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


Semester One

In the first semester, you practice and develop the ‘art of touch’. Basic massage skills, palpation practice skill, hydrotherapy, clinical internship preparation and clinical assessment protocols build the practical foundation for your training. You will study anatomy, physiology, and explore the professionalism required to be an RMT. This semester prepares you with the skills, confidence and professionalism 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

You begin to learn about disease processes through pathophysiology. Therapeutic exercises as well as advanced manual skills for managing trigger points, scar tissue and muscular tension are learned. You continue studies in musculo-skeletal anatomy, physiology, and professional development. This semester is the beginning of Clinical Internship and the first of five sessions of 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 practice management and treatment skills for general orthopedic and systemic medical conditions such as sprains, strains, bursitis, contusions, headaches, edema etc. New subject areas introduced in this semester include neuro-anatomy and pathology, general 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 learn assessment and treatment skills 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 will be required to apply and justify your decisions for care management and treatment. Gross anatomy field studies continue in this semester. You will be assigned to more advanced clinical and outreach placements.

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

Semester Five

Unique to this semester is the introduction of several subtle manual modalities including cranial sacral, muscle energy and myofascial therapy. Gross anatomy field study continues, clinical placements become more challenging and your board examination preparations begin. Business Practices for RMTs is prepares you for becoming an independent practitioner and you learn general Nutrition concepts necessary for RMTs.

  • 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 (online and classroom)
  • Pathology 5
  • Business Practices for RMTs
  • Applied Research Methods for Massage Therapists

Semester Six

While board examinations review and preparation is the priority you will continue studying and practicing subtle manual modalities with the completion of visceral manipulation and manual lymph drainage skills. During this semester you will undertake and complete a comprehensive clinical case study assignment, and fulfill all your clinical internship requirements. Unique to this semester are introductory classes in diagnostic Imaging, care management of common surgical procedures and the completion of the Qi Qong self-care classes.

  • 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