Course Descriptions

Semester 1

Clinical Assessments 1

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course provides foundational training in the performance of clinical soft-tissue diagnostics and assessment techniques; including health history interview, physical examination and charting.  This course will prepare students for entry into Clinic Internship.

 

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Gross Anatomy & Palpation

Course Type: Health Science

This course explores medical terminology, gross anatomy, palpation and kinesiology of the human body as a whole.  The first section will discuss the classification, location, structure & function of the musculoskeletal system which will be reinforced through palpation.  The latter part of this course introduces the basic concepts of human movement, muscle and joint biomechanics, concepts of lever, torque, mechanical advantage, work, energy, and power relating to osteo & arthro kinematics, kinetics and anthropometry.

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Manual Skills & Treatments 1

Course Type: Clinical Science

Manual Skills & Treatments 1 is the first course in the MST series which is the student’s introduction to massage therapy applications.  Students become familiar with the profession’s “Standards of Practice” and the fundamentals of massage therapy including preparing a treatment area, positioning, pillowing and draping a patient.  Students learn the theory and practice the application of foundational techniques; progressively applying knowledge and skill into massage therapy treatments.

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Professional Practice 1

Course Type: Clinical Practice

Professional Practice is designed to introduce students to the professional role and commitment of Massage Therapists as regulated healthcare professionals.  This course will focus on developing  the student’s ability to understand the professional role and commitment and meet basic entry to practice standards in the area of Ethics and Professionalism.  Students are introduced to fundamental communication and inter-personal relationship skills which will be required of them as regulated healthcare professionals.  Specifically it assists students in developing both oral and written communication skills including active listening, non-verbal communication and conflict resolution skills essential to professional communication.

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Semester 2

Clinical Assessments 2

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course is a continuation of CA 1 in providing the foundational training in the performance of clinical soft-tissue diagnostics and assessment techniques; including postural assessment, gait analysis, range of motion, muscle length and strength tests and functional assessment.

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Hydrotherapy

Course Type: Clinical Science

Hydrotherapy, or temperature, is the use of water in all forms and various temperatures for therapeutic effect.  This course introduces students to commonly-used local and systemic hydrotherapy treatments.  Local applications include various types of hot and cold packs, baths, compresses, skin scrubs and ice massage.  Systemic hydrotherapy applications include whirlpool, steam and infra-red sauna, body wraps and scrubs.  The theory of hydrotherapy including the effects of heat and cold, contraindications, the use of additives, and how to prescribe homecare are also discussed in detail.

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Manual Skills & Treatment 2

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course allows students to progress in their practical skills development initiated in the first course.  The focus is on advanced techniques in contemporary Massage Therapy practice including proprioceptive, passive and facilitated stretching, fascial, strengthening and facilitation exercises, myofascial trigger point therapy, peripheral joint mobilizations and lymphatic drainage techniques. The indications, contraindications, physiological/mechanical, chemical and reflex mechanisms for each technique are discussed and the student learns to perform these techniques safely and effectively.  Tissue manifestations and a few of the common musculoskeletal conditions are also discussed and treated throughout this course.

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Research Literacy

Course Type: Clinical Practice

This course introduces the basic concepts of research and statistics.  The student is introduced to the scientific method, journal articles, study design, quantitative and qualitative research, and basic statistical principles.  Each student will develop a moderate level of research literacy.

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Professional Practice 2

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course introduces the students to business and practice management.  Students will be expected to participate in development of a business plan, and creation of reports and proper forms.  Regulations will be referenced for prohibited and acceptable business practices.  Federal, provincial, and municipal regulations will be examined, in particular the relation to business and professional practice, quality assurance, and the responsibility of a Registered Massage Therapist.

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Systemic Anatomy & Pathophysiology 1

Course Type: Health Science

This is the first course in the SAP series which combines the body’s systems anatomy, physiology, and relevant pathologies.  SAP 1 introduces students to the human body’s systems from an organizational levels approach.  It begins with exploration of the levels of human organization including chemical, cellular, tissues, organs, and organ systems.  A foundational approach to pathology is taken with an introduction to the language of pathology, the process of inflammation, and an understanding of cancer.  There is an emphasis on the various types of connective tissue, especially fascia and bone, including the pathological conditions involving each.  Muscle tissue is thoroughly explored including metabolism and the sliding filament mechanism of contraction.  The integumentary system is completely explored including skin pathologies.

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Clinical Practicum

Course Type: Clinical Practice

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the Student Intern Clinic.  An exciting time of learning and integration, ‘Student Clinic’ provides exposure to a wide variety of patient populations with a range of soft tissue and stress-related disorders. Participation in the Student Intern Clinic continues for the duration of the program.

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Outreach / Inreach Placement

Course Type: Clinical Practice

Two, eight-week blocks of Outreach or Inreach Clinics where students can choose to increase their knowledge, skill, and ability in the treatment of special population groups with sports injuries, neurological conditions, or pregnancy, to name a few.  Community Clinics also include Special Events, which are frequent opportunities for students to provide education and massage at community events such as marathons, swim meets, other tournaments, fund-raisers, or corporate wellness days.

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Semester 3

Clinical Assessments 3

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course is a continuation of Clinical Assessments 1 & 2.  The student will gain the knowledge and skills with regards to “special tests” for each body region.  The skills that will be developed in this course are integral to incorporate an evidence based and objective approach to treatment planning.

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Manual Skills & Treatments 3

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course is where the student will incorporate and refine foundational and advanced skills learned in MST1 and MST2.  Students will learn how to logically apply these skills to a number of commonly occurring conditions.

