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For Students: Advice from a Pro

DuplerMeet Laura Dupler from National University of Health Sciences. She teaches ethics for First Trimester students and a portion of the business classes for other First and Third Trimester students. She also teaches an elective class in myofascial release.

Laura is a previous graduate of the NUHS massage program. "I was almost 42 when I came here to prepare for a second career. I had been an office manager, bookkeeper and staff accountant in the corporate world. Not only was my old career stressful, it wasn't what I really wanted to do and I didn't feel happy about going to a job just to pay the bills."

She heard about the field of massage therapy and decided to attend an information night at NUHS. "When I went to the information night, I knew that if I could get through the gross anatomy portion of the orientation, then I could do the rest."

"As much as I dreaded it, the anatomy lab was one of the best advantages to the program. It's an entirely different thing for somebody to show you a muscle in a book versus seeing it on real bodies - how it looks, how it moves. It is an incredible tool."

"I picked National because they had the 'nuts and bolts' program that I wanted, and I had researched pass rates on the national board exams. I wanted to know I was going to one of the best."

After graduating in 2006, Laura went on to work as a massage therapist and chiropractic assistant in a chiropractic physician's office. She initially started teaching just a few nights per week in the business courses at NUHS, drawing from her background in office management. "One of the jobs I held previously was for a high end hiring firm. I know what employers are seeking in terms of resumés and curriculum vitae, so I could share a lot with students who would be interviewing for jobs when they left." Laura is also a member of the University's massage therapy advisory board.

Laura's advice to her students and to those considering a career in massage is this: "Don't look at any educational program as an automatic ticket to making tons of money. It takes a certain amount of work and salesmanship when you graduate to become a successful MT. Just because you graduate from one of the best schools in your field doesn't give you an automatic pass to making the money you feel you want to make. It takes hard work to build a practice and to get clients in the door. You can't sit back and let it happen, you have to go after it! One of my instructors here said to us, 'You might be the best therapist in the entire world, but nobody knows it if you don't tell them.'

"One of my favorite sayings that I really live by is this: 'Stop asking what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and then do that. Because what the world needs is more people to come alive!'"

A Salute to the Graduates

Deb -lrgA quote recently caught my eye from a book by Marianne Williamson and it says, "It is not time to wait for angels, but to actively become them."

With each passing day that I spend as an employee of the university, I become more aware of how lucky I am to share my day with the dedicated and passionate students who grace our halls. There's a certain air of deep caring that embodies National's interns - one that beckons us to seek their advice and care. You, graduates, have been blessed with that gift and came to National to complement it with the proper education. 

Your graduation ceremony will be steeped in tradition and overflowing with emotion. The baton will be passed and you will rise to the challenge. Those of us who have watched you grow are blessed to be able to witness the end of this small journey in your lives. We share your overwhelming excitement as you walk out into the world full of many different possibilities - a world just aching for your care.

You are the angels of the health care field and whether you picture yourselves donned with wings or draped in a red cape, you will change lives just as you changed your own when you chose to muster the courage and conviction to pursue the profession of a care giver.

I am honored to walk among angels every day at National and I wish you a lifetime of rewards.

And, as Charlie would say, "Good luck angels".

Did you Know?

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) recently reduced the price of its national examination fee for state licensing from $225 to $175. The reason for the reduction is to recognize that students seeking to become licensed practitioners often have limited financial resources. Upon successful completion of education and hands-on requirements, students who pass the exam are immediately eligible for state licensure. Thirty-two states recognize the NCBTMB exam as part of a licensing program.