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The Massage Therapy program is divided into two consecutive years each containing a balance of theory and practical courses that aim to provide students with the prerequisite academic knowledge to allow them to proceed to simulation activities and then clinical. During the first year of the program, students will learn the fundamentals of massage therapy, including a base of science courses, as well as the foundations of massage therapy, ethics, laws and regulations, and clinical assessment. 

The second year builds on the foundation established during the first, with a focus on more advanced treatment options for common conditions treated by massage therapists. Students will also learn more about the business side of massage therapy, with the aim of educating future business owners. Throughout both years students will also participate in clinical internships and externships to give them the opportunity to practice skills learned in class on different members of the community.

In addition to all course work, first year students are required to complete 60 clinic hours and 25 externship/outreach hours. Second year students are required to complete 165 clinic hours and 100 externship/outreach  hours. It is expected that at all times students, faculty and staff in the Massage Therapy program will conduct themselves in a fully professional manner, which will simulate the situations that students will experience in the workplace.

Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the massage therapy program to support the College in improving people’s lives through learning. To that end, we will provide students highly trained instructors, an education that exceeds set standards, opportunities to give back to their community with time and service, and relevant challenges to learn, think, and act using critical thinking skills, a compassionate heart, and well-trained hands.

The program aims to prepare graduates who possess the skills and knowledge that will allow them to function as competent massage therapists. These include both communication skills and critical thinking skills and how to conduct him or herself in a professional and ethical manner.

This 2,415-hour program is taken over the course of two years. Check out the following table to see how those hours break down in terms of instructional delivery.

Instructional Hours Clinic Hours Total
Year 1 1105 95 1200
Year 2 950 265 1215
TOTALS 2055 360 2415


This program was developed to meet the standards established by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA). As a graduate of this program, you will be eligible to complete the necessary steps to become a regulated Massage Therapist in Ontario. These steps include successfully completing the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)’s Certification Exam, submitting a Vulnerable Sector Check, demonstrating you are a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or authorized to engage in the practice of Massage Therapy under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and obtaining personal professional liability insurance. Registration with CMTO is mandatory to work as a Massage Therapist in Ontario and Massage Therapists are regulated in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Take your training, and work anywhere upon having completed it. There is great freedom to be found in taking advantage of this educational opportunity! For more information, visit the CMTCA’s website and the CMTO’s website.

CTS Canadian Career College’s program has been approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges with the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) which makes it eligible to offer this program. The Massage Therapy Programs at CTS Canadian Career College Barrie, North Bay, and Sault Ste. Marie have been granted Preliminary Accreditation, the first step in the CMTCA accreditation process. Following a site visit to verify compliance with the standards, CMTCA will issue a final accreditation decision



Enrolment Criteria:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (e.g., GED), or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Senior Science Equivalent (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or equivalent
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records Check must be supplied to the registrar prior to start date.

Program Tuition: $4,725.00/Semester; Books (approximately): $1,795.00

Massage Therapy Courses:

Year 1 – 

Academic & Professional Success Strategies (25 Hours)
Introduction to Computer Technology, Microsoft Outlook & Google Applications (25  Hours)
Health Care Terminology (25  Hours)
Public Health (25  Hours)
Ethics and Professional Practice (37.5 Hours)
Organization of the Body (37.5  Hours)
Massage Fundamentals (100  Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Integumentary System (25 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Skeletal System (75 Hours)
Hydrotherapy (50 Hours)
Research Basics (25 Hours)
Continuing Education (12.5 Hours)
First Aid CPR (25 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Muscular System 1 (75 Hours)
Clinical Assessment 1 (87.5 Hours)
Clinic 1 – First Year (70 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Muscular System 2 (62.5 Hours)
Massage Techniques   (50 Hours)
Laws and Regulations (50 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Articular System (87.5 Hours)
Business 1 (25 Hours)
Treatments 1  (75 Hours)
Year 1 Comprehensive Review  (75 Hours)
Clinical Externship 1 (25 Hours)
Interprofessional Collaboration for Health Professionals (30 Hours)

Year 2 – 
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Endocrine System (37.5 Hours)
Kinesiology & Remedial Exercise (100 Hours)
Clinic 2 – Second Year (165 Hours)
Pharmacology (25 Hours)
Reproductive System   (37.5 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Cardiovascular System   (37.5 Hours)
Clinical Assessment 2 (75 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Lymphatic System (25 Hours)
Clinical Case Studies (12.5 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Respiratory System (37.5 Hours)
Treatments 2  (200 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Digestive System  (37.5 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Urinary System  (37.5 Hours)
Anatomy & Pathophysiology of the Nervous System   (100 Hours)
Nutrition Fundamentals (25 Hours)
Research Competency  (25 Hours)
Comprehensive Assessments and Treatments (37.5 Hours)
Business 2    (25 Hours)
Year 2 Comprehensive Review (50 Hours)
Clinical Externship 2 (100 Hours)
MCQ (12.5 Hours)
OSCE Final (12.5 Hours)
Prior learning assessment & recognition (PLAR) is available upon request. Speak with your admissions counsellor for more information.
Graduation Requirements:

In order to successfully complete this program, students will be required to earn a minimum grade of 70% in all theory and practical courses, a minimum grade of 70% in each of the final theory and practical examinations, and successfully complete all Clinical Internship and Outreach Placement requirements.