Massage Therapy, Diploma

Applied credential meeting industry standards in BC

Program at a glance

Credential

Diploma

Area of Study

Sport & Exercise

Study options

Full-time

Work experience

Clinical and fieldwork placement

Open to International

Yes

Length

Two-years; 6 terms

At a glance image

Photo of Emah Christiansen with 2 students

Prepare to become an independent, successful, and professional health care provider in the area of massage therapy.

Gain advanced knowledge and practical application of the skills necessary to provide safe, effective and ethical massage therapy that meets the College of Massage Therapists of BC's entry-to-practice requirements. 

Emah Christiansen guiding for technique in Massage Lab

Is Massage Therapy right for you?

The Diploma in Massage Therapy is an intensive, cohort-based program. Students will learn to apply principles of physical, health, and social sciences as they relate to massage therapy in the classroom, simulated environments, and through clinical placements in the community. If you are caring and compassionate with a desire to help others, Massage Therapy could be your path to an exciting and fulfilling career.

Hands-on learning

You'll have the opportunity to develop and refine your massage knowledge and techniques through classroom and lab learning along with clinical placements in the community or in our on-site clinic.

Massage Therapy Clinic

As part of the Diploma in Massage Therapy, you will have the opportunity to work at Camosun’s on-campus clinics offering both a state of the art applied learning environment for Camosun students, and exemplary services to its clientele.

The Camosun Advantage

Camosun's Massage Therapy program will provide you with an applied credential that meets industry standards set by the College of Massage Therapists of BC and is academically recognized by the BC Post-Secondary system. As a Camosun student, you'll receive many benefits including: access to financial aid, awards and bursaries; BC transit U-Pass; extended health and dental plan; Fitness & Recreation membership; academic support and other services.

Upon graduation you will be eligible to sit the examination  as set by the College of Massage Therapists of BC to become a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).

Graduates who attain a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) designation are also eligible to sit the exam to obtain the Certified Sport Massage Therapist designation through the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CMSTA).

Employment Opportunities

Career opportunities may include work within:

  • Massage therapy clinics
  • Private practices
  • Chiropractic, Athletic Therapy and Physiotherapy multi-disciplinary clinics
  • Elite athletic teams
  • Wellness centres
  • Spa resorts

Information Sessions

No sessions are scheduled at this time.

Stay tuned!

The Centre for Sport & Exercise Education Information Sessions are a great way to learn more about a program and to get your questions answered by faculty and staff.

For more information please contact: sported@camosun.ca.

Invest in yourself!

Our two-year diploma will prepare you to become independent, successful and professional massage therapy practitioners.

Emah Christiansen guiding for technique in a Massage Lab

Estimated tuition

Estimated program tuition:  $33,048

International tuition:  $78,300

What to expect

The Diploma in Massage Therapy is cohort-based and delivered over six consecutive 14-week terms. This program is part of the Centre for Sport & Exercise Education and is located on the Interurban Campus.

You will learn to apply principles of physical, health and social sciences as they relate to massage therapy in the classroom, simulated environments and through clinical placements in the community or in our on-campus clinic.

Still in high school?

We have dual-credit courses available here at Camosun through South Island Partnership.

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September intake.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

One of:

Participation Requirements

  • Some courses in this program will require math as a pre-requisite (e.g. “C” in Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Math 11, MATH 077, MATH 137, or MATH 073; or “C+” in MATH 075, MATH 135 or MATH 072). Students may enter this program without Math, but must complete one of the Math courses listed above or successfully complete Camosun’s Math assessment.
  • Student attendance at a program Orientation session scheduled by the Centre for Sport and Exercise Education (CSEE) is mandatory. Clear expectations for the program and issues which may interfere with progress in this program will be addressed at this time.
  • Students must obtain Standard First Aid and CPR-C certification and submit before starting clinical placement and must keep their certifications current throughout clinical education.
  • Criminal Record Check: You'll need to complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC) through the BC Government's Criminal Record Review program. This is a program participation requirement. Camosun will send you information on how to complete your Criminal Record Check after you've been accepted to your program. CRC's completed outside of the college process are not accepted. You are responsible for all associated costs.

Notes: The work environment in which you'll be employed requires demanding manual techniques and extensive hand washing. If you have back, neck, or arm injury or serious skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or latex allergy you should consider carefully before making an application to this program. For the same reasons, if you have a significant health challenge you should consult with the Program Chair.

Completion Requirements

You will require a minimum of a C grade in each course in order to graduate from the program.

Our Teaching Staff

Camosun College is proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys.

Faculty/staff profile

Photo of Emah Christiansen, Chair, Massage Therapy

Emah Christiansen

Chair

Emah has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 1999, and an instructor since 2006. She has a BaHS with Thompson Rivers University. Emah has superv ... Read more

Faculty/staff profile

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Diane Casteel

Instructor

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Learn more

Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.

Contact information

Centre for Sport and Exercise Education

We want to hear from you!

Campus location

Campus location
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

About Interurban Campus

250-370-4700

sported@camosun.ca