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Discover the secrets to a healing touch in our intensive 2,200 hour, two-year Massage Therapy program. Lethbridge College's diploma program meets the Alberta requirements for Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) membership.

 

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Overview

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Giving new meaning to hands-on work, massage therapy uses the body as a tool to administer therapeutic and relaxation massages. It’s a field that demands considerable personal commitment, professionalism, and physical and emotional stamina – but it’s immensely rewarding.

Our 2,200 hour Massage Therapy program will immerse you in the field, focusing on the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for success as an RMT. Your classroom theory on how the body works and proper therapeutic techniques will be perfectly complemented by 700 hours of hands-on practicum experiences.

In our on-campus student massage clinic, at independent businesses and in community settings, you’ll put into practice and improve upon your therapeutic massage skills, cultivate client-therapist relationships and develop essential business acumen.

So whether you’re looking to join an existing business, branch out on your own or enter the spa industry, our Massage Therapy diploma will get you there. Apply today!

Career opportunities

As a successful grad of our Massage Therapy program, you’ll be prepared for entry-level positions as a massage therapist in a growing number of settings, including:

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

 

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The Massage Therapy Program at Lethbridge College has been granted Accreditation by the CMTCA.

 

Starts In: September
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma
Transfers:

Thompson Rivers University

Graduates of Massage Therapy are eligible to receive a maximum of 54 transfer credits into the TRU Bachelor of Health Science or a maximum of 60 transfer credits into the TRU Bachelor of General Studies.

University of Lethbridge

Graduates of the Massage Therapy diploma are eligible to be admitted into the University of Lethbridge’s Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences degree program for completion of their Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.

University of Regina

Graduates of Massage Therapy who achieved a minimum grade of 60% (GPA) are eligible to receive 60 credits towards a Bachelor of Kinesiology -Human Kinetics Major. For more information, please view www.uregina.ca/kinesiology

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The Massage Program at Lethbridge College has been granted Preliminary Accreditation, the first step in the CMTCA accreditation process. Following a site visit to verify compliance with the standards, CMTCA will issue a final accreditation decision.  

Delivery Format
Blended (classroom and online)
Year 1 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-1160
3.00
CSP-1150
3.00
ENG-1156
3.00
MAS-1122
1.50
MAS-1140
3.00
MAS-1152
3.00
Year 1 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-1125
1.50
BIO-1146
3.00
BIO-1161
3.00
MAS-1125
3.00
MAS-1130
3.00
MAS-1157
3.00
Year 2 Term I
Course Code Course Name Credits
MAS-2250
3.00
MAS-2253
3.00
MAS-2254
3.00
MAS-2255
3.00
PED-2257
3.00
Year 2 Term II
Course Code Course Name Credits
BUS-1124
3.00
MAS-2257
3.00
MAS-2258
3.00
MAS-2259
3.00
MAS-2260
3.00
MAS-2262
3.00

Admissions

New students 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 admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Academic requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admissions 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.

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 will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. 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.

Your investment

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 course program requirements, students are expected to book a massage with a registered massage therapist. This can cost anywhere from $40 - $100.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.


Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.


Graduation

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.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $4,530.00 $1,020.00 $1,750.00
Year 2 $5,145.00 $1,020.00 $1,150.00

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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.
  • Tuition for international students is $14,430 for Year 1 and $15,560 for Year 2. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

Prepare for employment

CMTCA-Pre-Accredited-SEAL.png Getting an education is one thing, actually preparing for employment is another. At Lethbridge College, we’ll ensure you get both. Our Massage Therapy program not only teaches massage knowledge and skills, but also incorporates biology and business. You’ll spend only about 30 per cent of your time in the traditional classroom, but the majority of your time will be spent in our clinic and lab space, which closely resemble the real-world experience.

Based on the inter-jurisdictional competency profile, our curriculum meets both provincial and national standards as well as the insurance company requirement of 2,200 hours. What does that mean for you? It means in Alberta, you’re able to bill insurance companies. More importantly, it means you can become a member of provincial and national professional associations with:


The Massage Program at Lethbridge College has been granted Preliminary Accreditation, the first step in the CMTCA accreditation process. Following a site visit to verify compliance with the standards, CMTCA will issue a final accreditation decision.

That’s not all. Our instructors maintain close connections to the industry and, during your second year, they will help you prepare for employment opportunities. So it you’re looking for more than just an education, Lethbridge College is the place to prepare for employment.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Four practicums, 700 hours, countless experiences
Four practicums, 700 hours, countless experiences

A hands-on profession calls for hands-on training.

