Massage Therapy

Tuition and FeesSecond Career

Program Title: Massage Therapy
Credential Earned: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length: 6 Consecutive Semesters
Program Status: Open

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.

H153-KL Kirkland Lake Campus – Next tentatively scheduled intakes – September 2018

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements or forms that have to be completed before the start of the semester or the date specified.

Requirements for Massage Therapy


Program Description
This six semester accelerated program will provide rigorous academic and hands-on training in anatomy, physiology, massage theory, entrepreneurial/business management and clinical skills, enabling the graduate to be eligible to write the registration examination set by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Career Opportunities
Graduates will be able to be employed in private practice, as well as various intra-professional environments such as health clinics, spas, chiropractic offices, health/fitness clubs, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Contact Information

campbells@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements
OSSD or equivalent with a minimum 60% in C or U courses including:
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U or Grade 12 Exercise Science (PSE4U)/PSK4U Introduction to Kinesiology -plus- one additional science course which may include Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (SCH) or Grade 11 or 12 Physics (SPH) or Grade 12 Exercise Science (PSE4U)

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program) have the option of mature equivalency testing to meet the English and Math admission requirements only. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through our Academic Upgrading program.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Computer Proficiency in Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets), web search engines and e-mail systems. Students may assess whether or not they meet the computer proficiency expectations for this program by taking the free online assessment at http://www.northernc.on.ca/assessmenttool
  • Proof of current immunization*including Hepatitis B; 2-Step Mantoux (with follow-up chest X-Ray if the Mantoux test is positive, flu vaccine
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate (C.P.R. – C with HCP content), Standard First Aid Certificate
  • WHMIS Certificate (may be obtained at a minimal cost through the College)
  • A recent criminal reference/vulnerable sector check is required prior to the start of Semester III. Additional original copies may be required per placement agency.

Applicants with general level courses from the old O.S.S.D. curriculum are required to have a 70% average. Students who do not comply with the above requirements will not be allowed into the clinical classes and/or agencies, and as such will not be able to complete the components required for graduation from the program. Students will be responsible for the cost of the appropriate uniforms and equipment required, as well as transportation to and from placements.

Upon graduation, students will be eligible to write the certification examination for the Ontario College of Massage Therapists (CMTO). Students will be responsible for their individual registration process and associated costs.

Semester 1
BI1003 Anatomy & Physiology
BN6003 Physical Wellness
MS1003 Anatomy and Palpation I
MS1009 Massage Theory and Techniques I
PN1033 Human Relationships
PS1163 Developmental Psychology
EL1003 (Elective)

Semester 2
BI2013 Anatomy and Physiology II
MS2003 Anatomy and Palpation II
MS2009 Therapy and Techniques II
MS2013 Professional Growth
PS1004 (GEN ED) Introduction to Psychology
MS3032 Hydrotherapy

Semester 3
MS2010 Massage Treatments I
MS3022 Outreach 1
MS2002 Clinic 1

Semester 4
MS3012 Massage Treatments II
MS4003 Clinic II
MS4013 Outreach II
MS4033 Massage and Pathophysiology I
MS4006 Assessments I
CM1913 Communications I (on site or open learning)

Semester 5
MS4010 Massage Treatments III
MS5003 Massage Clinic III
MS5006 Outreach III
BU4063 Introduction to Small Business
MS5023 Massage and Pathophysiology II
MS5016 Assessments II

Semester 6
MS6022 Massage Therapy Consolidation
MS5018 Massage and Pathophysiology II
MS6004 Massage Clinic IV
MS6032 Assessments III

Semester 1
BI1003 Anatomy & Physiology
This course introduces the learner to the normal development, structures and functions of the human body. The learner will examine the physiological components of the human body, in order to obtain understanding of how the structures and functions of the body are related. This course is especially focused to ensure coverage of relevant material as described in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Prehospital Emergency Care Syllabus, version 2.0.

BN6003 Physical Wellness
This activity/theory course provides students with an opportunity to improve personal fitness and wellness. Students will receive experience in the implementation and evaluation of basic cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility programs. Pre- and post-semester fitness testing will provide performance data from which the efficacy of the students training program will be assessed. Over a 10-week period the student will be responsible for monitoring the intensity, volume, and duration of their physical training. Attention to other issues as related to the nursing field will also be addressed. These include but are not limited to shift work, coping with stress, and the importance of core strength and stability.

MS1003 Anatomy and Palpation I
Anatomy and Palpation I offers an in-depth look at the human muscular and skeletal system. This course begins with an essential discussion about the importance and practice of palpation as a diagnostic art and skill. During this course students will learn palpation principles and learn and practice the specific palpation techniques of rolling, strumming, movement and stillness. In addition, students will also study and palpate the textural differences of the various structures of the body including skin, bone, muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia, retinaculum, artery, vein, bursa, nerve, and lymph node. The regions covered in this course include the shoulder, arm, forearm, hand, spine, and thorax. Each muscles’ origin, insertion, action, nerve innervation, and functions will be taught in detail. Each bone and important bony landmarks will be taught in detail. Where appropriate, various pathological conditions of muscles, bones and other soft tissues will be discussed. In addition, students will practice physically locating and palpating, as well as demonstrating, the actions of each of these muscles and major muscle groups. Students will also gain a practical understanding of how to integrate the use of palpation and knowledge of musculoskeletal system into the basic assessment and treatment of massage therapy clients. Also, the structure and function of joints, postural consideration and effective positions for performing massage therapy on these muscles will be covered when appropriate.