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Neuroanatomy & Pathophysiology 1

Course Type: Health Science

This course provides students with an overview of nervous tissue, including structure, electrical signals and synapses.  General pathologies, regeneration and repair of nervous tissue are also discussed.  The peripheral nervous system is introduced beginning with spinal nerve anatomy and distribution.  Major nerves of the cervical, brachial, lumbar, and sacral plexuses are explored, including their origins, pathway, innervations, and pathologies.  The cranial nerves are studied with respect to their origins, pathway, innervations, and pathologies.  This discussion will include the special senses as well as the anatomy of the eye and ear.

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Systemic Anatomy & Pathophysiology 2

Course Type: Health Science

This is the second course in the SAP series and begins with a discussion of muscle tissue pathologies.  A systemic approach is taken from this point forward in the SAP series, beginning with the cardiovascular system.  The anatomical and physiological properties of blood, the heart, and blood vessels is discussed, along with relevant pathologies for each.  This is followed by a discussion of the lymphatic system’s anatomy, physiology, and relevant pathologies. The immune system and infectious diseases are the final topics of this course, which includes reportable diseases.

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Therapeutic Exercise

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course will cover the basic therapeutic intervention of exercise prescription which lies within the Massage Therapist’s Scope of Practice.  The goal of this course is to teach the student basic concepts of applying remedial exercise modalities (resistance exercise, stretching, anaerobic, aerobic and proprioceptive training) so that they are competent at prescribing exercises to amplify and prolong the benefit of massage treatments, compliment the rehabilitation process, improve quality of life and to decrease patient injury healing times.

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Clinical Practicum

Course Type: Clinical Practice

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the Student Intern Clinic.  An exciting time of learning and integration, ‘Student Clinic’ provides exposure to a wide variety of patient populations with a range of soft tissue and stress-related disorders. Participation in the Student Intern Clinic continues for the duration of the program.

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Outreach / Inreach Placement

Course Type: Clinical Practice

Two, eight-week blocks of Outreach or Inreach Clinics where students can choose to increase their knowledge, skill, and ability in the treatment of special population groups with sports injuries, neurological conditions, or pregnancy, to name a few.  Community Clinics also include Special Events, which are frequent opportunities for students to provide education and massage at community events such as marathons, swim meets, other tournaments, fund-raisers, or corporate wellness days.

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Semester 4

Consolidated Assessment & Planning

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course integrates all practical skills and theory-based knowledge acquired during the Massage Therapy Program. Students will be given an opportunity to simulate comprehensive assessment protocols for various regions of the body while incorporating clinical condition variables. Students identify the anatomical and pathological similarities and differences in each body region in order to apply clinical thinking skills to various musculoskeletal conditions.  A review of the anatomy, biomechanics, orthopedic assessments, specific forms of treatment and home care will be discussed.

 

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Manual Skill & Treatments 4

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course is a continuation of MST3.  Students are provided with the opportunity to further develop their treatment skills.  The treatments in this course present as increasingly complex pathologies that affect more than just the musculoskeletal system.  Students continue to incorporate their foundational & advanced skills into the context of comprehensive and three dimensional massage therapy treatments.

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Neuroanatomy & Pathophysiology 2

Course Type: Health Science

This course provides the student with an overview of the central nervous system, (brain and spinal cord) including the anatomy, physiology, function, and related pathologies.  Segments on sensation and psychiatric disorders are explored.  NAP2 concludes with a study of the ANS with particular consideration on the effects of the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions.

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Surgery, Medications & Adjunctive Therapies

Course Type: Health Science

This course will focus on subject matter related to surgeries, medications and adjunctive therapies.  Five weeks will be dedicated to common surgical terminology, procedures and complications.  Four weeks will be dedicated to the discussion of the principles of pharmacology, medication side effects and modifications of massage therapy for patients who are taking medications.  The remainder of the term will look at alternative therapies to help assist a patient to health.  Students will learn to recognize the indications and benefits for a number of adjunctive modalities.

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Systemic Anatomy & Pathophysiology 3

Course Type: Health Science

This is the final course in the SAP series.  It begins with a discussion of the anatomy, physiology, and relevant pathologies of the respiratory and digestive systems.  Metabolism is discussed in detail with respect to the major nutrient, followed by an introduction and exploration of basic nutrition.  The anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems are explored and the course completes with a discussion of pregnancy, labour, and delivery.  Fluid, electrolyte, and acid/base balance follows the urinary system, the stress response is studied immediately following the endocrine system and sexually transmitted diseases follows discussions of the male and female reproductive systems.

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Clinical Practicum

Course Type: Clinical Practice

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the Student Intern Clinic.  An exciting time of learning and integration, ‘Student Clinic’ provides exposure to a wide variety of patient populations with a range of soft tissue and stress-related disorders. Participation in the Student Intern Clinic continues for the duration of the program.

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Outreach / Inreach Placement

Course Type: Clinical Practice

Two, eight-week blocks of Outreach or Inreach Clinics where students can choose to increase their knowledge, skill, and ability in the treatment of special population groups with sports injuries, neurological conditions, or pregnancy, to name a few.  Community Clinics also include Special Events, which are frequent opportunities for students to provide education and massage at community events such as marathons, swim meets, other tournaments, fund-raisers, or corporate wellness days.

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Case Study / Research Study

Course Type: Health Science

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ADDA

Course Type: Health Science

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First Aid / CPR Training

Course Type: Health Science

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Orientation Clinic / Hospital

Course Type: Health Science

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