Massage Therapy Diploma

Massage Therapy Diploma Summary

ABM College offers a comprehensive two-year massage therapy diploma program. In year one, students are introduced to theories and concepts of therapeutic massage through topics such as bio­mechanics, communication, safety and postural assessment  orthopaedic assessment, palpation, and range of motion. The second year qualifies graduates to work as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). Students learn how to safely and effectively treat both general and specific pathological conditions as permitted within the scope of Massage Therapy. Students increase their understanding of the human body and learn to treat a variety of common musculoskeletal  conditions.

Interactive Classroom Environment

Instructors ensure students have access to additional support and tutoring

Meet Provincial Certification Standards

Upon graduation students become registered massage therapists (RMTs)

On-Campus Student Massage Clinic

Students get their required hours with first-hand experience on real clients in a real clinic

Diploma

Massage Therapy

Length

90 Weeks
In-class and
In-clinic Blend 

Location

Calgary Campus

Offered

Classroom
Blended

Available

Morning
Evening
Weekend

Career Opportunities

  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • Independent Practitioner
  • Fitness/Sports Massage Therapist
  • Clinic Massage Therapist
  • Spa Massage Therapistabm college massage therapy
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Massage Therapy Diploma Description

With the increased focus on Massage Therapy as an important component of patient rehabilitation, this field has become one of the fastest-growing within the Canadian Health Care system. ABM College has responded to this growth by designing a high quality and hands-on Massage Therapy Diploma program that prepares graduates for entry-level employment as massage therapists in a variety of clinical environments.

Our Massage Therapy Diploma program provides students with potential careers within this dynamic field through both detailed academic study and practical hands-on experience. The academic portion of this program provides in-depth knowledge of human body systems, while the technical portion provides insight into the various massage therapy techniques utilized by modern practitioners. Students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct a systematic patient assessment, frame treatment plans, provide effective and safe treatment, and analyze outcomes.

Advanced Massage Therapy is a second year follow up students can take after the first year of Massage Therapy. It builds upon the teachings in the first year and qualifies graduates to work as Registered Massage Therapists in Alberta.

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ONE of these criteria*:
Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with verified transcript
-OR-
General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.), plus English 30-1 or equivalent with minimum score of 65%, successful interview with ABM College Administration, and if student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 with SLE Language Evaluation Test (Accuplacer)

*All students must provide a clear criminal record check prior to commencing practicum.

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of these criteria*:
1. At least 18 years of age prior to admission
2. Out of high school for at least two years prior to admission
3. Score of 15 or higher on Entrance Exam (Scholastic Wonderlic)
4. Successful interview with ABM College Administration
5. If student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 with SLE Language Evaluation Test (Accuplacer)

*All students must provide a clear criminal record check prior to commencing practicum.

Testimonials

Next Program Start Dates:

August 13, 2020

September 8, 2020

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Massage Therapy Program Information Kit

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    *If you do not reside in Canada, please refer to our International Student page.

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"The instructors are highly trained and knowledgeable on the courses/subjects that they teach. Management is also very helpful, and they are always there to answer any questions that students might be having. Thank you ABM for your support."
Admasu W.

"As a Massage Therapy student, I'm really enjoying my studies right now. I enjoy learning the anatomy and physiology, I enjoy learning the different kinds of strokes of massage to treat the body. As you learn the treatment, you start to have the knowledge on how to help other people through proper techniques."
Concepcion Pasay

"My professor was very knowledgeable of the curriculum she was handling, from classroom to laboratory. My clinical instructor was also very knowledgeable, helping me to experience actual work, very safe for me, my clients and others. I am very proud to have graduated from ABM College."
Cyrus Preglo

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Massage Therapy Course Components

Course Description: Students learn Swedish massage techniques and their effects. Students learn how to drape and properly perform a full body massage. Students learn how Massage affects the different systems of the body. Students are able to understand and explain how massage therapy works. Students will understand the mechanical and physiological effects of massage.

Course Description: Students study and learn ethical standards for the health professional. Students learn how to make ethical, safe, and professional decisions.

Course Description: Students begin their introduction to clinical work. Student therapists work under the supervision of a RMT to provide massage therapy to a variety of clientele in the community. 

Course Description: Students obtain an introduction to the human body and all of the systems. Students learn the body’s cellular level of organization and structure and function of the four tissues of the body, with an emphasis on skin, muscle, bone, and nerve.

