2020 - 2021

Course Description 

Section ‘A” MASSAGE THERAPY Diploma Program: 

Advanced Massage: AM103 | Prerequisite MT101 |

During this course, the student will learn to analyze the structure and posture of the client. The Student will practice soft tissue mobilization techniques such as Myofascial Release (MFR) and Trigger Point Therapy for addressing a client’s area of discomfort. Specifically, the student will learn techniques for addressing common client complaints such as headaches; low back pain; shoulder pain; and sciatic pain. The student will learn about the system of fascia and an array of techniques from light to deep work, which affects the soft tissue. The student will receive an overview of a variety of techniques ranging from more subtle techniques such as Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reiki, and energy work to techniques, which emphasize fascial alignment.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

| 25 Contact/Clock Hours | 1 Semester Credit Hour |


Anatomy & Physiology: AP101

This course is a collaborative introduction to the human body, from cells to systems. It provides an opportunity to recognize anatomical terms and medical terminology. Students will discover the interdependence of the body systems, the effects of massage on those systems, and gain the basic knowledge necessary to progress into the study of pathology and kinesiology.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

| 100 Contact/ Clock Hours | 6 Semester Credit Hours |


Business Arts: BA101 |Exploration: BEX 102 | Mentoring: BM103 |

The business curriculum weaves throughout all three Semesters as students build confidence in how to bring their unique mission, qualities, values, and vision to the growing entrepreneurial opportunities in massage therapy. These courses promote the discovery and implementation of proven business principles, skills, and ethics. They provide opportunities for the student to begin developing their own written business plan and to become familiar with business resources in the community. In the first and second semesters, the course brings out each student’s unique vision. There is an emphasis on self- awareness, communications, personal effectiveness, and problem-solving. During the second semester of the course, students explore business opportunities in the community. During the third semester, students mentor with business professionals in order to begin implementing their plan.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

| 100 Contact/Clock Hours | 2.5 Semester Credit Hours | 

Complementary Therapies Series: CT101, CT102 & CT103

Various staff members and guest instructors present diverse methods which work to complement massage therapy, or that introduce an area of expertise to which a massage therapist may wish to refer clients. The College is committed to exploring all modalities that contribute to healing. Often students will be introduced to the “pioneers” in our region who have contributed to today’s recognition of massage therapy as a health care profession.

Some of the topics available include:

❖ Chiropractic Health

❖ Ayurvedic Medicine

❖ Hypnotherapy

❖ Auras/Human Energy Field

❖ Philosophy of Holistic & Natural Medicine

❖ Mental Health

❖ Nutrition

❖ Music Therapy

❖Touch for Health/Applied Kinesiology

❖ Physical Therapy

❖Allopathic/Traditional Medicine

❖ Herbology

❖Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture Meditation

❖ Reiki

❖ Spirituality and Massage

*Credit and grade to be awarded upon completion of the full sequence.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

| 45 Contact/Clock Hours | 3 Semester Credit Hours | 

Community Service: CS200 | Prerequisite MT101 |

Students gain valuable experience by providing seated massage, sports massage, comfort touch, and other forms of massage appropriate for various community groups. Groups such as hospice, senior citizen centers, adult daycare, grief centers, corporations, and various organizations are served. Students are introduced to the concept of social responsibility. *This course is offered in an onsite format.

*Credit and grade to be awarded upon completion of the full sequence.

| 30 Contact/Clock Hours | 1 Semester Credit Hours |


Curriculum Integration/Board Preparation: CI200

The entire UCHA curriculum is reviewed in this class. Resources are explored to prepare students to pass the MBLEx. This course will emphasize terminology and concepts related to kinesiology and anatomy & physiology. It will include summary reviews in Business, Ethics, Hydrotherapy, Pathology, TCM, Massage Theory and Practice, and State Laws and Regulations. Students will complete this course by taking a comprehensive written exam.

This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

| 25 Contact/Clock Hours | 1 Semester Credit Hours | 

Business Ethics: BE104

UCHA believes that massage therapists must possess the highest ethical and moral integrity. Ethics is integrated throughout the curriculum in courses such as Business, Massage, Wellness, and Pathology. Personal Effectiveness Training is facilitated during each semester. These problem-solving sessions enhance the student’s ability to respond to a variety of ethical situations, which they may anticipate in their practice. Ethics is taught for a minimum of 30 hours throughout the diploma program.

*This course is offered in an online format

| 20 Contact/Clock Hours |.50 Semester Credit Hours |


General Pathology: GP101

The course will review basic pathology terms and diseases, which cause changes to the system of the body. Students will become familiar with universal precautions to prevent the spread of infection and how to keep professional medical records. The nature and definition of the disease will be explored. Students will study information on possible conditions presented during a massage. This class is delivered through the online format for all students. Students will:

❖ Become familiar with how to apply massage for that particular condition.

