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Next start date: September 03, 2019 || January 06, 2020

If you are interested in enrolling in our 2nd year, Advanced Massage Therapy program and you're coming from another accredited college, contact us today! Become a part of our 100% employment rate in this program!

Next start date for Year 2: January 20, 2020

92 Weeks of in-class academic and clinical instruction – Approximately 2345 hours

An in-house practicum throughout the duration of the program

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.

Why choose ABM to become a Massage Therapist?

- We have small class sizes which allow for optimal learning

- Wonderful student clinic
Start practicing and applying your therapeutic massage knowledge within months of beginning your education

- Tutoring
We offer tutoring to all of our massage students outside of normal class hours

- Flexible learning hours
We offer weekend and morning classes which allow for time to work full or part time while still pursing your education

Diploma

Massage Therapy

92 Weeks

Course Duration

Calgary

Program Offered In

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.

Program Overview

  • Students will learn the history and science of Massage Therapy
  • Students learn Swedish and Therapeutic massage techniques as well as knowledge of what it means to be a qualified, professional and competent Massage Therapist
  • Students learn how to promote the Massage Therapy Profession ethically and responsibly
  • Students develop a strong and in depth understanding of the functions and structure of the human body systems
  • Students develop key treatment skills, e.g. palpation, assessment and framing treatment plans within the scope of massage therapy
  • Learn about human anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology and Orthopaedic assessments 
  • Learn about hydrotherapy and other complementary modalities
  • Students develop communication skills to effectively converse with clients, colleagues and other health care professionals
  • Inspire students to seek learning opportunities throughout their professional careers

Method of Learning

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

Who Should Enroll?

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!

 

Program Courses - Year One

Course Description: Students learn Swedish massage techniques and their effects. Students learn how to drape and how to properly do a full body massage. Students learn how Massage affects the different systems of the body.  Students are able to understand and explain how massage therapy works. Students will understand the mechanical and physiological effects of massage.

Course Description: Students study and learn ethical standards for the health professional. Students learn how to make ethical, safe and professional decisions.

Course Description: Students begin their introduction to clinical work.  Student therapists work under the supervision of a RMT to provide massage therapy to a variety of clientele in the community. 

Course Description: Students obtain an introduction to the human body and all of the systems. Students learn the bodies cellular level of organization and structure and function of the four tissues of the body, with an emphasis on skin, muscle, bone and nerve.

Course Description: Students learn basic assessments of the body.  Students learn how to do Active, Passive and Resisted Range of motion testing. Students learn postural assessment, gait analysis, normal ranges of motion. Students are introduced to Orthopedic specialized tests and how to complete them on the lower body.

Course Description: Students will learn Osteology and Myology together. Students begin with the bones, bone tissue, and bony landmarks. Students will learn all skeletal muscles of the body. With emphasize on Origins, Insertions, Actions and Innervations. Bone and muscle physiology is also covered in this class.

Course Description: Students will learn Osteology and Myology together. Students begin with the bones, bone tissue, and bony landmarks. Students will learn all skeletal muscles of the body. With emphasize on Origins, Insertions, Actions and Innervations. Bone and muscle physiology is also covered in this class.

Course Description: Students will learn Hydrotherapy or Temperature Therapy. Students will have a large practical component in this course. The use of heat and cold is used as a way to treat and control inflammation.

Course Description: Students will learn the anatomical and physiological properties of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. This course teaches the student about blood, the heart, lungs and blood vessels in detail and how they are related to massage therapy.  This course also includes a detailed look at the lymphatic system and immune system.  

Course Description: Students will further their knowledge and skills in massage therapy. Students will learn how to apply safe and effective massage treatments using advanced techniques. Students will learn athletic massage, massage to specific muscle groups and massage for special populations.

Course Description: This course has been designed to provide students with a basic and clear understanding of pharmacology, in relation to Massage Therapy.  Student therapists will learn the importance of understanding drug interactions, contraindications and effects drugs will have on a massage treatment.

Course Description: Students will learn the many career paths they may take as a massage therapist.  Theory of clinical and spa settings, pay structure and expectations, and the difference between sub-contracting and employee status will be clearly explained.   Students will engage in class discussion, and apply their knowledge to create resumes and obtain a desirable job. Students will learn how to present themselves in a competitive job market.

Course Description: Students are given the opportunity to work on special populations, under the supervisor of an RMT in a variety of settings.  Outreaches are carefully chosen to include a variety of events, including sports, hospital care and charity situations.  Students are allowed equal opportunity to enroll in various Outreaches, and are required to reflect back on their experiences.

Program Courses - Year Two

Course Description: This course builds on all course materials from the Massage Therapy Program. Students will go beyond relaxation massage and move to a treatment management model of assessment and techniques specific to Musculoskeletal conditions as well as pathaological conditions.

Course Description: This is the first of two Systemic Anatomy courses in the final year of study.  In this course, students will acquire knowledge of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems.  Each system will be described in great detail, and their relation to massage therapy.

Course Description: In this course, students will acquire knowledge of the reproductive and endocrine systems. These systems will be described in great detail, and their relation to massage therapy.

Course Description: Students are introduced to the basic concepts of small business and the laws governing the practice of Massage Therapy in Alberta. Topics include: Business structures, contracts, Marketing, Business planning and Accounting.

Course Description: This course continues with the foundation training in the performance of clinical soft-tissue diagnostics and assessment techniques; including review of postural assessment, gait analysis, range of motion, and orthopaedic assessments.

Course Description: In this course, students will learn general and systemic pathology according to the scope of Massage Therapy. They will be examining major pathological conditions with reference to Etiology, Pathogenesis and clinical features. Students will learn how to safely and effectively treat both general and specific pathological conditions as permitted within the scope of Massage Therapy.

Course Description: Students continue their clinical work. Student therapists work under the supervision of a Registered Massage Therapist to provide massage therapy to a variety of clientele in the community. 

Course Description: The course discusses the effects of therapeutic exercise on the development of flexibility, endurance, and strength.  This course is designed to build principles of therapeutic exercise, with a greater emphasis on commonly encountered conditions that can be managed with exercise.

Course Description: This course will assist students in acquiring the fundamental knowledge in integrating nutrition into massage therapy practice. Students will learn various dietary requirements for some common health related conditions and guidelines for the body’s optimal function.

Course Description: This course will provide the opportunity for students to refine their understanding of on the techniques and theory learned.  Learners will use critical thinking to decide which of their skills should be utilized with specific treatments. This course allows students to show their skills learned from content throughout the entire Massage Therapy program.

Course Description: Students will learn the structure and function of central nervous system and peripheral nervous systems. Major nerves of the cervical, brachial, Lumbar, and sacral plexuses are studied with respect to their origins, pathway, innervations.

Course Description: Students are given the opportunity to work on special populations, under the supervisor of an RMT in a variety of settings.  Outreaches are carefully chosen to include a variety of events including sports, hospital care and charity situations. 

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.

Next start date: September 10, 2018 | January 7, 2019 || Mar 4, 2018

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 the physiology 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.

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