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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Open Pathways' classes approved by the National Certification Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork?
Yes, all of our online classes are approved by NCBTMB for CE hours. 
 
Are online classes pre-recorded and self-paced or live and interactive?
Our classes are live and interactive. All of our online classes are taught live on Zoom, giving you the opportunity to interact with other students and to ask questions of the instructor.  NCBTMB CE certificates will be issued for "live" participation in courses. NCBTMB certificates are not issued for recorded courses.
 
Are there payment plans available for classes and programs?
Yes, there is a payment plan option available for all online courses and programs that are offered by Open Pathways.
 
Is there a homework requirement for Open Pathways' classes?
There is a requirement that you practice the material presented in online classes for a minimum of 30 minutes per week. You will be asked to turn in a Practice Record Log at the end of each online course.

What if I miss a class? How do I make it up?All online classes are recorded. Once you are enrolled, you will have access to the recordings of the online classes to make up any missed course content for no additional charge.  In-person classes in can be made-up during the next scheduled in-person offering of missed course content, for no additional charge.  


Do I have to be a certified or licensed massage therapist to enroll?
All of our classes include hands-on work. You must be licensed to touch people, or currently in school for licensing, in order to participate. This may be a license in massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, or any other hands-on modality. 
 
What supplies do I need to participate in the program, Integrating Chinese Medicine into Massage Therapy?
You will need 5 booklets: Potent Points for Common Complaints, Intermediate & Advanced Acupressure, Meridian Acupressure, Five Elements Acupressure and Aroma Acutouch Sequences, and Balancing the Nervous System with Aroma Acutouch Sequences. You will also need a set of 24 essential oils. The oils can be purchased over time.  All of these supplies are available for purchase at this website's store.
 
For how long will I have access to the digital teaching materials, diagrams, handouts and videos used in the online program?
All of the online program's teaching materials are available on a digital teaching platform, www.OpenPathways.Teachable.  In Teachable, you will have unlimited access to lecture notes and handouts, acupressure point and sequence diagrams, video lessons, and class recordings, which you can listen to as many times as you want or need.  As long as Open Pathways Institute is operable, there is no time limit on your access to these materials.
 
Can I enroll in 1 course at a time, rather than an entire program?
Our programs are carefully designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of Chinese Medicine principles that can be utilized in massage therapy. Each course is like one piece of a "puzzle." When taken together, these classes create a comprehensive roadmap into integrative health care. While it is possible to enroll in course at a time, there is a significant financial savings when enrolling in a program. The price per course within the program is steeply discounted from the price of each stand-alone class.

Will I need to bring a "client" to each online class in order to participate?
In most online classes, you will work on yourself using self-Acupressure techniques. For the Meridian Massage Therapy 8-week course, you will need to invite someone to be your "client" for the 75-minute practicum each week.


What is Open Pathways' Online Individual Course Refund Policy?

If, within the first 14 days after the start of the course, you discover that this course does not fulfill your expectations, then you may cancel your enrollment with a full refund. After the first 14 days of the course, there are no refunds given.  
 

What is Open Pathways' Online Program Refund Policy?
All program enrollment cancellations will incur a $150 administrative fee.

If you paid the program in full upon enrollment:

  1. If, within 14 days after the start of the program, you discover that this program does not fulfill your expectations, then you may cancel your enrollment with a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee. 

  2. If it is past 14 days after the start of the program, and you choose to cancel your enrollment, you are responsible for completing payment for any courses that you have already completed in the program, and that you are currently in the midst of, as well as the $150 administrative fee. You will be refunded for courses in the program that have not yet begun. 

If you chose the 12-month payment plan upon enrollment:

  1. If, within 14 days after the start of the program, you discover that this program does not fulfill your expectations, then you may cancel your enrollment with a full refund minus a $150 administrative fee. 

  2. If it is past 14 days after the start of the program, and you choose to cancel your enrollment, you are responsible for completing payment for any courses that you have already completed in the program, and that you are currently in the midst of, as well as the $150 administrative fee. You will not be charged for courses in the program that have not yet begun. After your payment plan payments cover the cost of the courses already completed, the course you are in the midst of, and the $150 administrative fee, then your monthly payments to Teachable will stop.

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