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3 Cerone Commercial Drive Albany, New York 12205



“May the work of your hands be a sign

of gratitude and reverence to the human condition.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

In t e g r a t i n g t h e H e a l i n g A r t s for

W e l l n e s s o f M i n d, B o d y & S p i r i t







At the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy, we believe that an exceptional massage therapist is one who combines scientific knowledge, precise yet graceful bodywork skills, and the ability to be self aware and deeply present for one’s client.

Our curriculum provides a thorough understanding of the human body, so that students

understand the physiological effects of their massage work and can communicate clearly with other health care professionals. Four major science courses, totaling 450 hours of instruction, provide this knowledge.

CNWSMT provides instruction in ten diverse bodywork courses, totaling over 365 hours, providing students with a broad, varied set of skills and techniques. The variety of modalities taught gives students the foundation to develop their own creative form of massage.

The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy requires students to complete over 100 hours of supervised clinical massage practice. By providing massage to the public, both in the student clinic and at our community service settings, students gain valuable experience and confidence while receiving the support and guidance from faculty.

In addition, CNWSMT creates the space and context for students to grow and deepen their self awareness. Through coursework, experiential exercises and practice in grounding, we seek to assist students in the development of self knowledge. A deeper sense of self awareness allows a massage therapist to be present for their clients.

Finally, our school provides students with coursework and feedback designed to help students develop the business skills and professionalism necessary to be successful massage therapists.

It is our hope that the quality of education we provide will enable students to become exceptional massage therapists and exceptional human beings.


CNWSMT’s mission is to provide a comprehensive program of study designed to give students the knowledge and skills to become competent, successful New York State Licensed Massage Therapists.






3 Cerone Commercial Drive Albany, New York 12205

Main Office: 518.


Clinic Line: 518.


Fax: 518.


The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy

is a DBA of TONDA Corporation

3 Cerone Commercial Drive, Albany, NY 12205.

(518) 489-4026

Board of Directors,

TONDA Corporation:

Anthony L. Joseph, Ph.D.

Jay Fund, MSW



Course Catalog

Information in this catalog may not be reprinted without prior permission from CNWSMT. Contents of this catalog are subject to change without notice.


Table of Contents

Vision ... 2

Train for a Rewarding Career ... 5

Value of Massage ... 6

History and Educational Goals ... 7

Accreditation/Licensing ... 8

Why Attend an Accredited Institution? ... 8

New York State Massage Regulations ... 8

Admissions ... 9

Transfer of Credit ... 10

Massage Therapy Programs ... 11

Full-Time Massage Therapy Program ... 11

Spring Program... 11

Fall Program ... 11

Part-Time Massage Therapy Programs ... 11

Part-Time Morning Program ... 11

Part-Time Evening Program ... 11

Holidays/Vacation Time ... 11

Course Descriptions ... 12

Sequence of Courses ... 17

Classrooms and Facilities ... 19


Grading Policy ... 21

Academic Requirements ... 22

Readmission ... 25

Student Code of Conduct ... 27

Classroom Conduct and Communication Guidelines ...28

Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress ...30

Tuition Refund Policy ... 33

Student Life/Student Services ... 34

Student Grievance Procedure ... 34

Financial Aid ... 35

Teacher/Student Ratio ... 36

CNWSMT Job Placement ... 36

Location & About the Area ... 37 Financial Information ... insert Program Start/End Dates & Application Deadlines ... insert


Train for a Rewarding Career

*American Massage Therapy Association (2013)

This is an exciting time to enter the field of massage therapy!

At no other time in history has massage therapy enjoyed such widespread acceptance – and never has the demand for therapeutic massage been so great. In the United States alone, the number of massage therapists, including students, is now between 280,000 and 320,000.* According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2014, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than average for all occupations. The popularity of massage therapy can be attributed to the public’s increased interest in healing therapies and preventive medicine. Medical professionals are also beginning to acknowledge therapeutic bodywork as more and more published studies confirm the many benefits of massage therapy.

Some of the diverse settings in which massage therapists can practice include doctor’s offices, health and fitness centers, spas, chiropractic offices, holistic health centers, and private practices. In addition, massage therapists are fast becoming involved in workplace environments. Corporate America is beginning to offer “on-site” chair massage to relieve work-related stress and increase employee motivation and productivity. The potential for a massage therapist to serve others through a rewarding career is virtually unlimited. At CNWSMT, students have the opportunity to experience many different types of bodywork and practice those techniques with fellow students as well as in clinical settings. CNWSMT offers extensive resources to help graduates create their ideal work environment and take their unique passion for massage therapy into the world. Some of our students already have professional backgrounds. Manual practitioners who have worked in the area of physical therapy or occupational therapy find that the brief introduction to massage they received in their previous schooling is greatly expanded by CNWSMT’s extensive curriculum. They will acquire many new techniques that will enable them to better serve their clients.

Personal Trainers, yoga teachers and other fitness professionals will discover that massage therapy is a natural addition to their practice. It will enable them to help their customers in new ways while expanding their client base. Student with backgrounds in cosmetology and esthetics will improve their hands-on work by refining the quality of their touch. In addition, by learning an entirely new skill set, they will increase their employability and capacity to achieve the highest level of professionalism within their industry.


The Value of Massage

The fine art of massage can be traced back more than 4,000

years to Eastern traditions. The value of touch has long been

honored as a source of healing both physically and spiritually.

Some of the major benefits of massage therapy include:

Overall relaxation and stress reduction

Pain Relief

• Facilitate

better posture, movement, and muscle elasticity

Increase circulation of blood and lymph to facilitate removal of impurities and toxins

Enhance participation and performance in sports and exercise with reduced muscle fatigue and improved muscle recovery

Stimulate the body’s immune system and natural ability to create balance and healing


n 1998, the Center for Natural Wellness opened a Massage Therapy School to provide high quality education for students seeking a career in therapeutic massage and bodywork. CNWSMT trains students to become competent, caring, professional massage therapists.

Our school’s curriculum provides a solid foundation in both the science and art of massage therapy. Four major science classes provide students with a comprehensive study of the human body as it relates to massage therapy.

Students also learn and practice many different hands-on bodywork techniques. The variety of modalities taught allows each student to create his or her own unique, yet integrated style of massage therapy.

