Massage Therapy - 469

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Gain the practical experience and theoretical knowledge required to become a Registered Massage Therapist, providing rehabilitative and relaxation care.

Program Highlights

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The Massage Therapy Program at Mohawk College has been awarded Accreditation for a three year period (2021-2024) by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA). To learn more, please visit the CMTCA.

  • Work with professors who 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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Program delivery

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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 Applicants with English as a Second Language:

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)
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.

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Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$864.60$758.46
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$113.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$2,085.93$2,085.93
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$3,063.53$2,844.39
Total 1st Year Fees$5,907.92

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

2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee$8,875.00$8,875.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$113.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$9,438.00$9,250.00
Total 1st Year Fees$18,688.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

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By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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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 Student Clinic

  • You will practice your skills and behaviours through an unpaid clinical placement 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.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.   

Preplacement Requirements

  • Accepted applicants are required to have the following completed prior to participation in clinical practice in semester two 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.

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.

Career Opportunities

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 clinic officially opened at St. Elizabeth Mills on Hamilton’s West Mountain on 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.

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Tech requirements

Technical Requirements

  • A mobile device is required for all courses in the Health Studies department. Mobile devices need to have internet access and be able to connect to the MyCanvas system.

Additional Information

Massage Student Clinic

The Mohawk College Massage Student Clinic (MTSC) provides the opportunity for Professionals in Training to gain hands-on skills in our first-class 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 Student Clinic website.

For more information about the student clinic, contact:

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

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

  • Chris Owen: Academic
  • Vivian Armas: Clinical and Outreach

Program Coordinator

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Vivian Armas

Department of Health Studies-Clinical and Outreach Coordinator


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Program Coordinator

  • Chris Owen: Academic
  • Vivian Armas: Clinical and Outreach
Vivian Armas headshot

Vivian Armas

Department of Health Studies-Clinical and Outreach Coordinator

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2024
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