MS1009 Massage Theory and Techniques I
Description: N/A

PN1033 Human Relationships
Using an experiential approach, this course will focus the learner on the skills necessary to communicate effectively on a personal and professional level. The concept of caring will be used as a basis to explore the helping relationship, interviewing skills and group process.

PS1163 Developmental Psychology
This course emphasizes the continuity of development throughout the lifespan. It will focus on the interrelationships among the different stages of the lifespan and among the physical, cognitive, social and personality development. The course will cover the lifespan from the crucial prenatal period through late adulthood, as well as, death and the grieving process.

EL1003 (Elective)
Description: N/A

Semester 2
BI2013 Anatomy and Physiology II
The focus of this course is to introduce the student to the clinical experience. The student will have the opportunity to practice their massage therapy skills at various community-based venues. Students will apply their clinical skills with the healthy client. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist. CoRequisites: Massage Treatments I (MST-2004).

MS2003 Anatomy and Palpation II
The focus of this course is to introduce the student to the clinical experience. The student will have the opportunity to practice their massage therapy skills at various community-based venues. Students will apply their clinical skills with the healthy client. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist. CoRequisites: Massage Treatments I (MST-2004).

MS2009 Therapy and Techniques II
Description: N/A

MS2013 Professional Growth
This course will introduce the ethical and legal responsibilities of the Registered Massage Therapist. Students study the Code of Ethics, the Massage Therapy Act and the Regulated Health Professions Act and others as they relate to the profession of massage therapy. Ethical decision making and establishing healthy therapeutic boundaries represent core elements of this course. The concept of self regulation will be a major focus including quality assurance, complaints and discipline. The structure, mandate, and functions of the regulatory College and provincial association will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will explore issues of professional accountability and responsibility. In closing, the course looks at the current privacy legislation in Ontario. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

PS1004 (GEN ED) Introduction to Psychology
This course is an introduction to the broad field of psychology. Among the topics you will study are: biology and behaviour, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, intelligence, cognition, motivation and emotion, personality theory and assessment, health and stress, and social psychology. Human behaviour is very complex. This course will assist you in better understanding your behaviours as well as those of others. You will be able to apply basic psychological principles that will help you in solving every day real life problems in both your professional and personal life.

MS3032 Hydrotherapy
The therapeutic use of superficial heat and cryotherapy is discussed with an emphasis on developing an ability to make professional judgments about the application of appropriate modality for each client situation. The applications studied will include: local heat/cold, hot/cold packs, fomentations, hot/cold compress, moist heating pad, hot/cold water bottles, mustard plaster, castor oil pack, ice massage, immersion baths, hot air baths, showers, body wraps, and friction treatments. This course also provides the student with basic information on properties of water and hydrodynamic principles that are essential to the techniques of hydrotherapy. The techniques of application, the physiological effects, the therapeutic uses, the indications and contraindications, the hazards and safety measures for each hydrotherapy, heat and cold modality shall be taught. The practical component will involve students applying many of the hydrotherapy applications along with explaining the treatments as homecare for their clients. Basic principles of ultrasound, interferential current, TENS, and electrical stimulation are also presented. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

Semester 3
MS2010 Massage Treatments I
Description: N/A

MS3022 Outreach I
This course will require the student to work in a group setting in order to create and deliver educational presentations to community agencies. Students will learn the theory and application of therapeutic ultrasound in a safe and effective manner through the use of relevant case studies. As well, the theory and application of sports massage therapy will be studied. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MS2002 Clinic 1
The focus of this course is to introduce the student to the clinical experience. The student will have the opportunity to practice their massage therapy skills at a health care based venue. Students will apply their clinical skills with the healthy client. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

Semester 4
MS3012 Massage Treatments II
Description: N/A

MS4003 Clinic II
The focus of this course is to build on the previous clinical experience by designing and implementing treatment plans for a variety of clinical situations. Reflection and self-evaluation exercises will provide opportunity for personal and clinical growth. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist. Co Requisites: Massage Treatments III (MST-4005).