Four practicums, 700 hours, countless experiences

When it comes to a profession that really is hands on, there’s no replacement for hands-on training. That’s why our Massage Therapy students participate in four practicums – one each term. Time is spent in the on-campus clinic, in the on-campus Health Centre and out in the community.

First practicum: The basics

In your first semester, your practicum is really all about the basics. You’ll be introduced to massage practice, skill and clinic routine. You’ll work with an instructor, and a second-year student will act as your mentor during this introductory period.

Second practicum: The massage clinic

Your second practicum will introduce you to the on-campus student massage clinic. Here, you’ll build on the basics of your first practicum as you learn about the business, the operation and the client treatment aspects of a clinic. You’ll participate in all roles – from receptionist to therapist assistant to therapist. Working with an instructor and instructional assistant, you’ll learn how to complete intake, assessment, treatment and evaluation. And when you head out into the community, an instructional assistant will be there to offer guidance and advice.

Third practicum: A feel for the industry

As you continue to spend time in the massage clinic and out in the community, you’ll grow more independent and develop more advanced massage skills, though instructional assistants are always available for supervision and consultation. You’ll also be practicing more independently in the Lethbridge College Health Centre as part of the medical team. You’ll even become a mentor to the first-year incoming massage students as you progress through your third practicum.

Fourth practicum: Independent massage therapist

Described as a therapeutic client assignment, your fourth practicum prepares you for the independence of running your own practice. Focusing on two clients, you’ll complete intake, assessment, treatment and evaluation. You’ll arrange to meet your clients in the massage lab or clinic and you’ll work with each one for a set number of appointments.

You’ll also attend a pre-arranged practicum with a preceptor. Available opportunities are quite varied and it’s likely that you’ll be able to arrange a practicum that matches your interests and career aspirations. Some students have travelled to competitions with athletic teams from the college and the university. Others have headed to Banff or Canmore to work in a spa setting. Whatever your vision for the future, there’s a practicum opportunity that will give you a feel for the industry.

Build a healthy community
Build a healthy community

Giving back to your community is just as rewarding as the experience you’ll gain.

Build a healthy community

Over the course of your career as a massage therapist, you’re going to encounter and work closely with a lot of different individuals. To ensure you’re prepared, we make your hands-on experiences as varied as possible through extensive community involvement.

You’ll attend several community events throughout your time in the program and you’ll even set up shop (with an instructional assistant) around town. About 10-15 per cent of your class time will be spent in the community, practicing massage skills, learning about vulnerable and diverse populations, and giving back.

Project Connect

Held to support the vulnerable populations in Lethbridge, Project Connect allows these individuals to access services they may not otherwise have the opportunity to access. You’ll provide massage therapy treatments to the homeless, to individuals with addictions, mental health issues or disabilities, to low income seniors, to single parent families and to children from low income families.

You’ll be able to educate these individuals and families on massage therapy and healthy living. But best of all, you’ll see your hands and your knowledge improve lives.

Learn in a realistic environment
Learn in a realistic environment

You'll spend hours in the on-campus massage clinic perfecting your techniques.

Learn in a realistic environment

As a student in our program, you’re going to spend a lot of time in the student massage clinic. In your second semester alone, you’ll spend at least 150 hours here. But it’s this focus on hands-on, realistic training that will ensure you’re equipped with the right knowledge and skills for the industry when you graduate.

This realistic massage environment is complete with the most up-to-date hydraulic massage tables, portable chairs and desk toppers, and linens and massage oils. So what’s the only difference? An instructional assistant supervises the clinic at all times, offering advice and guidance when needed.

Part of the Health Centre team: A pilot project

New this year, we’ve joined up with the on-campus Health Centre to start a pilot project that benefits the health of our students and provides additional opportunities for Massage Therapy students to practice their skills. Working directly out of Health and Shepell Counselling Services as a member of the health team, students will take referrals from our on-campus medical and mental health community.

A student’s perspective

“I knew then that I chose the right profession.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Madison Stork

“I have been working in the massage therapy industry for more than two years. When I graduated from Lethbridge College I was hired with a high-end spa company in Calgary called Sante Spa. The company I work for is very well known and successful in Calgary. We have three locations and a medical centre. I work in one of our busy downtown locations in the area called ‘Mission.’ I’m a full-time employee and very busy! Coming out of the massage therapy program I felt confident in the knowledge and skills I attained from the program to be successful in the industry. All the instructors are very knowledgeable about the course material and the industry. Class sizes are small and students get a lot of one-on-one time with the instructor during classes and get to build personal relationships. I still stay in contact with my instructors and we keep each other up-to-date on our careers.”

– From Winter 2015 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons