Utah College of Massage Therapy (UCMT), founded in 1986 in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers vocational training programs designed to create successful professional licensed bodyworkers. Since its founding, the College has expanded within the state of Utah and also into neighboring states. Today, UCMT has seven campus locations. In addition to its main site in Salt Lake City, the College operates branch campuses in Utah (Provo Area), Arizona (Tempe, Phoenix), Colorado (Westminster, Aurora), and Nevada (Las Vegas).
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UCMT offers a comprehensive Professional Massage Therapy Program which can be completed in 7 months (full-time matriculation) or 12 months (part-time). The program teaches the art and science of massage therapy and also covers sound business practices to prepare students for success in the marketplace. Students learn light energy work as well as structural bodywork modalities, both Eastern and Western theory and technique, treatment for specific pain and dysfunction, and a holistic approach to health and healing. The program includes CPR and First Aid training and certification as well as anatomy/physiology and pathology. As part of the program curriculum, students complete a comprehensive Professional Development course. This course includes techniques of enrollment, starting and operating a massage therapy business, presentation, advertising, resume writing, job interviewing skills, and the integration of sound business practices with a holistic approach to health care. Students also participate in a Clinical Internship, which provides them with on-the-job training in preparation for professional work.
Qualified applicants can complete an application to UCMT completely online. An admissions appointment and tour of the school will be arranged. Requirements for admission include a high-school diploma or GED certificate, or instead, a passing grade on a nationally-standardized ability-to-benefit test.
Faculty members are full-time instructors hired not only for their experience and knowledge of course content, but also for their ability to support and care for students. They assist students both inside and outside the classroom, and are available to students as advisors and coaches.
The UCMT student body is diversified in age, educational background, and life experiences. What all students have in common is a desire for a career as a professional massage therapist. Some students seek a career as a sole practitioner, while others strive to be independent contractors or employees.
UCMT does not operate its own campus housing, but the College works with locally-based third-party apartment hunter services at all of its campuses. All campuses maintain a student library containing a variety of materials related to massage therapy and business information. Typical classes are 3.5 hours in length, broken down as: 50 minutes of lecture, 20 minutes of demonstration, and 100 minutes of hands-on practice by students.