Massage Therapy - 469

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Become a Registered Massage Therapist by learning and practicing the various theories and techniques of relaxation or rehabilitation.

Program Highlights

CMTCA Pre-Accredited Seal

The Massage Therapy Program at Mohawk College has been granted Preliminary Accreditation, the first step in the CMTCA accreditation process. To learn more, visit the CMTCA to verify compliance with the standards, CMTCA will issue a final accreditation decision.

  • Work with professors are recognized industry leaders.
  • Participate in clinical courses that provide opportunities to develop skills while practicing with a variety of unique populations.
  • Work with high tech equipment in facilities that effectively mirror or surpass industry standards.
  • Participate in outreach opportunities that may include, but are not limited to:
    • Athletics
    • Prenatal
    • Chronic pain
    • Active aging
    • Hospice and Palliative care
    • Neurological disorders

What you'll learn

  • You will gain the knowledge and practical skills required to complete certification examinations administered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) to become a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
  • You will study an evidence-based curriculum that supports an inter-professional health care approach to maximize patient outcomes.
  • You will examine the anatomy, physiology and common pathologies of the human body.
  • You will develop critical thinking skills to prepare and implement safe and effective treatment plans.
  • You will practice alternative health care strategies.
  • You will develop the ethical and professional skills and behaviours associated with becoming a Regulated Health Care Professional.

Program Length

  • Massage Therapy is an Ontario College Advanced Diploma program that is completed in 36 months, including the required clinical hours.
  • Professional Competencies and Standards of Practice
  • Graduation Requirements
    • Students are required to achieve a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 70% and to provide a minimum of 330 hours of supervised massage therapy to the public to graduate from the Massage Therapy Program.
  • Certification Examinations and Registration
    • Your Diploma in Massage Therapy is a requirement for you to be a candidate for the CMTO Certification Examination. You must successfully complete both the written and practical exams in order to practice as a Massage Therapist in Ontario.
    • For detailed information on CMTO certification and registration requirements and procedures, please read Becoming an RMT in Ontario.

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Fall 2020 program delivery

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Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $753.47 $698.20
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $105.00
Domestic Tuition $2,085.93 $2,085.93
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,839.40 $2,889.13
Total 1st Year Fees $5,728.53

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,376.00 $8,432.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $105.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,826.00 $8,912.00
Total 1st Year Fees $17,738.00

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Additional Information


Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U level
    • Grade 11 Mathematics, minimum C level (M or U level recommended)
    • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry, Biology or Physics
  • Additional selection criteria may apply
  • Language fluency requirements must be met for applicants.

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
    • Successful completion of GAS-EAP (478) Program Level 8
    • TOEFL minimum score of 560 (88 Internet based)
    • or IELTS Writing 6.0, Speaking 6.5, Listening 7.5 and Reading 6.5 in IELTS General Training or Academic
    • Effective for the Fall 2021 intake, the IELTS general training test will not be accepted for admissions purposes
    • More information about acceptable certificates, can be found on the International Admission Requirements

Language Proficiency Requirements:

Massage Therapy Advanced Diploma Program

Effective communication is essential for the provision of competent, safe, high quality Massage Therapy services. Language fluency enhances public protection by ensuring that registrants can communicate effectively with clients and other members of the health care team. The College's Certification Examinations are not designed to test language fluency and do not require any writing activities. Therefore candidates are required to meet The Colleges of Massage Therapist of Ontario (CMTO) language fluency requirement prior to attempting the Certification Examinations.

Decision Criteria

A candidate may meet the language fluency requirement by providing proof, acceptable to the College of one of the following:

  1. A candidate’s first language is English or French
  2. A candidate has completed his/her secondary school education in English or French¹
  3. A candidate has completed a standardized English or French language test approved by the College within the past two years and achieved the required scores set by the College
  4. The candidate has successfully completed an approved Massage Therapy program that had a minimum language fluency requirement for admission AND the program's curriculum included at least two full (e.g. 3-credit or 30-hour) mandatory courses in English, French or health-related communications that were successfully completed by the candidate

¹ Please note that this refers to graduation from a secondary school program, not completion
of a high-school English or French course or courses.

Methods of Demonstrating Criteria

The following five methods are acceptable means of demonstrating that the candidate meets the requirement:

  1. Signing a self-declaration indicating that his/her first and primary language is English or French
  2. Signing a self-declaration indicating that his/her secondary school education² was completed in English or French and indicating the name and location of the school; if the applicant completed his/her education outside of Canada in a country where neither English nor French is the primary language of communication and employment, he or she may be required to provide verification directly from the school regarding language of instruction
  3. Providing test results from an approved standardized language fluency test demonstrating that she or he has achieved the minimum scores determined by the College. This report must be submitted directly from the language testing agency to the College. An applicant must meet College-approved minimum scores in each area of one test (i.e., multiple tests cannot be combined); test results will be considered valid for two years from the date the test was administered. The accepted tests are:
Approved Tests and Minimum Scores Required to Meet The Language Fluency Requirement – College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
English Tests
& Required Score(s)
(GT or AC)
TOEFL internet-based
test (iBT)
Writing 7 6.0 20 3.5
Speaking 8 6.5 20 4.5
Listening 8 7.5 24 4.0
Reading 8 6.5 19 4.0
French Tests
& Required
TESTcan Test d'évaluation
du français (TEF)
Writing 3.5 310
Speaking 4.5 349
Listening 4.0 280
Reading 4.0 233
  1. Providing evidence in the form of a diploma and transcript from an approved Massage Therapy school that includes acceptable information about the language fluency requirement of admission and the communications-related courses successfully completed by the candidate
  2. Providing to the College other compelling evidence of language fluency. This could be, for example, evidence that the applicant completed a university degree in English or French.

