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Massage Therapy – 2318 Hour Diploma Program Details

Designed for the individual seeking a comprehensive, time-sensitive approach with scheduling to suit your goals! Students are welcome to make an appointment to tour the facilities and ask questions about the program in advance of making an application.

Massage Therapy Scope of Practice
The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain. (Massage Therapy Act, 1991).

Now is the time to take the first step towards

your future career in a growing industry!

“Accelerate Your Success!

Next Program Start:

Starts March 22nd 2019

Become Career Ready

Complete the Application Process before December 14th 2018 and earn a $100 financial credit to your fees.
“The Academy’s academic, training and clinical standards are carefully designed to lead to entrance competency ”


The goal of the program is to help the student develop a career ‘entry level competency’ as established for the industry, through 2318 hours of Academic/Practical Lab Hours comprised of: theory, practical application, supervised clinical and outreach sessions. (The student will receive assignments and self-study project work to complement the classroom experience.)

  • Language of Class Instruction/Skill Development: English
  • Location of Instruction: International Academy and Ottawa area
  • Diploma – Massage Therapy

‘Step by Step Approach’
 Each part of the program has been carefully integrated to build both the student’s knowledge and skill, on a continuous, ascending level of capability.

  • The Academy takes a special interest in the student and every effort is made to extend learning beyond the classroom
  • Students enjoy many opportunities for off-site training and benefit from a very favourable student/teacher ratio. The student receives personalized attention in their learning experience.
  • Participation in on-site and off-site clinicals, as well as, sporting events assist to develop the practical application of a student’s studies
  • Additionally, the Academy retains an on-site R.M.T. Program Director to ensure that each student receives a well-balanced educational experience
  • Competency Based Education wherein learning is structured around the ‘real world’ role and function of a massage therapist and which facilitates graduates to become a success in this health care field.
  • The Academy’s program is designed to accommodate students who have no prior experience and as such, there are no pre-requisite or introductory courses required

The Program is generally 4 days per week/Monday to Thursday. Public Wellness Clinics may occur on some evenings or weekends. Community and Sports Off-sites will occur on some weekends and the student will have ample notice to assist in his/her personal planning.

Semester and Comprehensive examinations may be held on Fridays, as scheduled.

  • This 2318 hour (96 credits) program is designed to provide students with personal vacation time and includes: 2 week Christmas & summer breaks and 1 week at the end of the Spring and Fall Semesters. (Foregoing subject to change with reasonable notice).

Upon graduation: Our graduates’ pass rate on the Ontario Registration Examinations continues to be a success story!

  • The student receives a diploma in Massage Therapy from the International Academy of Massage.
  • The student is well prepared to undertake the registration examinations administered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to become registered to practice in Ontario, and to earn the designation of Registered Massage Therapist (R.M.T.)
  • To be registered as an R.M.T. in Ontario, you must have ‘landed immigrant status’ or be a Canadian citizen or have a ‘work permit’ at the time of writing the examinations  – Out of Province and International Students are not required to undertake the Ontario Provincial examinations.
  • CMTO Exam Candidate Eligibility -Language
  • The CMTO encourages all English as a second language students to be aware of this examination eligibility requirement and to refer to the Examination Candidate Handbook for further information. www.cmto.com

Massage Therapy Subject Overview   2318 hours (96 credits)

Subjects are generally divided into 24 hour subjects/credits, which initially establish a foundation of knowledge or skill and then, build on to one another in a logically flowing sequence.

Students will also experience pre-natal and peri-natal training, understand how to evaluate articles, complete a research project and massage related projects. Participation at Community events such as:  the Run for Life, Cancer Relay, the CHEO Relay or other sporting events such as the Ottawa Swans Australian Football games, which may be scheduled events within the program. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a visit to a University cadaver lab.

The program includes specialized training in a broad range of massage therapy applications:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Infant Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Therapeutic Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Myofascial and Superficial Fascial
  • Friction Therapy
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Joint Play
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Client Homecare Plans
  • Remedial Exercises for Rehabilitation
  • Client Assessment
  • Orthopedic Assessments
  • Therapeutic Relations
  • Clinical Therapy

“Dedicated to Excellence in

Massage Therapy Training”


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