Students will provide massages to the public in supervised, professional settings, allowing them to gain real world experience. Students work in hospitals, nursing homes, at sporting events, and in the student clinic.

Our staff endeavors to unfold each student’s special talents and abilities to allow a deep understanding of the art of massage therapy. We adhere to the following objectives:

History and Educational Goals

• To provide an exceptional educational experience consisting of the art, science, practice, and ethics of massage therapy • To provide each student with a

quality learning environment

To employ faculty and staff who are dedicated massage therapists or bodyworkers who possess exemplary educational and ethical standards

To provide every student with a wide range of academic and career enhancement opportunities

To encourage personal growth and self-awareness among students and faculty

CNWSMT believes that complementary healing techniques including therapeutic massage will continue to play a vital role in preventive medicine and that massage therapists will work hand-in-hand with the traditional medical establishment in the 21st century to create a new model of wellness. Through our comprehensive

program, graduates will go into the professional world confident of their skill and calling as massage therapists.

Fostering the Highest Standards

of Practice

CNWSMT recognizes that education and lifelong learning are critical components in maintaining the highest standards of practice. Practitioners of therapeutic massage often choose to develop an area of specialty after graduation. We encourage the entire holistic bodywork community to strive for excellence, and we offer a variety of continuing education programs and other resources to uphold standards of the profession.

We are very proud of our graduates’ overall success in passing the New York State licensing exam and the National Certification Exam. Our high pass rates are evidence of the strong massage therapy program offered here at CNWSMT. We offer life-time placement services to our graduates, as we are committed to helping them obtain fulfilling employment as massage therapists.


CNWSMT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Why attend an

accredited institution?

Accreditation is a means of assisting private career schools and colleges to become stronger and better institutions by setting standards of educational quality. Accreditation supports the efforts of institutions to achieve maximum educational effectiveness for students, employers, and the public. It also provides an assurance of quality and establishes eligibility for participation in federally funded programs. ACCSC’s accreditation process is a comprehensive review of all academic and ancillary activities and resources that support an institution’s educational objectives and the programs it offers.

New York State Massage


In the state of New York, licensure is a requirement for the practice of any form of massage therapy. CNWSMT offers a New York State-approved licensure-qualifying program in therapeutic massage. Successful completion of the 1,020-hour course of study offered by the school qualifies graduates who meet all other state requirements to sit for


the licensing examination in massage therapy.

Currently, the New York State licensing examination is administered twice annually, in January and August. To qualify for a massage therapy license in the state of New York, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

Complete and file an application with the New York State Education Department

Possess a high school diploma or the legal equivalent of a high school diploma (GED)

Be a graduate of a New York State-registered massage program or have equivalent education

Pass a written examination satisfactory to the New York State Board for Massage Therapy and in accordance with the Commissioner’s regulations

Be either a U.S. citizen or an immigrant lawfully admitted to permanent residence in the U.S.

Be of good moral character

Be at least 18 years of age

Hold current certification in CPR and first aid

To receive further information about licensing in New York State, contact the Office of the State Board for Massage Therapy, New York State Education Department Office of the Professions, at (518) 474-3817, ext. 150; or write to the State Board for Massage Therapy, The State Education Department, State Education Building, 2nd floor, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234-1000; or e-mail

Out of State Licensing and

Board Certification

Requirements for massage therapy licensure vary considerably from state to state. There are a few states that do not require licensing at all.

Most states accept the national Massage Board Licensing Exam (MBLEx) for licensing. This exam is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).

New York State however, does not

accept the MBLEx. In order to practice massage therapy in NY, you must pass the New York State Board Exam for massage therapy which is offered twice a year.

New York has the highest standards for massage education in the nation. They require 1000 hours of massage education while the MBLEx only requires 500 hours. As CNWSMT curriculum far exceeds national requirments, 98% of our students who take the national exam pass it.

We encourage all our students to take the MBLEx after graduation to increase their massage practice options should they choose to move to another state in the future.

If you are interested in practicing massage in a different state, please contact that state’s licensing board to determine what their licensing requirements are and which, if any, exams they accept for licensure.

For more information on the MBLEx and FSMTB, visit their website at: or contact them at 866-962-3926.



In addition to Initial Inquiry Form, the following items must be submitted

in order to complete the application process and be considered “applied:”

• A non-refundable $50 application fee or attendance at approved

Admissions events, which include Open Houses, Massage Exploration

Workshops or Massage Information & Demonstration Sessions.

• A personal statement based on questions provided by the Admissions


• A high school transcript from a “bricks-and-mortar” school (no

correspondence school or distance learning transcripts will be

accepted) or GED certificate

• Two letters of reference on the CNW Reference Form provided by the

Admissions Office

• Documentation of having received one massage treatment from a

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) or through the CNW Student

Clinic within the last twelve months

• Government-issued photo ID with legal name and birth date

• Applicants under the age of 19 may be asked to complete an additional

short essay

• Proof of citizenship or legal permanent residence status

Candidates seeking admission to CNWSMT must be at least 18 years of age at the time classes begin and have completed high school or have a GED certificate. In addition, all candidates must be U.S. citizens or non-citizens who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency in the United States.

CNWSMT welcomes candidates from all cultural, geographical and educational backgrounds. Candidate selection will be based on academic ability, social maturity, potential for growth, personal motivation and a commitment to the profession of massage therapy.

Candidates will be evaluated on their application items and an academic assessment.

Admissions Process

Candidates will participate in a personal consultation and be provided with an application. Once all application materials are received and the assessment


has been completed, an acceptance decision is made.

If an applicant is accepted, (s)he will then submit an enrollment agreement and $100 enrollment deposit, which is applied toward tuition. The enrollment agreement and enrollment deposit, along with completion of a financial plan to cover tuition, secure a student’s seat in the program provided there is still space in the class. The admissions process must be completed, and the signed enrollment agreement and enrollment deposit submitted, before a student may start classes.

Inquires into admission are accepted at any time throughout the year. Candidates are encouraged to begin the admissions process as early as possible, as enrollment is limited and classes can fill.

Acceptance Criteria

Applicants must score 75% or better on the combined application and academic

assessment, which is evaluated by education administration.

