If you’re considering going back to school to pursue a career as an RMT, you may feel a little overwhelmed by all of the training programs available to you. Which college will help you build the skills you need to set up and grow a successful practice? What do you need to know about accreditation and the growing emphasis on regulating the education and practice of massage therapy?
In order to support and inform your decision-making process, we’ve put together a list of five characteristics every student should look for when selecting a massage therapy college. From accreditation to campus atmosphere, read on to discover what defines the very best institutions.
The quality of your massage therapy training will have a direct impact on your professional success after graduation. By choosing an accredited college in a regulated province, students can rest assured that the education they receive is aligned with the highest quality standards, established by experienced RMTs and massage therapy educators.
Also, once they’ve completed their training in a regulated province, RMTs need only pass a jurisprudence exam to work in any of Canada’s other regulated provinces (British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador). Massage therapists who train in non-regulated parts of Canada do not enjoy this same professional mobility.
The best massage therapy colleges employ instructors who possess both academic expertise and extensive professional experience. These experts guide students through advanced theoretical concepts, hands-on techniques, and the principles of operating a clinic - drawing on their own real-world knowledge to ensure training is relevant, well rounded, and follows established best practices.
A massage college that is operated by RMTs will offer students a competitive edge and entryway into a supportive community of likeminded professionals - the perfect foundation on which to build a successful career.
The practicum experience is an integral part of your massage therapist training. The theories and principles students learn in class coalesce and come to life in a real-world clinic environment. Also, working with patients from all walks of life and with a range of healthcare challenges gives RMTs-in-training the confidence they need to develop effective assessment and treatment plans - essential skills that directly impact your professional growth after graduation.
In looking ahead to their prospects after training, students should also consider whether their chosen massage college offers a post-diploma degree pathway. If you’d like to leave the door open to pursuing a Bachelor of Health Sciences, for example, then it’s important to select a school that has an articulation agreement with a respected university.
Accredited massage therapy programs are rigorous and demand a full commitment of time and energy from students. Since you’ll be spending quite a bit of time on campus and in the surrounding community, it’s wise to consider the character and culture of these environments before making your final decision. The best colleges foster a caring and family-like atmosphere where small classes and individualized instruction encourage each student to reach their full potential. Look also for a relaxing campus environment that is close to where you’ll live, offers resources for exercise and recreation, and is conducive to building connections with your fellow students.
It’s always best practice to pay your top colleges a visit during the final round of decision-making. Perusing websites is a great start, but it’s difficult to get a real sense of the learning environment and campus culture without being there in person, and chatting with current students and graduates. Your best options will always have an all-inclusive open door policy that offers tours of the grounds, classrooms and massage therapy clinic. There should be ample opportunities to mingle with students and instructors and get all of your questions answered before committing to enrolment.
By following this simple checklist, prospective massage therapy students are sure to find an inspiring training program that builds both memorable experiences and the foundation of a long-lasting career.
What else would you look for in a massage therapy college?