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Universal College of Healing Arts


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Massage Therapy

The Massage Therapy Diploma prepares the student for licensure as a Massage Therapist improving employment opportunities within the community. This program is offered twice a year. The length of the diploma program is twelve months with three semesters. Each semester is 15 weeks long.


Students benefit from a balance between academic and hands-on experiences. Part-time options are available as well. Participating in the Massage program full-time requires the student to attend 15 Intensive Weekends with online learning between the weekends.


These weekends are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Orientation is on Friday, before the first intensive from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students must be available for approximately 20 to 30 weekly online + onsite studies.


Within this period, the student completes 85 massage treatments (plus 5 with LMTs plus 10 received) throughout the program once they begin their internship experience.


The schedule is individualized to the student’s needs. Students participate in various community service events within this timeframe totaling 30 hours throughout the program.


To support the successful completion of this training, it is advised that in addition to the 1000 required course clock hours, the student may need a minimum of 300 plus hours of independent study for reading, memorizing, and research.

Students should plan accordingly when arranging their personal and work schedules. The total enrollment time equals 12 months and is a 1000-clock hour program. Each Semester of academic courses introduces principles and skills, which progressively build upon one another.

Welcome to our Massage Therapy Diploma Program. Our program is designed to meet the needs of those who have a passion for healing and wellness, with an emphasis on the power of touch. Completion of our program prepares students for licensure as massage therapists, expanding their employment opportunities in the community and providing them with the necessary tools to make a real impact. Our program is conveniently scheduled twice a year, and it lasts for 12 months or 1000 clock hours, so students can start their new career as soon as possible.


Associate Degree

UCHA offers a unique opportunity for you to get a College Degree, that is, an Associate Degree in Applied Science. The first 3 semesters are the same as the Massage Therapy Diploma Program. Following these semesters are two more, Semesters 4 & 5, where there is a choice in electives. One could focus on advanced bodywork, STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION, in addition to General Studies. This would be education based on the findings of Dr. Ida Rolf and Aerospace Engineer, Joseph Heller. Besides becoming a Massage Therapist, you earn a degree and learn all the SI tools. There will be 4 prescheduled three-day intensives (Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-4) during each 4th and 5th semester.There will be an additional continuous online classroom for Course Syllabus, Schedule, handouts, and reflection. Some of our teachers have studied under Joseph Heller and others were trained by these same teachers. All have years of experience.

For anyone who would want 100% online, there is still a non-SI option within Semesters 4 & 5.  Learn More

If you're interested in advancing your career through higher education, we offer a more comprehensive program for those seeking an Associate Degree. Once you've completed the massage therapy diploma program, students may proceed to Semesters 4 and 5. These courses are offered as hybrid and can be taken even while you're working full time or raising a family. The additional coursework will take eight more months to complete, and will cover an additional 495 clock hours. The Associate of Applied Science Degree gives students the opportunities and skills they need to succeed in today's job market.


About UCHA

Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA) stands as a premier institution renowned for its exceptional bodywork therapy programs since its inception in 1995. With a commitment to cultivating diverse learning experiences, UCHA equips its students for prosperous and gratifying careers. Central to its approach is the innovative hybrid learning model,  integrating online and onsite instruction to optimize educational outcomes.


UCHA's Massage and Bodywork programs are design to furnish students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills for professional success. Through the convenience of online modules, students can engage with academic materials flexibly, accommodating their busy schedules. Complementing this flexibility are the onsite intensive weekends, facilitating hands-on training under the expert guidance of faculty.


The college's dedication to student welfare extends beyond academics. 

UCHA honors a holistic approach with a commitment to academic excellence, and also to each students personal transformative growth, all though it's hybrid learning paradigm. 

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How to apply

To complete the application process, applicants must submit the following documents: a current photo ID, proof of High School Diploma or a GED or a Homeschool Diploma. Any Homeschool Diploma must include the State approval for homeschooling. So that you know, documents should not be emailed but attached within the secure application process.


Why choose us


Established 30 Years of curriculum development with experienced teachers.


Student Success with an average of 92% licensing exam Pass Rate with a ready made practice opportunity by graduation.


Recognized, accepted, and accredited in Nebraska, and Nationaly.


As an institution, UCHA is proud to have earned institutional accreditation from ABHES (the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools) and recognition from the US Department of Education. This sets us apart from other institutions, as we hold ourselves to the highest standards of education and excellence. Our programs are designed to prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities to succeed in the fast-paced and ever-changing  industry. Our priority is to ensure that you are fully equipped for the road ahead.

Accreditation offers students peace of mind in knowing that their education meets strict and rigorous quality standards. Graduation from an accredited program prepares students for successful careers in the healthcare industry.

Peace Of Mind

Accreditation offers students peace of mind in knowing that their education meets strict and rigorous quality standards. Graduation from an accredited program prepares students for successful careers in the healthcare industry.


Many employers, especially those in the healthcare field, prefer to hire employees who have graduated from accredited educational programs. Graduation from an accredited program may open additional employment opportunities throughout your career.

