Health Resources & Policies

The Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA) takes the health and safety of our campus community very seriously. UCHA leadership encourages students, faculty, and staff to follow the latest CDC guidance and be mindful of their health and wellness by utilizing local health department resources.

Covid-19

Health Department Resources

Douglas County Health Department 

Information about COVID-19 guidance and resources can be found on the Douglas County Health Department website or by calling 402.444.3400.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to regularly monitor the Douglas County Health Department website.

Outside of Douglas County 

Those who reside outside of Douglas County should check with their local health department for COVID-19 guidance and resources.

Contact Tracing

Potential COVID-19 Exposure or a Positive COVID-19 Test Result 

Have you been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, believe you may have contracted the virus, or have tested positive?

Please contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402.444.3400.

Residents outside Douglas County should contact their local public health department.

Vaccine Distribution

Vaccination Locations 

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take advantage of COVID-19 vaccination opportunities, including boosters.

If you are 18 and under, you will need parental/guardian consent and a guardian present with you in order to get the vaccine.

Those who reside outside of Douglas County should check with their area health department for the latest vaccination information.

Current COVID-19 vaccination locations that may offer vaccines include:

 

Monkeypox

About Monkeypox

What You Need to Know 

Monkeypox is a very rare disease that’s normally linked to travel in West and Central Africa. It’s somewhat like the smallpox virus. It’s called monkeypox because it was first discovered in 1958 when colonies of monkeys kept for research developed a pox-like disease.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are currently investigating clusters of monkeypox in several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including in the U.S.

Check out the links below for information on how the disease spreads, symptoms, prevention, and treatment.

Health Department Resources

Douglas County Health Department 

Information about Monkeypox guidance and resources can be found on the Douglas County Health Department website or by calling 402.444.3400.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to regularly monitor the Douglas County Health Department website.

Outside of Douglas County 

Those who reside outside of Douglas County should check with their local health department for Monkeypox guidance and resources.

Testing for Monkeypox

Potential Monkeypox Exposure or Symptoms 

If you develop a flu-like illness, followed by a rash or skin lesions, please seek medical attention. Particularly if you’ve been recently traveling or have had close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of monkeypox. Students can schedule an appointment with the Nebraska Medicine Health Center by calling 800.922.000

Monkeypox Vaccinations

About Vaccination 

There are two vaccines licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that are available for preventing monkeypox infection. Nebraska has received the JYNNEOS vaccine from the CDC and will work with local health departments to ensure availability for individuals who meet specific conditions.

 

COVID POLICIES

August 20, 2022

Based on updated CDC guidance, the following COVID-19-related policies are in effect until further notice.

These policies apply to all students, faculty, staff, visitors, and contractors inside UCHA's building.  To ensure consistency with CDC guidance, these policies will apply uniformly through the college; individual managers or faculty members may not adopt separate rules for departments, classes, or on-campus events.

  1. Do not come to campus if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, you have tested positive for COVID-19, or you are not fully vaccinated and have been exposed (within 6 feet for 15 minutes) to someone with COVID-19.

  2. If you are on campus and begin to experience symptoms, leave campus immediately and seek medical assistance as needed.

  3. Wash your hands and utilize hand sanitizer frequently.

  4. Masks/Face Coverings: masks are not required on campus.  Anyone who wishes to wear a mask may do so and will be supported in their decision.  The CDC recommends that those who are at high risk should consult with their physicians about whether to wear a mask.  

  5. Students who miss class due to COVID-19 must notify the school set forth in the Covid-19 Attendance Policy below as soon as practicable.

  6. Students who miss class may only submit a COVID-related Absence form. 

  7. Students who have questions about the school’s COVID-19 policies or their application to their specific circumstances should contact paulettegenthon@ucha.edu

For students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, who have tested positive, or who have been exposed.

