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Massage Therapy

Join the growing healthcare field with a quality program that contains hands-on clinical experience and a quality curriculum that has received preliminary accreditation from the CMTCA. Plus, scholarships and tuition repayment assistance are available for students of the programs.

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Type

Diploma

Duration

88 Weeks

Internship

Available

Program Outline

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About The Program

Now is a great time to start a career in Massage Therapy! Join a growing field where 100% of the program’s 2018 graduates were employed in a relevant job within 6 months. Plus, take advantage of scholarships and employment opportunities from key industry employers.

Career Opportunities

The Massage Therapy diploma program will qualify graduates to pursue positions in private clinics, multi-disciplinary clinics, spas, wellness centers, and self-employment.

Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • Massage Addict
  • Advanced Health & Physiotherapy 
  • A Human Touch Massage Clinic
  • Nova Physiotherapy 
  • 360 Health
  • Rehab One

Salary

100 %

Employment Rate*

$ 27

Average Wage/hr**

$ 41

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 3236 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

CMTCA Accreditation

The Massage Therapy Program at Eastern has been granted Preliminary Accreditation, the first step in the CMTCA accreditation process. Following a site visit to verify compliance with the standards, CMTCA will issue a final accreditation decision. The Preliminary Accreditation from the CMTCA is a reflection of the quality of our Massage Therapy program and is granted based on evaluations of several aspects of the program including Curriculum Content, Faculty and Learning, Student Support, Leadership and Administration, Human Resources, Resources and Infrastructure, and Quality Improvement. Preliminary accreditation has currently been granted to our Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John campuses.

Program Details

Are you interested in helping and treating others who may suffer from acute and chronic pain? Whether you’re helping to reduce stress or providing relief from muscle conditions, the Massage Therapy program at Eastern College is an ideal fit if you’re interested in promoting health and wellness.
Students learn the technical massage techniques and skills required for this career and gain knowledge on client relations and business best practices to secure a full-time job in Massage Therapy.

Students enrolled in the program receive:

  • Through Eastern’s partnership with Massage Addict, a Canadian-owned and operated chain of massage therapy clinics, we offer a scholarship program that awards $1000 Scholarship to one Massage Therapy student per campus per year. Click here to learn more.
  • Education in a program recognized by the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS), the Association of New Brunswick Massage Therapists (ANBMT), the New Brunswick Massotherapy Association (NBMA), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapist Association (NLMTA).  
  • 440 clinical hours for hands-on training.
Course Listings: New Brunswick
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Arthrology
In this course, students will build upon their current knowledge of the Skeletal System to include articulations, or joints. Students will not only be able to explain basic joint anatomy, but also how to treat all major Diarthroses joints with techniques called Joint Mobilizations, which will be practiced extensively in class.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Cardiovascular System
The Cardiovascular system & its role in homeostasis are investigated in this course. Anatomy & physiology of the heart & blood vessels is learned along with location of principle arteries and veins. Cardiac pathologies are reviewed and related to signs & symptoms seen in clinical practice. Emphasis is on recognition of pathologic symptoms, followed by safe treatment and/or referral to other Health Care Practitioners. Practical components of this course include taking blood pressure and palpating pulse points in the body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Digestive System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the digestive system including anatomy, physiology and conditions for the digestive system at all ages. Conditions will be evaluated for relevance in treatment considerations for the Massage Therapist.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Endocrine System
This course investigates the regulation of body functions by hormones. Students learn in depth about the body?s response to stress and the implications for Massage Therapists. Endocrine pathologies are examined focusing on Diabetes. The connection between Endocrine and other systems is examined to facilitate understanding of Homeostasis.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Integumentary System
The Integumentary System is examined by structure & function to form foundational knowledge and then students learn to recognize the many pathologies of this system. Skin conditions are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment and complications. Emphasis is on appearance and identification of skin conditions and is covered in enough detail so that students are able to distinguish one condition from another.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Lymphatic System
Anatomy & physiology of the Hematopoietic and Lymphatic Systems are examined as a basis for understanding blood & lymph pathologies. Conditions with multi-factorial considerations such infection, inflammation & swelling are investigated and connected to clinical practice and treatment planning. Immunity and its role in health and autoimmune disease are included in this module.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Muscular System 1
The Muscular System is examined by structure & function to form foundational knowledge. Muscle attachments, actions, nerve innervation, and palpation of the muscles of the body are included within this module. Muscle pathologies and pathologies of the muscular system are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment & complications. Students will develop massage therapy treatment plans for conditions taking into consideration precautions and modifications to treatment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Muscular System 2
This course builds upon skills and knowledge obtained in Muscular System Anatomy and Physiology 1. Muscle attachments, actions, nerve innervation, trigger points are studied in detail and palpation of the muscles of the lower body are included within this module. Pathologies and injuries of the muscular system are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment & complications. Massage treatment plans are formulated and discussed in regards to muscle pathologies and injuries.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Neurological System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the neurological system including anatomy, physiology and conditions for the neurological system at all ages. Nervous tissue, the Central Nervous System, Autonomic Nervous System and special senses will be covered throughout the course. Conditions will be evaluated for relevance in treatment considerations for the Massage Therapist.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Reproductive System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the female and male reproductive systems including anatomy, physiology and common infectious and other pathological conditions for the reproductive system at all ages. Conditions will be evaluated for relevance in treatment considerations for the Massage Therapist. Pregnancy and treatment implications are emphasized in this course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Respiratory System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the respiratory system including anatomy, physiology and conditions for the respiratory system at all ages. Conditions will be evaluated for relevance in treatment considerations for the Massage Therapist.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Skeletal System
The Skeletal System is examined by structure & function to form foundational knowledge. Palpation of the bones and landmarks of the skeletal system are included within this module. Bone pathologies and pathologies of the skeletal system and injuries of the skeletal system are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and complications and connected to clinical practice and treatment planning.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Urinary System
The Urinary System is first examined by structure and function to form foundational knowledge before students learn the kidney?s role in blood pressure regulation, and other pathologies. Kidney, ureter & bladder conditions are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment & complications. Included in this course are Disorders of Acid-Base Balance. Emphasis is on recognition of pathologic symptoms, followed by safe treatment and/or referral to other Health Care Practitioners.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Clinical Assessment 1
This module introduces the complete assessment process including: the patient intake form, patient history, system review, observations and understanding posture, gait, range of motion, anatomical palpation, orthopedic and other special tests as they relate to massage therapy. Students will learn to assess what type of tissue is involved (e.g. muscular, osseous, nervous) establishing a clinical impression in order to determine indications or contraindications to massage therapy. Anatomy palpation is continuously reinforced as it relates to assessment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Clinical Assessment 2