Additional Career Opportunities

If you are planning to relocate and work in more than one State, many consider if your program was successfully completed at a nationally accredited school.

Out-of-State Licensure

An accredited school has to maintain a high standard in retention, licensing exams, pass rate, and placement.


An accredited school can offer financial aid to those who qualify for it.


Accreditation is Important for many reasons and offers benefits to students and employers


Your questions, answered

  • How long does it take for my application to be processed?
    Once you have submitted your application, photo I.D., education documentation, and medical authorization form, you will be contacted by email or phone within 48-72 business hours by one of our admissions team representatives to set up an interview.
  • Is there an application fee?
    At this time we do not require applicants to pay a fee to apply.
  • What if I do not have my high school diploma or college transcript?
    Most educational facilities use a third-party service like Parchment to send a copy of your transcript to any college or employer; you will have to pay a processing fee between $3-10. You can also obtain a copy of your transcript from a private or closed high school by contacting your state department of education.
  • How can I apply for financial aid as a student at UCHA?
    To apply for financial aid at UCHA, you will need to start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to demonstrate your financial need and must be completed in advance of each academic year. This form is not only important for many scholarships, but it also qualifies you for the Federal Work-Study program. Filling out the FAFSA is a crucial step in accessing financial aid opportunities at UCHA.
  • What is the accreditation status of Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA) and what does it mean for the Massage Therapy Diploma and Associate Degree programs?
    UCHA holds institutional national accreditation from ABHES, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, for the Massage Therapy Diploma Program and the associate degree program. This accreditation signifies that UCHA meets predetermined standards of educational quality, institutional integrity, and student outcomes. It ensures that the curriculum, faculty, resources, and support services are of high quality and that graduates of the programs are well-prepared to enter the field of massage therapy. As a student or potential student, this accreditation provides assurance that UCHA has met rigorous standards and that the education and training you receive will be of the highest quality and respected within the industry.
  • Why is accreditation important for students attending college?
    Accreditation is vital for students attending college for several reasons. Firstly, accreditation ensures that the institution meets certain standards of quality in terms of faculty qualifications, curriculum, student services, facilities, and resources. This means that students can have confidence that they are receiving a valuable education and that the college is committed to their success. Additionally, accreditation is often necessary for students to receive financial aid, transfer credits to other institutions, and pursue further education or certain careers. In essence, accreditation serves as a form of quality assurance and provides students with the assurance that they are investing their time and resources into an institution that meets recognized standards of excellence. For UCHA, this means that our commitment to maintaining accreditation ensures that our students receive a high-quality education and have the opportunity to pursue their academic and professional goals with confidence.
  • What are the specifics of the Massage Therapy Diploma program at UCHA?
    The Massage Therapy Diploma program at UCHA is designed to prepare students for licensure as Massage Therapists, enhancing their employment prospects within the community. This program is offered twice a year, with a duration of twelve months divided into three semesters. Each semester spans 16 weeks, providing a balance between academic learning and hands-on practical experience. Students can expect to receive comprehensive training that not only covers the theoretical aspects of massage therapy but also emphasizes the application of these skills in a real-world setting. Upon completion of the program, graduates are well-equipped to pursue a successful career in massage therapy and make meaningful contributions to the health and wellness of individuals in the community.
  • What are the typical weekend schedules and time commitment for students enrolled in the massage program at UCHA?
    UCHA operates with a specific schedule for weekend intensive courses, which take place on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additionally, students are required to attend an orientation on the Friday before the first intensive, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In terms of time commitment, students should plan to allocate approximately 20 hours per week for both online and onsite studies. This includes attending the weekend intensives and engaging in supplemental online learning activities. UCHA values the dedication and active participation of its students, and this schedule allows for a comprehensive and immersive learning experience.
  • How long would it take to complete the Associate of Applied Science Degree at UCHA?
    The completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree at UCHA typically takes a total of 4 Semesters, with the option to continue on to Semesters 4 and 5 for the degree program. The additional coursework for Semesters 4 and 5 would require an extra eight months to complete, totaling 495 clock hours. It is important to note that these hours are offered entirely online, providing flexibility for students to balance their education with other commitments. UCHA is committed to delivering a comprehensive education that prepares students for success in the field of their choice.
  • Can students continue their education after completing the initial program at UCHA?
    Yes, students at UCHA have the opportunity to continue with Semesters 4 and 5 for the Associate of Applied Science Degree. This additional degree would take an extra two semesters, which totals eight months, and consist of 495 clock hours. It is important to note that these hours are offered entirely online for flexibility and convenience. Additionally, these semesters are available to start at any semester start date, allowing students to seamlessly transition into the next phase of their education at UCHA.

Student Massage Clinic

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Welcome to UCHA! Our Student Massage Clinic is a unique opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience while providing affordable massages to the community. We are committed to providing a professional and safe environment where our students can hone their skills and work towards their goals of becoming successful massage therapists. Book online to reserve your spot today and experience the benefits of our clinic for yourself.

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