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School of Health

Massage Therapy Diploma Program Winnipeg

Make a difference as a Massage Therapist and improve the health and quality of life of your clients.

Program Delivery

Hybrid

Program Overview

The 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. 

Program Delivery

Hybrid Learning

  • A mix of online and on-campus learning.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of remote learning without sacrificing valuable in-person training under the guidance of your instructors.
  • You only come to the campus for scheduled in-person labs! The theory portion of the program is delivered online through Brightspace, our online learning platform.

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Campus Locations

Campus Availability

Winnipeg
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International Students

The Massage Therapy International program is also taught through our Winnipeg campus for international students.

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Program Details

Quick Facts

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Format:

Winnipeg Campus

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Duration:

120 Weeks (30 Months)

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Schedule:

20 Hours a Week

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Practicum:

20 Weeks (4 hours per day)
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Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

  • Canadian high school diploma or equivalent verified by transcript
  • 60% minimum in Grade 12 Math, English, Biology
  • Successful interview with Robertson College
  • Clear Criminal Record Check
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Check

 

Mature Admission

  • Must be at least 19 years of age and one year out of high school
  • Successful interview with Robertson College
  • Successful completion of the Reading and Writing Accuplacer units with a minimum score of 245 in each unit
  • Successful completion of Robertson Biology Entrance Assessment
  • Clear Criminal Record Check
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Check 

 

English Language Requirement

If English is not a student’s primary language, proof of English proficiency is required as demonstrated by:

  • A Canadian Language Benchmark level of 7,7,7,7 or equivalent

 

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Affiliation

This program is accredited by the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba Inc.
Robertson College is a member of the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools.

Career Opportunities

You could be earning in less than a year
$33,280-$62,400

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

Instruction takes place online and in person. Learners have the option to join real time lectures every week with their peers and instructors. Hands on classes are scheduled and mandatory.

September 26, 2022
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New start dates are being released all the time. Contact us for more dates.

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.

Learning Experience

Classes
Have the flexibility to live your life while going to school with our half-day classes. Our flexible start dates and small class sizes give you plenty of opportunities to learn when it’s best for you and gain the hands-on skills to succeed in any industry.

Industry-Leading 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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Practicum

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.

Book a Massage at the Student Massage Therapy Clinic

Clinical training in our professional student clinic is a core part of the Massage Therapy educational experience at Robertson.  

The clinic is open to the public – as a client, not only would you have the opportunity to experience massage therapy treatments at a discounted rate, you would also be assisting our students in a key part of their training.

If you’re looking for an affordable massage treatment, consider booking a massage at the Robertson Massage Therapy Clinic.

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Program Availability

This program is delivered through our Winnipeg campus.

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Enroll before July 15 to receive a $1,500 study credit towards an eligible diploma program.