² Thus includes a minimum of three years' education in the required language.
Completion of single course is not acceptable.

Possible Outcomes

  1. A candidate who provides acceptable evidence of fluency by way of one of the five methods listed above will be deemed to have met the language fluency requirement so as to allow them to register for the Certification Examination unless the College has reasonable grounds to doubt the validity of the information provided.

  2. A candidate who cannot provide sufficient evidence of fluency will be notified that he/she cannot attempt the certification examinations until he/she has met the language fluency requirement.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

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Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • You will learn and develop your skills and behaviours while working with peers during on-campus labs and simulations.

Massage Therapy Student Clinic

  • You will practice your skills and behaviours in the on-site student clinic.
  • During your last two semesters, you will practice with more challenging populations at the St. Elizabeth Mills and Mohawk College partnership clinic.

Massage Therapy Outreach Opportunities

  • You will experience a wide variety of massage therapy practice options at offsite outreaches, giving you a well-rounded sense of options that exist for graduates.
  • Outreach opportunities may include hospitals, long term care centres, sporting events, corporate wellness events, trade shows, expos, and open houses, to name a few.
    • Clinical outreaches may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. Students are expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending outreach activity. Mohawk is not responsible for providing students with transportation to clinical outreaches.
  • Students perform massage therapy under the supervision and guidance of a Mohawk College employed RMT during all student clinics and outreaches.

Preplacement Requirements

  • Accepted applicants are required to have the following completed prior to participation in clinical practice and outreaches and are responsible for the associated costs of the following preplacement requirements:
    • Standard First Aid
    • CPR-C/HCP (Health Care Provider), recertification required annually while in the program
    • Up-to-date immunization record (TB testing required annually)
    • Up-to-date police record check (Vulnerable Sector Screen)
    • Registered students who have been convicted of an offence for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter or continue in clinical practice and/or outreach while in the program
  • For more information about the student clinic, or to inquire about outreaches and placements at your event/facility, please contact Rodger Bramwell or alexis.james [at] (Alexis James) You may also call us at 905-575-1212 ext. 3756.



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Registered Massage Therapist

Where you could work includes:

  • Massage Therapy Clinic
  • Health and Wellness Clinics
  • Health Spas
  • Rehabilitation Centres
  • Chiropractic Centres
  • Palliative Care Centres
  • Nursing and Retirement Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Independent Health Professionals

Note: The college reports that Massage Therapists in Ontario are mainly self-employed health professionals.

Opportunities for grads

  • Successful completion of the CMTO exams allows you to hold the title of Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
  • Become a member of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO)

Community Partnerships

  • Hamilton Police Services
  • Hamilton Ti-Cats
  • Westmount Senior Living
  • Runners Clinic (Fennell Campus)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Clinic - St. Elizabeth's Village / McMaster University
  • Chronic Pain Clinic - St. Elizabeth's Village / McMaster University
  • Prenatal Clinic - St. Elizabeth's Village / McMaster University
  • Post stroke and post orthopedic surgery clinic - St. Elizabeth's Village 
  • Adult Recreational Therapy Centre
  • Bob Kemp Hospice
  • Ride to Conquer Cancer (Professional and International Athletes)
  • Dundas Buskerfest (Professional and International Athletes)

St. Elizabeth Mills and Mohawk College partnership

A student-run massage therapy clinic officially opened at St. Elizabeth Mills on Hamilton’s West Mountain June 2. More than 200 students will work at the eight-table clinic throughout the year and be supervised by registered massage therapists. Read more about our St. Elizabeth Mills partnership at Mohawk News Desk, and don't forget to check out our story in Mohawk Momentum, Learn While Helping Others.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Massage Therapy Student Clinic

The Mohawk College Massage Therapy Student Clinic (MTSC) provides the opportunity for Professionals in Training to gain hands-on skills in our firstclass teaching clinic to garner Future Ready Massage Therapists. Students are supervised by Registered Massage Therapists as they provide safe and effective treatments to their clients.

The MTSC is located in Room R101 in the David Braley Athletic Centre (DBARC), across from Booster Juice, and is open to the Mohawk College community as well as the public.

Visit our Massage Therapy Student Clinic website.

Massage Therapy Room in 360 at Mohawk College - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

For more information about the student clinic, contact:

Rodger Bramwell
Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 3756

Alexis James
Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 3756

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