MASSAGE THERAPY, ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE, AND HELLERWORK STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION.
Massage Therapy: UCHA offers a Diploma Program preparing the student for application for licensure as a Massage Therapist program improving employment opportunities within the community.
Semester Themes: Foundation, Practice, Implementation, Emersion, and Mastery.
TOTAL ENROLLMENT TIME EQUALS 12 MONTHS FOR DIPLOMA PROGRAM IN MASSAGE THERAPY WITH AN ADDITIONAL 8 MONTHS FOR AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE. THIS WOULD EQUAL 20 MONTHS.
Each Semester of academic courses introduces principles and skills, which progressively build upon one another. The general themes for each Semester in the Massage Therapy programs are as follows:
The FOUNDATION Semester (First Semester of Diploma Program) focuses on laying the basic foundation of massage theory and practice by reviewing the philosophy, terminology, skills, and techniques of basic Swedish Massage. You will be introduced to the regional pioneers in Bodywork and alternative practices. Courses taken during the First Semester include Massage Theory & Practice, Anatomy & Physiology, Wellness I, Complementary Therapy I, and Business Arts.
The PRACTICE Semester (Second Semester of Diploma Program) focuses on furthering and deepening the learning begun during the First Semester. In order to develop your own style for serving clients, you will “practice, practice, practice” clinic applications of massage therapy. You will add some forms of specialized massage to your technique and you will learn more about alternative practices, which may complement your massage techniques. Courses taken during the Second Semester include Specialized Massage, Business Exploration, Hydrotherapy I, Kinesiology I, Pathology, Wellness II, Complementary Therapy II, Community Service, and Massage Internship.
The IMPLEMENTATION Semester (Third Semester of Diploma Program) focuses on bringing your massage practice into the service of the community. As you implement your business plans you will continue learning knowledge and skills for beginning your career as a massage therapist. You will prepare to pass the written practical boards required by the state. You are now ready to begin mastering advanced and eastern massage techniques as well. Courses taken during the Third Semester include Advanced Massage, Curriculum Integration (Licensing Exam Preparation), Complementary Therapy III with an emphasis on TCM, Pathology Research, Business Mentoring, Kinesiology II, Hydrotherapy II, Community Service, Wellness III, and Massage Internship.
These first 3 semesters are blended with 600 on-site, and 400 online learning hours.
One can continue with Semesters 4 and 5 for the Associate of Applied Science Degree.
The Semesters are as follows:
The EMERSION Semester (Fourth Semester of the Degree Program) safely navigates the student with further development in a lifelong plan in nutritional sciences to stay updated as an educational resource for themselves and their client. Students will create a balanced living and perfect the practice of effective communication. They will also expand into a deeper knowledge and application of best business practices. Courses in this Semester are Communications, Healthy Nutrition, Business Law, Intro to Marketing.
The MASTERY Semester (Fifth Semester of the Degree Program) brings the student through values clarification, human relationships, self-accountability, and ethical dilemmas. There is a continued emphasis on business mastery. Courses in this semester are Ethics, Intro to Psychology, Bookkeeping, and Social Media Marketing.
These last 2 semesters towards the Associate Degree are all 495 online hours.
Hellerwork Structural Integration Training Program
The Hellerwork Structural Integration Practitioner Training Program at UCHA is formatted as an 18-month training. It is made up of a 1025 clock hour curriculum covering the seven components which make up Hellerwork Structural Integration. Your 1025 training is a ‘blended’ program with on-site intensive weeks interspersed with distance learning phases using an interactive online format. Of the 1025 clock hours, 700 of these clock hours will take place on-site with classroom lectures and classroom labs over five 16 days intensives. There will be one full day off in the middle of a 16-day intensive. Each intensive is interspersed with five learning phases where you will complete specified assignments with supervision and online learning.