In addition to basic requirements for enrollment, there are additional considerations for success in this program. Please carefully consider the following before applying:
- We used tablets in the classroom frequently. Tablets are provided by CRI. A basic working knowledge of tablet usage is required. It is not within the time constraints of this program to individually tutor students on the usage of electronics.
- There is a requirement to access the internet for research. Students must be comfortable with this or willing to learn on their own time. Assignments will not be adjusted for students who are not internet savvy.
- There are assignments that require a basic working knowledge of word processing systems. You must be able to produce a typed document. The preferred platform is Google Drive because it enables sharing assignments with the instructors. Students unfamiliar with using Drive are STRONGLY encouraged to get familiar with this before beginning the program. It will require a Gmail address. Many students create a Gmail address exclusively for school work.
- Some projects in the program require the use of a computer. Assignments cannot be done on a phone or tablet. For students that do not own a computer, there are many ways to complete these assignments without purchasing a computer. Libraries and computer labs are just a couple suggestions for access to free computer usage. Adjustments will not be made for students based on not being able to access a computer. For students that live in remote areas without internet, they will need to plan ahead to do work at places with internet access.
- Vacations scheduled outside of the normal school breaks will not be allowed. The program moves quickly and it is difficult to make up classes quickly. We have a very strict attendance policy.
- Tutoring for skills outside of the massage therapy curriculum are not provided through Columbia River Institute. If additional tutoring is needed in the above areas, you must pursue this on your own.
- Students are required to get at least one professional massage per month. The cost of this ranges from $55.00-$85.00 per hour. Please budget accordingly.
- Smoking, of any kind, is not permissible in this profession due to the smell of smoke, of any kind, on clothing and hair.
- Students will be exchanging massages with other students outside of class and will need to make time for this.