They must demonstrate:

• The academic ability and motivation to complete the program successfully • The willingness and ability to

participate fully and appropriately in the program, which includes openness to personal growth and inner self-exploration

• The ability to benefit from a CNW education and to fulfill licensure requirements with commitment and professionalism

Medical Requirements

Students are required to have a physical exam (less than one year before the program start date) and document their health history before starting classes.

Students must also provide documentation of immunizations and other testing prior to Community Service, unless an exemption is sought.

Some Community Service rotations require additional immunizations, however these sites are optional for students.

Required medical forms will be sent to the student upon acceptance to the School.

Application Forms

An application packet can be downloaded from our website,, or picked up at our Admissions Office Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm or Friday 9 am to 3 pm. Or, you may obtain a packet by contacting CNWSMT at (518) 489-4026.

Equal Opportunity

The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy offers


Candidates Who Have Not

Completed a Massage



hese candidates may apply to transfer up to 250 hours to CNWSMT. In addition to the regular application items (see page 9), candidate will also submit transcripts and course descriptions for courses for which the candidate would like to transfer hours/credits. These materials are evaluated by the Director of Education who will determine if the prior courses may be transferred based on content, length of course* and grade achieved (must be a C or better). If the Director of Education approves, the candidate must then pass a comprehensive course content exam in order to successfully transfer the credit. The test-out must be accomplished before starting any classes. The fee for testing out of a course is $100. Tuition will not be charged for courses a candidate does not take due to a successful test-out


Candidates Who Have

Completed a Massage

Therapy Program of 500 Hours

or More and Have Earned

a Diploma or Certificate in

Massage Therapy

These candidates are best served by contacting the Office of the Professions** who will provide a comparative education document listing educational deficiencies needing to be remedied. These candidates will follow the regular Admissions process except they will be provided with a modified Initial Inquiry Form and list of application items (see list below). In addition, they will meet with the Director of Education who will assist in the process of creating a schedule based on coursework required by New York State.

equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, disability, or marital status.

Additional Considerations

Candidates who have:

• been incarcerated

• received emergency mental health treatment

• been hospitalized for a mental health issue

may apply one year after discharge or release. If there is a probationary period after incarceration, candidate must complete that also before applying. Candidate must provide documentation indicating date of discharge or release and completion of probation, if applicable.

Candidates for whom specialized treatment or rehabilitation programs have been mandated for substance abuse may apply one year after successfully completing those programs. Documentation indicating program completion will be required.

Any candidate who provides false information may be denied admission or dismissed from the program.

CNW reserves the right to deny

admittance if an applicant is

considered by CNW staff to be in

any way unready for school or not

a good fit for CNW programs.

The New York State Education Department Office of the Professions offers two tracks by which a candidate may apply to transfer hours/credits from another massage school.

Admissions/Transfer of Academic Credit

In addition to the Transfer Inquiry Form • A non-refundable $150 application


• A personal statement based on questions provided by the Admissions Office

• Educational transcripts from previous massage school

• A high school transcript from a “bricks-and-mortar” school (no correspondence school or distance learning transcripts will be accepted) or GED certificate

• Two letters of reference, one from previous massage instructor if possible

• Government-issued photo ID with legal name and birth date

• New York State Education Department “Letter of Deficiency” • Applicants under the age of 19 may

be asked to complete an additional short essay

* The conversion formula from credit hours to clock hours is as follows: each credit hour is valued as 15 clock hours and each lab credit is valued at 45 clock hours.

**NY State Education Department Office of the Professions Bureau of Comparative Education

89 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 12234-1000

518-474-3817, ext. 300 (voice)

518-486-2966 (fax)



Holidays and Vacations

The School observes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. There are several one-week vacations during each program. These vacations are modeled after the local school district vacations to accommodate students with children. Programs continue throughout the summer, usually with two one-week breaks.

Program Starting and

Ending Dates and Application


Please see Appendix at end of catalog

for current spring and fall program


Massage Therapy Programs

The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy offers a New York State-recognized massage therapy training program. CNWSMT presents this program in three formats: a full-time day program, a part-time morning program, and a part-time evening program. The scope of the massage therapy program is from the basic introductory level to the more advanced techniques that may be used in a professional practice. All programs at CNWSMT provide 1,020 hours of instruction and are in compliance with all current New York State Education Department requirements.

Full-Time Massage Therapy


Full-time classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Morning sessions are devoted primarily to instruction in the sciences of the body. Afternoon sessions are dedicated to the theory and hands-on mechanics of therapeutic massage, as well as professional and personal development courses. Clinic hours are in addition to classroom hours and hands-on practice.

Spring Program

The full-time spring program takes 91/2 months to complete. Courses begin in February and end in November, allowing graduates to take the New York State licensing exam in January.

Programs & Content

Fall Program

The full-time fall program takes 9½ months to complete. Courses begin in September and end in June, allowing graduates to take the New York State licensing exam in August.

Summer Program

The full-time summer program takes 12 months to complete. The summer program has a slightly lighter schedule, with many weeks with three days of classes rather than four. Courses begin in June and end the following May or June, allowing graduates to take the New York State licensing exam in August.

Part-Time Morning Program The part-time morning program meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and one Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, per month. This program begins in February and September and takes 14 months to complete. Graduates of this program take the New York State licensing exam in August or January. Clinic hours are in addition to classroom hours and hands-on practice.

Part-Time Evening Program The part-time evening program meets three evenings per week from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm and one or two Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, per month. This program begins in October and March and takes 21 months to complete. Graduates of this program take the New York State licensing exam in August or


Myology and Kinesiology

150 Hours

Myology is the study of muscles and kinesiology is the study of movement of the body. Understanding muscles and movement aids massage therapists in assessing and addressing postural issues and range of motion limitations. This course fosters an appreciation of the complexity of the body and how it moves. Students study the skeletal system and 120 muscles. They learn the location (including origin and insertion) of these muscles, the actions they perform, and their nerve innervators. Students also examine the effects of shortened and lengthened muscles, both posturally and functionally. We discuss massage techniques appropriate for the majority of the muscles covered. Myology and Kinesiology utilizes lecture, discussion, palpation, movement, drawing, and case studies as learning tools.

Anatomy and Physiology

150 Hours

This course takes students on a journey of exploration into the structure and function of the human body. We look at the marvels of human anatomy and physiology from the perspective of massage therapists, and focus on material relevant to the practice of massage therapy. Class begins with a study of cells and tissues, and continues through 11 systems of the body: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive.

