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Further your training with the Advanced Massage Therapy diploma program at Robertson College Calgary.
- Ideal for students looking to advance their massage therapy careers, this program will provide the in-depth knowledge required to further your professional practice
- Building on the concepts, techniques and skills gained in Massage Therapy (Year 1), the Advanced program will further explore Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology
- In-depth study into the area of Orthopaedic Assessment will allow you to properly assess and provide treatment
- Have the opportunity to apply the concepts and techniques you learned in the classroom at our on-site public clinic and various outreach events
This program is delivered through our Calgary campus.
This program is currently only taught at our calgary campus.
42 Weeks (9 Months)
5 Days a Week
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Our admissions agents can work with you to ensure you meet the program’s criteria. This program is not currently open to International Students.
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Our students are trained to start a career as a Massage Therapist or Remedial Massage Therapist.
You could be earning in less than a year
Lifetime Career Services
Even though you’ll leave Robertson once you graduate, we will support you throughout your career. Our team will help you with resume building, job hunting and interview preparation and will continue to guide you as you advance in your role.
Before you graduate, you’ll be paired with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that are committed to your success and helping you thrive.
Learn more about Lifetime Career Services.
Next Start Dates
Daily online real-time lectures with your instructor; on-campus scheduled lab classes
Topics of Study
Physiology II - 100 hours
The goal of this course is to creates a detailed understanding of the muscular system of the vertebral column, thorax, abdominopelvic cavity, and the perineum. This includes a thorough examination of the location, origin, insertion, action, and nerve supply of each muscle. Along with the above, accurate palpation of accessible muscles are demonstrated with guided practice of proper techniques.
Pathophysiology II - 100 hours
Provides an understanding of how cells, tissues, organ and 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.
Pathophysiology III - 100 hours
Provides an understanding of the muscular system; its organization and components, neurons, synapses and receptors, the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and 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 II - 100 hours
Provides an understanding of blood and blood disorders; the immune system; its organization and components, and its disorders. A key goal is to become familiar with normal physiology and then the pathophysiology associated with the system.
Clinical Massage Treatments III - 100 hours
This course will provide an understanding of systemic and/or orthopedic pathology as it relates to the muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems. This course also provide an understanding of normal physiology of the endocrine and circulatory systems.
Orthopedic Assessment II - 75 hours
Provides an understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to the respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and integumentary systems and psychopathologies.
Orthopedic Assessment III - 75 hours
Explores treatment (utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises) of 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 (tension headache, migraine, torticollis), and joint dysfunctions (DDD, OA, RA, AS, gout, TMD), systemic disorders (HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, digestive disorders, arterial/venous insufficiency) and a review of musculoskeletal injuries.
Orthopedic Assessment IV - 50 hours
Reviews treatment (utilizing all manual therapy techniques including hydrotherapy and rehabilitation exercises) of CNS disorders (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, Raynauds, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins), and compression and peripheral nervous system conditions.
Have the flexibility to live your life while learning remotely in our Virtual Classroom. Our flexible start dates, small class sizes and online learning tool Brightspace will help you stay on track with your assignments and connect with your peers and instructors.
Learn from industry professionals who bring real-life experience into the classroom. You can book office hours or get virtual support from your instructors through Brightspace, where you can schedule video appointments and use instant messenger to ask questions.
Lifelong Career Services
Connect with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that will help you with resume building, interview preparation and networking.
Financial Assistance and Funding
Robertson offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation. Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.
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The practicum is an essential part of a student’s program. It is not merely a graduation requirement; it is an extension of the in-class learning. The practicum asks you to apply the skills, theories, and concepts that you learned in your classes in an entry-level work experience situation.
Practicum must begin and end within the dates outlined in your program schedule and enrolment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment and is presently available in 2 formats:
- A jointly-procured practicum where you work directly with our WorkForce team to enhance your career development skills while obtaining a placement
- A structured training related project delivered by industry professionals. Developed in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, this option allows you to stay on track to graduate if restrictions prevent physical placements
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This program is delivered through our Calgary campus.