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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

Become an integral member of a healthcare team focusing on maintenance and rehabilitation of physical health, function and mobility. The Massage Therapy program at Cambrian College provides students with rigorous academic preparation, hands-on massage therapy and assessment skills, as well as clinical experience needed to become a successful massage therapist.

Students gain a deep knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy in order to help clients manage a variety of conditions that involve muscle, nerve, fascia, lymph and joints of the body.  Physical assessment and treatment planning as well as an introduction to research in the health sciences are key components of the Massage Therapy program.  The program offers instruction through in-class lectures, simulations and lab experience, as well as four on-site and three off-site clinical placements.  The off-site clinical placements are designed to give students an opportunity to practice massage therapy in diverse healthcare settings.

This advanced diploma emphasizes professionalism in healthcare. Massage therapists are regulated health professionals operating under the Regulated Health Professionals Act and the Massage Therapy Act.  Massage therapy in Ontario is regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters

Clinical Placement

Students must meet the following requirements to attend on-site clinical placements as well as community based placements.  Students will be responsible for any expenses incurred related to placement.

  • Up-to-date and clear Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Check.  Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.  Students should obtain their Criminal Record Check three months prior to their first clinical placement so that it is current for the whole program.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level HCP (Health Care Providers) - Canadian Heart and Stroke Guidelines
  • Respiratory Mask Fit Testing (N95-3M models)
  • Immunization requirements:
    • Varicella
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
    • Tuberculosis Screening
    • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis immunization
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza Vaccination

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How to Apply

Health Sciences, Nursing, and Emergency Services

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)
  • One of the following:
    • Any grade 11 (U) or grade 12 chemistry (C) or (U)
    • Any grade 11 (U) or grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
    • Any grade 12 Exercise Science (U)
    • 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.



This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2023
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2024

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2023
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2024

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year

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


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.


Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is under review. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be able to work in a variety of settings including:

  • Healthcare Organizations

  • Clinics

  • Health Clubs

  • Fitness Centres

  • Athletic Organizations

  • Resort/Spa Industry

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

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.

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