MS4013 Outreach II
The community outreach will provide students with multidisciplinary experience ranging from chronic complex health conditions to athletic related injuries. Students will focus on developing their assessment, treatment and self-care skills. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MS4033 Massage and Pathophysiology I
In this course students will gain an in depth knowledge of the many pathologic conditions and will explore the cause and treatment of the pathology from a massage therapist’s standpoint. The course will begin with the fundamentals and progress to a study of each of the following system conditions; integumentary, musculoskeletal, lymph & immune, nervous, and circulatory. The ability to make informed decision about the safety and applicability of massage therapy will be emphasized. Critical thinking skills will be developed along with the ability to find information independently and to identify the variables that contribute to informed clinical decisions. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be directly applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MS4006  Assessments I
In this course students will be introduced to the various components of regional orthopedic testing and muscle testing.  Applied anatomy and health history interview will be reviewed and expanded upon for a deeper understanding and application.  Systematic approaches to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation will be covered with emphasis on a simplified assessment procedure.  The student will adhere to the Principles, Standards of Practice, Policies and Position Statements as established by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and The Council.  The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be directly applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

CM1913 Communications I (on site or open learning)

Communications 1 is designed to enhance the practical nursing students’ writing, speaking and critical thinking skills as required in both academic and workplace settings. Students reinforce correct grammar and mechanics usage, develop specialized medical terminology and apply effective writing techniques to produce a variety of documents. Topics covered include: the communications process; the writing process (planning, composing, editing); paragraph development; methods of research and documentation (A.P.A. format); summarizing techniques as well as essay/research paper development and composition.

Semester 5
MS4010 Massage Treatments III
In this course students will expand on their existing knowledge of treatment planning and massage treatment using a systematic approach for the investigation and treatment of the thorax and low back injuries, central nervous system conditions, peripheral nervous conditions, arthritides, and connective tissue diseases. Clinical presentation and etiology of various musculoskeletal and neurological injuries will be explored.  Focus is placed on implementing general Swedish massage techniques, specialized techniques, remedial exercises and hydrotherapy in an organized evidence based treatment plan. Students will have the opportunity to further enhance skills in basic Swedish massage manipulations and of specialized techniques including lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular inhibition techniques, fascial release, myofascial trigger point release, frictions, muscle stripping, joint mobilization, remedial exercises and active inhibition techniques. Integration of the student’s knowledge of hydrotherapy, assessment, anatomy and physiology will be necessary to develop safe and effective massage treatments. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be directly applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MS5003 Massage Clinic III
This course provides students with the opportunity to consolidate prior learning with individuals experiencing acute/chronic medical and psychological alterations. The student will be able to demonstrate advanced skills, judgment and independence in the implementation of complete massage therapy treatment plans. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MS5006 Outreach III
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to practice comprehensive massage therapy in clinical settings within the community. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist. Co-requisites: Massage Treatments IV (MST-5005).

BU4063 Introduction to Small Business
This course deals with the skills and knowledge required to set up a small, independent business. Topics include the entrepreneurial skills required to become self-employed, business registration, legal ownership, research and analysis, small business marketing, finance and business planning.

MS5023 Massage and Pathophysiology II
Description: N/A

MS5016 Assessments II
In this course students will be introduced to the various components of neurological testing. Applied neurological anatomy and physiology along with appropriate health history interview will be reviewed and expanded upon for a deeper understanding and application. Systematic approaches to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation will be covered with emphasis on incorporating knowledge attained from Assessments I with a full neurological assessment. The student will adhere to the Principles, Standards of Practice, Policies and Position Statements as established by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and The Council. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be directly applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

Semester 6
MS6022 Massage Therapy Consolidation
Description: N/A

MS5018 Massage and Pathophysiology II
In this course students will gain an in depth knowledge of the many pathologic conditions and will explore the cause and treatment of the pathology from a massage therapist’s standpoint. The topics will include the following system conditions, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, and cancer. The ability to make informed decision about the safety and applicability of massage therapy will be emphasized. Critical thinking skills will be developed along with the ability to find information independently and to identify the variables that contribute to informed clinical decisions. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be directly applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MS6004 Massage Clinic IV
Description: N/A

MS6032 Assessments III
This course will reinforce concepts covered in Assessments I & II. Student and instructor developed case studies for each area of the body will be explored with an interactive classroom environment. The case study approach will be used to foster independent and critical thinking skills. Practice of individual orthopedic and neurological assessment tasks, history taking, posture, gait, palpation, and simple assessment vs. complex assessment will be emphasized. Discussion of possible massage treatment for the various case studies once a clinical impression is formed will also be explored. The student will adhere to the Principles, Standards of Practice, Policies and Position Statements as established by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and The Council. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be directly applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

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Articulation Agreements – Universities
Program Degree at Receiving University
Massage Therapy Brock (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts Community Health
Paramedic University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Practical Nursing Bachelor of Allied Health Science (Honours)
Medical Laboratory Technician
Pre-Health Sciences Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Practical Nursing University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)
Lakehead (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RPN Bridging Program
Ryerson (Ontario)
Bachelor of Health Administration Health Information Management or Bachelor of Health Administration Health Services Management
Practical Nursing Thompson Rivers (BC)
Paramedic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)
Massage Therapy

Note 1: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.
Note 2: Ryerson University may ask applicants to complete two or three university level liberal studies courses prior to admission.