Program Information

The Massage Therapy program at Lambton College is well-known provincially and nationally for producing highly qualified and successful Massage Therapists.

Graduates of the Lambton College Massage Therapy program perform extremely well at the Provincial Registration exams year after year. Lambton College's advanced diploma program will equip students with the academic knowledge, hands on skills, and experiential learning opportunities needed to succeed as a regulated health professional.

Massage Therapy Program students study in the new state-of-practice NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre that is fully equipped with the latest industry standard technologies.

The Clinic, is Lambton College’s student run, faculty supervised massage clinic where students start working with the community in first year. In second year, they will hone their skills by also utilizing learned assessments, treatment applications, and remedial exercise on members of the community from diverse populations. Students are surrounded by professional faculty who bring experience, longevity, and passion to the classroom.

Experiential Learning

The Massage Therapy program hosts weekly, public clinics beginning at the end of the first year, in Term 3. In second year, students continue to participate in weekly clinics with the public. In addition to clinic, weekly outreaches are added to create further opportunities for students to work with members of the public with specific needs. Examples of past and present outreaches include:

  • Parkinson's
  • Post-Surgery Rehabilitation
  • Breast Cancer Survivors
  • Brain Injuries
  • Medically Fragile Children
  • Long-Term Care Homes
  • Various Sporting Events

Given that that practice of massage is very much hands-on, it is important that students receive opportunities to practice not only on each other, but on members of the public. This allows for real life experiences and creates an environment for students to learn, and to hone their skills, while acquiring needed hours to maintain Preliminary Accreditation - contributing to our future accreditation application.

Graduates of the Lambton College Massage Therapy program have amazing opportunities to pursue university degrees if they choose to take advantage of the many transfers or articulation agreements that exist. 

Program Accreditation

Preliminary Accreditation - the Massage Therapy program at Lambton College 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.

CMTCA Pre-Accredited SEAL

 Visit the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) website.

 

Fall 2021 Delivery Format

For the Fall 2021 term, this program will be partially remote. Students in first year will be expected to be on campus sporadically throughout the week to complete hands-on curriculum in a safe and socially distanced environment.

For upper year students, information about delivery format is available on mylambton.ca.

See Course List

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60% in the following: 

  • Grade 12 English C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U
    -or-
    Grade 12 Exercise Science (PSE4U)
    -or-
    Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (PSK4U)
    -or-
    Grade 11 or 12 Health Care (TPJ3M or TPJ4M)

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will determine proficiency in required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Course List

MST-1914: Physiology and Pathology

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of physiology including basic terminology used in the healthcare field. The physiological principles of the chemical, cellular, and histological levels of organization are studied. The fundamental concepts of pathology will be explored. The student will apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology as they learn systematically about the study of diseases and disorders. In order for the massage therapist to address any compromised health condition, their clinical decisions need to be based on sound physiological principles. The student will explore the anatomical, physiological and pathological concepts of the integumentary system. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-1036: Massage Lab

This course provides the student with an introduction to the practical aspects of massage therapy within a lab setting. Students will be actively engaged in demonstrations and the implementation of Swedish massage manipulations in a safe and effective manner. Universal precautions, effective body mechanics and interpersonal skills will be emphasized. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-1024: Massage Theory

This course explores the evolution and history of massage therapy. Students are introduced to the basic manipulations and effects of Swedish massage. Instruction will be provided regarding the promotion of safety and comfort within a massage practice as well as Universal Precautions and Infection Control Precautions. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-1923: Anatomy

This course provides an introduction to the anatomy of the human body. The student will use a regional approach as the bones, joints and muscles of the lower limb are studied. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-2303: Professional Growth

This course will introduce the ethical and legal responsibilities of the Registered Massage Therapist in the province of Ontario. Students study the Code of Ethics, Massage Therapy Act, Regulated Health Professions Act and others as they relate to the profession of massage therapy. Ethical decision making and establishing healthy therapeutic boundaries represent core elements of this course. The concept of self-regulation will be a major focus including quality assurance, complaints and discipline. The structure, mandate, and functions of the regulatory College and provincial association will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will explore issues of professional accountability and responsibility including the skills to retrieve, evaluate and utilize research and professional literature. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course corresponds directly with the Entry-to-Practice Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators and will be directly applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students will respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students will strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students will practice thinking critically and will organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research- writing course.

