About Us

Blue Cliff College was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1987 with the goal of becoming one of the most respected and innovative Massage Therapy training centers in the nation. In June of 1989, our College in Louisiana received its Proprietary School License from the state. In 1998, our Continuing Education College was proud to receive accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). In December 2004, EMI acquired the Massage Therapy College of Baton Rouge (MTCBR), which became BCC-Baton Rouge, and in 2005 a campus was opened in Houma, Louisiana. Also in 2005, EMI added the White River School of Massage in Fayetteville, Arkansas (which is now BCC-Fayetteville) to its family of schools. In 2007, Blue Cliff College opened yet another campus in Alexandria, Louisiana. As a result of our continued success, BCC satellite campuses were recently added in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Metairie, Louisiana. Originally intended to become a leader in Massage Therapy education, Blue Cliff College has since diversified our course offerings to include programs in Allied Health, Cosmetology, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC), Clinical Medical Assisting, and more. While our continuing education programs have expanded, Blue Cliff College’s goal remains the same – to provide academic and hands-on excellence in all training programs offered.

 

The History of Blue Cliff College

BCC was founded in 1987 with the goal of becoming one of the most respected and innovative Massage Therapy training centers in the nation. In June of 1989, the College received its Proprietary School License from the state of Louisiana. In 1998, the College was proud to receive accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

The first Blue Cliff campus location was in New Orleans, Louisiana and campuses were soon established in Lafayette and Shreveport, Louisiana, and Gulfport, Mississippi. In December 2004, EMI acquired the Massage Therapy College of Baton Rouge (MTCBR), which became BCC-Baton Rouge and in 2005 a campus was opened in Houma, Louisiana. Also in 2005, EMI added the White River School of Massage in Fayetteville, Arkansas (which is now BCC-Fayetteville) to its family of schools. In 2007 a new BCC campus was opened in Alexandria, Louisiana. As a result of BCC’s continued success serving the various communities that we are a part of, satellite campuses were recently added in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Metairie, Louisiana.

Since 2005 BCC began the process of program diversification, to include programs in Allied Health, Cosmetology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The institution’s goal is to provide academic and hands-on excellence in all training programs offered.

Accreditations

Blue Cliff College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission Career Schools and Colleges, (ACCSC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

Approvals, Licenses, and/or Affiliations

Fayetteville, AR: Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Veterans State Approving Agency, (SAA), Workforce Investment Act, (WIA), Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools, (AMTA-COS), and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, (NCBTMB).

Gulfport, MS: Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy (License number 9803), Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology*, Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, and Mississippi Dental Board of Examiners, and Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Mississippi Rehabilitation Services, Veterans State Approving Agency, (SAA), Workforce Investment Act, (WIA), Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools, (AMTA-COS), National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, (NCBTMB), Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners, and Healthcareer Association (NHA) for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).

* Blue Cliff College operates the Cosmetology/Esthetics Program based on a Module Completion Program. Hours missed in excess of 24 hours for each module will be a failure of that module. Students will be allowed to make up 12 of the 24 hours missed. Blue Cliff College will report your hours in both Module and Clock Hours as required by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology. When you have reached the 1500 Cosmetology Clock Hour requirement or the 600 Esthetics Clock Hour requirement, you are eligible to test for your Cosmetology/Esthetics license. However, in order to receive your completion certificate of the Cosmetology/Esthetics Program for Blue Cliff College, you will need to complete all modules.

Louisiana Campuses (Alexandria, Houma, Lafayette, and Metairie): Louisiana State Board of Massage Therapy, Louisiana Board of Regents and Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology. Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Veterans State Approving Agency, (SAA), Workforce Investment Act, (WIA), Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, American Massage Therapy Association Council of Schools, (AMTA-COS), National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, (NCBTMB) and Video General Inc. (VGI) for EPA Clean Air Act, Section 608, Type 1 Certification Exam.

NOTE: Documents relating to accreditation, licensure or affiliations can be reviewed by contacting the Campus Director.

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Our Mission Statement

Blue Cliff College is committed to helping our students develop a high level of competency, obtained through the pursuit, assimilation, and dissemination of knowledge in our academic programs.

Our faculty and staff strive to prepare students with the ability to function proficiently in a competitive society and in the career of their choice.

Throughout every program we offer, the underlying objective is to create within each student an awareness of professional and social responsibility and an appreciation for the principles of ethical conduct.

 

Our Institutional Philosophy

Our philosophy is to inspire students to strive for excellence and to achieve their maximum personal potential in their continuing education pursuits. Blue Cliff College encourages our student population to aspire to be the best they can be in their chosen academic, business, social, professional, and personal endeavors. Whatever the student’s academic interest, our focus is consistent on delivering the best education possible.

We place strong emphasis on the quality of our curriculum, maintaining a low student-to-teacher ratio, and providing practical training and real-world experience. By applying this philosophy to all that we do, we work diligently to ensure that the Blue Cliff graduate has been meticulously prepared for whatever lies ahead of them.