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Join the growing healthcare field with a quality program that contains hands-on clinical experience and a quality curriculum. All of our campuses are CMTCA-accredited. Plus, scholarships are available for students of the program.

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Type

Diploma

Duration

88 Weeks

Internship

440 Hours

Program Outline

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About The Massage Therapy Program

Begin a rewarding career in healthcare and make a difference in the lives of your patients each and every day by enrolling in this Massage Therapy program. Learn from highly qualified instructors, build practical, hands-on experience through your clinical internship, and graduate confident and job-ready. With a 100% employment rate in 2021, our Massage Therapy graduates were employed in a relevant job within 12 months. Students are also able to take advantage of scholarships and employment opportunities through our industry partnerships.

Career Opportunities

The Massage Therapy diploma program will qualify graduates to pursue positions in private clinics, multi-disciplinary clinics, spas, wellness centers, and self-employment.

Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • Massage Addict
  • Advanced Health & Physiotherapy 
  • A Human Touch Massage Clinic
  • Nova Physiotherapy 
  • 360 Health
  • Rehab One

Salary

98 %

Employment Rate*

$ 36

Average Wage/hr**

$ 51

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2022 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 3236 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar and based on Nova Scotia data. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Dec 2022.

Program Details

Are you interested in helping and treating others who may suffer from acute and chronic pain? Whether you’re helping to reduce stress or providing relief from muscle conditions, the Massage Therapy program at Eastern College is an ideal fit if you’re interested in promoting health and wellness.

Massage Therapy is a growing field and is suited to those who are interested in a career in healthcare. Massage therapy school prepares you for careers in the field by blending theoretical knowledge with hands-on instruction. You will receive instruction from highly qualified and experienced faculty and build and strengthen practical skills over the course of a 440-hour clinical internship. When you enroll in the RMT course you will study concepts such as Anatomy and Physiology, Ethics and Professionalism, and Hydrotherapy so that you gain knowledge across all areas of massage therapy.

We take pride in offering an exceptional massage therapy training that goes beyond the classroom. We understand the significance of hands-on experience, which is why all our campuses feature fully operational massage therapy clinics open to the public. These clinics serve as invaluable platforms for our students to gain real-life practice by working with paying clients. Under the guidance of registered massage therapists, our aspiring massage therapists can sharpen their skills, build confidence, and develop a deep understanding of the art and science of massage therapy.

Upon graduation from the Massage Therapy course, you will have developed an understanding of massage techniques and clinical skills needed to secure a full-time job as a registered massage therapist.

Students enrolled in the program receive:

  • Through Eastern College’s partnership with Massage Addict, a Canadian-owned and operated chain of massage therapy clinics, we offer a scholarship program that awards one $1,000 Scholarship to Massage Therapy students at the end of their first year. Click here to learn more.
  • Education in a program recognized by the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS), the Association of New Brunswick Massage Therapists (ANBMT), the New Brunswick Massotherapy Association (NBMA), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapist Association (NLMTA).  
  • 440 clinical hours for hands-on training.

Massage Therapy courses have a passing score of 70%. As well, students must meet the minimum Standards of Satisfactory Scholastic Progress as set out in our Student Handbook. For programs that include an internship, all internship hours must be completed and a final grade of ‘Pass’ must be achieved for the internship.

Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Arthrology
In this course, you will build upon your current knowledge of the Skeletal System to include joints. You will begin to learn how to develop competent and safe treatment plans for some common joint pathologies. You will be able to explain basic joint anatomy and treat all major joints with techniques called joint mobilizations.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Cardiovascular System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the cardiovascular system. You will be able to identify conditions that are indicated for treatment or may require adaptation while considering precautions, modifications, or contraindications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Digestive System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the digestive system and its role in homeostasis. You will evaluate how pathological conditions affect treatment planning and adaptations. You will practice health history questions related to commonly occurring conditions of the digestive system.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Endocrine System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the endocrine system and its role in homeostasis. You will examine the pathology of diabetes and other endocrine conditions as well as the potential complications and massage implications. You will learn about the body’s response to stress and the implications for treatment planning.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Integumentary System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the integumentary system. You will gain an understanding of the definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment, and complications of skin conditions. You will be able to define the stages of epidermal and deep wound healing. You will explore possible infectious skin conditions and their preventions.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Lymphatic System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lymphatic and immune system. You will be able to identify conditions that are indicated for treatment or may require adaptation while considering precautions, modifications, or contraindications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Muscular System 1
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the muscular system. You will gain an understanding of the definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment, and complications of muscular conditions in the upper body. Muscle attachments, actions, nerve innervation, and palpation of the muscles of the upper body are included within this module. You will be able to identify the origin, insertion, action, and trigger points of the muscles of the upper body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Muscular System 2
This course builds upon skills and knowledge obtained in Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Muscular System 1. You will continue on the foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the muscular system. You will gain an understanding of the definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment, and complications of muscular conditions in the lower body. Muscle attachments, actions, nerve innervation, and palpation of the muscles of the lower body are included within this module. You will be able to identify the origin, insertion, action, and trigger points of the muscles of the lower body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Neurological System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the nervous system. You will evaluate how pathological conditions affect treatment planning and adaptations. You will practice health history questions related to commonly occurring conditions of the nervous system.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Reproductive System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the reproductive system. You will gain an understanding of how development and inheritance contribute to homeostasis. You will be able to identify conditions that are indicated for treatment or may require adaptation while considering precautions, modifications, or contraindications. You will be able to illustrate possible complications and side-effects of pregnancy and how to accommodate them in massage therapy.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Respiratory System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the respiratory system. You will be able to identify conditions that are indicated for treatment or may require adaptation while considering precautions, modifications, or contraindications. You will be able to develop health history questions for common conditions of the respiratory system. You will be able to identify the massage implications of medication used for common respiratory conditions.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Skeletal System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the skeletal system. You will gain an understanding of the definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment, and complications of skeletal conditions. Palpation of the bones and landmarks of the skeletal system are included within this module.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Urinary System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the urinary system. You will evaluate how pathological conditions affect treatment planning and adaptations. You will practice health history questions related to commonly occurring conditions of the urinary system.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Clinical Assessment 1
This module introduces the assessment process beginning with the cervical spine and upper body. You will be able to perform assessments techniques that include client interview and intake, vital signs, observation, palpation, range of motion, and special tests of the upper body. You will learn to determine if massage is indicated based on your assessment findings. You will also be able to assess if a client should be referred for urgent or non-urgent medical care. You will gain the skill of integrating the findings of other healthcare professionals into an assessment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Clinical Assessment 2
This course is a continuation of the course Clinical Assessments 1. You will continue the assessment process and apply it to the lower body. You will be able to perform assessments techniques that include client interview and intake, vital signs, observation, palpation, range of motion, and special tests of the lower body. You will learn to determine if massage is indicated based on your assessment findings. You will also be able to assess if a client should be referred for urgent or non-urgent medical care. You will gain the skill of integrating the findings of other healthcare professionals into an assessment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Concepts of Business Planning and Managing 1
