Yes. Click Request Information (bottom of page) or give us a call (1-800-701-8863) to set up a visit. We would be happy to give you a tour of the college, drop into classes, answer your questions and set up a free massage in the student clinic (when in operation). Alternatively, you could be a Student-for-a day, attend a variety of classes and talk with students. We look forward to hearing from you.
Our program is two years. The full massage therapy program meets the standards established in British Columbia to write the College of Massage Therapy of BC Board exams to become a Registered Massage Therapist. Students may complete Year One and receive a Spa Practitioner Certificate. The diploma can be applied to a Bachelor of Health Science Degree. For more information, visit our Program section.
Yes, the sooner the better. As long as your prerequisites are completed prior to your start date, you are encouraged to apply.
We offer the Introduction to Massage Workshop and the Human Science and College Prep Course. The Workshop is a requirement. The Human Science and Preparation course is an excellent way to prepare for the academic science content and learn time management and study skills.
Yes. Our Massage Therapy Program is in full compliance with the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) and the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) curriculum guidelines and accreditation requirements.
StudentAid BC helps eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education through loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and special programs. It also has programs for borrowers who need help repaying their loans. Most StudentAid BC programs are based on need, providing financial assistance where students and their immediate families do not have the resources to meet the costs of post-secondary education and basic living expenses. StudentAid BC also offers scholarships based on merit. StudentAid BC administers programs on behalf of the Government of Canada including Canada student loans and Canada student grants. For information or to apply, please visit www.aved.gov.bc.ca/studentaidbc/. Students may also be eligible for funding through Employment Insurance programs. For more information visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/ebsm/index.shtml.
Please see Accommodation for general information. Accepted students will have access to rental listings posted on the student login area of the website.
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We have two intakes each year - September and January.
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The program is considered a heavy load requiring a number of hours after school for study, assignments or practice. Classes start at 8:30 and run through to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Morning class and afternoon classes are 3 or 3 ½ hours, with breaks part way through each class and an hour or more for lunch. Student clinic begins in year 1 term 2 with a 5 hour evening or weekend shift once per week (in addition to classes) for about 20 weeks. In year 2 one day or two days per week are devoted to outreach practicum. Students must expect to be available for practicum hours on some evenings and weekends.
Yes. An essential component of massage therapy education is clinical practicum, working on patients with a diverse range of conditions. Our clinical practicum experience ensures that each student sees patients in all condition categories applicable to massage therapists. You will see patients in our onsite clinical facilities AND offsite, such as at care homes, work places, sport and community events, etc. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from offsite clinical experience. Locations are generally in the Vernon or Kelowna area.
We recommend that you plan on spending a few hours each day pre-reading, reviewing, practicing or completing assignments. Learning is more successful with frequent repetition than occasional long periods known as cramming. For many students, studying part of the time with fellow classmates can be an efficient and enjoyable alternative to studying alone. Students say that on average they spent 3 hours/day doing homework.
We recommend that if at all possible students do not work while attending full time. The answers above will give you an idea of how busy you will be as a student. However, some students are able to work and still manage to be successful in the program. Being organized and diligent in your studies leads to overall success, and may make working a more reasonable option. Some students start their studies while working with the idea that they will leave their job if it becomes too much to handle in conjunction with their school load.
Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some start right after high school, while others have started or completed post secondary college or university programs or degrees. Many of our students are changing careers or retraining. Our students may be single, married, with children, or even grandparents. We attract men and women from many Canadian provinces and some international students. OVCMT considers all applicants without discrimination regarding age, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, religion or marital status.
Massage therapy is an excellent complement to previous education and training in kinesiology and human science. Many kinesiology graduates have come through the program and without a doubt a kinesiology background is an asset as a massage therapy student. Kinesiology graduates may be eligible for course credits. A number of the OVCMT faculty have Kinesiology degrees as well as their Massage Therapy Diploma.
A wide range of options are available to RMTs, including the ability to travel and be self-employed. Registered Massage Therapist’s may work in sole practitioner or multi-disciplinary clinics, including with other Massage Therapist, Physiotherapist, and Chiropractors. RMTs may also work in Athletic and Sport facilities or with Sports Teams, Spa’s, Cruise Ships, Hotels, Corporate Offices or work sites and in other health care settings. Some RMTs may operate a private practice from an in-home office. The majority of our graduates are self-employed with a lesser amount working as employees. A Bachelor of Health Science (available with credit through TRU) opens up other career avenues in health care or academia.