MST-2906: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology II

This course continues the study of a healthy human body. Students will study neuro- anatomy and physiology as well as the pathologies of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. A regional anatomical study of the upper limb and back completes this course. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-2006: Massage Treatments I

In this course students will gain a greater awareness of the physiological and psychological effects of massage therapy. The students will be introduced to assessment and health history taking skills in massage practice while integrating their knowledge of musculoskeletal systems. Students will have the opportunity to enhance skills in basic Swedish massage manipulations and develop proficiency in non-Swedish techniques. As well, the students will focus on the formulation of specific treatment and self care programs for individuals with hypertension. Interpersonal skills will continue to be developed. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

COM-2033: Communications for Health

This course, designed for students in the health field, further develops students' communication proficiency. Students create workplace documents and research reports and share their findings through oral presentations. Advocacy and peer education will drive the research and documentation process. Current health issues and research will serve as the impetus for creation of informed research reports and presentations.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

MST-2603: Clinic Prep

This course provides the student with an introduction to the clinical experience, in preparation for Term 3 clinic. Students will be theoretically instructed on clinical and outreach policies and expectations. Students have the opportunity to become familiar with: intake, basic assessment, recordkeeping, treatment planning, professionalism, applicable Standards, and infection/hygiene, as it applies for entry to the clinical experience. Reflection and self-evaluation will be introduced as it applies to practice. Students will apply some clinical skills with their classmates in preparation for Term 3 treatment of a non-classmate client. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course is applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-3006: Massage Treatments II

In this course the student will understand the role of the massage therapist in formulating a clinical impression and developing and evaluating the treatment plan in consultation with the client. Students will practice the development of treatment plans integrating the theory taught in related courses. The student will simulate treatments at various stages of life with emphasis placed on promotion of health and healing. The student will also be introduced to the concepts relating to pain and the role of the massage therapist in pain management. The student will study the uses and applications of therapeutic exercises which will enhance their competence in remedial exercise through practical application in a lab setting. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of specialized techniques including joint mobilization and fascial techniques. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-3604: Clinic

The focus of this course is to apply knowledge and skills learned to date from first year courses to the clinical setting. Students will develop and build on skills related to treatment planning, client intake (history and assessment), general massage treatment/technique skills, consent, remedial exercise prescription, recordkeeping, client communication and the employment of appropriate professional behavior. Students will be incorporating the practice of basic orthopedic testing, treatment skills, and remedial exercise learned in previous and concurrent treatment classes. Development and implementation of treatment plans for basic clinical situations will be addressed, in addition to progress/discharge reporting, and is an expectation of clinic. Reflection and self-evaluation exercises will provide opportunity for personal and clinical growth. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-4907: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology III

This course provides the opportunity to further examine the healthy human body. Students will explore the structure and function of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, and immune systems as well as associated pathological conditions. Students will be able to implement this information into clinical treatments. A regional anatomical study of the skull, neck, thorax and abdomen begins this course. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-4006: Massage Treatments III

The aim of this course is to acquire skills related to orthopedic testing and familiarize students with the implications of massage therapy practice with various clientele. Students will advance their competency in draping, full body Swedish massage techniques, consent, advanced techniques, and remedial exercise while applying them in the context of a treatment application. The learning and application of hydrotherapy concepts and modalities will be applied to the conditions covered this semester. The student will be introduced to the various components of orthopedic testing and systematic approaches to assessment. Planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment plans and self-care programs will be covered in more depth. Theory and application relating to the treatment of general conditions will be addressed. Students will be introduced to the components involved in the care and treatment of breast tissue, and the care and treatment of the pregnant client. In addition, the needs of the infant client will be addressed. The student will be introduced to the case study approach in order to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-4604: Clinic

The focus of this course is to build on any previous clinical experience by developing and building on treatment planning, client intake (history and assessment), general massage treatment/technique skills, consent, remedial exercise prescription, recordkeeping, client communication and the employment of appropriate professional behavior. Students will be incorporating the practice of orthopedic testing and treatment skills learned in previous and concurrent treatment classes. Development and implementation of treatment plans for a variety of clinical situations will be addressed, in addition to progress/discharge reporting, and is an expectation of clinic. Reflection and self-evaluation exercises will provide opportunity for personal and clinical growth. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-4704: Outreach