Clinical Assessments 2 is a continuation of Clinical Assessments 1 and will continue in the evaluation of the musculoskeletal system, with an emphasis on the lower body. Neurological assessment pertinent to the massage therapist will also be studied. Case studies will allow students to practice their assessment skills and communication skills in a clinic-like manner. Anatomy palpation and joint play will be utilized as it pertains to assessment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 1
The intention of this course is to help students increase their business knowledge & practices in order to succeed in the profession. Defining personal & professional goals acts as a starting point to launch into what every therapist should know before getting started (regulations). Course content includes business ethics as well as different employment opportunities. The idea of a Business Plan is introduced & each student will create their own in the follow up course: Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 2.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 2
Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 2 reinforces and then expands on knowledge gained in the prerequisite Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 1. Students will identify client information required to create adequate documentation and records that need to be maintained as to not incur liability. Course content includes procedures for releasing information to third parties in an appropriate manner. Social media and confidentiality are examined. Students will learn to follow acceptable guidelines and procedures for successful start-up procedures. They will consistently employ effective time management, self-direction, collegiality and effective problem solving in order to be effective in the workplace and contribute to the profitability of organizations. Critical thinking exercises will prepare students for marketing success. Business plans are completed and presented as a major component of the grade.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Chemical, Cellular, and Tissue Biology
Students will focus on terminology related to the structural and functional organization of the body from chemical to tissue levels. Homeostasis and feedback systems are investigated as they relate to the human body. Cytology and histology are included in this course, setting a foundation for other systems in the body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Comprehensive Treatment Planning and Assessment
Students will employ critical thinking skills as they assess and treat diverse patients / clients based upon multifactorial case scenarios. This course is intended to integrate verbal and physical assessments, treatment planning, treatments, pathology and hydrotherapy.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Ethics & Professionalism
This course is design to train massage therapy students to use professional decision making to make ethical and responsible decisions within clinical settings. Student will learn about what professionalism means to massage therapists, and how therapists? actions can benefit themselves and the profession as a whole.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Exam Preparation
The purpose of this course is to review the material taught in previous classes in a comprehensive manner to ensure students are confident and safe practitioners.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Hydrotherapy
In this course, students will discuss and implement the therapeutic uses, general effects, and specific properties of water. Treatment protocols using water applied in any of its three forms as well as hot, cold, and contrast temperatures will be discussed and practiced with the goal of incorporating hydrotherapy into massage therapy treatments. Appropriate hydrotherapy applications, their clinical relevance, contraindications and their integration with massage therapy treatments will be studied.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Kinesiology and Remedial Exercise
This course begins with theory in the field of Kinesiology and continues on to theory and application of remedial exercise. The focus is on understanding the indications, modifications and safety considerations fore exercises used in rehabilitation of common conditions. Also included is information that identifies inter and intra-professional resources for clients in cases where referral may be beneficial.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mock Multiple Choice Questionnaire
This course will review key theoretical components that will be on the provincial examinations to ensure a safe competent therapist. Review for the current format and information for the provincial registration examinations will also be covered.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology is the foundation of reading & understanding as students move into the demanding massage therapy program. In this course, students will learn a new language that will allow them to move more fluidly through subsequent courses. Basic anatomical, directional & other related medical terms are covered. Common abbreviations are included to allow students to take notes & chart in a profession-specific method. Written & oral communication skills are included and practiced in both medical & plain language.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage Techniques 1
This course is an introduction to the practical component of the massage therapy program and provides the basis from which clinical skills are developed. Students will be introduced to the history of massage and will learn the theory of massage therapy to help develop a body of knowledge understood to be the basis of its practice. Massage techniques are thoroughly covered by description, effects and practice so that students begin to apply them with knowledge of desired outcomes. Safety considerations are also included for all techniques in this course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage Techniques 2
Massage Techniques 2 builds on Massage Techniques 1 with advanced massage techniques such as (but not limited to) frictions, trigger points, myofascial release and lymphatic drainage. Techniques are examined for their: purpose, indications, precautions, contraindications and outcomes. Students will incorporate techniques learned into treatments based on case scenarios and modify techniques based on patient case history and their response to the technique and treatment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Nutrition
