Frequently Asked Questions



How long has SWIHA been around?

For more than 20 years, SWIHA has been helping individuals advance their education in holistic wellness, transform their lives, and launch their careers helping others find health and wellbeing. Founded by KC Miller in 1992, SWIHA has grown to include our main campus, our Natural Aesthetics (SWINA) branch location as well as our Yoga Educational Facility and Studio (Spirit of Yoga) all in Tempe, Arizona. SWIHA also brings its programs to online students all over the world. Read more on SWIHA’s history. Today, you will often still find KC enthusiastically teaching classes both on campus and online, and hosting events for students and the community at our on-campus locations.

What kind of credentials does the school have?

SWIHA is approved by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). Our school licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSE). SWIHA is also approved as a continuing education (CEU) provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and approved for the training of veterans by Arizona Department of Veterans Services (AZDVS). SWIHA proudly holds the title as an A+ Member of the Tempe Better Business Bureau (BBB). For additional memberships and certifications visit our page.

What are the admissions requirements and/or prerequisites?

Potential students must be at least 18 years of age. Those under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian agree to and sign enrollment documents. New students must also have a GED or High School Diploma. A valid photo ID is required at the time of admissions, as well as payment for any application fees. With those items in place, all you need is a desire to learn, and a commitment to follow your chosen path! Please call us to speak with an Admissions Advisor to explore your options, advance your education and launch your career!

Who makes up the student body?

SWIHA is proud of its diverse student body made up of individuals of all ages and walks of life. Professionals with daytime jobs often attend evening classes to transform their careers and their lives, while daytime courses often serve those who need to be home in the evening for their families. Students just beginning their post-secondary education love the nurturing environment at SWIHA. We value uniqueness and diversity and honor that no two individuals, learning styles or living situations are identical.

Does this school have a religious affiliation?

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is not affiliated with any particular or specific religious denomination and our programs honor the vast range of faiths and belief systems of every individual. SWIHA respects the freedom of every person to have their own spiritual path. While SWIHA does not subscribe to or endorse a specific religious philosophy, students are always welcome to embrace and practice their own belief in a higher power and divine presence through prayer, meditation and creativity.

Who are SWIHA’s teachers?

SWIHA’s faculty members are experienced instructors with a thorough understanding of the material and courses. They are also often working professionals in the field in which they teach. Our teachers facilitate the courses by fostering community, connection, and deep learning. They are committed to guiding and supporting students throughout their courses and creating a productive, professional educational environment. Students can also receive support from dedicated student services and advising staff.

What programs are available?

SWIHA offers a wide variety of holistic health career training programs. Students can earn an Associate’s Degree in Holistic Healthcare, and choose from several areas of concentration, including Professional Massage Practitioner, Mind Body Transformational Psychology, Western Herbalism, or Western Herbalism and Holistic Nutrition. You can select from Diploma programs and choose to become an Aesthetics and Cosmetic Laser Technician, Professional Massage Practitioner, Yoga Teacher or Yoga Therapist, Herbalist, or Mind Body Wellness Practitioner. SWIHA also offers Certificate of Excellence Programs in various areas such as Life Coaching, Reiki, Holistic Nutrition, Medical Massage, Hypnotherapy, Spa Treatments, and more. SWIHA’s Online Division, allow students around the world to find programs that best fit their needs. For a complete listing of available programs, please see our programs page, where you can click on a specific program to view full details. Individual courses can also be taken online or on campus.

What are the Program Sheets?

As you look at each program information page, you will see a link at the top called “Program Courses”. This is a listing of classes required in order to complete the entire program.

Can I take individual classes?

Over the years, we have seen many of our students begin their education by taking just one course. Many times, students fall in love with all that SWIHA has to offer and go on to enroll and complete a full program. We also welcome students who are interested in individual courses for personal development, as well as students who are looking to complete Continuing Education Unit courses. Please see our courses page to view all available courses.

What about Continuing Education courses?

Many licenses and certificates require Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to stay active or be renewed. We offer a variety of Continuing Education Unit courses and workshops. Please see our Class Calendar for a full listing of CEU courses.

How can I get a current calendar of classes?

You can view our class calendar online, which lists all available courses. You can also request a class calendar to be mailed to you by filling our ‘Request Information’ form, calling (480) 994-9244 , or emailing us at .

Do you accept financial aid and payment plans? What is the tuition for SWIHA?

Yes, we do accept financial aid! As a nationally accredited (ACCET) school there are many options for those who qualify for financing your tuition. These include Federal Student Aid, Special Aid for Military Members and Veterans, qualifying cash incentive concessions and work-exchange opportunities for those who qualify. For full information please see our Financial Aid page. On that page you can also see an Estimated Cost of Attendance chart which will help give you an idea of tuition and expenses you are likely to incur during an academic year at SWIHA.

Once I graduate, what kind of career support do you offer?

Our Success Center is SWIHA’s Placement Resources and Entrepreneurial Division. We provide students and alumni with ongoing career placement assistance as well as entrepreneurial support to those planning to create and grow their own private practices or businesses. Our Success Center team helps you meet your goal of gainful employment or entrepreneurship through life-long assistance with marketing, résumé and portfolio development, business mentorship and more.

Where can I find student success stories or reviews?

Our graduates love to share their success stories! You can read many of them here, and watch videos of our students telling their stories in their own words on our YouTube Channel

I want to enroll in school at SWIHA! What do I do next?

Call us at (480) 994-9244 and make an appointment to talk with an admissions coach and schedule a tour of our campus. You can also fill out our information request form and we will give you a call. Either way, we are ready to help you begin your journey to a new exciting career in holistic health and wellness!


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