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Diploma Program | Offered in Calgary

With the increased focus on massage therapy as an important component of patient rehabilitation, this field has become one of the fastest-growing within the Canadian health care system. ABM College has responded to this growth by designing a Massage Therapy program which prepares students for entry-level employment as massage therapists.

Our Massage Therapy Program at ABM College prepares students for a career within this rapidly growing field through detailed academic study and practical hands-on experience. The academic portion of this course provides in-depth knowledge of human body systems while the technical portion of this program provides insight to the various massage therapy techniques utilized by modern practitioners. Students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct a systematic patient assessment, frame treatment plans, provide effective and safe treatment, and analyze outcomes.

88 Weeks of in-class academic and clinical instruction – Approximately 2230 hours

An in-house practicum throughout the duration of the program

Program Outline

  • Provide students with the skills, knowledge, and professionalism required to become qualified and competent practitioners of massage therapy
  • Promote student ethical responsibility
  • Develop strong student understanding of the functions and structure of human body systems
  • Develop key student treatment skills, e.g. palpation, which are required for body assessment and framing treatment plans within the scope of massage therapy
  • Develop student communication skills to effectively converse with clients, co-workers, and colleagues
  • Inspire students to seek learning opportunities throughout their professional careers
  • Learn about human relations, anatomy and physiology and the psychology of the body systems
  • Build a base in theory and techniques, orthopaedic assessments
  • Learn about hydrotherapy and neuro-physiology
  • Development of the technical skills and practical knowledge required to be a health care practitioner

Method of Learning

  • Self Directed
  • Traditional Lecture
  • In-house massage clinic

Who Should Enrol?

Massage Therapists help others by reducing stress, decreasing pain, and rehabilitating injuries through the application of massage techniques.

If you enjoy working with your hands and have a genuine interest in working at a massage therapy clinic or in establishing your own business, then enrol in our Massage Therapy program NOW!

Job Opportunities

  • Chiropractic Clinics
  • Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Medical and Health Centres
  • Private Physician Offices
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Fitness Institutions
  • Aesthetic and Health Spas
  • Massage Therapy Schools

Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following

  • Alberta high school diploma or equivalent, with 50% or better in a Grade 12 biology course.
  • Successful interview with the school administration.
  • Provide completed current immunization report.
  • Clean criminal background.
  • Physically capable of performing strenuous activities.

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of the following

  • 18 years or older and have successful completion of the ABM admission test.
  • Successful interview with the school administration.
  • Provide completed current immunization report.
  • Clean criminal background.
  • Physically capable of performing strenuous activities.

For further information about our Massage Therapy program please contact an ABM College admissions counsellor.