Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS (FERPA and FPCO)
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) Home the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights on their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.” Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies. Parents or eligible students have the right to request that accurate school records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information. Schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31). School officials with legitimate educational interest.
Other schools to which a student is transferring.
Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes.
Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student.
Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school.
Accrediting organizations to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies.
And State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, under specific State law.
Schools may disclose, without consent, “directories” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.
The Financial Aid Administrator is the designated “school official” to release any pertinent information.
For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service.
Or you may contact us at the following address:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
Consumer Information on College Navigator Website:
Facilities and Services Available to Students with Disabilities
POLICY AND PROCEDURE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
All applicants are required to obtain a physical exam clearance for physical capacity to perform massage therapy. Applicants with disabilities whether a physical or a learning disability who need accommodations in any class must provide documentation to the Director before enrollment. Documentation must be from a qualified professional with appropriate credentials to conduct an assessment and document the disability. Students who are failing any courses at the time of their 8-week student assessment may be required to be assessed by a qualified learning professional to determine if a learning disability exists that would hinder the student’s performance in School. The School provides reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. The student will be referred to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to apply for services to be evaluated for a learning disability.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
European Medical School of Massage complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, and other applicable state and federal law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Conditions potentially covered by the law include, among other things, AIDS, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, Epilepsy, head injuries, hearing impairments, specific learning disabilities, loss of limbs, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, psychiatric disorders, speech impairments, spinal cord injuries, and visual impairments.
The School offers accommodations to students with documented learning, physical and psychological disabilities.
Depending on the disability, if the disability is physical we have them return with a note from their doctor stating they are physically capable of performing massage therapy. Then we make reasonable accommodations for their physical disability.
If there is a learning disability, the individual will have to show the Director proof of the disability. Based on the written diagnostic report of specific learning disabilities based on current Psycho-Educational Evaluations that use adult-normed instruments. At that time, we will make accommodations for the student to find a method of instruction that works for their learning capacity. This may be implemented in the admission requirements while taking the Basic Skills Test, reading and vocabulary assessment, giving them a teacher to read the questions aloud, give them longer testing time, or allow to take the test a second or third time.
If a student appears to have a learning disability in an area that has been undetected, the Director will make accommodations for the student to find a method of instruction that works for their learning capacity.
If it is evident the student requires counseling services that it does not itself provide, the student will be referred to his or her licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or medical doctor or to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to apply for services to be evaluated for a learning disability.
The student will be required to submit to the Director, a written diagnostic report of specific learning disabilities based on current Psycho-Educational Evaluations to establish a clear connection between the accommodations being requested, the effects of the disability, and the ability to meet course objectives.
Student Body Diversity
Reporting period July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020
Self-Identified racial or ethnic group N/A
Federal Pell Grant recipients’ 16
The price of Attendance
|Tuition and Fees||$13,437.00|
|Books and Supplies|| $ 1,855.00|
Additional expense for students requiring housing
|ROOM AND BOARD: (with roommate, double amount for no roommate)|| $ 13,500.00|
|OTHER (PERSONAL, TRANSPORTATION, ETC):|| $ 5850.00|
|Expenses for students with disabilities||…cost on individual basis|
|DEPENDENT CARE|| $ 5,000.00|
Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal and the Return of Title IV, HEA Financial Aid
European Medical School of Massage specifies the circumstances in which tuition refunds can be made. The full refund policy is found in the EMSOM Catalog.
For students receiving financial aid who officially withdraw from the School and are eligible for a tuition refund, the refund must first be applied to the Financial Aid programs in the following order:
Pell, FSEOG – Repayment of a portion of the funds received will be required if a student stops attending classes before the 60% point of the term.
Scholarships, State Grants, Institutional Grants, require no repayment.
Work-study funds are paid for work performed, and no compensation is required.
Students are not allowed to register for further classes if they have an outstanding balance.
