Year One


Anatomy & Physiology 1&2


This course presents an introduction to all the systems of the human body. Where possible, a ‘hands on’ approach is taken, creating an opportunity to develop an applied understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include medical terminology, building blocks of life (basic chemistry), major tissues and all organ systems of the body. Nutrition is also covered in this course. It will include basic theory and principles of nutrition including an overview of absorption and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and major vitamins and minerals including the effects of hypo/hyper supply. There is a helpful study skills component to this course.

Musculoskeletal Anatomy 1&2


In this challenging course, students learn the bones, muscles, ligaments and joints of the body using a regional approach. Palpation is taught as an integral part of this learning. As well, students use plastic models and anatomy-in-clay to integrate and apply this knowledge and skill in hands-on labs.

Communication & Ethics 1&2


In this course we address interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills and key ethical issues in the massage profession. We identify, understand and apply professional conduct and ethics related to good boundaries and effective therapeutic relationships. Topics include ethical business practices; recognizing challenges for varied clients (including those with mental health issues, abuse and trauma, post-traumatic stress and other special needs); and values clarification, critical thinking and problem solving related to ethical issues and ethical dilemmas. We present assertiveness strategies and conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Students are invited to enhance emotional intelligence and review approaches to self-care such as breathing techniques, self-reflection and collaborative dialogue with classmates. This course functions to build a supportive learning community.

Year Two


Pathology 1&2


“Study of the Nature and Cause of Disease” Our understanding of anatomy and physiology will be applied in the study of pathologies. Diseases of all systems excepting the nervous system will be covered with particular interest in those most commonly treated by massage therapists. In addition an introduction to surgical implications to massage therapy will be given in Pathology 1, and an introduction to pharmacology as it relates to the practice of massage therapy will be given in Pathology 2.

Research


Research plays an important part in the development of the massage therapy profession. Students will be presented with basic principles to enable him/her to read, recognize, understand and critique current research. Students will prepare a case report for publication as part of this course.

Business


This course offers an introduction to small business including; entrepreneurship, business structures and their characteristics i.e. partnerships, incorporations, advantages and disadvantages, setting effective goals,  developing a mission statement and a business plan,small business accounting, and action planning for your dream. This class is available in on line modules to alumni as well by popular demand

 

Neuroanatomy 1&2


This course takes a more in-depth look at Neuroanatomy, including such topics as higher brain function, learning, memory and more. Neuropathology will be included and integrated with Neurological assessment and treatment from a Massage Therapist perspective.

Integrated Science


Students will integrate knowledge from Anatomy, Kinesiology, Pathology and Physiology in a regional approach and systems approach to aspects of the human body. There will be some emphasis placed on the nervous system, vascular system and the potential anatomical results of physical injury. This class is designed to start preparation for the board exams, helping students to organize notes and mentally build endurance for this type of test.