At the start of our competency based program, students are introduced to musculoskeletal anatomy, including palpation, which forms the core expertise base for massage therapists. In addition, students begin their journey of learning the massage and assessment skills required to start clinical practice. Finally the subjects of ethics, professionalism, and communication within the therapeutic relationship, supports them in understanding and fulfilling their role as a healthcare professional.
Students continue to build knowledge of anatomy and physiology of all body systems with a focus on the nervous system. Pathologies are introduced in this term, with specific consideration to those conditions that are clinically relevant. Massage skills and assessments become more extensive and students get their first opportunity to practice on the public by participating in Student Intern and Community Clinics. Hydrotherapy begins in this term which instructs students on the use of water and temperature therapies.
Massage and assessment skills become more specific to regions or systems of the body and clinical focus becomes more condition-specific. Students continue to build and advance their critical thinking and reasoning skills through case studies and practical experience. Massage therapy regulations and business management are explored.
In the final term of the program, students amalgamate their knowledge, skill, and abilities gained throughout the program, while preparations are made for provincial or registration exams.