- Application fee:
The application /registration fee is calculated as follows:
Application fee $150.00
The application or registration fee outlined above of One hundred fifty and 00/100 dollars ($150.00) is fully refundable if the student requests cancellation within five (5) calendar days after signing the enrollment agreement if no classes have been attended, no lessons have started and no materials have been used. A request for cancellation which is not made in writing shall be confirmed in writing by the student with an additional period of five (5) calendar days. The school may retain all of the fees after the five (5) day grace period, after ten (10) days absent written confirmation, when required.
2a Refund in the event of rejection:
In the case of rejection of an applicant by the school, the applicant is entitled to a full reimbursement of all monies paid for the application or registration fee.
2b. Refund in the event the school cancels a class before it starts due to low enrollment:
One-week notice, (7 days) will be given to the potential student before the first day of class. The student will receive a full refund of all monies paid to the school and given the option of reserving a space in the next class enrollment.
- Refund and withdrawal policies:
- For a student canceling after the fifth (5) calendar day following the date of enrollment, as defined in Section 1 above, but before beginning classes, monies paid to the school shall be refunded except the nonrefundable amount of the application fee as calculated in Section 1.
- If a student enrolls and withdrawals or discontinues after the term
(Weeks) semester or quarter, the following minimum refunds apply:
(i) For a student withdrawing from or suspending the program during the first seven (7) calendar days of the term (1 week), semester, or quarter, the tuition charges refunded by the school shall be at least 75% of the tuition for the term, semester or quarter.
Tier One refund amount $9375.00
(ii) For a student withdrawing from or discontinuing the program after the first seven (7) calendar days. But within the first 25% (9 weeks) of the term, semester or quarter, the tuition charges refunded by the school shall be at least 55% of the tuition for the term, semester, or quarter.
Tier Two refund amount $5625.00
(iii) For a student withdrawing or discontinuing after 25% (9 weeks) but within 50% (18 weeks) of the term, semester, or quarter, the tuition charges refunded
By the school shall be at least 30% of the tuition.
Tier Three refund amount $3750.00
(iv) For a student withdrawing from or discontinuing the program after 50% (18 weeks) of the term, semester, or quarter, the student is entitled to 0% of the tuition or no refund.
(v) For refund computations, a term, a semester, or quarter may not exceed eighteen (18) weeks.
The termination date for refund computation purposes is the last date of recorded attendance.
Period of Refund:
Tuition charges are based on scheduled hours up to the last day of attendance. Absences are considered hours accumulated and are not refundable.
Refunds shall be disbursed within thirty (30) calendar days of the date the student fails to attend, leaves the program or fail to return from a leave of absence. Refunds will be processed by the method of the initial purchase, i.e. check or credit back to credit card. No cash would be disbursed as a refund even if payments were made in cash.
Return of Title IV Funds Policy
The Admission and Records Office notifies the Financial Aid Office of all financial aid student withdrawals before the 60% date. The Financial Aid Administrator will request a withdrawal report configured from the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) on a regular basis. Students are to notify the Financial Aid Office of withdrawal either by completing a withdrawal form or verbally. If a student gives verbal notification, the student will be instructed to complete a withdrawal form.
The Financial Aid Office will use the last day of attendance on the withdrawal form, as indicated by the instructor, Admissions, and Records, or the student, in determining the percentage of the pay period the student completed.
If the Financial Aid Office learns independently that a student has stopped attending classes, the instructors will be contacted and requested to submit the last day the student attended a class-related activity.
The Financial Aid Office will use the software package released by the Department of Education (DOE), on FAA Access to CPS online using data from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) to determine the required repayment from the institution and the student.
The student will be instructed as to the amount of refund and when the return of funds is due and the consequences of non-payment by letter.
If the student calculated a portion of refund payment is not received within the prescribed time, the student overpayment will be recorded in NSLDS and then submitted to DOE collections.
