Massage Therapy

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Massage Therapy program is designed to provide in-depth academic training and hands-on practical experience to be part of the emerging demand in the healthcare field as a Registered Massage Therapist. The program aims to train students to become well-rounded massage therapists, who can practice in a wide range of medical and therapeutic settings.

The graduates of this program will be recognized by the Alberta Ministry of Education and will be eligible to become a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) through the provincial associations.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Qualification: Diploma
Year 1 Duration: 51 Weeks

Year 2 Duration: 43 Weeks
Delivery: Blended

CAREER PATHS

  • Massage Clinic either alone or shared with other Therapists
  • Clinic or center with other health care professionals (e.g. Chiropractors, Physicians, Physiotherapists).
  • Athletic and sports massage
  • Tourism Industry
  • Corporate and on-site massage
  • Hospitals
  • Mobile massage/home visits
  • Clinic in your own home

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

If you do not meet the admissions requirements and are interested in our program, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us anyway as we understand every situation is different and we will find ways to accommodate you.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1 (NO PRE-REQUISITE)

This course introduces the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, the order of the structural human body, medical terminology, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems as well as the connections among them.

It will provide the foundation for upcoming courses and practical experiences within Massage Therapy.

HOURS: 80

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 2 (NO PRE-REQUISITE)

This course is designed to introduce the students to basic terminology, concepts, and details of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system of the human body.

HOURS: 80

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 3 (NO PRE-REQUISITE)

Emphasis will be given on medical terminology, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as its connections.

HOURS: 80

COMMUNICATION, ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS (NO PRE-REQUISITE)

Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of ethics, morals, and professionalism. They will also be provided with opportunities to understand the ethical values they will have as massage therapists. They will also evaluate case studies about ethics.

HOURS: 80

MUSCULOSKELETAL ANATOMY/PALPATION (NO PRE-REQUISITE)

Students will acquire knowledge and skills to palpate superficial and deep structures and functions of the musculoskeletal system of the human body.

HOURS: 80

MASSAGE THERAPHY AND PRACTICE 1 (PRE-REQUISITE MAP)

This course is about the history of massage and Swedish techniques, contraindications, and benefits.

Students will build on the foundation of developing postural observation skills, palpation, range of motion, and muscle testing.

HOURS: 80

MASSAGE THERAPHY AND PRACTICE 2 (PRE-REQUISITE MTP 1)

During this course, students will be provided with the knowledge and skills to apply safe and effective massage treatments for trigger point therapy.

Practice non-Swedish and Swedish techniques, and lateral recumbent draping.

HOURS: 80

MASSAGE THERAPHY AND PRACTICE 3 (PRE-REQUISITE MTP 2)

Continuation of MTP1 and 2.

Introduction to stretches, special populations with cautions, contraindications, and benefits.

Techniques on Massage chairs.

HOURS: 80

CLINICAL ASSESSMENT 1 (PRE-REQUISITE MTP)

This course provides the basics on health history, interview skills, and detailed assessment protocols for a wide range of conditions. It also emphasizes orthopedic testing, neurological testing, and indications/ contraindications for specific pathologies. Introduction of dermatomes and myotomes.

HOURS: 80

THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE/HYDROTHERAPY (PRE-REQUISITE CA1)

The course will present the therapeutic values of hydrotherapy-related modalities, as employed in physical therapy management of various conditions. These applications will include commonly used treatments like gel packs, ice bags, ice massage, ice bandage, compresses and fermentation, foot baths, tonic friction applications, washings, hydro collator, and paraffin wax bath.

Issues concerning clarification of indications, contraindications, precautions, and physiological effects of various forms of applications will be addressed. This will be taught along with an introduction to the therapeutic exercise theory.

Students will apply basic theoretical concepts related to therapeutic exercise and identify treatment interventions and special tests associated with specific orthopedic conditions.

HOURS: 80

CLINICAL PRACTICUM 1 WITH SAFETY AND SANITARY PRACTICES (PRE-REQUISITE ALL THEORY AND PRACTICAL COURSES)

Students will have the opportunity to practice and apply the skills and knowledge learned in class.

They will be able to accept different kinds of clients.

HOURS: 125

OUTREACH (PRE-REQUISITE ALL THEORY AND PRACTICAL COURSES)

Students will practice safe and nurturing touches on various clients within the community in a variety of settings. They will offer free massages on different events, institutions, as part of their community outreach.

The process of giving massages will be under the direct supervision of the massage instructor.

This will enable the students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in a professional and ethical manner.

HOURS: 45

CAREER PLANNING (CAREER TALK)

This course provides the skills to plan, prepare and successfully navigate the job market.

HOURS: 15

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