Since records have been kept in 2011, PCAB students have an average yearly pass rate on the MBLEx that is 20% higher than national average.  The actual pass rate by year, which represents scores of grads from ANY graduating class who took the exam in a particular year (in some cases decades after graduating), has varied from 88% to 100%.  Knowing the scores by class would be a more useful measure of preparedness since it would exclude those who graduated decades prior, but that info is not available.  Average scores would presumably be even higher when analyzed by class since the knowledge would be fresher in ones mind.

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There are a few answers to this. First, we offer a neurocentric massage curriculum that is up-to-date with the latest neuroscience of pain and touch. Second, we integrate far practitioner cultivation and communication skills than most or all other massage programs. Third, our program offers a trauma-informed approach that is up-to-date with the latest understandings of the somatic psychology of trauma.  Fourth, our program provides enough hours to qualify for massage therapy licensure in almost every state. Lastly, we are located on an incredibly beautiful island that’s very supportive for learning, healing, and exploring.

No. It doesn’t matter what courses or workshops you’ve attended in the past.  What we care about most is your interest in eagerness in facilitating health and wellbeing, and your ability to work with other classmates to co-create an optimal learning environment.

Yes, absolutely. There are many reasons to develop bodywork skills besides becoming a professional massage therapist, so it’s totally fine with us if you don’t have massage therapy as a career goal. Furthermore, while we are a massage therapy school, we think the tools from the Practitioner Cultivation portion of the course are useful for everyone, so your interest in that is definitely important to us. There is also an option to attend only this portion of the program (please inquire about details).

Note that if you asked the opposite question, stating that you were interested in massage but not Practitioner Cultivation, we would recommend looking at a different school.

The cost of a massage program depends a great deal on the number of hours offered, the location of the school, and what is being offered at the school.  Obviously a 500 hour school will be cheaper, on average, than a 1000 hour school.  Our program provides more hours than the national average (642) for a significantly lower price than the national average (over 10K), and we offer this even though we’re located in a highly envied location.

Below is a comparison of our program’s hours and tuition with that of prominent programs that specialize in structural bodywork (2015 prices listed where not indicated).

PCAB:  800 hours for $9375 (2019-2020)
Rolf Institute: 600-731 hours for $15,808-$18,165
Hellerwork: 1025 hours for $23,500
New School for Structural Integration: 1100 hours for $22,500
Institute for Structural Medicine: 2100 hours for $30,500

Click here for a comparison with other massage schools around the country (2020).

Our classes are 8:15-5:15 on 3 days per week, plus 4 additional hours per week during the last two trimesters of the program for our student clinic, so there’s plenty of time available to work if you choose. Keep in mind that you will need to allot some time outside of class for assignments and practicing massage skills.

Our program consists of 800 or more hours.  This meets or exceeds the number of hours necessary for licensing in all states (except for NY and NE) and for NCBTMB Board Certification.  The mean number of hours in massage programs in the US is between 642 and 697, and 625 is the number of hours recommended for core curriculum by the Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint (2013).   See the 2018 chart below for details, and check the latest requirements for your state, as they are always changing.

Massage Licensing Hours by State

Check out the Kauai section of Craigslist or  Those are the first two options.  In addition to studios, rooms, apartments, and houses, also look for work-trade options on nearby organic farms.  We will also put you in touch with other students if you want to arrange getting housing together.  See our housing section on the Kauai Life page for details.

We do not offer any financial aid. For work study, the primary answer to this is no, however we usually have a few cleaning and setup positions. Those positions are decided in August.