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The 2-year Massage Therapy program at Robertson College Winnipeg provides research and evidence-informed education that meets the National Standards in all areas of the program – with a strong focus on anatomy, therapeutic techniques, and research to ensure our graduates are prepared to meet the requirements of provincial regulation and to start their careers as a Registered Massage Therapist.
This program is delivered through our Winnipeg campus.
This program is currently only taught at our winnipeg campus.
120 weeks (30 Months)
5 Days a Week
20 Weeks (4 Hours per day)
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Standard Admission Requirements
- Canadian high school or equivalent verified by transcript
- 60% minimum in Grade 12 Math, English, Biology, and Chemistry
- Successful interview with Robertson College
Mature Admission Requirements
- Must be at least 19 years of age and one year out of high school
- Successful interview with Robertson College
- Successful completion of an academic entrance assessment aptitude test
International Student Admission Requirements
For international applicants and applicants whose first language is not English, proof of English proficiency is required. One of the following is required:
- IELTS 6.0 or higher
- TOEFL (IBT) 80 or higher
- CELPIP 7 or higher
- Successful completion of IAE4 with Robertson College
As well, students applying as an International Student will require all of the following:
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- G12 English
- G12 Mathematics
- G12 Biology
- G12 Chemistry
Exceptions may be considered. Please contact our International Admissions team for more information regarding admission requirements.Contact Admissions
Next Start Dates
Daily online real-time lectures with your instructor; on-campus scheduled lab classes
Topics of Study
Anatomy and Physiology 1 - 120 hours
This course introduces students to human anatomy and the 12 major organ systems. Students will develop an understanding of the structure, physiology and function of these systems, as well as basic medical terminology and common diseases and disorders of each. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of anatomy as it relates to Massage Therapy practice.
Anatomy and Physiology 2 - 120 hours
This course builds on Anatomy and Physiology 1 and introduces students to the remaining 7 major organ systems. Students will develop an understanding of the structure, physiology and function of these systems, as well as basic medical terminology and common diseases and disorders of each. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of anatomy as it relates to Massage Therapy practice.
Assessment - 200 hours
This course introduces students to how to assess and effectively treat clients. The course will introduce students to the assessment process, assessment considerations, assessment instruments, and best practice in documenting work with clients. Students will develop the skills to practice ethical, empathetic and professional assessment and documentation.
Cellular Biology - 60 hours
This course introduces students to human physiology. Students will become familiar with the cellular, chemical and tissue function of the body. Students will explore the concept of homeostasis as it relates to health and wellness.
Clinical Treatment - 200 hours
This course builds on the content of Massage Techniques l and ll, and develops student’s understanding of more complex clinical massage therapy treatments. Students will develop the skills to incorporate assessment data, research evidence and clinical experience into developing safe client centered treatment plans.
Communication for Massage Therapists - 60 hours
This course introduces students to the core concepts of communication and the importance of effective communication within the profession. Ideas such as communicating professionally, conflict resolution, team communication, and inter-cultural communication will be explored using a variety of approaches. Students will develop and strengthen the communication skills needed to communicate effectively with supervisors, co-workers, and clients in a massage therapy setting.
Entry to Practice - 60 hours
This course prepares students for entry-to-practice Massage Therapy certification assessments. Students will develop the skills to study for and successfully complete local certification exams.
Introduction to Massage Therapy - 60 hours
This course introduces students to the field of Massage Therapy. The course will provide students with the opportunity to understand Massage Therapy competencies, ethics and related legislation. Students will explore emerging issues and trends within the discipline.
Massage Techniques 1 - 60 hours
This course introduces students to the practical and hands-on competence of the Massage Therapy discipline. In this course, students will develop an understanding of palpation of soft and bony structures.
Massage Techniques 2 - 240 hours
This course builds on the content of Massage Techniques l and extends student’s familiarity with massage therapy techniques. The course builds students’ practical understanding of the techniques, indications, safety considerations, effects and outcomes of a variety of massage techniques.
Massage Techniques 3 - 180 hours
This course provides the student with an opportunity to expand their repertoire of massage therapy techniques and understand adjunct therapies within the scope of practice of a Massage Therapist. Using a case study approach, the student will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills at an advanced level and demonstrate the competencies required for entry-to-practice. This is a hands-on course.
Practice Management - 120 hours
This course introduces students to the steps involved in starting and running a successful Massage Therapy practice. In this course, students will explore how to develop a successful business plan, the fundamentals of practice management, the fundamentals of accounting, and how to set fees. Students will be introduced to marketing principles.
Professionalism - 60 hours
This course introduces students to the concept of professional practice and developing a professional identity. This course will also introduce students to career preparation strategies. Students will explore job search strategies, interviews and other career management strategies. Students will develop an understanding of the various stages of a professional career.
Research Methods - 80 hours
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the research process as it applies to the Massage Therapy discipline. Students will develop an understanding of research design, data collection processes and skills. Students will develop critical thinking and appraisal skills. This course strengthens student’s ability to engage in research practice within the field.
Therapeutic Exercise - 120 hours
This course introduces students to the concept of therapeutic exercise. Students will develop an understanding of the general principles of kinesiology and develop strategies to support therapeutic exercise. Students will develop an understanding of the techniques, indications, safety considerations, effects, outcomes and modifications of therapeutic exercise strategies.
Therapeutic Relationship - 80 hours
This course introduces students to concepts and strategies which support client-centered care. Students will explore the importance of power, understand the ideas of transference and countertransference, and understand how to employ therapeutic touch. Students will develop the capacity to facilitate therapeutic relationships within the scope of Massage Therapy practice.
Thermal and Hydrotherapy Applications - 100 hours
This course introduces students to a variety of applications that are designed to enhance the massage therapy experience. Students will be introduced to thermal applications, contrast applications, and hydrotherapy. They will develop an understanding of techniques, indications, considerations and modifications of each therapy.
Practicum/Clinical/Outreach - 400 hours
The Practicum/Clinical/Outreach experience is composed of an integrated work and learning experience. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 400 hours of practical experience in a professional clinic setting within the public, not-for-profit and private business settings throughout the program. Students will be expected to participate in both clinical and outreach practicum experiences to obtain the 400 hour requirement. This course is designed to help students integrate academic learning with the realities of the work environment.
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.
*The financial assistance and funding is not applicable for international students.
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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 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.
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This program is delivered through our Winnipeg campus.