Policies and Procedures


Students enrolled at Omaha Blue Waves Massage, Bodywork, and Education Center are expected to maintain the appearance and behavior that are commensurate of a professional in the natural health field. Courtesy, sensitivity, and respect toward other students, staff and clients are expected at all times.

The students are expected to:

  • Maintain high standards of personal and academic integrity
  • To show respect and care for their personal belongings, property of others and that of the school
  • Use fragrances sparingly due to the possible allergic reactions before and after working on someone
  • Come to class with the necessary supplies. Students that are not prepared to participate in the class activities will be sent home and issued an absence

The students are expected to NOT:

  • Behave in any manner that may be harmful or disruptive to the learning environment, to the schools reputation or the reputation of the bodywork profession
  • Engage in non-consensual contact or physical horseplay
  • Engage in verbal, physical or sexual harassment
  • Wear baseball caps or hats while in the school
  • Come to school/clinic under the influence of drugs/alcohol or smelling of cigarette smoke

A professional education at Omaha Blue Waves requires a full time commitment by the student. Classes are demanding and academic standards are high. Students must expect to spend a significant part of each day in and out of class to successfully complete the program. Full realization of the learning process is reliant upon the fact that students are expected to attend and be attentive and participatory in all lecture and laboratory classes. Students must attend classes on a regular basis to attain the skill, training and expertise they will need to become successful Massage Therapists. It is in this light that Parker University considers classroom attendance to be mandatory in all scheduled classes and laboratory sessions and failure of the student to attend classes and/or laboratory sessions could result in poor academic performance by the student, possible grade reduction and/or the student receiving a failing grade in the class. A minimum of 80% attendance is required for this course. If a student fails to achieve this minimum percentage they will receive a letter grade of ‘F’ and be required to retake all aspects of this course. A student being 15+ minutes late to a class will constitute a complete missed hour.

At the discretion of the individual faculty member, student attendance in lectures, laboratory sessions and/or scheduled academic conferences may be a factor in deriving a student’s grade.

The student is responsible for obtaining and learning subject materials presented during an absence. When the period of absence is known and may be planned, the student must confer with the appropriate course instructor and determine a plan of action for that absence. Absence from any examination (lecture or lab) must be accompanied by a written excuse documenting the extenuating circumstance which prevented the student from sitting the examination. If the excuse is considered valid by the course instructor then arrangements to sit the exam must be made with the course director within 7 days of returning to class. However, make-up work or a doctor’s note does NOT erase an absence. Hours missed still must be made up to avoid a failing grade.

The licensing requirements of the states vary widely. Some state boards require a specific number of classroom hours in order to obtain a license to practice as a Massage Therapist in their respective states. It is the student’s responsibility to determine, fulfill and document the requirements of the state(s) in which they are planning to apply for licensure. These requirements are available from the individual state boards.

Tardiness is disruptive to the class. Each student should make every attempt to get to class on time. An instructor may refuse to allow a tardy student to enter the classroom. A student who is tardy to a class may be counted absent for that class period. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to a class they will lose the entire hour. This does not mean the whole class period of four hours.

If an absence is deemed ‘Excused’ then certain accommodations may be made by the course instructor for the student to make-up assignments/class time missed due to this absence. The responsibility lies on the student to contact the course instructor to arrange this make-up work. Documentation describing the reason for the absence is required by the student. Possible assignments may include but are not limited to: added class time; written assignments; exams either written or practical in nature or another assignment deemed appropriate by the course instructor. A ‘Make-up Assignment Form’ will be filled out by the course instructor and the student. A copy is given to the student and the original will be kept in the course folder. This form is also utilized if a student is attending another scheduled class to substitute their missed time.

Students who are repeating a course because of previous academic failure are required to attend a minimum of 90% of all lectures and labs of the course in question. This student must also schedule academic conferences through the Student Affairs office. If a faculty member in a department finds that students is not meeting this attendance requirement, the student will be notified in writing with a copy of the letter sent to the office of the Massage School Director. A ‘Learning Agreement’ will be processed to outline these conditions.

A ‘Learning Agreement’ is a contract between the student and the university if a student is on Academic Probation. The student must meet with the Massage School Director to discuss and sign this form. The form outlines mandatory requirements for students under this category. A copy of the form is given to the student and the original kept in the student file.


Omaha Blue Waves Massage, Bodywork and Education Center classes continue, in most cases, during periods of inclement weather. In the event of a severe storm or other emergency, the school may elect to close the school in the interest of faculty, staff and student safety. The school will post a message at on the homepage of this website if there are any changes to the scheduling of school or clients. The school shall, also, make every effort to contact local media and post closing information.

Quizzes will be given at the beginning of class within the first 20 minutes. If you are tardy and the quiz is being taken by students, the instructor may opt to let you use the remaining time to take your quiz or else wait outside the classroom until the quiz time has elapsed. No ‘extra’ time will be given. If you have to wait, arrive after the quiz has been taken, or are absent, it is a missed quiz and you will receive zero points for that quiz. Any missed quiz may be made up prior to – but not on – either the midterm exam date (quizzes given before the midterm) or final exam date (quizzes given after the midterm), with a 70% being the highest possible grade. Quizzes may either be written or oral, and are composed of questions relating to material covered in previous classes. Quizzes will generally be no more than 30 questions composed of true/false, multiple choice, matching, and/or short answer.

