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.
Mission statement: Through a student-centred environment focused on success, Georgian’s Massage Therapy graduates are competent, professional therapists who are accountable for the standards of the profession, and are responsive to the needs of the consumer.
Flexible progression: Massage Therapy is a fast-track program delivered in six consecutive semesters. There may be flexibility to take a break between semesters. Connect with your program co-ordinator to explore possibilities.
Tuition and fees
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This program includes a clinical placement component where you will gain practical work experience under the supervision of a registered or licensed professional.
What are the admission requirements for the Massage Therapy program?
Massage Therapy admission requirements
OSSD or equivalent with
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
- Biology Grade 11 or 12, C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
- One additional science (Physics, Chemistry, Exercise Science or Introductory kinesiology) grade 11 or 12, C or U or equivalent (minimum grade required)
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/academic-regulations/
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:
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.
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)
What career paths can I take as a massage therapist?
Your Massage Therapy diploma gives you many 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,
- Long term care facilities
- Sports teams,
- Fitness institutes,
- Private corporations/industries,
- Teaching environments.
Turn your Massage Therapy diploma into a degree!
Upon graduating from Georgian’s Massage Therapy advanced diploma program, consider furthering your studies.
Georgian has several articulation agreements with a number of university programs offering many desirable options for our graduates.
Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA)
The Massage Therapy program at Georgian College is accredited by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA).
“CMTCA’s rigorous standards and comprehensive accreditation process help education programs strengthen and improve the quality of the education they provide. Students of CMTCA-accredited programs can be confident that their training is helping them become qualified, competent, and caring health care professionals.” (Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation, https://www.cmtca.ca/)
College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
Georgian’s Massage Therapy program is recognized by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). As a graduate, you’ll be eligible to write the registration examination to become a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
“The [CMTO] is the regulatory body that oversees Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs/MTs) working in the province. CMTO receives its authority from the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Massage Therapy Act, 1991. CMTO is not a school or an organization that advocates on behalf of RMTs. CMTO exists to protect the public interest.” (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, https://www.cmto.com/about-cmto/what-we-do/)
Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO)
Massage Therapy students and graduates are eligible to become members of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
“The [RMTAO] is a member-driven, not-for-profit professional association for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in Ontario. The RMTAO exists in order to advance the profession of massage therapy in Ontario. The RMTAO advocates on behalf of the profession and provides resources and opportunities to help RMTs improve their knowledge, navigate the latest research and grow their practices.” (Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario, https://www.rmtao.com/about-rmtao/whatwedo)
What courses are included in the Massage Therapy diploma program?
25 Program Courses
8 Clinical Placements
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Massage Therapy program outline.
- BIOL 1037 – Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapy 1
- MASG 1008 – Professionalism in Massage Therapy 1
- MASG 1009 – Massage Theory 1
- MASG 1010 – Practice Consolidation 1
- MASG 1014 – Clinical Anatomy 1
- Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
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