This course will introduce you to how the foods we eat and metabolize are converted to energy and stored in the body. We will reinforce the need for water, ions, minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats that have been introduced in prior courses. Some of the common deficiencies and results of malnutrition or metabolic disorders are investigated. The overall goal is to understand how nutrition effects the body and possible client/patient conditions, including exercise safety.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mock Objectively Structured Clinical Examination
This course will review key oral and practical components in a clinically structured environment to mimic what will be on the provincial examinations and to ensure a safe competent therapist. Review for the current format and information for the provincial registration examinations will also be covered.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pharmacology
Students will learn basic pharmacology terms & concepts as well as understand the importance of medication information in history taking. Building a solid understanding of how medications influence assessment, treatment planning, hydrotherapy and exercise are objectives of this module. Students will be confident in using resources to research drug profiles rather than memorize lists of drug names. Successful completion of this module will assist students to safely assess & treat clients/patients who are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Public Health
This course is designed to inform the student of the definition and role of Public Health in the community, and to provide knowledge and responsibilities of reportable disease, as well as the importance of sanitation.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Regulations and Legislation
This course is to inform the student of what legal documents apply to massage therapist, as well as how massage therapists are govern and regulated in this province.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Effective Research
This course will provide students an introduction to research literacy. Students will learn to analyze research papers for quality and validity. Students will use research to maintain currency in their profession and will be able to evaluate material to make informed choices to improve patient / client outcomes and quality of care.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Review 1
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Review2
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Review3
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Advanced Treatments 1
Students will begin by learning to plan and apply treatments to common musculoskeletal injuries and pathologies. The emphasis will be on ?thinking? the injury or pathology through and forming an appropriate treatment for the various stages of healing. The techniques learned previously become part of a plan that connects impairments in body structure and function to the possible outcomes of massage therapy. This course will reinforce science and considerations for safe effective practice.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Advanced Treatments 2
This course is will reinforce science, practice skills and treatment planning learned in earlier courses. Students will incorporate relevant assessment data, research evidence, and clinical experience into developing safe client/patient centered treatment plans. A variety of conditions are treated by relating the impairments in body structure and function to the possible outcomes of massage therapy.
Course Listings: Nova Scotia
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Arthrology
In this course, students will build upon their current knowledge of the Skeletal System to include articulations, or joints. Students will not only be able to explain basic joint anatomy, but also how to treat all major Diarthroses joints with techniques called Joint Mobilizations, which will be practiced extensively in class.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Cardiovascular System
The Cardiovascular system & its role in homeostasis are investigated in this course. Anatomy & physiology of the heart & blood vessels is learned along with location of principle arteries and veins. Cardiac pathologies are reviewed and related to signs & symptoms seen in clinical practice. Emphasis is on recognition of pathologic symptoms, followed by safe treatment and/or referral to other Health Care Practitioners. Practical components of this course include taking blood pressure and palpating pulse points in the body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Digestive System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the digestive system including anatomy, physiology and conditions for the digestive system at all ages. Conditions will be evaluated for relevance in treatment considerations for the Massage Therapist.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Endocrine System
This course investigates the regulation of body functions by hormones. Students learn in depth about the body?s response to stress and the implications for Massage Therapists. Endocrine pathologies are examined focusing on Diabetes. The connection between Endocrine and other systems is examined to facilitate understanding of Homeostasis.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Integumentary System
The Integumentary System is examined by structure & function to form foundational knowledge and then students learn to recognize the many pathologies of this system. Skin conditions are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment and complications. Emphasis is on appearance and identification of skin conditions and is covered in enough detail so that students are able to distinguish one condition from another.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Lymphatic System
Anatomy & physiology of the Hematopoietic and Lymphatic Systems are examined as a basis for understanding blood & lymph pathologies. Conditions with multi-factorial considerations such infection, inflammation & swelling are investigated and connected to clinical practice and treatment planning. Immunity and its role in health and autoimmune disease are included in this module.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Muscular System 1
The Muscular System is examined by structure & function to form foundational knowledge. Muscle attachments, actions, nerve innervation, and palpation of the muscles of the body are included within this module. Muscle pathologies and pathologies of the muscular system are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment & complications. Students will develop massage therapy treatment plans for conditions taking into consideration precautions and modifications to treatment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Muscular System 2