Course Descriptions


50 Hours

Neurology is a concentrated study of the nervous system. Students will explore the organization and function of the nervous system in greater detail than in Anatomy and Physiology class. Topics covered include the autonomic nervous system, the nerve pathways, the ventricular system, and muscle tone regulation. The impact of massage on the nervous system is a focus of the course. In addition, bodywork techniques that utilize concepts learned are taught.

Foundations of Massage

130 Hours

This course is the foundation of Western or Swedish massage. Students are taught the basic strokes of effleurage, petrissage, friction, vibration and tapotement, and the physiological effects of each stroke. Students learn the overall benefits of Swedish massage including relaxation, stress reduction, enhanced circulation, pain relief, increased range of motion, relief of muscle tension, and creation of a general sense of well-being. Cautions and contraindications for clients and therapists are also covered. In addition, this course will teach the history of Swedish massage, the proper use of massage therapy equipment, how to drape the body, proper positioning of the client, body mechanics for the therapist, and safety issues. Finally, this course will encourage students to explore self-care and self-awareness, utilizing stretching, relaxation techniques, and centering exercises.

Pregnancy Massage is a component of the Foundations of Massage course, and offers students an opportunity to customize their Swedish massage for pregnant clients. The goal of this class is to familiarize students with health issues affecting pregnant clients and to show necessary modifications.

Reflexology is also a component of the Foundations of Massage course. Reflexology is an ancient healing art in which massage therapists can stimulate healing by pressing on specific points on the hands, feet, and ears. Students will learn the indications for specific points on the feet, and an overall reflexology routine, which can be used to balance the body.

Sports Massage 20 Hours

This course teaches the application of Swedish massage techniques for athletes and for anyone who performs repetitive movements. Students can expect to learn the history, benefits, and contraindications of sports massage. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques and stretching will be presented and practiced. These techniques improve range of motion and relieve cramping. Students will be taught massage appropriate for athletes directly prior to competition, and directly after competition. Finally, this course introduces the use of heat and cold, including hydrocollator use and ice massage.


Course Descriptions

Chair Massage

10 Hours

Chair massage is a safe, noninvasive way to apply massage to clients in a seated position. Chair massage is a wonderful way to introduce clients to massage therapy because it is performed through clothing and without oil or lubricant. Chair massage is extremely versatile, as massage chairs are easily portable, require little space, and can be used in public settings. This course teaches chair massage techniques, including two specific routines, as well as special techniques to address headaches and low back pain. In addition, students will explore the possibilities for marketing and using chair massage as part of a practice/business.

Gentle Massage

(Part of Pathology II Curriculum) 3 Hours

This course introduces students to the special considerations needed when working with elderly, fragile, critically ill, or hospitalized clients. The following topics will be addressed: how to work with clients who are bedridden or in wheelchairs, death and dying, grief, illness and health, and issues faced by the elderly. Students learn gentle, soothing massage strokes to benefit this population and will have a chance to experience the deep rewards of this work through the Community Service Program at CNW.

Myofascial Release

21 Hours

The myofascial/connective tissue course is an introduction to the anatomy and

physiology of connective tissue, as well as an introduction to the principles and practice of the John F. Barnes approach to myofascial release. The basic anatomy and physiology of the fascial system is presented, as well as the fascial system’s relationship to other physiological systems in the body. Students will learn beginning-level evaluation techniques and palpation of anatomical landmarks to establish postural asymmetries and connective tissue integrity. Students will learn to differentiate between soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release techniques. Students will practice beginning-level myofascial techniques and learn when to utilize them. Finally, students will learn how to integrate treatment of the fascial system within a massage session.

Neuromuscular Therapy

10 Hours

NMT is a modality in which balance is brought about between the nervous system and the muscular system. Students will examine factors that contribute to pain and dysfunction in the body including ischemia, trigger points, postural distortion, poor body mechanics, stress, and poor nutrition. Students will learn specific hands-on techniques to work with the origins, insertions, and bellies of muscles; to release ischemic, hypercontracted tissue; and to restore proper balance to muscle groups and the nervous system.

Craniosacral Massage

10 Hours (part of neurology curriculum)

This course is an introduction to craniosacral therapy. This modality is

a gentle, profound, relaxing bodywork that uses “listening hands” and the rhythms of the craniosacral system to balance the nervous system and stimulate self-healing. This light-pressure technique can be especially effective for chronic physical and emotional issues such as migraines, back pain, anxiety, insomnia, PMS, depression, TMJ dysfunction, learning disabilities, and many other conditions.This course provides students the opportunity to experience craniosacral therapy as both giver and receiver. Hands-on work is the focus, and this includes sensing the craniosacral rhythms/waves, “blending,” learning to trust intuitive perceptions, assessment/treatment, “practitioner neutral,” and more. A one-hour basic protocol is taught.

Applied Techniques

42 Hours

This course requires students to consider all modalities they have learned and design massage sessions appropriate for clients with injuries and other medical conditions. Students also expand their client intake skills. By the end of the course students will have gained proficiency in using an integrated modality massage approach to a variety of client health issues.


87 Hours

Shiatsu is a form of bodywork based on Oriental philosophy and acupuncture meridians. It is designed to stimulate the flow of energy in the meridians by using finger, palm, elbow, knee, or foot pressure. Shiatsu is traditionally


practiced on a Shiatsu mat placed on the floor, with the client wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Practitioners use their own body weight to “lean” into the client. This course teaches students the basic concepts of yin/yang, kyo and jitsu, five-element theory, and the location of the twelve meridians and two major vessels on the body. Students also learn the makkahoes (meridian stretches) to assess the flow of energy through the body, and hara assessment to help design their Shiatsu session. By the course’s completion, students will be able to provide a full-body Shiatsu session.

Introduction to Energy

3 Hours

What is “energy” and how does it relate to massage? In this class, students discuss different philosophies concerning the body’s energy field, including Reiki, acupuncture, the chakra system, and therapeutic touch. The class will introduce a variety of practices concerning energy, and hands-on exercises in T’ai Chi, Qighands-ong and energy palpation to increase energy awareness in the massage practitioner.

