Curriculum: The curriculum is based on the entry-to-practice competency documents as per the CMTBC as listed below:

Semester One

With 70% of this semester being hands on experience, you begin to learn and practice the “art of touch.” Massage techniques and skills, palpation exercises, hydrotherapy, mock clinical internship preparation and clinical assessment protocols are key practical concepts. These are introduced at this beginner level building the practical foundation for your subsequent training. As well, you will study anatomy, physiology, and explore the many areas of professionalism required for successful practice. This semester prepares you with the skills, confidence and professional behaviour to begin your clinical internship in semester two.

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapists 1
  • Clinic Preparation
  • Clinical Assessment Protocol
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Manual Therapy Skills 1
  • Professional Development 1
  • Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy & Kinesiology (MSAK) 1
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy Tutorial

Semester Two

Building on the foundation of semester one, concepts of pathophysiology and fundamentals of therapeutic exercises and rehabilitation principles are introduced. In addition, you will learn and practice various advanced manual skills and techniques for managing trigger points, scar tissue and muscular tension. You will continue your studies in myology (MSAK2), physiology, and professional development. Unique to this semester is the official start of Clinical Internship, and the first of five sessions in the gross anatomy field study.

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapist 2
  • Clinical Internship 1
  • Gross Anatomy Field Study 1
  • Manual Therapy Skills 2
  • MSAK 2
  • Pathology 1 - General
  • Pathology 2 - Orthopaedic
  • Professional Development 2
  • Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation Principles

Semester Three

In this semester you are taught to apply the skills acquired in previous semesters. You explore and practice treatment skills for various orthopaedic and systemic medical conditions such as sprains, strains, bursitis, contusions, headaches, edema etc. New subject areas introduced in this semester include neuroanatomy and pathology, medication awareness, massage therapy in athletics, and joint mobilization techniques.

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapists 3
  • General Orthopedics
  • Systemic Treatments 1
  • Clinical Internship 2
  • Joint Mobilizations
  • Massage Therapy in Athletics
  • Medication Awareness
  • Neurology 1
  • Neuropathology 1
  • Pathology 3
  • Professional Development 3
  • Gross Anatomy Field Study 2

Semester Four

You are challenged with concepts of managing client treatments for various types of conditions affecting the spinal, musculoskeletal and physiological systems. From scoliosis, to carpel tunnel syndrome to women’s health issues and palliative care, you are now expected to rationalize your decisions for care management and treatment. Critical thinking skills are learned and you are expected to take learned principles into new situations while maintaining client safety. You will be assigned to more advanced clinical and outreach placements.

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapists 4
  • Neurological Treatments1
  • Regional Orthopedics 
  • Spinal Orthopedics
  • Systemic Treatments 2
  • Clinical Internship 3
  • Gross Anatomy Field Study 3
  • Neurology 2
  • Neuropathology 2
  • Pathology 4
  • Intro to Clinical Case Study

Semester Five

You continue studies in pathophysiology, research and statistics, integrated care management, and treatment concepts. Unique to this semester is the introduction of several subtle manual modalities including cranial sacral, and myofascial therapy. Clinical placements become more challenging and your board examination review preparations begin in A&P. Principles of business practices are studied in detail preparing you to make decisions about your practice.

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapists Review 1
  • Neurological Treatments Systems 2
  • Clinical Internship 4
  • Gross Anatomy Field Study 4
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • Integrated Apporach to Care Management
  • Muscle Energy Technique
  • Myofascial Release Therapy
  • Nutrition 
  • Pathology 5
  • Business Practices for RMTs
  • Applied Research Methods for Massage Therapists
  • Clinical Case Study Prep

Semester Six

BC RMT Registration examinations are coming up soon. Review and preparation is the priority in this final Semester covering over 330 hours. Review classes in Orthopedics, Neurology, Spinal Orthopedics and Systemic treatments, as well as Anatomy & Physiology, and Pathology. During this semester you will undertake and complete a comprehensive clinical case study assignment that you present in class. You will also complete all of your clinical internship requirements in preparation for your CMTBC Registration examinations.

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapists Review 2
  • Clinical Case Study
  • Clinical Internship 5
  • Pathology Review
  • Visceral Manipulation
  • Written Board Exam Preparation
  • Oral Practical Intensive
  • Neurological Treatments Review
  • Regional Orthopedics Review
  • Spinal Orthopedics Review
  • Systemic Treatments Review
  • Gross Anatomy Field Study 5