This course will introduce you to the career opportunities available within the massage therapy industry. You will be able to describe business management concepts as well as sustainable business practices relevant to massage therapy. You will develop a business plan outline for a future massage therapy business of your own.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Concepts of Business Planning and Managing 2
This course reinforces and expands on knowledge gained in the prerequisite Concepts of Business Planning and Managing 1.You will explore business marketing concepts and develop a comprehensive business plan based on the outline created in Concepts of Business Planning and Managing 1. You will also learn how to prepare treatment reports for insurance providers and directly billing common insurance companies.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Chemical, Cellular, and Tissue Biology
This course will introduce you to the chemical terms and elements of the human body. You will be able to describe the structure and function of body cells and tissues and how to optimise the human body's function. You will also be able to identify the chemical reactions of the human body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Comprehensive Treatment Planning and Assessment
This course will employ your critical thinking skills as you assess and treat diverse clients based upon multifactorial case scenarios. You will learn to communicate clearly and professionally as a massage therapist. You will assess clients for specific conditions and pathologies and design a comprehensive treatment plans based on client history, presentation, and assessment findings. You will execute treatment plans while adapting to and accommodating clients' presentation.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module will introduce you to and provide practice in using the tools required for a successful job search. The concepts covered in this module will help you maintain a career-focused approach throughout your studies so that you are better prepared to conduct a job search after graduating. Specifically, you will learn how to identify your soft and hard skills and how to articulate your abilities in a clear and concise Elevator Pitch that will appeal to employers and resonate with industry contacts. You will learn about the job search resources available to you including using career websites, creating Linked In profiles, accessing the “hidden” job market, and networking. You will examine sample resumes and cover letters and begin the process of creating your own professional resumes and cover letters that align with current conventions for content, organization, and formatting. You will also learn about the role of references, thank you letters, workplace philosophies, and strategies for success including maintaining a professional image and using proper etiquette when communicating with potential employers and industry contacts. An introduction to Occupational Health and Safety is also provided with specific focus on employees’ rights and responsibilities, workplace health and safety policy and programs, hazard identification and control, and safety training options such as WHIMIS and First Aid.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module builds on concepts and skills introduced in the Career Planning and Preparation Level 1 prerequisite module. In this subsequent module, you will update and refine your resume and Linked In Profile. You will continue writing cover letters and learn the value of customizing cover letters to specific job postings. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge as you conduct a job search and write a cover letter tailored to an ideal job post. Through research, you will create a list of top employers and target current industry opportunities. You will learn about current methods for applying to job postings using technology. You will also gain an understanding of the job interview process, typical interview questions and possible responses, and expectations of both the interviewer and interviewee. In addition, you will engage in practical application of the interview process through role-plays. Topics such as negotiating salary, self-management, and on-the-job success for placements and post-graduate employment will be also covered.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Digital Literacy for Professionals
This course has four units that introduces you to the fundamental concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. The first unit introduces you to using devices and handling information with topics on operating systems (Windows, MAC, and Linux), computer organization (folder management and naming conventions), cloud storage (including Microsoft OneDrive), types of web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari), and fundamental troubleshooting. In the second unit, you will become familiar with creating and editing information through learning about file formats (pdf, mp4, docx), productivity (including iWork and Microsoft Office Suite) and creativity (Adobe, Canva, iMovie) platforms, and basic introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third unit on communicating and collaborating will introduce you to web conferencing applications (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams), mail applications (including Microsoft Outlook and Gmail,), project management tools (Trello, Asana), and time management tools (including Todoist, Outlook Calendar, and iCal), and building rapport virtually. In the final unit, you will gain an understanding on netiquette, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. After completing this course, you will have enhanced digital literacy skills as a professional in the working and learning environment. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Ethics & Professionalism
This course is design to train you to apply ethical decision-making within clinical settings. You will be able to identify breaches of professional boundaries and exemplify empathetic client-centred care. You will learn about the importance of professionalism and be able to recognize the role of Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics as a massage therapist.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Exam Preparation
The purpose of this course is to review the material taught in previous classes in a comprehensive manner to ensure you are confident and safe practitioners. You will be introduced to the content and process of the Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ). You will complete mock OSCE stations efficiently. You will also gain an understanding of the performance indicators tested on the regulatory exams.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Hydrotherapy
In this course you will implement the therapeutic uses, general effects, and specific properties of water. You will be able to summarize the effects, uses and contraindications of a variety of local and general applications of hot, cold and contrast temperatures. You will be able to demonstrate safe hydrotherapy techniques applications. You will also gain an understanding of the relevant clinical applications of hydrotherapy techniques into massage therapy treatment plans.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Kinesiology and Remedial Exercise
