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Prepare for your new career as a Massage Therapist with the Massage Therapy diploma program at Robertson College.  Combining theory with practical training, this comprehensive program covers everything that Massage Therapists must know, fully preparing you for a career in physiotherapy clinics, spas, chiropractic practices, sports injury clinics, fitness centres and wellness centres.

Take this course at one of the following campuses
  • winnipeg
  • brandon
  • calgary

Program Overview

The 2-year Massage Therapy program at Robertson College Winnipeg provides research and evidence-informed education that goes beyond the standards in the key areas of anatomy, physiology, therapeutic techniques, and research.ensuring our graduates are fully prepared for future board exams and to start their careers as a Massage Therapist or Remedial Massage Therapist.

Our curriculum ensures our graduates are fully prepared for future board exams and are ready to start their careers as a Massage Therapist or Remedial Massage Therapist.

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Program Courses

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy I [75 Hours]

    Gain an understanding of the skeletal system and its development and learn to identify bony landmarks. You will also study the articulations of the skeletal system as well as the relevant ligaments and the nerve supply of the upper and lower extremity.

    All of the above will be taught in a manner that introduces and reinforces proper anatomical and medical terminology necessary for professional practice. 

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy II [90 Hours]

    In this course, you will develop a detailed understanding of the muscular system of the upper limb, lower limb and skull. This will include a thorough examination of the location, origin, insertion, action, and nerve supply of each muscle. Along with the above, accurate palpation of accessible muscles will be demonstrated with guided practice of proper techniques.

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy III [90 Hours]

    In this course, you will gain a detailed understanding of the muscular system of the vertebral column, thorax, abdominal wall, abdominopelvic cavity and the perineum. This will include a thorough examination of the location, origin, insertion, action, and nerve supply of each muscle. Along with the above, accurate palpation of accessible muscles will be demonstrated with guided practice of proper techniques.

  • Pathophysiology I [90 Hours]

    Gain an understanding of blood and its disorders. You will also learn about the immune system, its organization and components as well as its disorders. A key goal is to become familiar with normal physiology and then the pathophysiology association with the system.

  • Pathophysiology II [100 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of systemic and/or orthopedic pathology as it relates to the muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, and circulatory systems. This course will also provide you with an understanding of the normal physiology of the endocrine and circulatory systems.

  • Pathophysiology III [110 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to the digestive, urinary, reproductive, and the integumentary and endocrine systems.

  • Physiology I [90 Hours]

    In this course, you will learn about how cells, tissues, organs and the organ systems function together to create one organism. A key goal is to become familiar with normal physiology to be able to comprehend pathological conditions as presented later in the program.

  • Physiology II [90 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of the musculature system as well as the nervous system including its organization and components, neurons, synapses and receptors, the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, and the cardiovascular system. A key goal is to become familiar with normal physiology to be able to comprehend pathological conditions as presented later in the program.

  • Clinical Massage Treatments I [110 Hours]

    In this course, you will develop an understanding of postural dysfunctions and its treatment utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises. You will examine postural dysfunctions (fascial and muscle imbalances, ITB friction syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome, hyper/hypolordosis, scoliosis), overuse injuries (plantar fasciitis, periostitis and compartment syndromes, tendonitis, bursitis, adhesive capsulitis), conditions of the head and neck (WAD, torticollis) and joint dysfunctions (DDD, OA, RA, AS, and gout), as well as a review of musculoskeletal injuries. As well, you will learn to interpret assessment findings in order to formulate a clinical impression/differential diagnosis for conditions covered. You will learn to recognize conditions requiring urgent and non-urgent medical attention, and will how to respond appropriately to each. Class discussions will also cover when clients may benefit from community services.

  • Clinical Massage Treatments II [100 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of CNS disorders including communication aids, ambulation aids, decubitus ulcers, seizures, hemiplegia, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, polio, MS, Parkinsons, respiratory conditions (sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma), systemic conditions (fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, dupuytren’s contracture, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes), circulatory dysfunctions (hypertension, heart failure), and compression and peripheral nervous system conditions. You will also learn about the treatment of CNS disorders utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises. You will learn to interpret assessment findings in order to formulate a clinical impression/differential diagnosis for conditions covered. As well, you will learn to recognize conditions requiring urgent and non-urgent medical attention, and how to respond appropriately to each. Class discussions will identify when clients may benefit from community services.

  • Clinical Massage Treatments III [85 Hours]

    This course is the completion of Clinical Massage Treatments and will provide opportunity to review treatment and assessment (utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises) for all conditions learned to date. Additionally, there will be time spent addressing research, poster projects, and when required, board exam practice/prep. You will review how to interpret assessment findings in order to formulate a clinical impression/differential diagnosis for all previous conditions covered. As well, you will review how to recognize conditions requiring urgent and non-urgent medical attention, and will review how to respond appropriately to each. You will review situations where a client may benefit from community services.

  • Orthopedic Assessment I [100 Hours]

    This course will provide the understanding of orthopedic physical assessment in a straight forward, systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal assessment and the rationale behind various aspects of the assessment. This course will provide an understanding of principles and concepts of assessment, gait and posture analysis.

