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Program Code: 14201 Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Length: 6 semesters Current Students can view program and course details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

Humber’s Massage Therapy advanced diploma program provides you with the in-depth academic preparation and hands-on practical experience required to become a valued member of a health-care team.

Working in our state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a patient assessment, develop treatment plans, deliver safe and effective treatment, and evaluate outcomes. You’ll also learn how to run a successful business, preparing you to become an entrepreneur or own a private practice.

As regulated health-care professionals, massage therapists are overseen by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act.

Our mission is to develop knowledgeable, compassionate and respectful massage therapy students who will become outstanding leaders, effective practitioners and important contributors to their communities.

Courses Program Standards

Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Conduct a massage therapy practice* within a legal, professional* and ethical framework*.
  • Apply business principles relevant to a massage therapy practice*.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally with clients, colleagues and members of the interprofessional team.
  • Develop and maintain therapeutic relationships* to optimize clients’ health and wellness.
  • Collect and assess clients’ information* to determine their state of health and the treatment goals.
  • Develop a plan of care* according to the client’s condition and the treatment goals.
  • Implement the plan of care* according to the client’s condition and the treatment goals.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the plan of care*.
  • Maintain documentation securely, accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development to ensure quality care.


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Work Placement

Our curriculum is designed to emphasize depth and breadth in your clinical experience. You will have the opportunity to practise your skills with seven unpaid work placements – four of which take place on campus in our Massage Therapy Clinic and three of which take place off campus in the community. Thanks to our community partnerships, you will be introduced to a variety of health-care settings and given the opportunity to work with a diverse group of patients.

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Facilities

Our massage therapy laboratory, located within the College's Centre for Healthy Living, is a high-quality, comprehensive learning environment with hydro-electric massage therapy tables, hydrotherapy, physical therapy and therapeutic exercise equipment.

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Our Industry Partnerships

Thanks to our industry partners, massage therapy students have the opportunity to treat diverse patient populations and conditions including pregnancy and infants; children and youth; complex conditions including HIV/AIDS, cancer and diabetes; mental health conditions; neurological conditions; and palliative patients.


The Humber Experience

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Watch this video to learn more about the annual Massage Therapy Research Night. Hear about the research completed by third-year Massage Therapy students.

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Watch this video to learn more about Humber's Massage Therapy Advanced Diploma program and our unique approach to teaching from industry leading faculty.

Your Career

Using the knowledge and skills you’ve honed in our program, you will help to improve the health and well-being of your patients. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with patients and with various health professionals to promote health, rehabilitate injuries and manage complex conditions. Massage therapists are generally self-employed and can work in a variety of settings including: 

  • health clinics
  • spas
  • nursing or long-term care homes
  • health and fitness clubs
  • sports organizations
  • hospitals

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA)

The Massage Therapy Program at Humber has been granted official accreditation by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA). View Graduation Requirements.

Registered Massage Therapist

This program is recognized by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) as meeting the academic requirements for eligibility to write the registration examination. Successful candidates of this examination will be entitled to use the professional designation of Registered Massage Therapist.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
January 2021 North Open Closed
September 2021 North Open Open

Massage Therapy Program

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Watch the video to find out more about Humber's Massage Therapy Diploma program. See our state-of-the-art labs and hear from faculty and students.


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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent)
      • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U or equivalent) or Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (SPH3U, SPH4C or SPH4U or equivalent) or Grade 12 Exercise Science (PSE4U or equivalent) or Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (PSK4U) or equivalent
      • One Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U course in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Placement Requirements

The pre-requisite requirements must be fulfilled before the commencement of your placement. Participation in placements will not be allowed if not all the pre-requisite requirements are met. Due to the variety of venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirements are subject to change. Please use the following link to find detailed information about your program's placement pre-requisite requirements.

View Requirements

Uniform Order Form

Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H Intel i5-8300H
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Felicia Calleri, program coordinator
Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness
416-675-6622 ext. 5537
felicia.calleri@humber.ca
healthsciences.humber.ca

Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,860.28
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Approximately $1,200 - textbooks (per year).

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

WITHIN HUMBER

View Honours Degree 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission.  Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of 5 semesters of full-time study plus a work term.   Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent
  • SBI4U ( Grade 12U Biology) or equivalent

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

Apply for this degree starting in Winter 2020>   

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

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BBA Health Services Administration

For those students who complete a 3 year diploma at Humber, Davenport University will grant the student 90 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program. You will need to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours (approximately one year of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 3 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Health Science

Humber and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) have entered into an agreement where graduates of the following Humber programs may receive block transfer into the Bachelor of Health Science:

  • Massage Therapy Advanced Diploma: maximum of 84 transfer credits
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits
  • Paramedic Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits
  • Pharmacy Technician Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits
  • Practical Nursing Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits

A total of 120 credits is required to graduate from the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. 

Students applying for admission to TRU are required to provide original documentation showing their full postsecondary academic history along with graduation with a relevant diploma from Humber.  

For more information, contact: student@tru.ca 

 

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

BSc in Health and Leisure (with Massage)

Graduates of Humber's Massage Therapy Advanced Diploma program are eligible to enter Year 4 of the Bachelor of Science in Health and Leisure (with Massage) at the Institute of Technology Tralee in Ireland.  Students will complete this program in two semesters.

To be eligible for consideration for entry, applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 60% upon graduation from the Humber program.  

Note:

  • Garda (Police) clearance in the Republic of Ireland is necessary for registration on any stage of this program.  The student's application for clearance will be made on completion of registration with IT Tralee.  The college will guide the application.  Students should provide documentary evidence of Clearance from any other police authority where applicable.

IT Tralee offers Humber students a special package which includes tuition for two semesters, accommodation for the academic year, emergency medical insurance, and pick up at airport on first arrival.  For 2019 intake this package costs €10,650 but is subject to change from year-to-year.

For more information, please contact:  Cyril Gavaghan, cyril.gavaghan@ittralee.ie

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner postsecondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Felicia Calleri, program coordinator
Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness
416-675-6622 ext. 5537
felicia.calleri@humber.ca
healthsciences.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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