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Blue Cliff College Review

Blue Cliff College is a for-profit technical school founded in 1987 with the goal of being among the most respected massage therapy education centers in the U.S. More than a quarter of a century later, the school has a renowned massage therapy program, in addition to various other certificate and degree programs. There are campuses in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Gulfport, Mississippi, as well as five Louisiana cities: Alexandria, Houma, Lafayette, Metairie and Shreveport. Fayetteville and Metairie boast two campus locations each, and some of the courses and programs are also available online.

Blue Cliff's schools are accredited by the national Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges, and the individual campuses also have state approvals and licenses as necessary. For example, the Louisiana campuses are also accredited by the State Board of Massage Therapy, among other organizations, in addition to the national accreditation.

Admissions
  • Total enrollment as of Jan. 1, 2015: 1,951
  • Individual campus enrollments range from 170 (Shreveport) to 666 (Metairie)
  • Steps to admission:
    • Fill out an online application
    • Provide proof of high school completion or an equivalent degree
    • Complete an interview with an admissions representative or campus director
    • Prove that you're in good health and physical capable of performing the required tasks in your field of choice
    • Receive a satisfactory score on the Wonderlic Scholastic Level exam
    • Some programs may have additional requirements
  • The school typically accepts transfer credits, if the coursework is sufficiently similar to what's offered at Blue Cliff and students received at least a C grade.

Financial aid

  • Is this school eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV approved)? Yes
  • Does this school offer scholarships? No, though applicants can apply scholarship awards from other sources to their tuition
  • What percentage of students receive financial aid? Between 78 percent and 100 percent, depending on the campus
Featured Programs

Blue Cliff College has over a dozen programs, in various medical and continuing education areas. Here are just three of the most popular programs the school offers.

Massage therapy

Among Blue Cliff College's most popular programs is massage therapy, in which the college has two programs: a diploma program and an Associate in Occupational Studies Degree in Massage Therapy program. The diploma program typically takes 9-15 months to complete and consists of 53 quarter credits, where you'll learn hands-on techniques such as deep tissue and neuromuscular therapy. Upon completion of the program, you can apply for massage therapy licensure or registry in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

The associate degree program is 96 quarter credits, and it usually takes students between 18 and 27 months to complete, depending on their own schedules. It teaches not only the practical techniques of massage therapy, but also courses in management and communication, to not only qualify you for massage therapist positions upon graduation, but also to know how to do the business side of massage therapy.

Clinical medical assisting

The diploma program in clinical medical assisting is a 53-quarter credit program that usually takes students between nine and 15 months to complete. In the program, students are taught about how to deliver high-quality care to their patients, including preparing them for exams, taking vital signs and explaining treatment procedures. The program also explains administrative tasks, such as managing appointment schedules, and filling out medical records and insurance forms.

Health information, billing and coding

One of the beauties of Blue Cliff's associate's degree program in health information, billing and coding is that it's completely online. Students are taught by professionals in the field about medical billing, coding, insurance and office administration, as well as anatomy, physiology, pathology and medical terminology.

Culture

Blue Cliff College is a friendly, welcoming school. Though small, its facilities reflect that of a much larger school, as each of the campuses has a number of specialty labs, lounge areas for students to hang out in and no shortage of classrooms. The Metairie campus is even located in a shopping mall. In sum, you get a much more tight-knit community at Blue Cliff College than many schools. Campuses typically have more women than men attending, though the demographics vary by location.

As a technical school, Blue Cliff College doesn't have any athletic teams, dorms or Greek life, but that doesn't mean it lacks in a student life. Beyond the beauty of some of the campuses (some of which are quite large and green) and the lounges and kitchens students hang out in, some of Blue Cliff's campuses are located in or near shopping centers or the heart of the town or city.

Blue Cliff's campuses offer specialty labs, lounge areas, and plenty of classrooms, as well as a tight-knit community of students.

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Notable Faculty/Awards

Blue Cliff students actively volunteer their time and skills in local charity events, and the campuses themselves have also played host to certain events.

  • Massage students volunteered at the 2014 Empower Her conference in New Orleans, which gave massages and makeovers to local women living in shelters.
  • Blue Cliff students volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank in Marrero, Louisiana, to offer massage therapy during the Second Line to Health fair in 2015.
  • Massage therapy students also volunteered at the 2013 Komen Ozark Race for the Cure, held near Springdale, Arkansas, to give massages to breast cancer survivors.
Sources:

1. Blue Cliff College, http://bluecliffcollege.edu/
2. "More than 10,000 register for Race for the Cure," April Robertson, The City Wire, April 27, 2013, http://www.thecitywire.com/node/27574#.VPTrs_nF8SE
3. "Second Harvest hosts health fair at Hope Haven in Marrero," Rosalie Simmons, Marrero Musings columnist for The Times-Picayune, Jan. 21, 2015, http://blog.nola.com/westbank/2015/01/second_harvest_hosts_health_fa.html
4. "Gretna salon workers pamper women in shelters," Helen Williams, Gretna columnist for The Times-Picayune, Nov. 28, 2014, http://blog.nola.com/westbank/2014/11/gretna_salon_workers_pamper_wo.html

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