The institution will pay the amount the school owes (termed Institutional Refund). Students will be billed for the amount that they owe the DOE, and a Service Indicator hold on European Medical School of Massage records will be registered in NSLDS.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS:
Satisfactory academic progress will be assessed every eight (8) weeks. Satisfactory progress standards apply to all full-time students enrolled in any School program. The School grades on a Percentage grading scale for all classes, including the required 54 practical hours. Students must maintain minimum standards of academic and practical achievements while enrolled at the School in order to advance in the program.
Satisfactory Academic Progress:
A minimum cumulative 75% at the end of each 8-week term.
SAP will be evaluated:
Week 8 of the program
Week 16 of the program
Week 19 and 350 hours
Week 24 of the program
Week 32 of the program
Currently passing any prerequisite courses that span over 8 weeks. Students may complete the Massage
Therapy program in as little as 9 months or as long as 13 1/2 months for full-time students.
Pace of Completion:
700 hours and 38 weeks length of program = 67% minimum required at each evaluation to 57 weeks 150% maximum timeframe receive the next disbursement of Title IV aid.
Attendance in an amount of less than 67% of the core curriculum will result in the requirement of make-up hours for classes not attended.
- Trail Guide to the Body (6th edition) Spiral-bound by Andrew Biel $68.00 ISBN 978-0-9829786-5-8
- Trail Guide to the Body: Student Workbook Spiral-bound –2019, $32.00 ISBN 978-0-9829786-6-5 (6th edition) by Andrew Biel (Author), Robin Dorn (Illustrator)
- Trail Guide to Movement by Andrew Biel $50.00 ISBN 978-0-991466627
- Modalities for Massage and Bodywork 2nd edition Elaine Stillerman $70.00 ISBN 978-0-323-23931-8
- Massage Therapy: Principles and Practice, 6th edition by Susan G. Salvo $80.00 ISBN 978-0-323-23971-4
- Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 4 edition, Susan G. Salvo $85.00 ISBN 978-0323441957
- Medical Terminology 350 3rd edition Dean Vaughn $100.00 ISBN 978-0-7689-4082-4
- Soft Tissue Release text $25.00
- Massage Video Tutorials $120.00
Total cost of books $630.00
Academic Program (Educational Programs, Instructional Facilities, and Faculty)
EUROPEAN MEDICAL AND THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE PROGRAM
The 700 Hour European Medical and Therapeutic Massage program and will provide the student with a Diploma program to prepare for a career in medical massage therapy.
The programs will offer students quality, comprehensive training in modalities including Medical and Rehabilitative Massage, Oncology Massage, Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Hydrotherapy, Orthopedic Massage, Soft Tissue Release, Myofascial and Trigger Point Release, Pre- and Postnatal Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology and other modalities specifically focused on special populations. The program also provides the student with training in professional business development, ethics and law, CPR, First Aid AED Adult and Child. After successful completion, the practitioner will be prepared to take the State licensing examination and after that can look forward to a rewarding career in medical massage.
European Medical School of Massage LLC provides a comprehensive massage therapy education curriculum designed for the participant focusing on outcome-based, solution-oriented, rehabilitative massage therapy, with career objectives in the medical field, to complement the treatment in conjunction with the professional manual therapist industry, medical professionals, and holistic/osteopathic therapy. This proactive treatment and assessment approach will prepare the massage therapist for implementation of client wellness education, client empowerment, self-care and optimum health, as well as recovery from chronic conditions, traditional pain management methods, and rehabilitation therapy. The ultimate achievement for the participant in this course will be to complete the curriculum and the State Board of Massage Therapy licensing credentials in anticipation of operating as a functional component in the healthcare industry.
