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Launch your health-care career as a massage therapist

Massage Therapy Ontario College Advanced Diploma program

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

Program code MASG
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

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/

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)

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,
  • Hospitals,
  • Long term care facilities
  • Sports teams,
  • Fitness institutes,
  • Private corporations/industries,
  • Teaching environments.

What courses are included in the Massage Therapy diploma program?

Course overview

Program-specific 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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