❖ Know if massage may benefit that condition. Recognized whether massage is contraindicated.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

| 50 Contact/Clock Hours | 3 Semester Credit Hours | 

Hydrotherapy: H101, H102

This sequential course will provide an overview of water as a therapeutic aid and will introduce the student to the use of essential oils, aromatherapy, and Bach Flower Remedies. The effects of water treatment will be explored. The course will introduce various adjunctive procedures such as salt rubs, Russian and Turkish baths, body wraps, hot stone massage, facials, and foot therapy. The body’s reaction to these treatments will be identified both in benefits and contraindications.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

*Credit and grade to be awarded upon completion of the full sequence.

| 100 Contact/Clock Hours | 4 Semester Credit Hours |


Kinesiology: K102, K103

This sequential comprehensive course will progress into an advanced study of muscles and movement. The instructor uses a variety of methods to help students learn the origins, insertions, (attachment sites) and actions of muscles; and to become more familiar with each muscle through table demonstrations that palpate for each muscle. The course also provides an option for cadaver lab experience under the direction of a Doctor of Anatomy and Physiology at a local medical university.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

*Credit and grade to be awarded upon completion of the full sequence.

| 90 Contact/Clock Hours | 5 Semester Credit Hours |

Massage Internship: MI201 | Prerequisite MT 101 |

Each student “tests out” at the end of the First Semester by giving the massage instructor a therapeutic treatment. Through this one-on-one consultation, the student is assisted in blending the skills mastered in Massage Theory and Practice with their personal business plans and educational goals. The internship is a specifically designed experience for each student approved and supervised by the massage instructor. Externship sites may be developed based on a student’s interests and abilities. The student dedicates a specific number of hours each week during their Second & Third Semesters to their clinical practice of massage in a supervised setting. At the end of the Program, students take a practical exam demonstrating how they have mastered the five strokes of Swedish massage.

*This course is offered as an on-site format.

*Credit and grade to be awarded upon completion of the full sequence.

| 120 Contact/Clock Hours | 3 Semester Credit Hours | 

Massage Therapy & Practice: MTP101

This course reviews massage as one of the earliest practices of humankind and outlines the historical developments in the field of massage therapy. It explores massage as a natural and instinctive means of relieving pain. This course will provide comprehensive information on the effects, benefits, indications, and contraindications of massage. It emphasizes understanding the basic categories of massage movements and strokes. This course will assist students in understanding the laws, rules, regulations, limitations, and obligations concerning massage therapy. It will provide opportunities and guidance in establishing a code of ethics as a massage professional. It will speak to professional hygiene and health habits. The students will practice a basic Swedish routine and movements for massaging the body. Through close one-to-one support and direction, the students review how to choose and combine basic massage movements according to specific situations. Students will be introduced to the awareness of posture, breathing, centering, rhythm, and pressure.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

| 100 Contact/Clock Hours | 5 Semester Credit Hours | 

Pathology Research: PR102

In this course, the student will gather information to form an “expertise” in applying massage therapy for a specific condition. Students will research information on a particular condition. They may choose a condition that they want to focus on during their profession or one encounter by themselves, a family member, or a friend. The student becomes familiar with local medical research resources in the community. The student practices research skills towards becoming a lifelong student of pathology.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

| 50 Contact/Clock Hours | 1 Semester Credit Hours | 

Specialized Massage: SPM102 | Prerequisite MT101 |

This is a special practice time during the second Semester set aside each week in order to improve your treatment, and your effectiveness, as a massage therapist. Courses in this series will demonstrate how Swedish massage may be adapted for various client-specific situations. This course also serves as an introduction to other massage systems and specialties. During the course, you will receive specific training in areas of:

❖ Onsite/Seated/ Executive Massage

❖ Sports Massage

❖ Pregnancy Massage

❖ Pediatric Massage

❖ Infant Massage

❖ Reiki, Cancer, and Massage.

*This course is offered as an on-site format.

| 30 Contact/Clock Hours | 1 Semester Credit Hours |


Wellness: WP101, WP102, WP103

Once a Semester, students will set their own wellness goals. The student is encouraged to individualize a plan which will help them improve their body/mind/spirit. Each Semester includes instruction in practices that will enhance the students’ well-being. Instruction in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Yoga assist the student with proper body mechanics. Small group and large group activities introduce information and experiences related to Deep Relaxation/Meditation, Nutrition, and Exercise. There is a special emphasis on Dr. Weil’s “Eight Weeks to Wellness”. Each student needs to be certified in basic CPR and First Aid.

*This course is offered in a blended, on-site, and online format.

*Credit and grade to be awarded upon completion of the full sequence.

| 135 Contact/Clock Hours | 6 Semester Credit Hours | 

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