Licensed Massage Therapy Program

Get the skills you need to become a high quality massage therapist with MaKami College’s 3,000 Hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy program.

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Why Our Licensed Massage Therapy Program?

If you are compassionate and enjoy helping others, then earning a massage therapy diploma from Makami College will give you the hands-on training to master and refine your massage therapy skills and techniques. Our 3,000 hour, two-year massage therapy diploma program offers the highest level of massage therapy training in Alberta, including plenty of hands-on training with potential clientele as well as practicum placements where you can practice your new skills.

Our blended approach combines online and in-classroom training, giving you the flexibility to complete the theory courses online, then practice and apply your skills in the classroom with an experienced instructor by your side. Education is at your fingertips where and when you want it. To complete your training, learn and apply practical hands-on skills onsite in our student clinic and gain new clientele that will prepare you for the start of your new career.

MaKami massage therapy graduates enter the field with the knowledge and expertise to confidently pursue their professional massage therapy career. We have graduates that not only enjoy successful careers in Alberta but some have gone on to work across Canada and around the world.

Have confidence in your skills as you enter the workforce by receiving the highest level of training available in Alberta!

New Blended Program: Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy

About the Massage Therapy Program

Our 3,000 hour, two-year massage therapy diploma program offers the highest level of massage therapy training in Alberta, including plenty of hands-on training with potential clientele as well as practicum placements where you can practice your new skills. MaKami massage therapy graduates enter the field with the knowledge and expertise to confidently pursue their professional massage therapy career.

Learn to apply the principles of physical, health sciences, and social sciences as they relate to massage therapy in the classroom, simulated clinical environments, and through clinical placements in the community or in our on-campus clinics. The advanced certification allows the graduate the ability to provide health insurance claim receipts upon graduation and licensing. 

What is an Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy Certification?

Upon completion of your second year of our Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy Program, you will get an advanced certification that allows you to work as a licensed 2,200-hour massage therapist and provide health insurance claim receipts.

Our massage therapy program is 3,000 hours and is the most comprehensive, industry-leading program in Alberta.

This qualification is important when looking to find a job as a massage therapist or to open your own massage therapy practice.

How Long Does the ACMT Program Take?

The complete Advanced Registered Massage Therapy diploma program runs for two-years. Completion of the program can open the door to a wider variety of massage therapy career options upon graduation.

Is the MaKami College Massage Therapy Program Hard?

MaKami College offers plenty of hands-on massage therapy training taught by professional massage therapists, work experience opportunities and plenty of one-on-one attention within our student success centre. Our students say that having these resources helps them learn and we have a high course completion rate.

Can I Get the Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy Program Outline?

Yes. Please see the Program Curriculum tab for further information about the massage therapy courses and program.

Where is the Clinical Massage Therapy Program Taught?

This program is taught at both the Edmonton and Calgary campuses and there are online learning options available.

Are There Flexible Course Options?

Definitely! We run weekday and weekend classes as well as online learning classes to help you fit your classes into your schedule. Talk to a student advisor to learn more about your flexible classroom work and online course work options.

Can I Transfer Credits?

Massage therapists looking to upgrade your 500 – 2,200 hours into a 3,000-hour diploma, you can apply to upgrade your massage therapy hours or for advanced credit. You may even qualify for some financial assistance. Contact us to find out more information.

Are There Online Massage Therapy Training Options?

Yes. We have several online learning options and offer a cutting-edge iPad-based curriculum.

Is this an Industry-Certified Course?

Yes. MaKami College is currently the only Licensed Massage Therapy College in Alberta to provide a two-year, 3,000-hour diploma program in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy. 

Where are Your Massage Therapy Programs Recognized?

Completion of the MaKami College Massage Therapy Program is recognized Alberta-wide, and in some cases nationally and internationally. 

Who Are the Teachers?

MaKami College maintains extremely high instructor qualification standards. Our faculty have extensive industry education and experience along with educational training and knowledge. Even our learning assistants are trained on site for many years in our educational training and expectations. All faculty are expected to take ongoing continuing education and training as a commitment to exceeding industry standards.

How Many Hours of Practical Hands-On Training Will I Receive?

Your first year of study includes plenty of hands-on training and a two-week job shadow placement. Upon successful completion, this allows you to practice as a licensed massage therapist. Your second year of study gives you a total of 3,000 hours of training. During the second year students are able to work as massage therapist doing their paid practicum while finishing their program requirements, gaining valuable real-life experience prior to graduation. This training will allow you to write receipts for insurance and work in any type of clinical or spa setting.

Is the course taught in other languages?

Your courses will be taught in English. However, our iPad-based learning allows students to translate the course content to their preferred language for a more comprehensive learning experience.

We do have tutors and free ESL classes available for students who do not speak English as their first language and would like additional support.

Education Requirements & Prerequisites

We require a minimum level of education and English competency and a study permit for international students.

See if you’re eligible with our pre-approval survey or by speaking to a Student Advisor to check our specific program prerequisites. 

When Does the Next Semester Start?

Our licensed massage therapy diploma programs start every two months. Contact a student advisor for more information on upcoming program start dates at your chosen campus.

What are the Application Requirements for an International Student?

You need to be 17 years of age or older, have the relevant study permit, academic transcripts to be translated into English and authenticated by MaKami College Inc. and can demonstrate a competent level of English. Apply as an international student here.

How Do I Cancel My Application?

Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be in writing. Please refer to Alberta Student Enrollment Contracts attached in your orientation package for detailed information and cost calculation on refunds.

Year 1 Curriculum

Begin your program by learning the foundations of the human body with courses in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and neurology. Build your practical skills, starting with basic Swedish massage and deep tissue, assessment methods, and manual applications. Apply these techniques during a two-week clinical placement, as well as in the on-site supervised massage therapy clinic for work experience.

First Year Massage Therapy Curriculum Modules

  • Injury Prevention
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Osteology & Myology
  • Pathology
  • Massage Therapy as a Profession
  • Ethics & Communication
  • Business & Employment Preparation
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Spa Techniques
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Orthopedic Assessment
  • Clinic (Supervised)
  • Outreach & Marketing (Supervised)
  • 2-week Practicum/Work Experience (Supervised by employer/not paid)
Year 2 Curriculum

In the second year, you will advance your learning about massage therapy through a more medical lens; focusing on sports massage, injury rehabilitation, and orthopedic techniques.

By expanding your experience to include treatment and prevention of injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, professional sports athletes, medical rehabilitation and hospital illness and care, you will open more doors to work in any field of massage therapy.

Students are allowed to work as a Registered Massage Therapist as part of their program work placement.

Second Year Massage Therapy Curriculum Modules

  • Orthopedic Assessment
  • Orthopedic Assessment Practicum
  • Advanced Pathology
  • Pharmacology for Massage Therapy
  • Advanced Neuromuscular Techniques
  • Advanced Neuromuscular Practicum
  • Massage Therapy for Patients with Illness & Client Care
  • Massage Therapy for Patients with Illness & Client Care Practicum
  • Advanced Myofascial Massage & Cupping Therapy Treatments
  • Advanced Myofascial Massage & Cupping Therapy Practicum
  • Myofascial Stretches
  • Orthopedic & Advanced Sports Massage
  • Advanced Sports Massage Practicum
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Fitness & Therapeutic Exercise
  • Fitness Instruction Practicum
  • Psychology of the Body
  • Outreach & Marketing
  • Work Experience in General Business Marketing Practicum
  • Clinic (Supervised by Employer)

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