Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM) isn’t just a massage school, it’s a family! Making the decision to start a massage therapy program can be intimidating, but at OSTM we do everything we can to help our students to succeed both as students and professionals. We’ll look here at a few of the ways we go above and beyond for our family of students.
Focus on Licensure
Massage therapy education can be a significant investment of time and money, so helping students pass their licensing exam is a critical part of what we do! Out of all the massage therapy tests taken in New York, only about 59% of students pass, but at OSTM, our students from both locations have a 98% pass rate! The success of our students is at the very core of what we do.
Our high pass rate on the licensing exam isn’t by accident. At OSTM, we do everything that we can to help our students feel confident and prepared to sit for the exam. One of the major ways we do this is by designing our course schedules so that students graduate shortly before the exam is administered, that way everything they learned is still fresh on their minds!
Another way we help our students prepare is by offering different tutoring options. Free group peer tutoring is available for all of our students, and one-on-one tutoring is another option that students can pay for. We also hold our students to a higher academic standard than most other massage programs. The state minimum GPA to pass a massage program is 65%, but at OSTM we require our students to maintain a 75% GPA or higher. This is because the state license exam requires a 75% score to pass, so when our students sit for the exam, they are accustomed to the required standard!
Focus on Career Success
Successfully passing the licensing exam is one challenge, but it’s another challenge all together to be successful after graduation! This is why we strive to equip our students to be outstanding massage professionals. One way we do this is by teaching classes on communication in business as well as law and ethics. These courses are useful for students because we take them through things like mock interviews, or have them prepare business plans. Since most massage therapists end up owning or working for a business, knowing how they work is essential for career success!
Another way we improve our students is through our massage clinic. Our students have the opportunity to practice their massage skills on the public in a workspace that is similar to what they will use after graduation. This hands-on practice can give our students the confidence they need to perform well right after graduation!
The instructors at OSTM are also exemplary. We don’t have educators who work exclusively for the school, most of them own practices or businesses of their own. The instructors are experienced and can give incredible insights to our students that doesn’t usually come from purely academic instructors.
Some people choose a vocational program like massage therapy because they don’t feel comfortable in a traditional school setting. OSTM strives to make sure that our education is tailored to work for all kinds of learning styles. Subjects are taught in a way that can be understood by auditory, visual, and hands-on learners alike. Many subjects go through all styles of learning so that our students can feel confident!
Are you ready to embark on your massage therapy education? An education in massage therapy can help you be your best self! Reach out to us to find out more information about joining the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage family!