The European Medical School of Massage LLC, licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Private Schools, accredited by COMTA, the Commission On Massage Therapy Accreditation and is an Assigned School by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Our educational facility situated in Berks County, Southeastern Pennsylvania, located at the Spring Commons Business Complex, at 2921 Windmill Road, Suite 1, Sinking Spring. Also, there is an auxiliary classroom located with in Berks Medical Massage 2909 Penn Ave, West Lawn, PA 19609. Our locations afford students and educators alike with a comfortable and accommodating open floor plan for theory and hands-on practice, utilizing technological, digital and appropriate industry equipment. European Medical School of Massage LLC also follows guidelines of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Associated Body Work and Massage Professionals (ABMP), and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
Dorel Lacatus, PA LMT, President, Director, Instructor, Admissions, Financial Department, Career Counseling, Advertising/Marketing, and Personnel Services
Dorel Lacatus is the CEO and President of European Medical School of Massage LLC and Continuing Education Workshops, a Pennsylvania Licensed Massage Therapist; he is the founder of European Medical Massage & Spa, LLC in Reading, PA. Mr. Lacatus has extensive education in Medical Massage, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, Sports Injuries, and Chiropractic Treatment during practice in Romania, for the past 34 years, and in the United States in Medical Massage. He has been in business in Berks County for the past 15 years providing the community and surrounding areas with a quality program unique for its’ clinical approach to massage for pain relief and management of chronic and acute health symptoms and conditions.
He brings his experience and knowledge of medical massage techniques and business expertise into the school as an instructor and created a curriculum to pass his knowledge and techniques on to his medical massage students.
Mr. Lacatus opened the Main location in Sinking Spring and a branch location of the school located with in Berks Medical Massage 2909 Penn Ave, West Lawn, PA 19609. He successfully applied for accreditation through COMTA, Commission On Massage Therapy Accreditation. Accreditation and was approved April 15, 2016. As a new school, the initial application was granted accreditation with a clean application with no conditions. He was instrumental in applying to petition to have massage therapy approved on the high priority occupation list September 1, 2016, to become an eligible training provider for Berks County through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. As well as obtaining federal approval for the school as a training provider for the Trade Adjustment Program (TAA) that provides a path for employment growth and opportunity through aid to US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.
LeeAnne Spohn, Vice President, School Administrator, Financial Aid Administrator, Career Counseling, Advertising/Marketing, and Personnel Services
Ms. Spohn experience consists of many aspects of opening and operating a private licensed school. Assisting the Director/President of the school with hiring and training of staff and hiring of teachers, record keeping, developing policies and procedures for financial aid compliance, staff, and students, revising the school catalog, student services, personnel services and any other administrative work. She has also assisted the Director / President in opening a branch location of the school located with in Berks Medical Massage 2909 Penn Ave, West Lawn, PA 19609. Her most recent accomplishment was aiding the Director / President in applying for accreditation through COMTA, Commission On Massage Therapy Accreditation. Accreditation was approved April 15, 2016. As a new school, the initial application was granted accreditation with a clean application with no conditions. Assisted the Director / Owner to have massage therapy approved on the high priority occupation list September 1, 2016, to become an eligible training provider for Berks County through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. And assisted in federal approval as a training provider for the Trade Adjustment Program (TAA) that provides a path for employment growth and opportunity through aid to US workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade.
RACHAEL PLETZ, Instructor LMT PA LMT NY, Curriculum Consultant
Reading PA, native, I decided to study massage therapy in NYC at the New York School of Health professions, where I obtained an associate’s degree in science with a major in massage therapy. After 4 years of working in New York as a chiropractic assistant and Massage therapist in the medical setting I decided to return to Reading to be with family. My passion is massage education and the expansion of the medical massage field professionally. At the New York School of Health professions, I graduated first in my class and learned many skills and specialties including, prenatal, floor massage, sports, reflexology and traditional Chinese medicine.
I love working with people and hope to bring relief, relaxation and care to all my clients and students.
Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements
European Medical School of Massage does not currently have articulation agreements with any other schools.
Transfer credit may be granted from another school, college or university if the following criteria have been met:
Anatomy & Physiology and Pathology coursework are not older than five years old.
The course was passed with a “C” (2.0) grade as indicated on an official transcript and knowledge must be successfully verified by a challenge examination.