Covid-19 Attendance Policy

Step 1: Know Your Status – you are either “Fully Vaccinated” or “Not Fully Vaccinated” “

"Fully Vaccinated” Means

  1. 2 Shots of Pfizer or Moderna PLUS a booster; OR

  2. 1 Shot of J&J PLUS a booster; OR

  3. Your 2nd shot of Pfizer was LESS THAN 5 months ago; OR

  4. Your 2nd shot of Moderna was LESS THAN 6 months ago; OR

  5.  Your J&J shot was LESS THAN 2 months ago.

 

“Not Fully Vaccinated” Means

  1. Everyone who is not “Fully Vaccinated” as described above.

 

Step 2: What to do if you Experience ANY COVID-19 Symptoms

Note: The rules for Step 2, 2a, and 2b are the SAME for Everyone – both Fully Vaccinated AND Not Fully Vaccinated

  1. Leave (or don’t come to) campus.

  2. Schedule a COVID-19 Test to be administered within 24 hours of experiencing symptoms.

  3. Seek medical care if necessary.

  4. Self-Isolate.

  5. Notify the school.

  6. Complete the COVID Absence Policy Form HERE

Step 2a: If Your Test Result is Negative

You are expected to return to in-person classes the day after you receive your negative test result unless your medical provider instructs you to continue isolating, in which case you should email paulettegenthon@ucha.edu with appropriate documentation from your provider.

 

Step 2b: If your Test Result is Positive

  1. Remain in self-isolation for 5 days after the date of your positive test.

  2. Seek medical care if necessary.

  3. Notify the school and Complete the COVID Absence Policy Form HERE.

  4. After you complete 5 days of self-isolation, you are expected to return to in-person classes IF you have no symptoms, OR your symptoms are improving + you have not had a fever for 24 hours. a. If you have a fever on day 6, you should email paulettegenthon@ucha.edu and continue to isolate.

 

Step 3: What to do if you have a Close-Contact (within 6 ft for 15 mins) Exposure to Someone with COVID-19 If You Are Fully Vaccinated:

  1. Per the CDC, you are NOT required to self-quarantine based on exposure unless you experience a COVID-19 symptom.

  2. You should monitor your symptoms closely for 14 days following exposure.

  3. Best practices recommend that you get tested, even if asymptomatic, around 5 days after exposure.

  4. Continue attending classes in person, as long as you do not have symptoms. 

  5. If you develop symptoms, follow Step 2 above.

 

If you are Not Fully Vaccinated

  1. Report your exposure to the school and Complete the COVID Absence Policy Form HERE.

  2. Self-Quarantine.

  3. Monitor Your symptoms closely.

  4. Attend your classes via Zoom for 5 days following your exposure.

  5. Schedule a COVID Test to be administered 5 days after the date of your confirmed exposure.

  6.  If your test is Negative, follow Step 2a above.

  7. If your test is Positive, follow Step 2b above.

 

UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS

The Universal College of Healing Arts always followings the following:

 

006. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, PHYSICAL STRUCTURE, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES.

A school must have equipment necessary to teach massage therapy and an establishment must have equipment necessary to provide massage therapy services.

006.01 PHYSICAL STRUCTURE.

The physical structure must have a clearly identifiable location and can be free-standing or part of an existing structure. It must be well ventilated

and kept in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition at all times.

(A) All rooms must have adequate lighting and ventilation.

(B) A restroom must be available on the premises.

(C) There must be a supply of hot and cold running water.

(D) Doors, stairways, passageways, aisles, or other means of exit must provide safe and adequate access.

(E) There must be an area that can be screened from public view for clients requesting privacy.

(F) Each room where massage therapy services are provided must have an

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectant that is proven

effective against HIV-1, or Hepatitis B, or is a Tuberculocidal, and have liquid soap and water or an instant sanitizer.

(G) If a massage therapy establishment is located within the massage therapy school, the room(s) utilized by the establishment licensee(s) must be clearly identified by the name of the establishment. If these same room(s) are utilized by the establishment for student clinics, the room(s) must be clearly identified as ‘student clinic’ while utilized by the students.