This course begins with introducing you to the basic concepts of levers and biomechanics of the human body. You will learn to relate the indications, contraindications, precautions, and uses of remedial exercises. You will be able to perform appropriate remedial exercises on a client and assign remedial exercises and home care to a client.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mock Multiple Choice Questionnaire
This course will review key theoretical components that will be on the provincial examinations to ensure a safe competent therapist. You will complete a mock Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) in a manner consistent with the provincial regulatory examinations.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Medical Terminology
In this course you will learn to recognize common prefixes, word roots, suffixes, and medical abbreviations. You will communicate effectively using medical terminology and plain language. This course will also introduce you to the processes, structural organization, and systems of the body. You will gain an understanding of homeostasis and feedback systems.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage Techniques 1
This course is an introduction to the practical component of the massage therapy program and provides the basis from which clinical skills are developed. You will be able to demonstrate safe and hygienic practices with a massage therapy setting. You will be able to identify indications and contraindications to massage therapy. You will perform introductory massage techniques in an effective manner corresponding to the standards of practice in your province. You will be able to select appropriate massage techniques based on clients goals and condition.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage Techniques 2
This course builds on the lessons learned in Massage Techniques 1. You will perform advanced massage techniques in an effective manner corresponding to the standards of practice in your province. You will continue to demonstrate safe and hygienic practices with a massage therapy setting. You will be able to identify indications and contraindications to massage therapy. You will be able to select appropriate massage techniques based on clients goals and condition.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Nutrition
This course will introduce you how metabolism and nutrition contributes to homeostasis. You will gain an understanding of the role of a massage therapist in promoting healthy eating and nutrition. You will become familiar with healthy eating as outlined in Canada's Dietary Guideline and food labelling.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mock Objectively Structured Clinical Examination
This course will review key oral and practical components in a clinically structured environment to mimic what will be on the provincial examinations and to ensure a safe competent therapist. You will complete the mock Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in a manner consistent with the provincial regulatory examination.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pharmacology
This curse will introduce you to the basic pharmacology terms and concepts, as well as its relevance to the massage therapy practice. You will gain an understanding of the indications, cautions, mechanism, and side effects of common medications. You will also learn how to modify treatment plans to safely accommodate clients taking common medications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Public Health
This course is designed to inform you of the healthcare system in Canada in relation to massage therapy and the role of Public Health in the community and in a clinical setting. You will gain an understanding of common infectious skin diseases as well as pathological terms (such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and more). You will also be introduced to the responsibilities of identifying reportable diseases and the importance of sanitation and disinfecting procedures.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Regulations and Legislation
This course will introduce you to the relevant parts of legislation, regulations, and standards of practice to the practice of massage in your respective province. You will learn how to obtain client consent, client goals, and gather health information to compile client health history. You will be able to identify the role of the regulatory college and that of provincial massage associations.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Effective Research
This course will introduce you to basic research and statistical terminology. You will be able to research and recognize clinically relevant and reliable sources related to clinical practice. You will gain an understanding of using research to determine if a treatment or modality may improve patient outcomes or standards of care.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Review 1
The purpose of this course is to review the material taught in previous classes in a comprehensive manner. You will review how to develop treatment plans based on client goals and conditions. You will look back on how to effectively massage and perform hydrotherapy techniques following standards of practice and massage therapy regulations. You will revise the anatomy, physiology, and pathologies of integumentary, skeletal, and muscular system. You will also recap how to conduct effective assessment of the upper body and palpation. You will also review business management skills relevant to massage therapy
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Review 2
The purpose of this course is to review the material taught in previous classes in a comprehensive manner. You will revise the anatomy, physiology, and pathologies of the reproductive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. You will recap how to conduct effective assessment of the lower body. You will review how to perform effective massage and remedial exercise techniques following standards of practice and massage therapy regulations.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Review 3
The purpose of this course is to review the material taught in previous classes in a comprehensive manner. You will revise the anatomy, physiology, and pathologies of the lymphatic, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and endocrine systems. You will practice developing treatment plans based on client goals and conditions. You will recap performing effective treatments addressing client goals, impairments, and conditions. You will review the role of pharmaceutical and nutritional education in massage therapy. You will relook at business management skills related to massage therapy.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, you will focus on achieving success from day one. You will develop non-technical skills to enhance your personal, academic, and career success. You will explore learning styles, including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning. You will also enhance your practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note- and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving skills, setting SMART goals, and maintaining a positive attitude. You will also explore techniques for managing change, stress, and conflict.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Advanced Treatments 1
