Langara College is the first and only public post-secondary institute in British Columbia offering training in RMT. Langara reports directly to the Ministry of Advanced Education. You can be secure in the knowledge that Langara is publicly accountable to the Province of BC and has on-going internal auditors that oversee processes and finances.
Benefits of attending a public post-secondary institute include access to greater resources such as the: student Library, Medical Clinic, Counseling, Disability Services, Financial Aid, International Education, Homestay, Caferias, Langara Student Union Building, Day Care, and many student clubs. In addition, RMT students join the Langara Student Union and with a minimal yearly fee will receive an unlimited U-pass and extended Medical and Dental benefits.
Our RMT Diploma program has been developed in consultation with the Langara Registered Massage Therapy Advisory Board. Our Advisory Board is made up of professionals who who are passionate about creating a comprehensive RMT program so that graduates are prepared for the real world and volunteer their time and expertise to the Advisory Board. Langara is a fully accredited RMT College, with recognition from the College of Massage Therapists of BC.
Yes, Langara is fully recognized by the College of Massage Therapist of BC (CMTBC) as an RMT Program. Please see the CMTBC website here.
Yes. Langara RMT students access all of these additional benefits at a very reasonable yearly rate.
RMT students receive an unlimited 3-zone compass card. RMT students also receive Medical and Dental benefits (this normally costs $2200 per year). RMT students can add children or a partner to the their Medical and Dental coverage for an additional fee. Note: some students may qualify to opt out of this coverage. If you meet the criteria, you can apply for a refund of the extended Medical and Dental coverage fee.
The approximate cost for these benefits is approximately $950 per year (3 semesters).
Link to Langara U-pass page: http://langara.ca/student-services/students-union/
Link to Langara Student Union page, and services for more information: http://www.lsu.ca/
Health programs, such as RMT, Nursing, Physiotherapy, etc., are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health.
It is the Ministry of Health that determines the need for healthcare education within Regular Studies. Regular Studies programs receive subsidy from the BC Government.
The Ministry of Health makes recommendations to the Ministry of Education for provincial tax payer subsidy. This process is not in place for Registered Massage Therapy training. In the meantime, Continuing Studies at Langara is an excellent start in this direction.
Upon successful completion of the program you will graduate with a CS Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy. All Langara College credentialled programs are vetted and approved by the Langara Education Council.
All students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for graduation:
- Successful completion of all courses in the Registered Massage Therapy program.
- Succesful completion of the required clinical hours.
- Tuition paid in full, with no outstanding balance on the student account at the time of application for graduation.
In order to practice as a Registered Massage Therapist you must first successfully graudate from a massage therapy program recognized by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). An up to date list of recognized programs can be found on the CMTBC website here. Once you have graduated from the massage therapy program you then apply to the CMTBC to write the BC Provinical registration exam. The exam consists of multiple parts including in person written exams, a practical exam and, an on-line course followed by an online exam. We strongly encourage prospective students to familiarize themselves with the CMTBC exam processes here.
When you have successfully passed your CMTBC registration exams and finished the regsitration process with the CMTBC you will be able to use the designation Registered Massage Therapist. RMTs must renew their registration on a yearly basis.
Our comprehensive program gives you areas of curriculum that have been removed from some other schools such as Massage Therapy for Athletics. Our extensive practical courses in Semesters 3-6 equip students with the expanded skill set that the current massage industry demands. Additionally, our fifth and sixth semesters include over 330 hours of review in preparation for the CMTBC Board examinations.
There are three college terms per year: Jan-Apr; May-Aug; and Sep-Dec. The RMT program is offered over six consecutive college terms.
The RMT program is intense! Classes run during the day from Monday through Friday (except for Stat Holidays). Starting in the third semester evening clinics are held and there are some Saturday clinics in Semester 3 and Semester 5.
There is a two-week break between terms - sometimes there is a three weeks depending on the year.
In addition to the Broadway on-site student clinic with private treatment rooms, there are many outreach opportunities. Langara College has partnership agreements in place with Vancouver Coastal Health, and other provincial health agencies that create opportunities for our student interns. Langara also dovetails Clinical opportunity with specific classroom content so that students put theory into practice. Students work with health care personnel, well-Seniors, athletes, pregnant women, clients with spinal cord injuries, and palliative care facilities.
A valuable feature of the more comprehensive Langara program is the board exam preparation, which has been built directly into the curriculum. It is covered by your program tuition, and you do not have to register into an additional course or pay extra for this.
We want you to succeed in becoming an RMT and have created a curriculum that gives you the best chance for a satisfying career. At the end of the sixth term, theoretical and practical topics from the beginning of the program will be reviewed. This leads up to written exams, and "mock" oral practical exams.
Public post-secondary institutions in BC usually have both "Regular" and "Continuing" Studies components.
Regular Studies programming receives funding from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. There are policies and criteria in place for government subsidy for this stream of programming.BC's Ministry of Health oversees healthcare professions and they request government funds from the Ministry of Advanced Education to subsidize some health care programming. Since the RMT profession is still quite new, this has not happened for the profession of Registered Massage Therapy.
Langara's Continuing Studies programs run on a cost-recovery basis and do not qualify to receive funding from the Government of BC. The CS Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy is offered through Continuing Studies because it does not qualify for taxpayer subsidy. Student tuition covers the costs of the RMT program.
The CS Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy meets the criteria for BC Student Loans if you plan to finance this training for your new career.
If you are a BC resident, you need to apply for student loans through the BC government, through this link to the BC Student Aid page: https://studentaidbc.ca/apply
The BC government determines student loan qualification based on your financial situation. They make decisions on awarding loans and the amount of money you receive.
If you have applied for a student loan and sent in your printed signature page, you can contact Langara Financial Aid to see if your application is in process. Link: http://langara.ca/student-services/financial-aid/
Students can resume the RMT program in the same semester from which they withdrew from providing that it is within one calendar year from the time they withdrew and providing there is space in the classroom.