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Bodywork College

Massage Therapy

About the program

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 16 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 16 Intensive Weekends with online learning between the weekends.

The 16 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.

Semester Themes

The Foundation Semester

First Semester focuses on laying the necessary massage theory and practice foundation by reviewing the philosophy, terminology, skills, and basic Swedish massage techniques. The student will be introduced to the regional pioneers in bodywork and alternative practices.

The Practice Semester

Second Semester focuses on furthering and deepening the learning that began during the first semester. To develop the student's style for clients, they will "practice, practice, practice" clinic applications of massage therapy. The student will add s forms of specialized massage to their skill, see the technique, and learn more about alternative practices which may complement their massage techniques.

The Implementation Semester

Third Semester focuses more on bringing the student massage practice as a service to their communities. Students will prepare to pass the written practical boards required by the state for licensure. As the student implements their business plans, they will continue learning knowledge and skills for beginning a career as a massage therapist. Students are now ready to start mastering advanced massage techniques.

Tuition for the Massage Therapy Diploma Program is $17,133.60

Additional fees include the following..

*Any enrolled UCHA student who has residency in the State of California will pay a fee of $2.50 on every $1000 charged on the total tuition and fees. This money is collected by UCHA and then sent to the California Department of Education Bureau for Postsecondary Education where it is kept in a Student Tuition Recovery Fund.

*Prices are subject to change; ask for current information. An additional service charge will be applied to credit card payments.



Registration fee reserves your position until tuition is due (this amount is in addition to tuition. $50.00 per Semester).


$600.00 Textbooks and Course Aids.


$60.00 Clinical Supplies Fee.


Massage Table


ABMP Bodywork Liability Insurance fee.


$450.00 Technologies fee ($150.00 per semester)

The technology tuition fee aims to acquire, install, and maintain up-to-date and emerging technologies to enhance student-learning outcomes, such as to provide equitable access to technology resources. All hardware, software, databases, and other capital equipment procured with these revenues are to support student learning experiences.

Any tuition fees not covered by Financial Aid must be paid by the student on or before 30 days from the date of the Financial Aid disbursement before a finance fee of $100.00 is charged. All outstanding monies due are to be paid before the start of the following semester or if in the third and final semester, paid by the end of the program.

*Prices are subject to change; ask for current information. An additional service charge will be applied to credit card payments.

Payment Plans


Payment Plan I: Student remits payment in full of $17,133.60. (Saving on processing fee $600.00)


Payment Plan 2: Student remits three (3) payments (1) $5811.20 on or before the start of the 1st semester. (2) $5811.20 on or before the start of the 2nd semester, and (3) $5811.20 on or before the start of the 3rd semester. ($300.00 in processing fees.)


Payment Plan 3: Student remits twelve (12) payments of $1527.80. Payments are due on the first (1st) day of each month. The following includes $1427.80 plus $100.00, totaling $1527.80 (Total of $1200.00 in processing fees.)


Payment Plan 4: Student proposes their payment plan to be considered (must include a $100.00 processing fee)


Payment Plan 5: The student has applied for Financial Aid. Once an Award Letter is granted, an appropriate payment plan will be written with the UCHA Financial Aid Director and the UCHA President. There is a Third-Party Service Fee of $50.00 (which will be applied towards the $150.00 registration fee). The plan is based on the tuition of $17133.60 plus a technology fee of $450.00 ($150.00 per semester) and a registration fee of $150.00 ($50.00 per semester), which is a total of $17733.60.




One year completion time.

Lecture Hours


15 =1 Credit

Lab Hours


30 =1 Credit

Intern Hours


45 =1 Credit

Total Clock Hours


These clock hours include the massage therapy diploma program.

Total Credit Hours


These credit hours include the massage therapy diploma program.

Block Schedule


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