I am currently attending the night classes for the Professional Bodyworker program at the Salt Lake Campus. \r
This school is a joke. Do not go here even if you think it's a good idea because of the Steiner name. It's not worth it. Check out Myotherapy College of Utah or Healing Mountain Massage School. I've heard wonderful things about them and regret not giving them a chance before signing up at UCMT.\r
Now, my reason for writing this is to warn any potential students that may see this.\r
The building is old and stinky. The equipment is sub-par. The teachers are cringe-worthy. Maybe it's the fact that half of the faculty (including the director of the school) left since I started in January, but the organizational skills in that company are horrendous. The 5 terms are 10 weeks long. When I first started they had our entire 10 week term planned out and we were well notified of what was needed and expected. By the 3rd term we were getting our schedules handed out in 5-week increments (at one point we got one week in advance). I graduate in December and, along with my ENTIRE class, feel COMPLETELY unprepared for a career in massage therapy. Some of the most important (and urgent) classes were put off until the end. I have 15 weeks left in the program and have not had sports massage or structure and movement. While I enjoyed learning Russian Sports massage, I feel that learning a modality that I will be tested on in the national exam and having time to practice it long before graduation is more valuable. The energy modalities intrigue me, but the instructors are not competent in what they teach. Acupressure class was basically sitting through 1 hour of getting read to out of books, doing meditations and doing our hands-on trade...which none of us really knew what we were doing. Our Shiatsu instructor makes no sense whatsoever. I find myself getting about 5 minutes into the lecture, and after asking for clarification, staring at the floor until we do hands-on, just hoping that I can find information elsewhere to help me pass my exam. The professional development classes feel like a waste of time. We did have a somewhat helpful event of writing up and turning in a resume, application letter and reference sheet and doing a mock interview, but I can tell you that I feel no more prepared to apply for and enter the workforce than I did before I started school. \r
I could write so much more, but I am so exhausted from how disappointed I am with this school. I made a lot of sacrifices to go to UCMT and it has been a horrible year. I've met some amazing people, but a lot of me wishes I could just forget this past year and start over with a better school. There are cheaper and better programs out there. PLEASE do your research and carefully consider what you're getting yourself into before you decide to attend UCMT. \r
And, just as an FYI, I am not a drop-out, low-grade, uneducated person. I have a bachelor's degree, I currently have a 4.0 GPA (out of about 2 in my class) and have only missed 2 hours of class due to my car breaking down on the way to class (and when I went to the counselor to make up those 2 hours, they had inaccurate information and told me I didn't have to make anything up and now I can't make it up, so maintaining 100% attendance is impossible, due to no fault of my own). \r
Again. PLEASE do your research on ALL possible schools and programs. Do not go to UCMT just because it has a good name. That reputation no longer means anything. Ask anyone that graduated from the program before it was bought out by Steiner.