This course will provide the student with the initial experience of working with special populations. Students will provide massage therapy treatments for the geriatric client. Students will also expand their skills through the design and implementation of massage therapy treatments for individuals with various developmental challenges. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

MST-5906: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology IV

This course continues to explore the structure and function of the healthy human body. Students will explore the respiratory, endocrine, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems as well as associated pathological conditions. This course also includes basic information on pregnancy and genetics. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-5006: Massage Treatments IV

In this course students will focus on the formulation of specific treatment and self-care programs for individuals with acute and chronic medical conditions. The primary focus will be on pathologies of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. A case study approach will continue to be used to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The student will continue to develop the theory base for advanced massage techniques and assessment skills. The learning and application of hydrotherapy concepts and modalities will be applied to the conditions covered this semester. Students will continue to practice previously learned communication (consent, case history intake), and assessment skills, and advance their skills in formulating, implementing, and evaluating treatment plans for specific acute/chronic medical conditions. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of manual lymphatic drainage. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-5604: Clinic

The purpose of this course is to provide students with opportunities to practice massage therapy in advanced clinical settings. Students will continue to advance their competency in orthopedic testing, client history intake, massage treatment/technique skills, consent, remedial exercise prescription, recordkeeping, and appropriate professional behavior. Students will assume responsibility for the research, development, and implementation of comprehensive treatment plans that will incorporate a variety of treatment modalities, including home-care. Students will continue to advance their skills in progress/discharge reporting. Reflection and self-evaluation exercises will continue to provide opportunity for personal and clinical growth. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-5704: Outreach

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to practice advanced massage therapy skills with a variety of populations within the community. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-5803: Business (Nine Weeks)

This course provides an overview of the entrepreneur from the perspective of a Massage Therapist. Theories will focus on types of practices, marketing, financing and self-management. Students will be introduced to essential skills and resources needed for a successful, sustainable massage therapy business practice. The knowledge demonstrated in this course will enable the student to prepare for their first entrepreneurial experience.

MST-5205: Master Practicum

This course provides students with the opportunity to consolidate prior learning from all the theoretical and practical courses of the program. The students will further develop and enhance entry to practice competencies in all areas of massage therapy. The course enhances and combines all theoretical and practical components of massage therapy with a major focus on professionalism. Students will practice/perform these skills in the context of current CMTO exams via the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ) formats. The exams reflect the required skills identified in the current Standards of Practice, and the Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-6006: Massage Treatments V

In this course students will focus on the formulation of specific treatment and self-care programs for individuals with acute and chronic medical conditions. The primary focus will be on the pathologies of the neurological, circulatory, respiratory, digestive systems and other systemic conditions. A case study approach will continue to be used to foster independent thinking and problem-solving skills with more complicated/complex cases. The student will continue to practice previously learned communication (consent, case history intake), and assessment skills. Students will continue to advance their skills in formulating, implementing and evaluating treatment plans. The learning and application of any remaining applicable hydrotherapy concepts and modalities will be applied to the conditions covered this semester. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

MST-6608: Clinic

This course provides students with the opportunity to consolidate prior learning with individuals experiencing acute/chronic medical conditions. The student will be able to demonstrate advanced assessment and treatment skills, and appropriate judgment and independence in the research, development, and implementation of complete massage therapy treatment plans. Students will continue to advance their competency in orthopedic testing, client history intake, massage treatment/technique skills, consent, remedial exercise prescription, recordkeeping, and appropriate professional behavior. Students will continue to advance their skills in progress/discharge reporting. Reflection and self-evaluation exercises will continue to provide opportunity for personal and clinical growth. The knowledge acquired and demonstrated in this course will be applicable in the clinical setting of a massage therapist.

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Technology Requirements

This program requires a mobile device (laptop or tablet).

See full device requirements.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates are often self-employed or work in a range of health and wellness settings. Following successful completion of Provincial registration exams, graduates may work with a variety of health care providers such as chiropractors and physiotherapists, in hospitals, or provide massage in a spa, resort or gym setting. Some therapists also choose to be their own business owners.

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