Polarity Massage

21 Hours

Polarity therapy is a form of energy balancing created by Dr. Randolph Stone. It deals with balancing the electromagnetic life force energy, in and around the body, allowing the body to heal itself. Students will learn basic theory and techniques for giving a generalized session of polarity energy

Course Descriptions

balancing. They will be introduced to element theory. They will be taught techniques using gentle hand and finger contact to assist clients in releasing energy blockages and enhancing their well-being. Students will learn how to balance the major chakras. Students will learn how to integrate some of the specific polarity techniques into a massage session.


(Part of First Aid Curriculum) 14 Hours

This class teaches the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. The history of aromatherapy and the possible uses of essential oils in the practice of massage therapy are also discussed. Students learn the therapeutic value of many different essential oils. Each student will create an individual prescription essential oil blend for himself/herself, and an essential oil massage blend for a classmate. In addition, this course teaches the different properties of assorted carrier oils.

CPR/First Aid

New York State requires that all massage therapy candidates hold CPR and first aid certification at the time they sit for the licensure exam. Thus, a CPR/First Aid class is provided within the School’s curriculum.

Professional Development

22 Hours

The Professional Development course provides information relevant to beginning a career in massage therapy.

This course covers business basics including goal setting, marketing, business start-up, motivation, interviewing skills, and client communication. This course also teaches New York State law, licensure, and ethics related to massage therapy. Each student is given assistance in creating a business plan which includes a cover letter and resume. This plan outlines their intentions for utilizing massage therapy. During the course, students will hear from many speakers about the varied business prospects for massage therapists.

Student Clinic

109 Hours

Students gain practical experience through using what is learned in the classroom and applying it to a diverse clientele from the community in our student clinic setting. In addition each student performs 12 hours of massage therapy at a community service site, such as a local hospital, nursing home or community center. This is the time when students refine their skills in massage, learn how to work with clients with various medical conditions, and see how massage can benefit them. Students also develop non-bodywork skills by keeping files, and greeting and interviewing clients. This prepares students for experiences in their own or other practices.

Community Service

(Part of Student Clinic Hours)

Community Service offers students the chance to give massage in medical


Course Descriptions

settings to a population they may not see in the student clinic, and to experience the rich rewards that the work of service can bring. They may be massaging the elderly, the ill, or the dying, who need a more gentle touch. Students do an internship and offer therapeutic services in a variety of community organizations and health care facilities, including hospitals, community hospices, nursing homes, and social service agencies.


3 Hours

(Part of First Aid Curriculum)

This introductory class teaches students the basic philosophy and uses of homeopathy. Students are introduced to many homeopathic remedies, and use homeopathically prepared arnica in a massage.

Forearm Massage

3 Hours

(Part of Pathology II Curriculum)

This course provides students with instruction in using their forearms as massage tools. Utilizing forearm massage allows therapists to reduce the stress on their fingers, thumbs, and wrists, as well as add variety to their massage.

Assessment Skills

16 hours

This course teaches client assessment skills in greater depth than is taught in Foundations of Massage. Students enhance their ability to gather information about clients, analyze the information, and utilize it to design a massage therapy session to meet the

client’s needs. Students are taught star charting as a way to record postural and range of motion issues. The physiological effects of massage strokes and use of SOAP notes are reviewed.

During the last two classes, students practice the comprehensive intake and assessment process by participating in a small group learning experience. Each student will interview and assess a client, and design a treatment plan while being observed and assisted by five classmates and an instructor.

Western Pathology I and II,

Eastern Pathology, and

Pathology Research Project

100 hours

Pathology is the study of the nature and cause of disease as it relates to the structure and function of the body.

Western Pathology I

Students receive an overview of illnesses, injuries, and other health conditions commonly seen in massage therapy clients. The massage indications and cautions for each condition are presented. In addition, this class has a significant focus on developing and practicing the interview and communication

skills needed when designing massage sessions for clients with health issues. Role plays and case studies will be used frequently in class. The course will also include bodywork, allowing students to practice constructing goals, designing, and then carrying out massage therapy sessions for clients with various medical conditions.

Western Pathology II

In this course, students explore selected pathologies in depth. Cancer, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and numerous digestive, urinary, and reproductive system disorders are viewed from Western, natropathic, and energy medicine perspectives. In addition, students look at a number of musculoskeletal conditions in depth, learn special tests to sharpen their assessment skills, and practice bodywork techniques appropriate for addressing these issues. The course will help students make decisions in regard to providing massage to clients with various pathologies and help prepare them to work in conjunction with other health care providers.


Course Descriptions

Eastern Pathology

This course complements the hands-on Shiatsu class by providing additional information about history and theory of Oriental medicine, Qigong, herbs, acupuncture, and cupping. Students can expect to gain a greater understanding of energy work.

Pathology Research Project

This course requires each student to complete a 25 hour research project on a topic relating bodywork to pathology. Each student presents his or her project to the class.

Wellness 30 Hours

The Wellness class offers students an opportunity to look within. The class was created with the belief that massage therapists are in a position to offer caring, therapeutic, healing touch to clients. Our ability to offer caring, healing, therapeutic touch is directly

related to our ability to be open and present, and to know ourselves. It is also important to look deeply at why we have chosen to be massage therapists and how it is that we can take good care of ourselves. The greater awareness we have of our beliefs and feelings (about touch, emotions, healing, self-acceptance, etc.), the better able we will be to understand our clients, communicate with them, and provide our best massage work. The Wellness class also offers students information and exercises to foster self-awareness, clear intention, and the ability to be fully centered. In addition, students will explore issues that are relevant to massage. Such issues include dealing with emotional release on the table, boundary challenges that may arise with clients, and the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship.

Self Care / Self Responsibility

3 Hours

Self Care / Self Responsibility is a one class course designed to support students in their quest for success at CNWSMT. An overview of study skills is presented, including setting goals, using affirmations, identifying learning styles, time management, improving memory and test taking tips. The second portion of the course addresses tools for maintaining life balance, recognizing educational wounding, recognizing and responding to triggers, and understanding transference and counter transference.