This course builds upon skills and knowledge obtained in Muscular System Anatomy and Physiology 1. Muscle attachments, actions, nerve innervation, trigger points are studied in detail and palpation of the muscles of the lower body are included within this module. Pathologies and injuries of the muscular system are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment & complications. Massage treatment plans are formulated and discussed in regards to muscle pathologies and injuries.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Neurological System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the neurological system including anatomy, physiology and conditions for the neurological system at all ages. Nervous tissue, the Central Nervous System, Autonomic Nervous System and special senses will be covered throughout the course. Conditions will be evaluated for relevance in treatment considerations for the Massage Therapist.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Reproductive System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the female and male reproductive systems including anatomy, physiology and common infectious and other pathological conditions for the reproductive system at all ages. Conditions will be evaluated for relevance in treatment considerations for the Massage Therapist. Pregnancy and treatment implications are emphasized in this course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Respiratory System
This course will cover foundational knowledge of the respiratory system including anatomy, physiology and conditions for the respiratory system at all ages. Conditions will be evaluated for relevance in treatment considerations for the Massage Therapist.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Skeletal System
The Skeletal System is examined by structure & function to form foundational knowledge. Palpation of the bones and landmarks of the skeletal system are included within this module. Bone pathologies and pathologies of the skeletal system and injuries of the skeletal system are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and complications and connected to clinical practice and treatment planning.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy & Pathophysiology - Urinary System
The Urinary System is first examined by structure and function to form foundational knowledge before students learn the kidney?s role in blood pressure regulation, and other pathologies. Kidney, ureter & bladder conditions are studied by definition, etiology/pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment & complications. Included in this course are Disorders of Acid-Base Balance. Emphasis is on recognition of pathologic symptoms, followed by safe treatment and/or referral to other Health Care Practitioners.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Clinical Assessment 1
This module introduces the complete assessment process including: the patient intake form, patient history, system review, observations and understanding posture, gait, range of motion, anatomical palpation, orthopedic and other special tests as they relate to massage therapy. Students will learn to assess what type of tissue is involved (e.g. muscular, osseous, nervous) establishing a clinical impression in order to determine indications or contraindications to massage therapy. Anatomy palpation is continuously reinforced as it relates to assessment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Clinical Assessment 2
Clinical Assessments 2 is a continuation of Clinical Assessments 1 and will continue in the evaluation of the musculoskeletal system, with an emphasis on the lower body. Neurological assessment pertinent to the massage therapist will also be studied. Case studies will allow students to practice their assessment skills and communication skills in a clinic-like manner. Anatomy palpation and joint play will be utilized as it pertains to assessment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 1
The intention of this course is to help students increase their business knowledge & practices in order to succeed in the profession. Defining personal & professional goals acts as a starting point to launch into what every therapist should know before getting started (regulations). Course content includes business ethics as well as different employment opportunities. The idea of a Business Plan is introduced & each student will create their own in the follow up course: Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 2.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 2
Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 2 reinforces and then expands on knowledge gained in the prerequisite Concepts of Business Planning & Managing 1. Students will identify client information required to create adequate documentation and records that need to be maintained as to not incur liability. Course content includes procedures for releasing information to third parties in an appropriate manner. Social media and confidentiality are examined. Students will learn to follow acceptable guidelines and procedures for successful start-up procedures. They will consistently employ effective time management, self-direction, collegiality and effective problem solving in order to be effective in the workplace and contribute to the profitability of organizations. Critical thinking exercises will prepare students for marketing success. Business plans are completed and presented as a major component of the grade.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Chemical, Cellular, and Tissue Biology
Students will focus on terminology related to the structural and functional organization of the body from chemical to tissue levels. Homeostasis and feedback systems are investigated as they relate to the human body. Cytology and histology are included in this course, setting a foundation for other systems in the body.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Comprehensive Treatment Planning and Assessment
Students will employ critical thinking skills as they assess and treat diverse patients / clients based upon multifactorial case scenarios. This course is intended to integrate verbal and physical assessments, treatment planning, treatments, pathology and hydrotherapy.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Ethics & Professionalism
This course is design to train massage therapy students to use professional decision making to make ethical and responsible decisions within clinical settings. Student will learn about what professionalism means to massage therapists, and how therapists? actions can benefit themselves and the profession as a whole.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Exam Preparation
The purpose of this course is to review the material taught in previous classes in a comprehensive manner to ensure students are confident and safe practitioners.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Hydrotherapy
In this course, students will discuss and implement the therapeutic uses, general effects, and specific properties of water. Treatment protocols using water applied in any of its three forms as well as hot, cold, and contrast temperatures will be discussed and practiced with the goal of incorporating hydrotherapy into massage therapy treatments. Appropriate hydrotherapy applications, their clinical relevance, contraindications and their integration with massage therapy treatments will be studied.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Kinesiology and Remedial Exercise