Credits to be transferred must be from an accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Transfer credit for Anatomy & Physiology courses cannot exceed the equivalent of 124 hours
Transfer credit for Pathology courses cannot exceed the equivalent of 41 hours
The Following Fees Apply…
• $50 Application and Interview Fee
• $50 per Test
• $1/hour Transfer Fee
European Medical and Therapeutic Massage Program uses conversion to academic credits define the length in weeks for the academic term utilized according to the following:
Semesters/trimesters = 14-17 weeks
Quarters = 10-12 weeks.
European Medical School of Massage uses a calculation consistent with the Carnegie Unit:
Semester or Trimester academic credits use the following conversion:
One credit = 15 hours of lecture, 30 hours of lab (clinical), or 45 hours of externship.
Quarter academic credits use the following conversion:
One credit = 10 hours of lecture, 20 hours of lab (clinical), or 30 hours of externship.
The U.S. Department of Education defines “credit hour” as:
“…An amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:
(1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one-quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or,
(2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.” The U.S. Department of Education establishes the credit hour as the basis for measuring an institution’s eligibility for federal funding. The Carnegie unit, represented in point (1) above, has served as the traditional unit of measure.
Institutional and Program Accreditation, Approval, or Licensure
The European Medical School of Massage LLC is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Licensed Private Schools, the school and curriculum are accredited by COMTA, the Commission On Massage Therapy Accreditation. European Medical School of Massage is an eligible training provider for the Berks County Workforce Investment Board, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Federal Trade Act Assistance program.
Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions (Including Computer Use and File Sharing)
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT DISCLOSURE TO STUDENTS:
European Medical School of Massage is required by federal law to inform students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities.
SUMMARY OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF FEDERAL COPYRIGHT LAWS:
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.
SCHOOL POLICIES INCLUDING DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOR VIOLATORS:
European Medical School of Massage requires users of any computing and network resources to operate in accordance with copyright and licensing restrictions. Violations of these copyright and licensing restrictions could lead to disciplinary action including suspension of students.
European Medical and Therapeutic Massage Program is copyrighted material registered with the United States Copyright Office 12/11/2015.
Career and Job Placement Services
European Medical School of Massage LLC affords each student, career counseling, discounts on industry equipment purchases, internship placement, resume building, and interview skills.
European Medical School of Massage LLC (EMSOM) has been forming relationships with wellness professionals. We have become a reliable source for well-established spas, physical therapy facilities, chiropractic offices, medical offices and clinics requesting our graduates for employment. EMSOM graduates possess great knowledge and skill and thus have truly been the reason for our long-lasting reputation with the community.
EMSOM’s career services professionals work directly with the student from the start of his or her program of study. The relationship that develops between the student and his/her career services advisor results in a greater potential for the best possible employment for the student. It is important that the career services advisor know the student well and understands what the student is looking for when it comes to employment in their new career. Because our career services professionals are aware of their student and their community of wellness employers, they can help create a harmonious match between the two. While cannot guarantee employment, we can promise that we are committed to your success, and thus we are dedicated to pursuing a path to employment for every student who expresses a desire for our assistance.
Computer Security and Disaster Recovery
Financial Aid documents are scanned and kept electronically in an online Dropbox account as well as maintaining a paper file folder for each student receiving financial aid. Student Aid file records are held in the Financial Aid Office for three years. All financial aid files are retained for a minimum of three years after submission of the FISAP report. Student Loan files are retained for three years past the last date of student attendance. Any records involved in any claim or expenditure, which have been questioned by a federal audit, are retained until the issue is resolved.
The Dropbox is secured and saved on a password-protected computer The Dropbox is online with password access, only viewed by the CEO / CFO, Business Office and Financial Aid Administrator.
Any laptops used by the administration are password protected with the use of the online Dropbox.
The system is tested daily as documents are uploaded into the online Dropbox.
All documentation on the computer systems is backed up in the Dropbox and secured by the use of a password.
Passwords are assigned by the CEO of the school.
All office doors are locked when the administration is not present at the school.