Through many of the courses, students will have several opportunities to "network" with current practitioners in various ways: site visits, guest presenters, mentoring opportunities, externship experiences, etc. These contacts will help alumni pursue career possibilities even before they graduate.
Alumni of the program can also contact the school to receive information on business opportunities.
Graduates inform the school about the business opportunities that interest them, and the school informs them about business opportunities in their area of interest.
Graduates may make arrangements to consult with instructors about their business plans, free of charge.
Periodic alumni gatherings provide ongoing support and assistance.
Alumni receive periodic mailings about alumni gatherings or programs.
UCHA is often advised of job opportunities within and outside the community. The openings are posted on the bulletin board in the community room.
One of the primary functions of the Student Services Director is to be available as the contact person for job opportunities and to advise the students and graduates accordingly. While completion of the UCHA program does not guarantee job placement, the college and its faculty will maintain a presence in the community and comprise a list of positions and employers for its graduates. It’s interesting to note, that the majority of UCHA learners who participate in the community/externship program maintain that position after graduation. This is a unique opportunity where the student is able to develop a site in his or her own community to provide massage therapy. Many students have developed such opportunities at spas, chiropractic offices, hospitals, medical doctor offices, nursing homes, and massage therapy clinics.
UCHA welcomes back the Graduate who is preparing to take the National Exam or who simply desires to review a given subject. UCHA offers the graduate the opportunity to return to the classroom and audit classes previously taken.
It is the goal of the college to successfully help its students in meeting their desired goal in massage therapy.
UCHA is expanding efforts to offer Continuing Education Units for alumni, programs are offered at intervals and alumni are kept informed through postings at the school. While topics vary, most fall into these categories:
- Bodywork Techniques (Myofascial Release, Cranial-Sacral, Sports Massage, Comfort Touch, etc.)
- Supplemental Massage (massage applications for other types of healthcare workers--nurses, etc.)
- Massage Support (workshops that enhance massage treatments--reading the body, imagery, etc.)
- Special Populations (pregnancy, infant, children, fibromyalgia, cancer, etc.)