This course begins with theory in the field of Kinesiology and continues on to theory and application of remedial exercise. The focus is on understanding the indications, modifications and safety considerations fore exercises used in rehabilitation of common conditions. Also included is information that identifies inter and intra-professional resources for clients in cases where referral may be beneficial.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mock Multiple Choice Questionnaire
This course will review key theoretical components that will be on the provincial examinations to ensure a safe competent therapist. Review for the current format and information for the provincial registration examinations will also be covered.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology is the foundation of reading & understanding as students move into the demanding massage therapy program. In this course, students will learn a new language that will allow them to move more fluidly through subsequent courses. Basic anatomical, directional & other related medical terms are covered. Common abbreviations are included to allow students to take notes & chart in a profession-specific method. Written & oral communication skills are included and practiced in both medical & plain language.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage Techniques 1
This course is an introduction to the practical component of the massage therapy program and provides the basis from which clinical skills are developed. Students will be introduced to the history of massage and will learn the theory of massage therapy to help develop a body of knowledge understood to be the basis of its practice. Massage techniques are thoroughly covered by description, effects and practice so that students begin to apply them with knowledge of desired outcomes. Safety considerations are also included for all techniques in this course.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage Techniques 2
Massage Techniques 2 builds on Massage Techniques 1 with advanced massage techniques such as (but not limited to) frictions, trigger points, myofascial release and lymphatic drainage. Techniques are examined for their: purpose, indications, precautions, contraindications and outcomes. Students will incorporate techniques learned into treatments based on case scenarios and modify techniques based on patient case history and their response to the technique and treatment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Nutrition
This course will introduce you to how the foods we eat and metabolize are converted to energy and stored in the body. We will reinforce the need for water, ions, minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats that have been introduced in prior courses. Some of the common deficiencies and results of malnutrition or metabolic disorders are investigated. The overall goal is to understand how nutrition effects the body and possible client/patient conditions, including exercise safety.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Mock Objectively Structured Clinical Examination
This course will review key oral and practical components in a clinically structured environment to mimic what will be on the provincial examinations and to ensure a safe competent therapist. Review for the current format and information for the provincial registration examinations will also be covered.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pharmacology
Students will learn basic pharmacology terms & concepts as well as understand the importance of medication information in history taking. Building a solid understanding of how medications influence assessment, treatment planning, hydrotherapy and exercise are objectives of this module. Students will be confident in using resources to research drug profiles rather than memorize lists of drug names. Successful completion of this module will assist students to safely assess & treat clients/patients who are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Public Health
This course is designed to inform the student of the definition and role of Public Health in the community, and to provide knowledge and responsibilities of reportable disease, as well as the importance of sanitation.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Regulations and Legislation
This course is to inform the student of what legal documents apply to massage therapist, as well as how massage therapists are govern and regulated in this province.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Effective Research
This course will provide students an introduction to research literacy. Students will learn to analyze research papers for quality and validity. Students will use research to maintain currency in their profession and will be able to evaluate material to make informed choices to improve patient / client outcomes and quality of care.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Review 1
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Review2
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Advanced Treatments 1
Students will begin by learning to plan and apply treatments to common musculoskeletal injuries and pathologies. The emphasis will be on ?thinking? the injury or pathology through and forming an appropriate treatment for the various stages of healing. The techniques learned previously become part of a plan that connects impairments in body structure and function to the possible outcomes of massage therapy. This course will reinforce science and considerations for safe effective practice.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Advanced Treatments 2
This course is will reinforce science, practice skills and treatment planning learned in earlier courses. Students will incorporate relevant assessment data, research evidence, and clinical experience into developing safe client/patient centered treatment plans. A variety of conditions are treated by relating the impairments in body structure and function to the possible outcomes of massage therapy.
Admission Requirements
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  • High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.
  • Proof of medical examination and immunization.
  • Clear Code of Conduct.
  • Eastern College pre-Science Course, or it’s equivalent (Grade 11 or 12 Biology, or first-year university Kinesiology course)
  • Proof of experiencing a full body massage, either from the Eastern Massage Therapy Clinic or at an outside clinic from a Registered Massage Therapist (New Brunswick) or a member of the Massage Therapist Association of Nova Scotia.
  • Vulnerable sector search.

 

 

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Success Stories

“I graduated from the Massage Therapy program in 2018 at Eastern College, Halifax campus. I personally had a very positive experience. It has provided me with not only a career I can financially be stable with but has made it possible for me to wake up every morning and say ‘I love what I do,’ which never seemed possible before.”

Emily

2018