Program Prerequisites

Program Prerequisites

If you have any questions regarding prerequisites or equivalencies affecting your eligibility to apply for the Massage Therapy Diploma Program, or inquiries regarding admission issues please call us at:

Telephone – 416-322-1873 or Toll Free 1 – 877-748-7800

Academic Prerequisites

1. High School Certificate or Diploma 

You must, at a minimum, have a high school certificate or diploma, or equivalent.*  Applicants who do not have a Grade 12 certificate or diploma must write and pass the Wonderlic Test for mature applicants, administered by the college.

*High School Equivalents for the purposes of admission requirements are:

  • A secondary school graduation diploma from another Canadian province or territory or from the United States.
  • A General Education Development (GED) certificated issued by a Canadian province or territory or from the United States.
  • A transcript, diploma or certificate from another country, assessed at an Ontario OSSD level by a recognized assessment service.
  • A Canadian or U.S. postsecondary diploma or degree.
  • A non-Canadian postsecondary diploma or degree that has been assessed as equivalent to a Canadian postsecondary diploma or degree by a recognized assessment service.
  • A certificate of completion for an academic upgrading program from any Canadian jurisdiction that is accepted by an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology for entry into an Ontario postsecondary program.
  • A Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification in any trade from any Canadian jurisdiction.

2. Language Skills

If English is not your first language and you have not completed school in North America, you will be required to fulfill our Language Assessment Proficiency Policy:

  • Successfully undertake either the IELTS, TOEFL, CanTest or Mela Test.
  • Complete formal education in an approved English language school which offers a program of study.
  • 3 years full time study at the secondary or college level in a country where English is an official language or language of common usage.

Minimum Requirements for English Language Testing (at time of graduation)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
    Speaking 6.5, Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5 and Writing 6.0 with an overall band score of 6.625 in the same sitting
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT):
    Internet Based Test: Speaking 20, Listening 24, Reading 19, and Writing 20 with an overall score of 20.75
  • Michener English Language Assessment (MELA):
    Speaking 8, Listening 8, Reading 8, and Writing 7 with an overall score of 7.75
  • CanTEST:
    Speaking 4.5, Listening 4.0, Reading 4.0 and Writing 3.5 with an overall score of 4

Practical Prerequisites

All applicants are required to have a minimum level of experience in introductory massage before enrolling in the Massage Therapy Diploma Program.

3. Introduction to Massage Weekend Course

This course is an introductory course. In order to gain this experience, you are required to enroll in CCMH’s Introduction to Massage course which is held at the college from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Saturday and Sunday one weekend,  8 times per year.  The course presents basic terminology, theoretical concepts and the practical application of massage. Please contact Admissions for the schedule and application form.  Upcoming dates are:

February 23 – 24, 2019

April 13 – 14, 2019

If you are a long-distance applicant and unable to attend CCMH’s Introduction to Massage Weekend Course, you may request the option of providing a certificate of completion from an established school of massage therapy, or a licensed Registered Massage Therapist.

4. Medical Terminology Body Systems Course (MTBS)

This course is optional, but highly recommended to prepare students for the science component of the Massage Therapy Diploma Program.  By introducing students to anatomical, physiological, and pathological terms, a foundational understanding of the common language used by health care professionals will be developed.  The MTBS course is an online course, which should be completed before the first day of classes.  During this time period, students complete the course, quizzes and exams at their own pace.  Students with prior human anatomy education need not take  this course.

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