Once students graduate from OVCMT with their massage therapy diploma, they can launch their own practice, work at an interdisciplinary clinic, continue their education – or do all three!
OVCMT has developed a partnership with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) so that after completing their massage therapy training, students can apply their diploma toward a Bachelor of Health Science at TRU. They can pursue their Health Science degree right after they graduate from OVCMT, enroll years later, or study part-time while they work as an RMT.
Read on to find out more about transforming your MT diploma into a BHSc, and how the degree can open up additional career options in healthcare.
As an accredited massage college, OVCMT has a Bachelor of Health Science articulation agreement with TRU – Open Learning Agency.
OVCMT graduates can leverage their hard work by transferring a block of 69 credits to TRU, which counts toward their 120-credit BHSc. That’s more than half of their Bachelor’s degree, already complete! Students with additional post-secondary education may even be able to transfer more credits, further shortening the length of the degree.
If you are considering massage therapy training, but are still unsure of your ultimate career goals, the articulation agreement between OVCMT and TRU keeps the door open for further education - and you won’t have to start from square one.
'I am eternally grateful for the education I received at OVCMT and for the opportunity to complete the TRU degree,' says OCVMT and TRU alumni, Lindsay Stewart.
TRU’s flexible program delivery means that OVCMT grads can continue working while they complete their BHSc. Online options help students complete coursework at their own pace, leaving time to pursue work as a massage therapist or raise a family.
'I found the delivery method (on-lined paced) really useful for me as a busy RMT with a family too,' observed a TRU alumni with a diploma in massage therapy.
OVCMT alum, Lindsay Stewart also successfully juggled her degree with responsibilities at home: 'I did all my courses on-line, and only took one at a time from January 2010 until May of this year. A few breaks with new babies made it a little longer than it needed to be, but the pace was good for my schedule. It was totally do-able with a family and a full-time job. I'm really glad I did it.'
'Having the Bachelor of Health Science from TRU now allows me to consider other paths within and outside my profession', says Susan Jenner who completed her BHSc in 2007 while seven months pregnant!
Susan considers the investment more than worthwhile: 'The Bachelor program opens up many doors for me and the HEAL courses I took opened my eyes to the challenges my colleagues in the health profession face daily and I have greater respect for their work.'
Beth Atkinson (who is just finishing up the last course of her BHSc) reports, 'the core courses are very relevant and have helped me improve in my delivery of client service as an RMT, but also to further my potential for employability in other fields and options for other degrees.'
For Jenner, Atkinson, and many other RMTs who pursue alternative careers in healthcare, flexibility is important. They want as many professional options as possible, or to continue studying at the master or PHD levels.
Completing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences allows professionals with massage therapist training to find work as:
• occupational health/hygiene officers
• research scientists
• exercise scientist/physiologists
• cardiac/respiratory technicians
• fitness/health/exercise consultants
• medical sales representatives
• laboratory technicians
• physical activity/health education project officers
Are you thinking about pursuing alternative career paths in healthcare after becoming an RMT? Which path inspires you most?