  • Orthopedic Assessment II [70 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of orthopedic physical assessment in a straight forward, systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal assessment and the rationale behind various aspects of the assessment. This course will provide an understanding of principles and concepts of assessment, as well as assessment of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand, and hip.

  • Orthopedic Assessment III [70 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of orthopedic physical assessment in a straightforward, systematic approach to performing a neuromusculoskeletal assessment and the rationale behind various aspects of the assessment. This course will provide an understanding of principles and concepts of assessment, as well as assessment of the knee, lower leg, ankle, and foot. As well a review of all orthopedic assessment studied thus far, as well as practice using orthopedic assessment with case studies.

  • Orthopedic Assessment IV [45 Hours]

    This course builds on the foundation formed in previous courses, students continue to develop their knowledge of orthopedic physical assessment and obtain an even greater understanding of the concepts and principles of assessing the spine and peripheral joints.

  • Pharmacology [15 Hours]

    This course introduces the student to the general principles underlying the use of drugs. In addition, the student is introduced to common uses and effects of drugs, implications of how medications are administered, and client safety guidelines to incorporate into everyday practice.

  • Communication and Ethics [60 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of the acceptance of responsibility for professional communication, conformance to intraprofessional and inter-professional communication methods and standards, and use of conflict resolution and problem solving techniques. It will also provide an understanding of the establishment of professional client relations, formation of sound judgments about therapeutic vs. non-therapeutic boundary and trust issues, and the formation of sound judgments about sexual impropriety, boundary and trust issues.

  • Business and Legal Practice [40 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of accepted business management concepts, the establishment of external business relationships, the development of adequate documentation and record keeping, conformance to common law, and participation in quality assurance program.

  • Introduction to Research [40 Hours]

    This course will introduce you to the topic of research including what research is, the importance of research, and the various methods that researchers use to investigate problems. As part of the course, you will be challenged to develop a research proposal.

  • Clinical Rehabilitation and Kinesiology [50 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of the application of general principles of kinesiology, general principles of therapeutic exercise, the application of range-of-motion exercises, and the application of resistance/strength exercises. As well, this course will provide an understanding of the application of cardiovascular exercise, application of static control, movement and functional rehabilitative applications, and design of an exercise program.

  • Exercise and Nutritional Physiology [50 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of basic concepts of exercise physiology, the role of macro nutrients, the role of micronutrients, the role of fibre, and basic nutritional concepts.

  • Massage Theory and Practice [110 Hours]

    This course will provide you with a brief review of the history and contemporary use of Massage Therapy, the application of various massage theories, the practice of appropriate client care, support of public health practices and the application and understanding of Swedish massage techniques.

  • General Principles and Techniques I [55 Hours]

    This course will provide you with an understanding of general treatment principles, stretching, joint mobilization techniques, traction & nonspecific mobilization, lymphatic drainage, and hydrotherapy.

  • General Principles and Techniques II [145 Hours]

    This course will provide an understanding of connective tissue techniques, neuromuscular techniques, and friction therapy. As well, it examines treatments for pain syndrome management techniques, gastrointestinal conditions (constipation and irritable bowel) and common musculoskeletal injuries (sprains, strains, cruciate and meniscal injuries, dislocations, fractures, plantar fasciitis, periostitis and compartment syndromes, tendinopathies, bursitis and adhesive capsulitis).

  • Public Clinic/Outreach/Industry Practicum [310 Hours]

    Your clinical experience is structured to facilitate a dynamic learning process and students will need to attain “Hands-on Treatment Credits” under the supervision of Registered Massage Therapists. Gain hands-on experience during scheduled Clinic Days and through scheduled outreach and/or practicum placements. This is one of the most important aspects of patient care which will allow you to provide services while developing your skills at key points in your training program. As well, the college will provide outreach opportunities, specifically targeted clinics, for the purpose of providing you with unique opportunities to develop certain skill sets while providing services for the designated population of clients. Community-based placements may also be provided.

  • CPR / First Aid [10 Hours]

    As part of your program, you will attain your First Aid/CPR certifications

what you could be earning upon completion of the program$40,000 - 60,000wage data taken from: jobbank.gc.ca
program duration2 Years

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent i.e. GED, ABE, post-secondary Diploma or Degree) verified by copy of transcript
  • Passing grade in English; Grade 11 or 12 Biology and/or Chemistry, verified by Registrar
  • Successful completion of the Robertson College entrance test with a final minimum overall score of 70% and a minimum of 70% in Logic, Reading & General portions of the test
  • For applicants whose first language is not English or International Students, proof of English proficiency is required (CLB, TOEFL or IELTS assessments) or the successful completion of Wonderlic English Test
  • Criminal Record Check - Sterling Backcheck (CRC with Vulnerable Sector Search required upon the start of Year 2 of the program)


Tuition

$19,995.00 (tuition, linen, equipment, fees included)

Financial assistance is available to students who qualify. Students enrolled in this program qualify for the RC Student Laptop Program and will be given a laptop computer to use for the duration of the 2-year program.




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