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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Ontario College Advanced Diploma

What is Massage Therapy?

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the entry-level standards of practice as set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario through a blend of theoretical and effective treatment instruction. Students will participate in clinics and outreach practice settings that enable them to develop the necessary skills to perform an effective plan of care. This program is offered with both traditional and fast-track deliveries. Students can take the program in either the traditional delivery consisting of 6 semester offered over 3 years with a break during the summers, or elect to fast-track by studying 6 semesters straight over a 2 year period without any breaks.

NOTE: Applicants following the fast track will apply through OCAS using the major MASF. Winter intake is offered as fast track only; Fall intake regular and fast track.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
MASG
Length:
3 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
6 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Location:
Barrie (MASF), Barrie (MASG)
Start:

Fall - Barrie - MASF

Barrie - MASG

Winter - Barrie - MASF

Contact:

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the entry-level standards of practice as set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario through a blend of theoretical and effective treatment instruction. Students will participate in clinics and outreach practice settings that enable them to develop the necessary skills to perform an effective plan of care. This program is offered with both traditional and fast-track deliveries. Students can take the program in either the traditional delivery consisting of 6 semester offered over 3 years with a break during the summers, or elect to fast-track by studying 6 semesters straight over a 2 year period without any breaks.

NOTE: Applicants following the fast track will apply through OCAS using the major MASF. Winter intake is offered as fast track only; Fall intake regular and fast track.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • apply critical thinking processes in problem solving and decision-making in client assessment, development of treatment plan, treatment, and on-going care


  • access current and pertinent research to self-reflect, self-direct and create best practices and current outcomes


  • apply generic skills for life-long learning and for personal and professional growth


  • establish professional relationships with Massage Therapy colleagues and members of interdisciplinary and community teams


  • influence the advancement of the Massage Therapy profession


  • practice and promote Massage Therapy within the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice


  • promote and evaluate the benefits of Massage Therapy treatment to the public


  • define professional development strategies that lead to the enhancement of work performance, career opportunities and keep pace with industry and environmental changes


  • maintain professional readiness to ensure quality care


  • apply appropriate business principles to a massage therapy practice


  • recognize and stress the importance of utilizing environmentally friendly products and supplies within the work environment


  • respond to environmental issues related to the Massage Therapy trade and keeps pace with industry and environmental changes.
Fall Intake - Barrie (MASG)

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Sem 5 | Sem 6

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Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018 | 2019

Fall Intake - Barrie (MASF)

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Sem 5 | Sem 6

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Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018

Winter Intake - Barrie (MASF)

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Sem 5 | Sem 6

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Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall

2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018 | 2018

The graduate of this program will be recommended to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to write the provincial registration examinations. Successful completion of these examinations and compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act will entitle you to become a Registered Massage Therapist and a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Please note: The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) is the body responsible for regulating massage therapy in Ontario and sets entry to practice requirements that massage therapists must meet to become registered in Ontario. The CMTO is dedicated to excellence in protecting the public, serving its members, and promoting the highest possible quality of the practice of massage therapy in a safe and ethical manner.

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U), or Grade 12 Exercise Science (U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English C or U (ENG4C, ENG4U); plus Grade 11 C or U, or 12 U Biology (SBI3U/C, SBI4U) or Grade 12 U Exercise Science (PSE4U)/Grade 12 U Introductory Kinesiology (PSK4U). Also recommended: Grade 11 or 12 U Chemistry or Grade 12 C Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C, SCH4U) OR Grade 11 or 12 U Physics or Grade 12 C Physics (SPH3U, SPH4U, SPH4C).

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course and most credit biology courses taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Pre-health Sciences*

- Equivalent courses in English and biology taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and biology

- Mature student testing in English and testing/challenge exam in biology that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) plus biology.

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses and most biology credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

- If home schooled, applicants can write the mature student testing in English and testing/challenge exam in biology that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

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Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities. Students who do not provide this proof of Registration Requirement may be unable to complete clinical and field placements.

A Hepatitis B vaccination is required for your own safety.

