Diploma Program


What is Massage Therapy?

Massage, as defined by the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations, is the “ethical and professional application of structured, therapeutic touch to benefit soft-tissue health, movement, posture, and neurological patterns.” The legal definition of massage varies according to jurisdiction or source.” Mark Beck 

According to Nebraska Health & Human Services: Massage therapy is the physical, mechanical, or electrical manipulation of soft tissue for the therapeutic purposes of enhancing muscle relaxation, reducing stress, improving circulation, or instilling a greater sense of well-being and may include the use of oil, salt glows, heat lamps, and hydrotherapy.  

MASSAGE THERAPY. Massage therapy is defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 38-1706 and includes: (A) Remedial therapy, using myofascial release, active or passive stretching, and similar modalities; (B) Relaxation therapy, using Swedish Massage, hot stone, and similar modalities; (C) Holistic therapy, using Ortho-Bionomy®, polarity, shiatsu, reflexology, acupressure, hands-on reiki, and similar modalities; and (D) Mechanical or electrical manipulation which includes the use of the following equipment: (i) Electrical stimulation equipment that does not exceed 35 volts output; (ii) Oscillating (vibrating) equipment; and (iii) Hydrotherapy equipment. 

Swedish is a common and most used form of massage. That can apply to the complete body and is called full-body massage. It is not only beneficial in reducing stress levels but also is truly helpful for people who are new to massage. Plus, sensitive areas can’t get damaged through this form of massage, and it is safe for sensitive body forms.

It can be used to get yourself self-relaxed and manage minor or temporary pains in different body parts. Different massage techniques are applied under this form, like deep circular motions, which are quite effective for relaxation, tapping, and vibration for soothing effects.

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UCHA admits only persons with a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) or a Home-school Diploma. Proof of the original Home School State approval letter must be provided with the Diploma or Transcript.

There is an age limit beyond the compulsory school age, which is 16 years old. The student must be 19 to secure licensure in Nebraska.  Additional criteria or exceptions are considered: see our catalog.



  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Business Arts

  • Complementary Therapies 101

  • Massage Theory & Practice

  • Wellness 101

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The Massage Therapy Diploma Program prepares the student for massage therapist licensure. This program is  1000 Clock-Hours.

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Schedule   2022-2023

1st Semester Starts

December 2, 2022

Weekend Retreat 2

Sat 17 Dec - Sun18 Dec

Weekend Retreat 4

 Sat 28 Jan - Sun 29 Jan​

Weekend Retreat 6

Sat 25 Mar -Sun 26 Mar

 Weekend Retreat 7

 Sat 01 Apr - Sun 02 Apr​


Sun May 21


Tue 04 Jul

3rd Semester Starts

Sun 04 Aug

 Weekend Retreat  15

 Sat 09 Sept - Sun 10 Sept

 Weekend Retreat 17

 Sat 28 Oct - Sun 29 Oct


Sun 19 Nov 2023

Weekend Retreat 1

 Sat 03 Dec - Sun 04 Dec​ 

Holiday Break

 Fri 23 Dec  - Sun 01 Jan​


Sun Jan 29

1st  Semester Ends

 Sun 26 Mar

 Weekend Retreat 8

 Sat 22 Apr - Sun 23 Apr​

 Weekend Retreat 10

 Sat 03 Jun - Sun 04 Jun

 Weekend Retreat 12

 Sat 08 Jul - Sun 09 Jul

 Weekend Retreat 13

 Sat 05 Aug - Sun 06 Aug


Sun Sept 17

 Weekend Retreat 18

 Sat 18 Nov - Sun 19 Nov

Weekend Retreat  1

 Sat 03 Dec - Sun 04 Dec​

Weekend Retreat 3

 Sat 07 Jan - Sun 08 Jan​

Weekend Retreat 5

 Sat 25 Feb- Sun 26 Feb​

2nd  Semester 

Fri 31 Mar

 Weekend Retreat 9

 Sat 20 May - Sun 21 May​

 Weekend Retreat 11

 Sat 24 Jun - Sun 25 Jun

2nd Semester Ends

Sun 16 Jul

 Weekend Retreat 14

 Sat 19 - Sun 20 Aug

 Weekend Retreat 16

 Sat 07 Oct - Sun 08 Oct

3rd Semester Ends

 Sun 19 Nov