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State of California — Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

The Bureau establishes educational standards that are intended to serve as the minimum standard for instructional quality and institutional stability for private postsecondary schools in California. The Bureau responds to student complaints and oversees a fund designed to help reimburse a student's tuition if a school closes unexpectedly. The Bureau is also responsible for approving education and training programs for veterans.

SMSC approval to operate in the State of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009, which is effective January 1, 2010. The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Bureau can be reached at: P.O. Box 980818, Sacramento, CA 95798-0818, (916) 574-7774 or, on the Internet at

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

smsc adheres to the national standards for Massage Therapists established by the the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.  ABMP is a national membership association that provides comprehensive liability insurance and practice support for massage/bodywork practitioners and students. Founded in 1987, ABMP is now the largest massage therapy membership organization in the country with more than 79,000 members.

Veterans Benefits & Vocational Rehabilitation

Many vocational rehabilitation counselors have found massage therapy training appropriate for the retraining of their clients. Along with technical skill and support, our program instills the confidence to be successful.

SMSC is approved by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) based on the Veterans’ Information Bulletin. Students who wish to receive veteran benefits need to notify the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). The Diploma programs at SMSC are approved for training veterans and other eligible persons as enacted under Section 3675, Chapter 36, Title 38, U.S. Code.

Foreign Student Eligibility

we welcome students from around the world. smsc enrolls foreign students under the regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Visit our International Students Page.

Nurses’ Continuing Education
Many nurses find Massage Therapy training valuable both for themselves and their patients, and incorporate it into their nursing work. Others develop an independent practice that allows them to help others outside a hospital setting. The Board of Registered Nursing approved Shiatsu Massage School of California to offer continuing education for nurses to learn massage.

SMSC is a non-profit 501 (c)(3)
Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations. It is regulated and administered by the US Department of Treasury through the Internal Revenue Service. See our board of directors.