Massage Therapy Diploma
Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Department of Allied Health and Human Performance
The Massage Therapy program offers a unique blend of scientific theory and clinical practice. It offers a comprehensive clinical education that develops well-rounded massage therapists able to practice in a wide range of medical and therapeutic environments. The program teaches soft tissue manipulation techniques for the assessment and treatment of stress, pain and a variety of physical conditions. With challenging courses in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology and communication, students gain a foundation of knowledge that carries them through dynamic field placement experiences and professional practice at MacEwan University’s public massage clinic.
The program prepares students to become a registered massage therapist (RMT) with a provincial association. With MacEwan University’s reputation as a leader in massage education, graduates may be eligible for registration across Canada and internationally.
Massage therapy is on the leading edge of a vastly expanding market of health-related services. As massage therapy continues to gain recognition in the general population and the health care community, the profession can be seen as having high job potential, particularly with the growing trend toward self-employment. Graduates can specialize in areas that suit their lifestyles, their needs and the needs of their patients. Potential work sites for massage therapists include multi-disciplinary health-care settings, private practice, sports centres, hospitals, long-term care facilities and health spas.
Teaching Clinic Receptionist
Robbins Health Learning Centre
Room 9-302, 10910 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
Program of Study
|MTST 108||Massage Therapy Foundations 1||2|
|MTST 109||Palpation Lab 1||1|
|MTST 115||Functional Survey for Massage Therapists 1||1|
|MTST 120||Human Anatomy I 1||3|
|MTST 125||Physiology I 1||3|
|MTST 131||Techniques I 1||3|
|Three credits of university English (includes WRIT 101)||3|
|MTST 122||Human Anatomy II 1||3|
|MTST 126||Physiology II 1||3|
|MTST 137||Developing Therapeutic Relationships 1||2|
|MTST 142||Techniques II 1||3|
|MTST 146||Body Movements 1||3|
|MTST 161||Clinical Practice I 1||1|
|MTST 143||Techniques III 1||3|
|MTST 155||Assessment for Massage Therapists I 1||2|
|MTST 162||Clinical Practice II 1||1|
|HLST 150||Pathophysiology 1||3|
|MTST 151||Research Literacy for Massage Therapists 1||1|
|MTST 156||Assessment for Massage Therapists II 1||2|
|MTST 224||Techniques IV 1||3|
|MTST 260||Clinical Practice III 1||1|
|MTST 273||Massage Therapy for Special Populations I 1||2|
|MTST 281||Treatments and Planning I 1||2|
|HLST 290||Nutrition/Pharmacological Concepts 1||3|
|MTST 225||Techniques V 1||3|
|MTST 261||Clinical Practice IV 1||1|
|MTST 274||Massage Therapy for Special Populations II 1||2|
|MTST 283||Treatments and Planning II 1||2|
|MTST 286||Sport Massage 1||3|
|MTST 226||Techniques VI 1||3|
|MTST 262||Clinical Practice V 1||1|
|MTST 265||Business Management for Massage Therapists 1||2|
1 The minimum passing grade for this course is C-.
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
Police Information Check
Students must meet the specific police information check (PIC) requirement as set out in the admission criteria for the duration of the program or they may be required to withdraw from the program. Students are responsible for obtaining a PIC at intervals specified by clinical agencies or the program and making these available, upon request, to their clinical agency representative. Students whose PIC status changes following program admission must self-report this change in status; this may compromise the student's ability to complete the program and/or they may be required to withdraw from the program.
Current immunization against specified communicable diseases is required as a prerequisite for clinical experiences and thus for continued enrolment in the program. Students must meet the specific immunization requirements prior to the end of the fifth term. Documentation of these requirements must be provided to the program by the end of the fifth term. Failure to meet the specified immunization requirements may result in a student being denied an approved clinical experience and/or they may be required to withdraw from the program.
CPR – Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (C) or equivalent
Students must meet the specific CPR requirements prior to the end of first term. The certification must be for Health Care Providers and include one and two person rescuers (adult, infant, child), bag-valve masks, and automated external defibrillation (AED). Documentation of these requirements must be provided to the program by the end of the first term. Failure to meet the specified CPR requirements may result in a student being denied an approved clinical experience and/or they may be required to withdraw from the program.
First Aid – Basic
Students must meet the specific First Aid requirements by the end of the first term. Documentation of these requirements must be provided to the program by the end of the first term. Failure to meet the specified First Aid requirements may result in a student being denied an approved clinical experience and/or they may be required to withdraw from the program.