I'm actually giving a review of the school from a student perspective. As a recent graduate it's nice to see all the great feedback regarding the clinic program -- you're all right: it truly is the best deal in town with the cream-of-the-crop in training! (if I do say so myself)
Now, as to the school: The teachers -- who absolutely MAKE the school -- are quite simply the best. I have extremely high expectations when it comes to teachers who are not only giving lectures, but also training individuals -- and the staff at CHAC are phenomenal. They are working professionals, rather than career teachers and they each have something unique to offer. I have never worked with a more diverse, intelligent and talented group. They are able to communicate their skill to you, the student, with skill and empathy – each in their own particular way.
The office staff is everything I could have hoped for and more - efficient and quietly in the background, for the most part, but always there when you need them. The financial aid was painless and all my many questions were answered and all my apprehensions (my first student loans, after all!) were dealt with sympathetically.
The program is 720 hours, which is more than enough for most LA. area cities requirements (and hopefully also the future state license requirement) and the school has a wonderful professional reputation. They also encourage all varieties of vocations post-graduation: clinical and health-care fields, as well as private practice and spa environments. They encourage National Certification and care about what the student KNOWS, rather than simply what the student can perform. The clinic experience is one of the best ways to quickly learn what communication and customer service are all about, in addition to refining technique and gaining confidence. And the open practice time is a wonderful forum to talk with other students at varying levels of experience and gain insight into your own practice.
Also, the students are from a variety of backgrounds and are a variety of ages. I felt right at home, though in an older age bracket. I appreciated the diversity and genuine caring attitudes I found in many of the students of all ages. We all are working together!
So, long story long, if you are looking for a massage school that is nationally accredited and will prepare you (and then some) for a great career in Massage therapy, this is the place to go!
Pros: Fabulous Teachers
Cons: Location isn't posh, but is that a con?