Enrolling in the Lethbridge College Massage Therapy Program gives new meaning to "hands-on." Our 2,200-hour, 2 year Massage Therapy program immerses you in the field. You will focus on gaining the essential knowledge, practical skills and attributes necessary for success as a registered massage therapist. The Lethbridge College Massage Therapy program Massage Therapy program prepares your for a career that is immensely rewarding. 

The classroom theory focuses on how the body works; the practical labs perfectly integrate therapeutic skill with the theory to prepare the learner for this fulfilling career. This is complemented by 700 hours of hands-on practicum experience where students put their skills to the test. In our on-campus student massage clinic, at independent businesses and in community settings, you'll accumulate real-world experience and improve upon your therapeutic massage skills, cultivate client-therapist relationships, and develop essential business acumen. 


By the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation

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Career Opportunities

You will be prepared to work as a massage therapist in a growing number of fields, including:

  • Chiropractic Clinics
  • Independent Practitioners
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Massage Clinics and Spas
  • Private Health Care Providers
  • Sports Medicine Clinics

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700 hours

of hands-on practicum experience in our on-campus massage clinic


Massage Therapy program meets provincial and national standards




Credential / Accreditation



2 years

Dates and Deadlines

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Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit
Fall 2024


This program is available for International Students.

New applicants are accepted into the Massage Therapy two-year diploma program in the Fall (September) term. All prospective candidates will normally be expected to attend a one-day program orientation prior to program commencement.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs.

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 12 Biology

It is also recommended that students have working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database software.

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Massage Therapy diploma.

The Lethbridge College Massage Therapy Program meets Alberta requirements for Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) membership. Prospective students who reside outside of Alberta should research their provincial requirements for RMT membership.

Thompson Rivers University

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Massage Therapy diploma are eligible to receive up to 54 credits towards the Bachelor of Health Science, or up to 60 credits towards the Bachelor of General Studies at Thompson Rivers University. For more information, students should contact Academic Advising at Thompson Rivers University of visit their website.

University of Lethbridge

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Massage Therapy diploma, with a GPA of 3.00 or higher, are eligible for admission into the post-diploma Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health) at the University of Lethbridge. Once admitted, students will be third-year degree level students at the University of Lethbridge in its Faculty of Health Sciences in all respects. For more information, please see an Academic Advisor at the University of Lethbridge or visit their website.  

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites may include Lethbridge, surrounding rural communities, and may extend beyond these boundaries depending on WIL site availability and approvals. WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

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Delivery Formats

The Massage Therapy program is available through the following delivery methods.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Year 1
Term I
BIO-1160Anatomy and Physiology I3
CSP-1150Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology3
ENG-1159Writing for the Workplace3
MAS-1122Practicum I1.5
MAS-1140Basic Massage3
MAS-1152Professional Practices Massage Therapy3
Term II
ACC-1125Service-Based Accounting1.5
BIO-1146Joints and Soft Tissues3
BIO-1161Anatomy and Physiology II3
MAS-1125Practicum II3
MAS-1157Massage Techniques I3
Year 2
Term I
MAS-2250Advanced Massage3
MAS-2253Assessment for Massage Therapists I3
MAS-2254Special Populations I3
MAS-2255Practicum III3
PED-2257Therapeutic Exercise3
Term II
BUS-1124Service-Based Small Business Management3
MAS-2257Massage Techniques II3
MAS-2258Assessment for Massage Therapists II3
MAS-2259Practicum IV3
MAS-2260Special Populations II3
MAS-2262Integrated Practices in Massage Therapy3
 Total Credits66
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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

Supplies such as linens and oils will be specified in class, and students are responsible for obtaining and maintaining them. Students are also required to purchase uniforms to be worn at all work-integrated learning experiences.

As part of the program requirements, students are expected to book a massage with a registered massage therapist prior to entering the program. This can cost anywhere from $40 - $100.

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