To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must have:

- Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid on admission to the program. Level HCP CPR must be renewed annually while in the program

- A completed Clinical Preparedness Permit

- A current police record check including a vulnerable sector screen (see Criminal Reference Check below)

- A record of mask fit test, renewed every two years (will be done at the college in Semester One)

Proof of two (1 hour) massage therapy treatments by 2 separate RMTs is recommended and must be presented prior to Clinical placement.

** CRIMINAL REFERENCE CHECK **

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the students responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

27 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

5 General Education Courses

Selection is based on admission requirements and academic grades.

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

BIOL1005 Pathology 1
BIOL1007 Pathology 2
BIOL1014 The Essential Body
BIOL1015 Human Physiology
BIOL2002 Pathology 3
BIOL3001 Neuroanatomy
BUSI3007 Business Principles for the Regulated Professional
HLTH1003 Preparation for Clinical Practice
MASG1001 Therapeutic Relationships
MASG1004 Massage Theory and Practice 1
MASG1005 Clinical Anatomy 1
MASG1006 Massage Theory and Practice 2
MASG2002 Clinical Anatomy 2
MASG2003 Massage Theory and Practice 3
MASG2004 Clinical Assessment
MASG2005 Clinical Practice 1
MASG2006 Massage Theory and Practice 4
MASG2007 Remedial Exercise
MASG2008 Clinical Practice 2
MASG2009 Outreach 1
MASG3005 Massage Theory and Practice 5
MASG3006 Clinical Practice 3
MASG3007 Outreach 2
MASG3008 Massage Theory and Practice 6
MASG3009 Massage Practice Consolidation
MASG3010 Outreach 3
MASG3011 Clinical Practice 4
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities. Students who do not provide this proof of Registration Requirement may be unable to complete clinical and field placements.

A Hepatitis B vaccination is required for your own safety.

To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must have:

- Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid on admission to the program. Level HCP CPR must be renewed annually while in the program

- A completed Clinical Preparedness Permit

- A current police record check including a vulnerable sector screen (see Criminal Reference Check below)

- A record of mask fit test, renewed every two years (will be done at the college in Semester One)

Proof of two (1 hour) massage therapy treatments by 2 separate RMTs is recommended and must be presented prior to Clinical placement.

** CRIMINAL REFERENCE CHECK **

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the students responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

View the Massage Therapy articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

A Georgian massage therapy student massages a patient at the clinic

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Roxanne Collins

Registered Massage Therapist

Program:

Pre-Health Sciences and Massage Therapy

Year:

2012


Georgian College prepared me for the workplace by providing me with clinical hands-on experience, as well as very knowledgeable and encouraging professors who taught me to believe in myself, and my abilities as a regulated healthcare professional. Read more...

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Geoff Box

Geoff Box, massage student

I’m in massage therapy because I love helping people and I’ve seen the benefits first hand. My mom has RDS – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – that causes her severe pain. For years, she used a walker and a cane at home, and a wheelchair outside the house. Then she started massage therapy. Read more...

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Massage students help RVH staff and patients

This week, Georgian students massaged more than 75 RVH staff members. Seven students had the opportunity to work in the Palliative Care unit, where they helped 11 patients with comfort and pain management through massage. Read more...

Roxanne, at her clinic

Roxanne Collins

Registered Massage Therapist

Program:

Pre-Health Sciences and Massage Therapy

Year:

2012


Georgian College prepared me for the workplace by providing me with clinical hands-on experience, as well as very knowledgeable and encouraging professors who taught me to believe in myself, and my abilities as a regulated healthcare professional. Read more...

Charmaine, sitting in a yoga pose in front of a statue

Charmaine Whitman

Registered Massage Therapy, Sanctuary Day Spa and Enaahtig Healing Lodge

Program:

Shki-Miikan (New Roads), Pre-Health Sciences, Massage Therapy, Aboriginal Community and Social Development

Year:

2008


Every massage therapist becomes a unique blend of their life experience, skills, passions, values, and gifts. I have massaged in many different settings since graduating: world class spas, health clinics, healing lodges and addictions treatment facilities. Read more...

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