You will be able to determine treatment outcomes and choices of massage techniques based on client goals and impairments. You will be able to develop comprehensive massage treatments plans and administer a massage therapy consistent with your treatment plan. You will demonstrate massage treatments that safely accommodate various conditions and pathologies. You will learn how to obtain informed consent and maintain informed consent for treatment plans, including treatment of sensitive areas.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Advanced Treatments 2
This course will reinforce the lessons learned in Advanced Treatments 1. You will be able to develop comprehensive massage treatments plans and administer a massage therapy consistent with your treatment plan. You will demonstrate massage treatments that safely accommodate various conditions and pathologies. You will learn how to obtain informed consent and maintain informed consent for treatment plans, including treatment of sensitive areas.
Course Listings: Nova Scotia
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Arthrology
In this course, you will build upon your current knowledge of the Skeletal System to include joints. You will begin to learn how to develop competent and safe treatment plans for some common joint pathologies. You will be able to explain basic joint anatomy and treat all major joints with techniques called joint mobilizations.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Cardiovascular System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the cardiovascular system. You will be able to identify conditions that are indicated for treatment or may require adaptation while considering precautions, modifications, or contraindications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Digestive System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the digestive system and its role in homeostasis. You will evaluate how pathological conditions affect treatment planning and adaptations. You will practice health history questions related to commonly occurring conditions of the digestive system.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Endocrine System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the endocrine system and its role in homeostasis. You will examine the pathology of diabetes and other endocrine conditions as well as the potential complications and massage implications. You will learn about the body’s response to stress and the implications for treatment planning.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Integumentary System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the integumentary system. You will gain an understanding of the definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment, and complications of skin conditions. You will be able to define the stages of epidermal and deep wound healing. You will explore possible infectious skin conditions and their preventions.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Lymphatic System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lymphatic and immune system. You will be able to identify conditions that are indicated for treatment or may require adaptation while considering precautions, modifications, or contraindications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Muscular System 1
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the muscular system. You will gain an understanding of the definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment, and complications of muscular conditions in the upper body. Muscle attachments, actions, nerve innervation, and palpation of the muscles of the upper body are included within this module. You will be able to identify the origin, insertion, action, and trigger points of the muscles of the upper body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Muscular System 2
This course builds upon skills and knowledge obtained in Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Muscular System 1. You will continue on the foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the muscular system. You will gain an understanding of the definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment, and complications of muscular conditions in the lower body. Muscle attachments, actions, nerve innervation, and palpation of the muscles of the lower body are included within this module. You will be able to identify the origin, insertion, action, and trigger points of the muscles of the lower body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Neurological System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the nervous system. You will evaluate how pathological conditions affect treatment planning and adaptations. You will practice health history questions related to commonly occurring conditions of the nervous system.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Reproductive System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the reproductive system. You will gain an understanding of how development and inheritance contribute to homeostasis. You will be able to identify conditions that are indicated for treatment or may require adaptation while considering precautions, modifications, or contraindications. You will be able to illustrate possible complications and side-effects of pregnancy and how to accommodate them in massage therapy.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Respiratory System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the respiratory system. You will be able to identify conditions that are indicated for treatment or may require adaptation while considering precautions, modifications, or contraindications. You will be able to develop health history questions for common conditions of the respiratory system. You will be able to identify the massage implications of medication used for common respiratory conditions.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Skeletal System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the skeletal system. You will gain an understanding of the definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment, and complications of skeletal conditions. Palpation of the bones and landmarks of the skeletal system are included within this module.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Pathophysiology - Urinary System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the urinary system. You will evaluate how pathological conditions affect treatment planning and adaptations. You will practice health history questions related to commonly occurring conditions of the urinary system.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Clinical Assessment 1
