Graduate in only 24 months, ready to treat and support your community.

Transform lives as a registered massage therapist. After a holistic approach with solid foundational training in year one, our accelerated program gives you the hands-on skills you need to work with diverse clients in our on-campus Massage Therapy Clinic. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and neurology, along with intensive training in massage therapy techniques to provide the best treatment and prevention options for your clients. 
 
You’ll also complete three off-site placements, working with elite athletes, new and expectant parents, infants, and/or clients in long-term care and hospital settings. Entrepreneurship, marketing, and communication courses round out your training so you’ll have the skills to join a health care team or open your own practice. 
 

Program highlights 

  • Accelerated program allow you to earn a 6-semester advanced diploma in 2 years 
  • Hands-on training in our high-tech massage therapy lab and during 3 placements 
  • Provide over 330 hours of direct massage therapy care to the public under the supervision of professional massage therapists 
  • Training in complementary laser, therapeutic ultrasound, TENS, cupping, and kinesiology taping modalities 
  • Accredited by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA)  
  • Grads are eligible to challenge the OSCE and MCQ examinations for Registered Massage Therapist credentialing (RMT/MT) as set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
BIO 1107 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
HEA 1301 Assessment and Treatment Plan I 4
MSG 1001 Massage Skills and Techniques I 6
MSG 1106 Clinical Anatomy 3
MSG 1150 Professional Growth I 3
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
 Credits22
Semester 2
BIO 1207 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
HEA 1302 Assessment and Treatment Plan II 4
MSG 1002 Massage Skills and Techniques II 6
MSG 1206 Clinical Anatomy II 3
HEA 1220 Relational Skills 3
MSG 1200 Massage Therapy and Exercise I 2
One General Education course. 1 3
 Credits24
Semester 3
PTH 1005 Pathophysiology I for Massage 3
MSG 1003 Massage Skills and Techniques III 6
MSG 1100 Special Populations I 3
MSG 1160 Professional Growth II 3
MSG 1202 Massage Therapy and Exercise II 2
FPL 1100 Clinic I 3
One General Education course. 1 3
 Credits23
Semester 4
PTH 1010 Pathophysiology II for Massage 3
MSG 1004 Massage Skills and Techniques IV 6
MSG 1105 Special Populations II 3
MSG 1275 Advanced Treatments 3
FPL 1102 Clinic II 3
FPL 1201 Off-Site Placement I 2
 Credits20
Semester 5
MSG 1110 Special Populations III 3
MSG 1005 Massage Skills and Techniques V 6
MSG 1006 Neuroanatomy and Physiology 3
FPL 1103 Clinic III 3
FPL 1202 Off-Site Placement II 2
One General Education Course 1 3
 Credits20
Semester 6
BUS 3585 Entrepreneurship 3
MKT 1104 Marketing Essentials 4
MSG 3000 Career Readiness 6
FPL 1104 Clinic IV 3
MSG 2000 Research in Practice 3
FPL 1203 Off-Site Placement III 2
 Credits21
 Total Credits130
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For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (C) or (U) or grade 12 biology (U), or any grade 12 Introduction to Kinesiology or equivalent (U)

Please note: A minimum average of 60% is required in each of the prerequisite courses listed above.

Program delivery

2024-2025

Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 5:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Spring 2026

Accreditation

The Massage Therapy Program at Cambrian College has been granted Full Accreditation by the 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/

Registration to practice / additional testing

Upon successful completion of all courses, as outlined in the program of study, graduates from Cambrian's Massage Therapy Program are eligible to write the OSCE and MCQ examinations required for registered massage therapist credentialing as set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.  Graduates are responsible for all costs associated with: 

  • Certification Examinations (OSCE and MCQ)
  • Professional liability insurance fees
  • Fees for initial registration 

About the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario

Massage Therapists in Ontario are regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Registered Massage Therapists must comply with federal and provincial legislation such as the Regulated Health Professions Act 1991, the Massage Therapy Act 1991, Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), and the Health Care Consent Act (HCCA) and others.

CMTO regulates Massage Therapists and protects the public by setting the requirements of becoming a massage therapist, maintaining the public registry, and developing and enforcing standards of practice to ensure professional conduct. They are responsible for receiving and investigating complaints from the public about their Massage Therapy care.

You can find more information on the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario by visiting www.cmto.com.

About the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario

Massage therapy students and graduates are eligible to become members of the Registered Massage Therapy Association of Ontario (RMTAO).  The RMTAO is a professional association that advocates for the profession of Massage Therapy.

You can find more information about the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario by visiting https://www.rmtao.com/about-rmtao/whatwedo

Specific program pathways

Graduates of the Massage Therapy program at Cambrian College can receive up to 51 credits toward an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or Physical & Health Education from Laurentian University 

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

Employment opportunities

Registered Massage Therapists will be able to work in a variety of settings including:

  • Self Employment as a Registered Massage Therapist
  • Various healthcare organizations
  • Multidisciplinary Clinics
  • Health & Fitness Centers 
  • Athletic Organizations
  • Resort/Spa Industry
  • Long Term Care facilities

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.