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PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
December 14, 2010
ABMP Releases Biennial Research on Massage School Operations
Changes in Financial Aid Mix Since 2008
PRESS RELEASE - Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) today released results of its biennial survey of massage school operations, providing benchmarking data massage therapy schools and programs can use to evaluate their operations. ABMP has conducted the research since 1998 as a service to the profession.
In September, ABMP e-mailed a confidential survey to 1,229 massage, bodywork, and somatic therapy schools in the United States for which ABMP had e-mail addresses on file. ABMP received 253 responses, a 20.6 percent response rate. The survey results were tabulated and analyzed in October.
Of the respondents, nearly half were career schools, a quarter were proprietary, 20 percent were colleges, and the remaining 5 percent were public institutions. Nearly 70 percent of the responding schools reported being accredited.
Tuition and Attrition
Financial aid was reported as available to students in 150 of the schools surveyed, representing 73.9 percent of the 203 respondents who answered this question. The percentage of students receiving financial aid varied widely. The financial aid entities used by massage programs were as follows.
These figures represent a dramatic change from two years ago in that Sallie Mae declined over the two-year period from 65.5 percent to 48.2 percent, while Title IV financial aid jumped by 36.4 points from 46.8 percent in 2008 to 83.2 percent. Personal loans rocketed from 3.8 percent in 2008 to 66.4 percent this year.
Fifteen schools (7.4 percent) offer payment plans for students, while 10 schools rely on state aid (4.9 percent) and 13 schools (6.4 percent) offer scholarships, Veterans Administration funding, and work-study programs.
School attrition rates dropped slightly from the 14 percent reported in 2008 to 12.6 percent reported this year. In 2006, the average attrition rate was 9.9 percent and in 2004 it was 11 percent. This year, schools identified the top 10 reasons students say they do not complete school. Family or personal reasons and financial problems were the most common reasons students gave for leaving school.
Reflecting a trend over the last six years, schools report their most successful marketing efforts are word of mouth, their Web sites, and pay-per-click advertising. Of those answering the question, 92.4 percent named word of mouth (146 respondents) and their Web sites (145 respondents) as their most effective marketing tools. Social media are beginning to be used more often by schools for communication and marketing to prospects and students. More than 95 percent identified Facebook as their preferred medium for social networking efforts.
ABMP serves massage, bodywork, and somatic therapy professionals, and is devoted to promoting ethical practices, fostering acceptance of the profession, and protecting the rights of legitimate massage and bodywork practitioners. Representing more than 75,000 members, ABMP is headquartered in Golden, Colo. ABMP is employee owned and is the largest massage therapy membership association in the nation.
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