Our turbulent economy and increasingly competitive workforce has made maximizing your post-secondary education more important than ever. Versatile training is crucial, and so is a clear understanding of how your program of study will lead to not just one, but perhaps several career options down the road. The Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy offers multiple educational pathways. From private practitioner to medical team specialist, our massage therapy certification program prepares students to take on a number of professional roles. And for students who wish to deepen their learning, broaden their prospects, or take their career to the next level – they can apply at least 69 of their massage therapy credits towards a Bachelors of Health Science degree.
OVCMT graduates interested in pursuing a BHSc already possess more than half the credits needed to complete the degree program at Thompson Rivers University – TRU Open Learning. The Open Learning format allows students to take courses remotely, enroll at any point during the year, and apply previously earned credits toward the completion of their degree. Crucially, a BHSc provides the registered massage therapist with professional mobility, both within their field and across multiple healthcare sectors. They can develop additional clinical expertise, and work toward roles in administration and management.
A Bachelor degree in Health Science opens a surprising number of doors, including select graduate programs. They take on roles as health educators in schools, assume positions in government organizations and community initiatives. Some enter the world of sales as pharmaceutical reps, promoting new therapies to pharmacists and doctors. No matter which professional path students choose, a BHSc equips them with transferrable, essential skills like data analysis, research methods, record-keeping, and technology awareness – tools that will serve them well throughout their career.
If massage therapy training is just your first step toward larger educational goals, and you’d like to keep your options open for advanced clinical training, then a BHSc is an ideal gateway to graduate or doctoral study. Students who hold a Master of Health Science go on to pursue careers in hospital administration and health informatics, they train as doctors and participate in cutting-edge clinical research. They take on roles in policy making and play an active part in furthering our understanding and support of human health.
What path would you pursue with a Bachelor of Health Science?