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006.02 MASSAGE TABLES AND CHAIRS. All tables and chairs must be safe and in a sanitary condition at all times.

(A) Tables and chairs must be disinfected between clients with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectant that is proven effective against HIV1, or Hepatitis B, or is a Tuberculocidal.

(B) Clean linens must be used for each client.

(C) Sheeting or pads that come in direct contact with the client or have been soiled must be removed and cleaned between clients.

006.03 STORAGE.

Storage must meet the following requirements:

(A) Flammable and combustible chemicals must be stored away from potential sources of ignition such as an open flame or an electrical device.

(B) Cabinets, drawers, and containers used for storage of tools, equipment, implements, towels, and linens must be clean.

(C) Tools, equipment, instruments, or towels and linens which have been used on a client must not be placed in a container with clean tools, equipment, instruments, or towels and linens.

(D) All clean towels are stored in a clean, enclosed, dust-proof cabinet or container until used. Pillows are not required to be stored in a cabinet or container, but must have a clean covering before contact with a client.

006.04 TOWELS AND LINENS. All towels and linens must be clean and sanitary for each client and meet the following requirements:

(A) Cloth towels and linens must be deposited in a closed receptacle after use.

(B) Used cloth towels and linens must be not used again until properly laundered.

(C) Disposable towels must be discarded in a covered waste receptacle immediately following each service.

006.05 PRODUCTS. The requirements for products used at a school or establishment are as follows:

(A) All liquids, creams, and other products must be kept in clean, closed containers.

(B) Original product bottles and containers must have an original manufacturer label, which discloses their contents.

(C) All products used on a client must be dispensed by a spatula, scoop, spoon, squeeze bottle, pump, dropper, or similar dispenser so that the remaining product is not contaminated.

(D) If a product is poured into another container, such as a shaker, dispenser pump container, or spray container, the container must be labeled to identify the product.

(E) Products applied to one client cannot be removed and reused on another client.

006.06 METHODS OF DISINFECTION. All electrical and mechanical tools, instruments, and implements must be disinfected before use on a client, using one of the following procedures:

(A) Spray, immerse, soak, or saturate the implement until it is totally saturated with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectant that is proven effective against HIV-1, or Hepatitis B, or is a Tuberculocidal.

(i) Before removing the sanitized implement, wash hands with liquid soap and water or antibacterial solution.

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(ii) Rinse implement.

(iii) Prior to storing, air-dry on a sanitary surface or dry with a clean sanitized towel.

(iv) Store in a clean enclosed cabinet or covered container reserved for clean

implements.

(B) Autoclave implements in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Autoclaves must be cleaned and serviced at the frequency recommended by the

manufacturer.

006.07 FOOT BATHS, FOOT SPAS, SHOWERS, AND HOT TUBS. All foot baths, foot spas,

showers, and hot tubs must be disinfected with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

registered disinfectant that is proven effective against HIV-1, or Hepatitis B, or is a

Tuberculocidal and in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.

006.08 PARAFFIN WAX MACHINES. Each paraffin wax machine must be kept clean, the paraffin wax must be removed for each client, and wax cannot be re-melted and used by another client.

006.09 PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES. The following activities are prohibited:

(A) Smoking or vaping; and

(B) Consuming, serving, or in any manner possessing intoxicating beverages upon the premises during the hours the establishment and school is open to the public.

In addition, universal precautions will always be used by the student/therapist where hand washing is always done before and after each bodywork session. Gloves will be worn if the skin of the therapist's  hands is not intact. hands must be washed after the removal of gloves. All linens will be kept in closed containers until used for each specific client. The student/Therapist will follow strict guidelines for airborne bloodborne pathogens. Used linen will be placed in a separate container and then washed with detergent and 

disinfectant in hot water and dried in a hot dryer.