Course Description:

Students learn basic assessments of the body. Students learn how to do Active, Passive and Resisted Range of motion testing. They also learn postural assessment, gait analysis, normal ranges of motion. Students are introduced to orthopedic specialized tests and how to complete them on the lower body.

Course Description: Students will learn Osteology and Myology together. They begin with the bones, bone tissue, and bony landmarks. Students will learn all skeletal muscles of the body. With emphasize on Origins, Insertions, Actions, and Innervation. Bone and muscle physiology is also covered in this class.

Course Description: Students will learn Hydrotherapy or Temperature Therapy. Students will have a large practical component in this course. The use of heat and cold is used as a way to treat and control inflammation.

Course Description: Students will learn the anatomical and physiological properties of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. This course teaches the student about blood, the heart, lungs, and blood vessels in detail and how they are related to massage therapy. This course also includes a detailed look at the lymphatic system and immune system.  

Course Description: Students will further their knowledge and skills in massage therapy. Students will learn how to apply safe and effective massage treatments using advanced techniques. They will learn athletic massage, massage to specific muscle groups and massage for special populations.

Course Description: This course has been designed to provide students with a basic and clear understanding of pharmacology, in relation to Massage Therapy. Student therapists will learn the importance of understanding drug interactions, contraindications and effects drugs will have on a massage treatment.

Course Description: Students will learn the many career paths they may take as a massage therapist. Theory of clinical and spa settings, pay structure and expectations, and the difference between sub-contracting and employee status will be clearly explained. Students will engage in class discussion, and apply their knowledge to create resumes and obtain a desirable job. Students will learn how to present themselves in a competitive job market.

Course Description: Students are given the opportunity to work on special populations, under the supervisor of an RMT in a variety of settings. Outreaches are carefully chosen to include a variety of events, including sports, hospital care and charity situations. Students are allowed equal opportunity to enroll in various Outreaches, and are required to reflect back on their experiences.

Diploma Program | Offered in Calgary

With the increased focus on massage therapy as an important component of patient rehabilitation, this field has become one of the fastest-growing within the Canadian health care system. ABM College has responded to this growth by designing a Massage Therapy program which prepares students for entry-level employment as massage therapists.

Our Massage Therapy Program at ABM College prepares students for a career within this rapidly growing field through detailed academic study and practical hands-on experience. The academic portion of this course provides in-depth knowledge of human body systems while the technical portion of this program provides insight to the various massage therapy techniques utilized by modern practitioners. Students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct a systematic patient assessment, frame treatment plans, provide effective and safe treatment, and analyze outcomes.

Next start date: September 10, 2018 | January 7, 2019 || Mar 4, 2018

88 Weeks of in-class academic and clinical instruction – Approximately 2230 hours

An in-house practicum throughout the duration of the program

Program Outline

  • Provide students with the skills, knowledge, and professionalism required to become qualified and competent practitioners of massage therapy
  • Promote student ethical responsibility
  • Develop strong student understanding of the functions and structure of human body systems
  • Develop key student treatment skills, e.g. palpation, which are required for body assessment and framing treatment plans within the scope of massage therapy
  • Develop student communication skills to effectively converse with clients, co-workers, and colleagues
  • Inspire students to seek learning opportunities throughout their professional careers
  • Learn about human relations, anatomy and the physiology of the body systems
  • Build a base in theory and techniques, orthopaedic assessments
  • Learn about hydrotherapy and neuro-physiology
  • Development of the technical skills and practical knowledge required to be a health care practitioner

Method of Learning

  • Self Directed
  • Traditional Lecture
  • In-house massage clinic

Who Should Enrol?

Massage Therapists help others by reducing stress, decreasing pain, and rehabilitating injuries through the application of massage techniques.

If you enjoy working with your hands and have a genuine interest in working at a massage therapy clinic or in establishing your own business, then enrol in our Massage Therapy program NOW!

Job Opportunities

  • Chiropractic Clinics
  • Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Medical and Health Centres
  • Private Physician Offices
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Fitness Institutions
  • Aesthetic and Health Spas
  • Massage Therapy Schools

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following

  • Alberta high school diploma or equivalent, with 50% or better in a Grade 12 biology course.
  • Successful interview with the school administration.
  • Provide completed current immunization report.
  • Clean criminal background.
  • Physically capable of performing strenuous activities.

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following

  • 18 years or older and have successful completion of the ABM admission test.
  • Successful interview with the school administration.
  • Provide completed current immunization report.
  • Clean criminal background.
  • Physically capable of performing strenuous activities.

For further information about our Massage Therapy program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.