Massage Therapy - Compressed

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Program Code: 5115

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Winter

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8068

The Massage Therapy – Compressed program allows you to obtain an advanced diploma in two years by attending summer semesters, with no semester breaks. This delivery of the Massage Therapy — Compressed program stills offer an identical curriculum to the traditional format of the offering (program #5110), which is completed in three years.

There is an emphasis on the assessment and hands-on treatment of the muscles, fascia and joints of the body to improve or maintain physical health, function and mobility.

This version of the program is ideal for you if you wish to enter the field quickly by learning and implementing a variety of techniques that include:

  • Swedish massage
  • Fascial and rhythmic techniques
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Joint mobilization
  • Remedial exercise
  • Stretching techniques
  • Variety of hydrotherapy applications

In addition to these fundamentals, you are also also be exposed to a focus on critical thinking, rehabilitation and business management.

More specifically, this hands-on School of Community and Health Studies program allows you to develop expertise in dealing with patients seeking relief from a variety of conditions affecting their health and well-being; build your business and research skills to prepare you for a successful business and to advance in the profession of massage therapy; complement your in-class education with clinical placements and lab experiences that enhance your skills as you work with patients from the community; and become prepared for their entrance entry-to-practice exams after graduation.

Please note: The compressed delivery (two years inclusive) of the Massage Therapy program is a winter intake/start only and includes the summer semester, no semester break. Students enrolled in this program must stay in this program as their major program of study and are not eligible to transfer into the three year undertaking (program #5110).

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
THER-111 Massage Theory and Practice 1 Morningside Campus
THER-115 Legislation, Standards and Professionalism Morningside Campus
THER-116 Introductory Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology Morningside Campus
THER-118 Nutrition and Lifestyle Practices Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-180 College Communications 3 Morningside Campus
THER-120 Introduction to Hydrotherapy Morningside Campus
THER-121 Massage Theory and Practice 2 Morningside Campus
THER-122 Therapeutic Relationship 1 Morningside Campus
THER-123 Clinical Anatomy 1 Morningside Campus
THER-124 Physiology Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
THER-210 Pathophysiology 1 Morningside Campus
THER-211 Massage Theory and Practice 3 Morningside Campus
THER-212 Clinic 1 Morningside Campus
THER-213 Clinical Anatomy 2 Morningside Campus
THER-215 Biomechanics & Orthopedic Assessment Morningside Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
THER-200 Outreach 1 Morningside Campus
THER-220 Pathophysiology 2 Morningside Campus
THER-221 Massage Theory and Practice 4 Morningside Campus
THER-222 Clinic 2 Morningside Campus
THER-225 Fitness & Remedial Exercise Morningside Campus
THER-227 Therapeutic Relationship 2 Morningside Campus
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
THER-300 Outreach 2 Morningside Campus
THER-310 Pathophysiology 3 Morningside Campus
THER-311 Massage Theory and Practice 5 Morningside Campus
THER-315 Neuroanatomy and Physiology Morningside Campus
THER-316 Issues and Research Literacy In Massage Therapy Morningside Campus
THER-322 Clinic 3 Morningside Campus
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
THER-321 Massage Theory and Practice 6 Morningside Campus
THER-324 Professional Practice Morningside Campus
THER-325 Creating an Independent Practice Morningside Campus
THER-332 Clinic 4 Morningside Campus
THER-400 Outreach 3 Morningside Campus
THER-500 Advanced Techniques Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • Programs at Centennial College are awarded Key Performance Indicator Awards based on student satisfaction survey statistics. The Massage Therapy program has received the President's Academic Program Recognition Award for Graduate Satisfaction, President's Academic Gold Award for Graduate Satisfaction, President's Academic Program recognition Award for Quality of Learning Experience, President's Academic Gold Award for Quality of Learning Experience.
  • Thanks to a strong clinical component, you have the opportunity to partake in supervised practice during which a variety of patient needs and treatments are assessed and managed.
  • At Centennial College's Morningside Campus, you obtain hands-on practice within modern labs as well as an on-site clinic, where you come in contact with patients who are subjected to constant bodily stress causing injuries, dysfunction and disease. Your responsibility is to offer massage therapy treatment, under the supervision of experienced RMT faculty members, to help improve patients' physical ability and quality of life.
  • You will be eligible to write the registration examinations administered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) to qualify for Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) designation.
  • Students have demonstrated an excellent success rate at the CMTO entry-to-practice examinations.

Graduates of the Massage Therapy (Compressed) program will have the ability to:

  • Conduct a massage therapy practice within an ethical framework
  • Develop therapeutic relationships that support health and well-being
  • Collect and use patient information to determine the appropriateness of massage therapy
  • Develop, implement and evaluate a treatment plan
  • Maintain professional readiness to ensure quality care

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to further their study with select academic institutions. These pathways allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Massage Therapy (Compressed) program's educational partners are:

  • Athabasca University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook

  • Self-employed registered massage therapist
  • Rehabilitative registered massage therapist
  • Corporate registered massage therapist

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Biology Grade 11 or 12, C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • One additional Science (Physics, Chemistry, or Exercise Science) Grade 11 or 12, C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)

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January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

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Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,453.50 $962.00 $4,415.50
International $12,400.00 $2,157.00 $14,557.00