The oral presentation exam will be conducted in front of the AMMT0101 course instructor. The presentation will be a demonstration of knowledge by the student presented to the instructor. Handouts will be available online with further explanation.

There will be a written midcourse exam. The written midterm exam will be no more than 100 questions composed of true/false, multiple choice, matching, and/or short answer.

There will be a written final exam over each section. The written final exam will be no more than 200 questions composed of true/false, multiple choice, matching, and/or short answer.

Evaluation is an integral part of the educational process and is used as an educational tool to help students identify problem areas, to recognize and reward achievement, and to identify students who are unable to meet the rigors of the curriculum. Final course grades and their interpretation are listed below:

Grade Numerical Value Grade Point
Average Interpretation of
Academic Achievement
A 89.5 – 100 4.0 Excellent
B 79.5 – 89.4 3.0 Above Average
C 69.5 – 79.4 2.0 Satisfactory
F Below 69.5 0.0 Unacceptable

Students must be on time for all exams, as no tests are passed out once the first student completes the exam. A late student will not be allowed to sit for the exam, and will receive a grade of “0”. However, if a student is late, and no one has left the examination room, they will be allowed to take the exam, but no additional time will be allowed. If a late student can provide valid documentation of an extraordinary circumstance, arrangements may be made to take the missed exam. The type of exam given is at the discretion of the instructor.

Exams are scheduled well in advance, and exam dates can only be changed by the course instructor, under the direct guidance of the Massage School Director.

There are NO makeup written, oral, or lab exams, barring any unforeseen emergencies or extraordinary circumstances the student might encounter. Each case of a missed exam is judged on an individual basis and the determination whether or not to give a make-up exam to any given student at any given time is at the sole discretion of the course instructor. Vacation, leisure travel, and seminar attendance do not constitute extraordinary circumstances.

If a student must be absent from an exam, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the course instructor no later than 10 days before the scheduled starting time of the exam. Failure to notify the course instructor could result in the student receiving a grade of “0” for the missed exam. At the course instructor’s discretion, the make-up exam will be an exam of the course instructor’s choosing. Any missed exam taken as a make-up may result with a 70% being the highest possible grade.

Cheating will not be tolerated. If you are caught cheating, you will receive a “0” on that exam and disciplinary action will be taken which could result in your dismissal from Parker University. If you are suspected of cheating on an exam you may be singled out and required to sit in the front of the classroom so that you can be clearly watched. The cheating policy includes all forms of assessment.

Students are expected to behave in a professional manner at all times. Positive contributions to the learning environment and participation in classroom learning activities are expected. Students should demonstrate courtesy to the instructor, to special guest speakers, and to other classmates. Focusing your attention on anything other than pertinent classroom material could be considered discourteous. This includes personal conversations with other students and/or cell phone use (talking, texting, online activity, etc.). Any person who is discourteous or disrupts the class with unprofessional conduct may be asked to leave the classroom and will be counted absent for that class period. Cell phones, pagers, and music playing devices must be turned off while in the classroom.


• No personal conversations with other students.
• No cell phone use (talking, texting, unrelated online activity, etc.).
• Cell phones must not be audible.
• Music playing devices must be turned off.
• No ear buds or headphones are to be worn.
• No sleeping or resting of head on tables.

Students are encouraged to utilize personal computers in the classroom for taking notes, following the lecture outlines or reference materials, etc. Other uses unrelated to the lecture topic are not allowed. As an example, surfing the Internet or playing games during lecture or lab time is strictly prohibited and will result in the student being asked to discontinue use of their computers. Also, the student may be asked to leave the classroom and will be counted absent for that class period.

Since the courts have ruled that a professor’s voice and physical image are their personal property, the prerogative of the audio taping and/or video recording of lectures/laboratories is a right specifically reserved to faculty. Should you wish to record using any device, you must obtain the permission of the respective instructor in all classes.

The provisions contained in this OUTLINE do not constitute a contract between the students and Omaha Blue Waves These provisions may be changed at any time for any reason at the discretion of the course director. When necessary, in the view of the Omaha Blue Waves, appropriated notice of such changes will be given to the student.


Any complaint/appeal a student may have concerning School policy, staff or a fellow student should be presented in person to the Director. All grievances will be handled on an individual basis in a fair and timely manner.


Although Five Elements cannot guarantee employment upon Completion of the program, we do maintain a current list of job opportunities as they become available to us. These are posted in the student break room area. The school actively cultivates relationships with potential employers to increase our ability to refer our students where possible. We also act on our students’ behalf by writing letters of recommendation and reference. Furthermore, after students have graduated, they may continue to access our facilities and staff for help and guidance in obtaining employment.