1. Foundations of Massage (Includes pregnancy and reflexology) (133 hours)

2. Wellness (42 hours)

3. Myology and Kinesiology (150 hours)

4. Anatomy and Physiology (150 hours)

5. Pathology I (38.5 hours)

6. Self-care/Self Responsibility (3.5 hours)

After FOM is complete, students take the following 3 courses (order may vary)

7. Chair Massage (10.5 hours),

8. Assessment Skills (17.5 hours),

9. Sports Massage(21 hours)

10. Clinic (includes Community Service and Sporting Event) (109 hours)

After Chair, Assessment and Sports are complete, students take the following 5 courses: (order may vary)

11. Introduction to Energy (3.5 hours)

12. Polarity (21 hours)

13. Myofascial Release (MFR) (21 hours)

14. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) (10.5 hours)

15. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) (10.5 hours)

After Intro to Energy, Polarity, MFR, CST, and NMT students take:

16. Pathology II (includes Gentle Massage and Forearm Massage) (42 hours)

17. Applied Techniques (42 hours)

18. Recognizing Abused and Neglected Clients (3.5 hours)

19. Neurology (42 hours)

20. Shiatsu (87.5 hours)

21. Eastern Pathology (14 hours)

22. Professional Development (22 hours)

23. CPR and First Aid (8 hours)

24. Homeopathy (3.5 hours)

25. Pathology Research Project (7 hours)

26. Aromatherapy (14 hours)

Full-Time Fall and Spring Programs take classes in the following order:

Part Time Morning Programs take classes in the following order:

1. Foundations of Massage (Includes Pregnancy and Reflexology) (133 hours)

2. Wellness (42 hours)

3. Myology and Kinesiology (150 hours)

4. Anatomy and Physiology (150 hours)

5. Selfcare/Self Responsibility (3.5 hours)

6. Pathology I (38.5 hours)

7. Assessment Skills (17.5 hours)

8. Clinic (includes Community Service and Sporting Event) (109 hours)

9. Shiatsu (87.5 hours)

10. Eastern Pathology (14 hours)

Concurrently with Shiatsu and Eastern Pathology, students take the following 7 courses: (order may vary)

11. Chair Massage (10.5 hours),

12. Sports Massage (21 hours)

13. Introduction to Energy (3.5 hours)

14. Polarity (21 hours)

15. Myofascial Release (MFR) (21 hours)

16. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) (10.5 hours)

17. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) (10.5 hours)

After Chair, Sports, Intro to Energy, Polarity, MFR, CST, and NMT students take:

18. Pathology II (includes Gentle Massage and Forearm Massage) (42 hours)

19. Applied Techniques (42 hours)

20. Recognizing Abused and Neglected Clients (3.5 hours)

21. Neurology (42 hours)

22. CPR and First Aid (8 hours)

23. Professional Development (22 hours)

24. Homeopathy (3.5 hours)

25. Pathology Research Project (7 hours)

26. Aromatherapy (14 hours)


CNWSMT Sequence of Courses

Summer Programs take classes in the following order:

1. Foundations of Massage (Includes pregnancy and reflexology) (133 hours)

2. Wellness (42 hours)

3. Myology (Part I = 75 hours)

4. Anatomy and Physiology (Part I = 75 hours)

5. Pathology I (38.5 hours)

6. Self-care/Self Responsibility (3.5 hours)

After FOM is complete, students take the following 3 courses (order may vary)

7. Chair Massage (10.5 hours),

8. Assessment Skills (17.5 hours),

9. Sports Massage(21 hours)

10. Clinic (includes Community Service and Sporting Event) (109 hours)

After Chair, Assessment and Sports are complete, students take the following 5 courses: (order may vary)

11. Introduction to Energy (3.5 hours)

12. Polarity (21 hours)

13. Myofascial Release (MFR) (21 hours)

14. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) (10.5 hours)

15. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) (10.5 hours)

16. Myology (Part II = 75 hours)

17. Anatomy and Physiology (Part II = 75 hours)

After Intro to Energy, Polarity, MFR, CST, and NMT students take:

18. Pathology II (includes Gentle Massage and Forearm Massage) (42 hours)

19. Applied Techniques (42 hours)

20. Recognizing Abused and Neglected Clients (3.5 hours)

21. Professional Development (22 hours)

22. Neurology (42 hours)

23. Shiatsu (87.5 hours)

24. Eastern Pathology (14 hours)

25. Homeopathy (3.5 hours)

26. Pathology Research Project (7 hours)

27. Aromatherapy (14 hours)

Part Time Evening Spring Programs take classes in the following order:

1. Foundations of Massage (Includes pregnancy and reflexology) (133 hours)

2. Wellness (42 hours)

3. Shiatsu (87.5 hours)

4. Eastern Pathology (14 hours)

5. Selfcare/Self Responsibility (3.5 hours)

6. Anatomy and Physiology (Part I = 75 hours)

7. Pathology I (38.5 hours)

8. Myology and Kinesiology (150 hours)

After FOM is complete, students take the following 5 courses (order may vary)

9. Chair Massage (10.5 hours),

10. Assessment Skills (17.5 hours),

11. Sports Massage(21 hours) (order may vary)

12. Introduction to Energy (3.5 hours)

13. Polarity (21 hours)

14. Clinic (includes Community Service and Sporting Event) (109 hours)

15. Neurology (42 hours)

After Chair, Assessment, Sports, Intro to Energy and Polarity are complete, students take the following 5 courses: (order may vary)

16. Myofascial Release (MFR) (21 hours)

17. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) (10.5 hours)

18. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) (10.5 hours)

19. Anatomy and Physiology (Part II = 75 hours)

20. CPR and First Aid (8 hours)

21. Professional Development (22 hours)

22. Homeopathy (3.5 hours)

23. Pathology II (includes Gentle Massage and Forearm Massage) (42 hours)

24. Applied Techniques (42 hours)

25. Recognizing Abused and Neglected Clients (3.5 hours)

26. Pathology Research Project (7 hours)

27. Aromatherapy (14 hours)

Part Time Evening Fall Programs take classes in the following order:

1. Foundations of Massage (Includes pregnancy and reflexology) (133 hours)

2. Wellness (42 hours)

3. Myology and Kinesiology (150 hours)

4. Self-care/Self Responsibility (3.5 hours)

5. Pathology I (38.5 hours)

After FOM is complete, students take the following 3 courses (order may vary)

6. Chair Massage (10.5 hours),

7. Assessment Skills (17.5 hours),

8. Sports Massage(21 hours)

9. Clinic (includes Community Service and Sporting Event) (109 hours)

After Chair, Assessment and Sports are complete, students take the following 5 courses: (order may vary)

