graduated from an accredited program. Keep all your options open by attending an accredited program!

Benefits of accreditation

* Protects the student to ensure a quality educational program.

* Gives the student a level of recourse if they are unhappy with their education or the admissions process.

* Helps educators increase the quality and performance of massage and bodywork programs.

* Increases program quality as faculty, staff and students participate in the self-study process and clarify the important role each plays.

* Provides universal recognition of program quality, often by professional organizations, which may increase recruitment potential.

* Enhances the reputation of the program/school in its local community.

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Reviews From Our Students

Mallory Z
Mallory Z
2022-08-31
Carlson is the place to go if you are anywhere in driving distance! I made a commute to attend and even moved to the area to be more fully immersed. The depth of knowledge that you get in a short time is incredible! I felt more than prepared to start a career. Whatever a client throws at me, I’m equipped to handle it. Not only was the education top notch, but the whole experience was full of lovely memories and relationships. Can’t recommend Carlson enough!
Mahalia Shelangoski
Mahalia Shelangoski
2022-08-25
I graduated from this school and it truly sets you up for success. Straight out of school I had many people compliment me on my massage skills and I was prepared for my career. The teachers here are kind, warm, and super fun. I loved every minute of going to this school. I highly suggest it!
Sarah Koss
Sarah Koss
2022-07-21
I always enjoy coming to Carlson not only friendly people but amazing massages!!!
Maria Sankot
Maria Sankot
2022-07-18
I have been a returning customer for many years. Very friendly and helpful staff. Such a great way to meet a massage therapist you vibe with. Many student massage therapist to choose from and finding the one that fits your needs. Always look forward to student massage therapy sessions which fill up quickly.
Joyce Milliman
Joyce Milliman
2022-07-02
I will be using this Massage place agsin and tell my friends about it. i enjoyed one i got. Grace did a great job.
Jaclynn Oberbreckling
Jaclynn Oberbreckling
2022-06-21
Was a very wonderful experience! Very relaxing environment. I felt so at ease after my massage with Alyssa H. Highly recommend this place and especially her.
Sheri Crandall
Sheri Crandall
2022-06-18
Great massages by greatly trained students.
Gayle Robertson
Gayle Robertson
2022-06-16
I love getting massages at Carlson College! The massage room is divided into several stations, with minimal whispered discussion allowed, making the atmosphere extremely peaceful and relaxing.