Our Mission, Values and Philosophy

The overall purpose of the Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA) is to pass on the ancient art and science to:

  • Individuals who wish to develop their natural healing abilities.

  • Individuals in transition who want to create or expand their healing arts.

You may feel at home at UCHA if you believe in the following core values and agree with the following Statements:

  • Open-Mindedness
    The College maintains an open mind toward exploring all modalities and methods, which further healing. We believe in a holistic approach to wellness. We possess an open mind toward exploring all dimensions of life and the healing arts (i.e., the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual). We have an openness to progressive teaching methods, meditation, and new experiences.

  • Focused Justice, Balance & Respect
    The College provides an atmosphere, which welcomes a diversity of cultures and backgrounds. UCHA works to restore a balance of wellness within our communities, our world, and ourselves. We recognize the need to restore a decent place in society for all people. We can create a welcoming environment (through our attitudes and actions) for people of all races, nationalities, sexes, religions, and sexual orientations. Our beliefs affirm the self-respect, dignity, and self-esteem of all people.

  • Nurturing
    The College provides an environment where students, faculty, and staff build understanding and supportive relationships.

  • Responsibility
    The College is a community of adults responsible for the community and responsible for their own goals and actions. Since each individual knows best how he/she needs to learn, that individual is accountable for their learning and communicating their needs, desires, and questions. We will each actively share with others toward creating a healthy learning environment. We will communicate directly and honestly with one another.


  • Key aspects or objectives that make the College distinct: Provide a small, nurturing learning environment. Through small classes, students reap the benefits of mentoring or apprenticeship-style learning. 

  • Employ experienced and professional instructors. Students receive a strong foundation or beginning their careers. 

  • Include the rich educational resources in the community. A community-based education approach includes introducing students to expert guest instructors and visiting various settings, incorporating Bodywork Therapies. 

  • Practice progressive teaching methods, which respect the different learning styles of adult students. The school employs professional educators who have the expertise to meet the various needs of students. 

  • Promote high ethical standards and professional conduct required of a health care profession. 

  • Emphasize the importance of community service. The school is dedicated to community education and promoting the professional standing of Massage Therapy and Hellerwork  Structural Integration as a health care modality that collaborates with other professionals.  Apply all profits to continuously improving the program as conceptualized when the school began as a non-profit corporation. 

  • Emphasize the importance of transformational learning and personal wellness. 

  • Deconstruct teacher authority and have students become the authority of their knowledge. 

  • Provide alternative instructional delivery systems using blended options. 

  • Provide respectful and welcoming individualized programs allowing Bodywork professionals to relocate from other states to meet Nebraska's licensure requirements.

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College History

In 1995, the Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA) began from a desire in the community for an alternative organization to address the needs of individuals seeking a state-approved 1,000-hour diploma for Licensure in Massage Therapy. Under Paulette Genthon, the group forming the school blended their professional teaching expertise and skills to create a program that expressed our philosophy, mission, and values.

UCHA has provided Bodywork Therapy to significant events, such as swimmers and officials at the USA Olympic Swim Trials since 2008 and for the College World Series beginning in 2014. As we build upon this reputation for excellence, we continuously improve a program that offers you an introduction to various hands-on techniques and exposes you to the many aspects of the Bodywork business. We emphasize quality. We allow for a diversity of learning experiences (both in and out of the classroom) as we introduce you to various instructors. UCHA is committed to educating professional, ethical, caring, open-minded, balanced, and responsible adults.


We're excited you're considering UCHA!

UCHA offers a Diploma Program preparing the student for application for licensure as a Massage Therapist. It offers the Hellerwork SI, and an Associate Degree Program, improving employment opportunities within the community.

Academic & Hands-On Experiences

Students enjoy the natural balance between academics and hands-on experiences. They are enrolled in coursework involving internship (externship) or lab, inquiry projects, and mentoring programs. 

Several teaching methods will be used to address the variety of adult learning needs within the class. An apprenticeship model is emphasized. Collaborative, transformational, and critical thinking methods are interwoven through lectures, reflection, discussion, research, and hands-on activities.


Consumer Info, Security and Safety Reports

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires that postsecondary institutions participating in Federal student aid programs make certain disclosures to enrolled and prospective students, parents, employees, and the public through its Consumer Information page.

Also required and made available, is the Universal College of Healing Art's (UCHA) campus security and fire safety report.