10. Introduction to Energy (3.5 hours)

11. Polarity (21 hours)

12. Myofascial Release (MFR) (21 hours)

13. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) (10.5 hours)

14. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) (10.5 hours)

15. Anatomy and Physiology (150 hours)

After Intro to Energy, Polarity, MFR, CST, and NMT students take:

16. Pathology II (includes Gentle Massage and Forearm Massage) (42 hours)

17. Applied Techniques (42 hours)

18. Recognizing Abused and Neglected Clients (3.5 hours)

19. Professional Development (22 hours)

20. CPR and First Aid (8 hours)

21. Neurology (42 hours)

22. Shiatsu (87.5 hours)

23. Eastern Pathology (14 hours)

24. Homeopathy (3.5 hours)

25. Pathology Research Project (7 hours)


Classrooms and Facilities

Classrooms and Facilities

The School has more than 10,000 square feet of space for classrooms, student lounge, student clinic, bookstore, kitchen, and administrative offices. The classrooms and student lounge are spacious in size and some have vaulted ceilings. The student clinic is fully equipped with 15 massage booths and has a separate reception area. The building also offers ample off-street parking for its students and staff.


All of the classrooms are clean and quiet, and can be tailored for large lectures or compartmentalized for privacy so students can practice their massage skills on a one-to-one basis. Our spacious classrooms can accommodate up to 18 massage tables, so that as many as 36 students and their instructors can be working at the same time. Science lecture classes typically consist of one instructor for 24-36 students and bodywork classes typically have 20-36 students in class with 1 instructor and 1-2 assistants.


The library contains over 800 volumes of massage-related books, including anatomical and orthopedic textbooks, texts on various bodywork modalities, and books on the mind-body connection, as well as many others. A vast collection of massage videos and audiovisual equipment is also available. In addition, current and past issues of periodicals and massage magazines provide a wonderful

as they wish during lunch and dinner breaks. Several media stations have been added to provide students with a place to charge and use their electronic devices. Wireless internet access is available.

Smoke Free Campus

CNWSMT is proud to be a smoke-free campus.

resource for interested students. Videos can be rented for $1.00/day and $2.00/ weekend. The late charge for overdue library books is $.50/day.

Our resources also include a full complement of scientific/anatomical equipment, CD-ROMs for anatomy and physiology and pathology, human skeletons, practice mannequins, and modern audiovisual equipment and two computer work stations as well as public data jacks for laptop use.


The bookstore is fully stocked with textbooks and massage supplies including oils and lotions, aromatherapy products, and school-related clothing.

Student Lounge

The student lounge is informal and modern, and has been created to foster a sense of community among students and faculty. A convenient kitchen containing two refrigerators, a sink, and microwaves is adjacent to the lounge and allows students to prepare meals


CNWSMT Standards and Measures of Progress


CNW Standards for Attendance and Attendance Policy (revised January, 2014)

CNWSMT expects students

to demonstrate professionalism

necessary for success in the field

of Massage Therapy. Attendance

and punctuality are habits that are

essential for success as a professional

massage therapist. Absenteeism and

tardiness diminish one’s ability to

maintain a satisfied clientele and

employer. Therefore classroom

attendance is very important and

student attendance and punctuality

are tracked and recorded daily for

each class. In addition, the material

covered in each class is important and

serves as a building block for future

course work.

Whenever a student is absent, he

or she must learn the material that

was covered in the missed class. Each

time a student is absent, the class

instructor will place a makeup form

in the student’s mail folder. The

instructor may require a tutorial (at a

fee of $35), a bodywork exchange, a

written assignment, and/or obtaining

class notes from a fellow student.

The student must complete all the

requirements written on the makeup

form, obtain the signatures required,

(signatures required are stated on the

form), and must place the completed

makeup form in the Registrar’s

mailbox. Students must complete a

class makeup form for each and every

missed class. If a student does not

have all make-up forms turned into

the Registrar by the end of the course,

he/she will receive an incomplete in

the course until all make-up forms

are turned in.

In addition, CNWSMT requires all


class absences, in which

the student has missed the entire

class, to fulfill an additional massage

requirement. A bodywork class

absence is defined as an absence in

any of the following courses: FOM,

Sports, Assessment Skills, NMT,

Intro to Energy, Chair, Polarity,

MFR, CST, Applied Techniques

or Shiatsu. To fulfill the additional

massage requirement, the student

must complete an extra massage in the

Student Clinic and complete required

paperwork. The student clinic staff

will keep track of the number of

additional clinic massages required

due to absences in bodywork classes.

Students must complete all assigned

additional clinic massages in order to

fulfill their clinic requirements.

Students are allowed a total of five

(5) times they can arrive late to class

or leave early from class during the

course of the program

and not be

marked absent. However, IT IS THE






Therefore, if a student arrives to class

after attendance has been taken, or

needs to leave early and the student

wishes to use one of their “graces,”

they must notify the instructor and

ask to be marked present and use

one of their five (5) graces.


Even if the student does not wish to

use a grace, he or she must inform

the instructor if she or he is going to

leave class early. Students who come

into class after attendance is taken, or

who leave class before it is over, will

be marked absent, and must follow

the instructions above to make up

missed material. In the case of an

absence due to a late arrival or early

departure, the student will not be

assigned an additional clinic massage


If a student uses a grace, s/he will

still be expected to make up missed

material. The instructor may issue

an “extra work requirement” form,

outlining the work to be made up

due to missing a portion of class.

A tutorial may be required as well,

and if a tutorial is required, this

CNWSMT has five key areas in which progress is monitored.

1. Attendance

2. Grading

3. Code of Conduct

4. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Financial Aid

5. Students who do not fulfill their financial obligation to CNWSMT

For each of these categories, CNWSMT has defined probation and

termination policies.


The student will remain on probation

until the end of his/her program.

If a student moves to another

program and reduces his/her absences

by retaking a course or courses such

that the student’s accumulated absence

total is less than 20, s/he will be

removed from academic probation.

Attendance Dismissal

If a student is absent from 30 classes

over the course of the program, he or

she will be dismissed. A student may

submit an appeal to be reinstated to

the program. CNWSMT recognizes

extenuating circumstances that have

influenced attendance (medical

emergency, death in family, etc) and

will consider such circumstances on a

case-by-case basis in making decisions

regarding a student’s reinstatement. If a

student is reinstated into the program,

s/he will remain on attendance

probation and must comply with strict

attendance requirements.


