Massage Therapy

Program: MASG
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Delivery: Full-time (MASG), Fast-track (MASF)
Work Integrated Learning: 4 Clinical Placements
Length: 6 Semesters
Duration: 3 Years (MASG), 2 Years (MASF)
Effective: Fall 2017 (MASG, MASF), Winter 2018 (MASF)
Location: Barrie


This program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the entry-level standards of practice as set out by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario through a blend of theoretical and effective treatment instruction. Students will participate in clinics and outreach practice settings that enable them to develop the necessary skills to perform an effective plan of care. This program is offered with both traditional and fast-track deliveries. Students can take the program in either the traditional delivery consisting of 6 semester offered over 3 years with a break during the summers, or elect to fast-track by studying 6 semesters straight over a 2 year period without any breaks.

NOTE: Applicants following the fast track will apply through OCAS using the major MASF. Winter intake is offered as fast track only; Fall intake regular and fast track.

Career Opportunities

A Massage Therapist is a valued member of the Health Care Team. Graduates will be able to work in a health care profession that supports and promotes the health, well being, and quality of life of their clients. Graduates may give direct client care in the following settings:

  • Chiropractic Clinics,
  • Physiotherapy Clinics,
  • Hospitals,
  • Medical and Health Centres,
  • Private Physicians’ Offices,
  • Long Term Care Facilities,
  • Professional and Amateur Sports Teams,
  • Fitness Institutes,
  • Aesthetic and Health Spas,
  • Private Corporations/Industries,
  • Teaching Environments.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • apply critical thinking processes in problem solving and decision-making in client assessment, development of treatment plan, treatment, and on-going care;
  • access current and pertinent research to self-reflect, self-direct and create best practices and current outcomes;
  • apply generic skills for life-long learning and for personal and professional growth;
  • establish professional relationships with Massage Therapy colleagues and members of interdisciplinary and community teams;
  • influence the advancement of the Massage Therapy profession;
  • practice and promote Massage Therapy within the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice;
  • promote and evaluate the benefits of Massage Therapy treatment to the public;
  • define professional development strategies that lead to the enhancement of work performance, career opportunities and keep pace with industry and environmental changes;
  • maintain professional readiness to ensure quality care;
  • apply appropriate business principles to a massage therapy practice;
  • recognize and stress the importance of utilizing environmentally friendly products and supplies within the work environment;
  • respond to environmental issues related to the Massage Therapy trade and keeps pace with industry and environmental changes.

External Recognition

The graduate of this program will be recommended to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to write the provincial registration examinations. Successful completion of these examinations and compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act will entitle you to become a Registered Massage Therapist and a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Please note: The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) is the body responsible for regulating massage therapy in Ontario and sets entry to practice requirements that massage therapists must meet to become registered in Ontario. The CMTO is dedicated to excellence in protecting the public, serving its members, and promoting the highest possible quality of the practice of massage therapy in a safe and ethical manner.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake - MASG

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Sem 5: Fall 2019
  • Sem 6: Winter 2020

Fall Intake - MASF Fast-track Stream

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Summer 2018
  • Sem 4: Fall 2018
  • Sem 5: Winter 2019
  • Sem 6: Summer 2019

Winter Intake - MASF Fast-track Stream

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Sem 5: Summer 2019
  • Sem 6: Fall 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U), or Grade 12 Exercise Science (U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Selection Process

Selection is based on admission requirements and academic grades.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Additional Information

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act. Completion and submission of this record is required during registration in order to ensure your placement in clinical and field placement facilities. Students who do not provide this proof of Registration Requirement may be unable to complete clinical and field placements.

A Hepatitis B vaccination is required for your own safety.

To be eligible for all practicum placements, students must have:

  • Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid on admission to the program. Level HCP CPR must be renewed annually while in the program
  • A completed Clinical Preparedness Permit
  • A current police record check including a vulnerable sector screen (see Criminal Reference Check below)
  • A record of mask fit test, renewed every two years (will be done at the college in Semester One)

Proof of two (1 hour) massage therapy treatments by 2 separate RMTs is recommended and must be presented prior to Clinical placement.

Graduation Requirements:

27 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
5 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility:

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
BIOL 1005Pathology 1
BIOL 1007Pathology 2
BIOL 1014The Essential Body
BIOL 1015Human Physiology
BIOL 2002Pathology 3
BIOL 3001Neuroanatomy
BUSI 3007Business Principles for the Regulated Professional
HLTH 1003Preparation for Clinical Practice
MASG 1001Therapeutic Relationships
MASG 1004Massage Theory and Practice 1
MASG 1005Clinical Anatomy 1
MASG 1006Massage Theory and Practice 2
MASG 2002Clinical Anatomy 2
MASG 2003Massage Theory and Practice 3
MASG 2004Clinical Assessment
MASG 2005Clinical Practice 1
MASG 2006Massage Theory and Practice 4
MASG 2007Remedial Exercise
MASG 2008Clinical Practice 2
MASG 2009Outreach 1
MASG 3005Massage Theory and Practice 5
MASG 3006Clinical Practice 3
MASG 3007Outreach 2
MASG 3008Massage Theory and Practice 6
MASG 3009Massage Practice Consolidation
MASG 3010Outreach 3
MASG 3011Clinical Practice 4
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 5 courses from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.