This module introduces the assessment process beginning with the cervical spine and upper body. You will be able to perform assessments techniques that include client interview and intake, vital signs, observation, palpation, range of motion, and special tests of the upper body. You will learn to determine if massage is indicated based on your assessment findings. You will also be able to assess if a client should be referred for urgent or non-urgent medical care. You will gain the skill of integrating the findings of other healthcare professionals into an assessment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Clinical Assessment 2
This course is a continuation of the course Clinical Assessments 1. You will continue the assessment process and apply it to the lower body. You will be able to perform assessments techniques that include client interview and intake, vital signs, observation, palpation, range of motion, and special tests of the lower body. You will learn to determine if massage is indicated based on your assessment findings. You will also be able to assess if a client should be referred for urgent or non-urgent medical care. You will gain the skill of integrating the findings of other healthcare professionals into an assessment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Concepts of Business Planning and Managing 1
This course will introduce you to the career opportunities available within the massage therapy industry. You will be able to describe business management concepts as well as sustainable business practices relevant to massage therapy. You will develop a business plan outline for a future massage therapy business of your own.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Concepts of Business Planning and Managing 2
This course reinforces and expands on knowledge gained in the prerequisite Concepts of Business Planning and Managing 1.You will explore business marketing concepts and develop a comprehensive business plan based on the outline created in Concepts of Business Planning and Managing 1. You will also learn how to prepare treatment reports for insurance providers and directly billing common insurance companies.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Chemical, Cellular, and Tissue Biology
This course will introduce you to the chemical terms and elements of the human body. You will be able to describe the structure and function of body cells and tissues and how to optimise the human body's function. You will also be able to identify the chemical reactions of the human body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Comprehensive Treatment Planning and Assessment
This course will employ your critical thinking skills as you assess and treat diverse clients based upon multifactorial case scenarios. You will learn to communicate clearly and professionally as a massage therapist. You will assess clients for specific conditions and pathologies and design a comprehensive treatment plans based on client history, presentation, and assessment findings. You will execute treatment plans while adapting to and accommodating clients' presentation.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module will introduce you to and provide practice in using the tools required for a successful job search. The concepts covered in this module will help you maintain a career-focused approach throughout your studies so that you are better prepared to conduct a job search after graduating. Specifically, you will learn how to identify your soft and hard skills and how to articulate your abilities in a clear and concise Elevator Pitch that will appeal to employers and resonate with industry contacts. You will learn about the job search resources available to you including using career websites, creating Linked In profiles, accessing the “hidden” job market, and networking. You will examine sample resumes and cover letters and begin the process of creating your own professional resumes and cover letters that align with current conventions for content, organization, and formatting. You will also learn about the role of references, thank you letters, workplace philosophies, and strategies for success including maintaining a professional image and using proper etiquette when communicating with potential employers and industry contacts. An introduction to Occupational Health and Safety is also provided with specific focus on employees’ rights and responsibilities, workplace health and safety policy and programs, hazard identification and control, and safety training options such as WHIMIS and First Aid.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module builds on concepts and skills introduced in the Career Planning and Preparation Level 1 prerequisite module. In this subsequent module, you will update and refine your resume and Linked In Profile. You will continue writing cover letters and learn the value of customizing cover letters to specific job postings. You will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge as you conduct a job search and write a cover letter tailored to an ideal job post. Through research, you will create a list of top employers and target current industry opportunities. You will learn about current methods for applying to job postings using technology. You will also gain an understanding of the job interview process, typical interview questions and possible responses, and expectations of both the interviewer and interviewee. In addition, you will engage in practical application of the interview process through role-plays. Topics such as negotiating salary, self-management, and on-the-job success for placements and post-graduate employment will be also covered.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Digital Literacy for Professionals
This course has four units that introduces you to the fundamental concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. The first unit introduces you to using devices and handling information with topics on operating systems (Windows, MAC, and Linux), computer organization (folder management and naming conventions), cloud storage (including Microsoft OneDrive), types of web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari), and fundamental troubleshooting. In the second unit, you will become familiar with creating and editing information through learning about file formats (pdf, mp4, docx), productivity (including iWork and Microsoft Office Suite) and creativity (Adobe, Canva, iMovie) platforms, and basic introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third unit on communicating and collaborating will introduce you to web conferencing applications (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams), mail applications (including Microsoft Outlook and Gmail,), project management tools (Trello, Asana), and time management tools (including Todoist, Outlook Calendar, and iCal), and building rapport virtually. In the final unit, you will gain an understanding on netiquette, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. After completing this course, you will have enhanced digital literacy skills as a professional in the working and learning environment. Students will be evaluated through a variety of assignments, projects, quizzes and exams in addition to their participation throughout the course.
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Admission Requirements
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Admission Requirements (New Brunswick) 