CNW Standards for Grading and Grading Policy (revised January, 2014)

The academic program at CNW

is designed to provide students with

skills and knowledge necessary for

success in the profession of massage

therapy. Each course contributes to a

thorough and well rounded education.

Students must pass all courses in order

to graduate from CNWSMT. Upon

graduation students will receive a

diploma from CNWSMT and will

be eligible to sit for the NYS Massage

Therapy licensing exam.

CNWSMT uses a grading system of:

A, B, C or F. A passing grade equals

75% or higher. A= 90-100, B= 80-89,

will be indicated on the form. The

student must complete the “extra work

requirement” form and turn it into

the instructor in order to complete the


As a courtesy, we request that students

call the school whenever they will be

late or absent. If you are not present in

class, and we do not know why, we will

be concerned about you. If a student

is absent from class for more than 14

consecutive calendar days (including

weekends and CNW vacation days),

s/he may be dismissed. Students are

asked to notify CNWSMT if they will

be absent for an extended period (i.e.

illness or a planned vacation).

Attendance Warning

If any student is absent from 10

classes, s/he will receive a formal

warning notice from the Registrar,

and s/he may be required to meet

with the Dean of Students to discuss


Attendance Probation

If any student is absent from 20 classes

over the course of the program, s/he

will be put on attendance probation.

S/he will receive a notice from the

Registrar that s/he has been put on

probation and will be required to meet

with the Dean of Students to discuss

attendance. (The student is expected

to initiate this meeting.) In addition,

the student may be required to attend

a review panel meeting. The panel

will recommend whether or not the

student should be dismissed from the

program, and will list any conditions

for remaining in the program. The

student will be expected to follow all

such conditions or may face dismissal.

CNWSMT Standards and Measures of Progress

C= 75-79, F= 74 and below. Student

grades will be determined by written

and/or practical (hands on) evaluations.

For each course, a specific formula is

utilized to determine student grades.

The formula lists the percentage of each

evaluation tool in the overall grade. For

example, a science course may use this

formula: quizzes = 20%, homework

= 20%, and final exam = 60%. In

bodywork classes, students’ hands-on

skills as well students’ understanding

of theory and technique are evaluated.

An example of the formula used to

determine a grade in a hands on course

is: hands on final examination = 40%,

written final examination = 40%, and

bodywork write-ups or logs = 20%.

In addition to grades, students receive

ongoing verbal feedback from their

instructors and their classmates.

Completed course grades will be

posted by student ID number in the

student library within 10 days of the

instructor’s submission of course grades

to the registrar. Quarterly reports are

placed in each student’s mail folder

indicating all courses passed and

cumulative GPA.

Any student who receives a grade of

INCOMPLETE (INC) in any course,

will receive a written warning indicating

that s/he has received an incomplete in

the course and explaining what needs

to be done to complete the course.

Such a student has 28 days from the

date of the notice to complete and pass

the course. Any student who still has

an incomplete after 28 days will be

subject to suspension

(See suspension



Failure to Perform Well in a

Course or to Pass a Course:

Academic Warning

Failure to Pass 2 quizzes

If a student fails two quizzes

in any given course, s/he will

receive an Academic Warning

with Recommendation to Obtain

Academic Support Form, (see

appendix) This form will notify the

student that s/he is being given an

academic warning and will suggest

actions to take to help the student

improve his/her grades and pass the

course. Upon receiving this form,

the student must promptly set up a

meeting with the Dean of Students

to discuss needs for academic or other

support services. The student may

be required to complete a learning

contract. Failure to meet with the

Dean of Students after failing two

quizzes, or failure to comply with

a learning contract is grounds for


Failure to Hand in Class Work

on the Due Date

If a student fails to hand in an

assignment (homework, projects,

logs, etc.) or fails to make up work

on time, the student will receive a

zero. This “zero” will be averaged

into a student’s overall grade. If the

assignment is handed in after its due

date, the zero may be converted to a

50%. This is done at the discretion

of the instructor. An instructor

may give a student an Academic

Warning with Recommendation to

CNWSMT Standards and Measures of Progress

Obtain Academic Support Form,

(see appendix) if s/he has failed to

complete homework and this is in

danger of failing a course.

Academic Probation

Failure to Pass a Final Exam

Students must pass the final exam

of each course (with a score of 75 or

higher) in order to pass the course.

Any student who fails the first

attempt of the

final exam of A & P

(part I or Part II), Myology (part I

or Part II), Pathology I, Neurology,

FOM, or Shiatsu

will be placed on

academic probation.

See the Protocol

for Failure of a Course or Failure

to Test- in to Clinic

below. Such a

student will remain on academic

probation until the end of his/her

program. Students are entitled to

re-take any failed final exam once. This

retake must be done within

ten days

of failing the final exam.


There is a $35 fee to retake a final.

Failure to


the final exam

within ten days of taking the initial

exam will result in the student failing

the course, and potential dismissal.

If a student passes the retake of final

exam of a course, s/he will be able

to continue in his/her program, but

will remain on academic probation

for the remainder of his/her time as

a student at CNWSMT. If a student

fails the retake of final exam, she has

failed the course and must follow the

protocol outlined below. All students

who take or retake a final exam on

the retake date will be charged a fee

of $35.

If a student is absent on the day

that the final exam

of a course is first

administered, s/he must provide a

note from a medical doctor excusing

his/her absence, or else the student

forfeits the right to two attempts to

take the final exam. Such a student

must take the exam on the retake date

and will be allowed only one attempt

to pass the exam. If a student fails

the first attempt at a final exam and

is absent for the retake, s/he must

provide a doctor’s notice excusing

the absence in order to be allowed to

retake the final at another date. If the

student does not have a doctor’s note,

s/he forfeits his/her right to a second

attempt to pass the final exam and

has passed the course.

Academic Dismissal

Failure to Pass a Course or Test into


Any student who fails a course will

receive a grade notification form in

his/her mail folder indicating the

failure. The school has the discretion

to dismiss a student who has failed

any course. CNWSMT will use the

following protocol when a student

fails a course:



Related subjects : Academic Probation