Massage Therapy
Develop your clinical and professional skills in our state-of-the-art clinic. Jump-start your career with our fast-track option.

General information

Program code
MASG
Duration
6 Semesters (3 Years (MASG), 2 Years (MASF))
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Work integrated learning
4 Clinical Placements
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie
Winter 2020 Barrie

Program description

Through a blend of theoretical and hands on experiences, students gain the knowledge, skills, beliefs and values necessary to meet the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators as set out by the Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada. Students also participate in our public clinic and off site agencies, which allows students to assess and treat a diverse patient population. This program fosters the development of a well rounded, independent entrance level professional who will be able to meet the demands of a massage therapy practice.

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

Starting in September 2018, this program now requires proof of an additional Grade 11 or 12 C or U level science  – see program outline for more details.

Career opportunities

A Massage therapist is a valued member of the Health Care Team. Once registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, graduates are qualified to work as a primary health care provider who supports and promotes the health, well-being, and quality of life of their clients. Graduates may give direct patient care in a variety of inter-professional settings including:

  • Private practice,
  • Massage, chiropractic and physiotherapy clinics,
  • Hospitals,
  • Long term care facilities
  • Sports teams,
  • Fitness institutes,
  • Private corporations/industries,
  • Teaching environments.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U), or Grade 12 Exercise Science (U)
  • One other Grade 11 or 12 Science (C or U)

Applicants must meet minimum averages to receive final acceptance. First-year enrolment is limited, satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Pathways

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Criminal Reference / Vulnerable Sector 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 student''s 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.

Admission details

This program is offered with both traditional and fast-track deliveries. Students can take the program in either the traditional delivery consisting of 6 semesters 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.

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required prior to semester 3 in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities. Students who do not provide proof, will be unable to complete clinic 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. 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/Vulnerable Sector Check above)
  • A record of a mask fit test, renewed every two years (will be provided by the college)

Courses

Mandatory courses

  • BIOL 1037 - Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 1008 - Professionalism in Massage Therapy 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 1009 - Massage Theory 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 1014 - Clinical Anatomy 1
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 1010 - Practice Consolidation 1
    (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • BIOL 1038 - Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 1011 - Massage Theory 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 1012 - Practice Consolidation 2
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • MASG 1013 - Professionalism in Massage Therapy 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 2016 - Clinical Anatomy 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 2017 - Pathology 1
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 3001 - Neuroanatomy
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 2005 - Clinical Practice 1
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 2010 - Massage Theory 3
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 2011 - Practice Consolidataion 3
    (Semester 3 / 84 hours)
  • MASG 2012 - Clinical Assessment 1
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 2018 - Pathology 2
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 2008 - Clinical Practice 2
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 2009 - Outreach 1
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 2013 - Massage Theory 4
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 2014 - Practice Consolidation 4
    (Semester 4 / 84 hours)
  • MASG 2015 - Clinical Assessment 2
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 2002 - Pathology 3
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 3006 - Clinical Practice 3
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 3007 - Outreach 2
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 3012 - Massage Theory 5
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 3013 - Professionalism in Massage Therapy 3
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 3014 - Practice Consolidation 5
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • BUSI 3011 - Business Principles for Massage Therapy
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 3009 - Massage Practice Consolidation
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 3010 - Outreach 3
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 3011 - Clinical Practice 4
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • MASG 3015 - Massage Therapy Practicum
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 6)