  • Student has Grade 12 or equivalent or meets criteria for Mature Student Status.
  • Mature students must be 19 years of age, pass a qualifying test, and provide a Letter of Intent OR resume that supports their skills and aptitudes to be successful in the program.
  • The approved qualifying test for this program is the Wonderlic test. A passing score for this program is 14.
  • Student must provide a clear Criminal Record Check.
  • Student must provide a clear Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Student must complete triOS College pre-Science Course or its equivalent.
  • Student must provide proof of experiencing a full body massage, either from the Eastern Massage Therapy Clinic, or from a Registered Massage Therapist from an outside clinic.

Admission Requirements (Nova Scotia)

  • Student has Grade 12 or equivalent, OR can pass a qualifying test.
  • The approved qualifying test for this program is the Wonderlic test. A passing score for this program is 14.
  • Student must provide a clear Criminal Record Check.
  • Student must provide a clear Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Student must provide proof of completion of Eastern College pre-Science Course, or its equivalent (Grade 11 or 12 Biology, or first-year university Kinesiology course).
  • Student must provide proof of Proof of experiencing a full body massage, either from the Eastern Massage Therapy Clinic or from a member of the Massage Therapist Association of Nova Scotia at an outside clinic.

Career Quiz

Take a quick and easy quiz to find out more about yourself, your goals, and identify your strengths and social style. This quiz gives you suggestions for what career areas you might consider based on your likes and preferences. Give it a try now!

CMTCA Accreditation

Accreditation from the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) is a reflection of the quality of our Massage Therapy program and is granted based on evaluations of several aspects of the program including Curriculum Content, Faculty and Learning, Student Support, Leadership and Administration, Human Resources, Resources and Infrastructure, and Quality Improvement.

Accreditation Granted

The Massage Therapy program in all of our campuses have been Accredited by the CMTCA for 3 years (2023 to 2026).

Darcy Chiasson

I love Massage Therapy because it’s a profession where clients are almost always very happy to see you, and leave feeling even better. It’s a profession with considerable autonomy too, as Massage Therapists, along with their clients, design their own treatment plans and implement them. Most workplaces make a flexible work schedule possible, and the environment during a massage treatment is usually slow-paced and comfortable; a great atmosphere to go to work in!

Darcy Chiasson

Massage Therapy Instructor

Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapy

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapy

What Does a Massage Therapist Do?
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A massage therapist is a healthcare professional trained to perform various massage techniques to promote relaxation, alleviate pain, reduce muscle tension, and improve overall well-being. Some Registered Massage Therapists may focus on relaxation and stress reduction, while others may specialize in therapeutic techniques for specific conditions such as sports injuries or chronic pain
Is Massage Therapy a Good Career?
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The massage therapy sector is experiencing remarkable growth in Canada. More people are seeking drug-free therapies to address issues such as anxiety, pain, and injuries. Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) can explore various career prospects, including positions at spas, resorts, health centers, massage clinics, sports teams, aged care facilities, and fitness centers. They can also provide on-site services in clients' homes or offices. If you find joy and satisfaction in helping others and having a flexible schedule, this may be the perfect career path for you.