Blue Heron Academy - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Since 1980, the nationally acclaimed Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences has trained thousands of graduates seeking positive life and career changes. The Blue Heron Academy was founded by Dr. Gregory T. Lawton as a free school that provided training and education to women in transition and both men and women with a desire to serve humanity through the health care professions. The Academy identified and acted upon its mission to assist students to acquire education and training that allowed them to earn their livelihood through the promotion of health and wellness.

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The Academy has maintained its mission to provide high quality vocational training programs in health care and low cost affordable tuition and education costs.

2040 Raybrook St, SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546

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The Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences remains committed to:

  1. High quality vocation training programs
  2. Affordable tuition costs
  3. Highly trained successful graduates
  4. Providing health care training in service to humanity

The Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences currently is approved and licensed to provide training, certification, and diplomas in nineteen (19) health career vocational programs.  The Academy has remained dedicated to affordable access to education as is evident by comparing the cost of Academy programs to other high cost vocational programs provided by competing schools in Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

The Academy also maintains its commitment to its graduate's success by providing:

  1. Free lifetime re-training in any program that its graduates have successfully completed
  2. While the Academy does not promise job placement, it does provide free lifetime job placement assistance and career counseling.

The Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences has achieved national recognition for the quality of its Medical Massage and Medical Manual Therapy training programs. These programs offer national broad certification through either the American Medical Massage Association or the American Manual Medicine Association. The Blue Heron Academy was the first school in Michigan to receive approval for its massage therapy training programs under the requirements of the Michigan Massage Therapist licensure law of 2009.

The Academy was the first vocational school in Michigan to receive approval and licensure for a Personal Training vocational certification program, it was the first school in Michigan to receive approval to provide training and certification in Acupuncture, and the first school in Michigan to offer vocational training in Holistic Health Care. In continuing with its record of excellence in education and the development of unique vocational training programs the Academy was the first school to offer training in paramedical skin care and dermatology assisting.

The Academy was first licensed in 1997 by the Michigan Office of Postsecondary Education. The Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences is currently approved and licensed by the Michigan Proprietary Schools Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.


The Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences has acted upon a strong commitment to educating students in ethical verities and dedicated service in ministering to the health care and wellbeing of all humanity and to teach students that the highest rewards in life come from serving others. To this mission the Academy invites all persons of good will who seek to uplift the human spirit and condition by serving others.

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