Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Semester

Clinical Assessments 1 (48h)

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, medications and charting. This course will prepare students for entry into the Clinic Practicum.

Gross Anatomy & Palpation (228h)

Course Type: Health Science

This course explores medical terminology, gross anatomy, and palpation of the human body as a whole. This course will discuss the classification, location, structure & function of the musculoskeletal system including bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and special structures. The content covered in each body region will be reinforced through palpation and hands on practice.

Manual Skills & Treatments 1 (138h)

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.

Professional Practice 1 (48h)

Course Type: Professional 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 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. This course covers ethical standards for professional practice, including an awareness of the vulnerability of patients and the impact of sexual violence on patients and the commitment to approaches to assume responsibility for sexual violence prevention as well as requirements related to duty to report.

First Aid / CPR Training

Course Type: Health Science

AODA

Course Type: Health Science

Semester

Clinical Assessments 2 (93h)

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course is a continuation of CA1 and GAP 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.

Hydrotherapy (48h)

Course Type: Clinical Science

Hydrotherapy, or temperature therapy, 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, cold, and contrast, contraindications, the use of additives, and how to prescribe homecare are also discussed in detail.

Manual Skills & Treatment 2 (138h)

Course Type: Clinical Science

Manual Skills & Treatments 2 course allows students to progress their practical skills development, initiated in the Manual Skills & Treatments 1 course. This course focuses 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.

Research Literacy (48h)

Course Type: Professional Practice

Professional Practice 2 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, the relation to business and professional practice, quality assurance, and the responsibility of a Registered Massage Therapist.

Systemic Anatomy & Pathophysiology 1 (138h)

Course Type: Health Science

Systemic Anatomy & Pathophysiology 1 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 of each. Muscle tissue is thoroughly explored including metabolism, the sliding filament mechanism of contraction, and muscle pathologies. The integumentary system is completely explored including skin pathologies. Blood histology and pathologies are explored along with infectious diseases. Finally, nervous tissue is examined, including neuron physiology and the generation of action potentials.

Clinical Practicum (195h)

Course Type: Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practicum provides students with the valuable opportunity to practice hands-on skills on members of the public as well as special population groups. Students are encouraged and expected to integrate their knowledge of all Clinical Sciences, Health Sciences and Professional Practice course content with clinical practice in an ethical and professional manner, while under the mentorship and supervision of a fully qualified Massage Therapist.

Outreach / Inreach Placement (135h)

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. Includes 3.5-hour shifts once/week in weeks 1-12, for a total of 42h per block. Each shift includes both direct and indirect hours of hands-on practice.

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, fundraisers, or corporate wellness days. Includes approximately 17 hours/term (for a total of 51h) of participation in supervised special events as arranged by the Clinical Practicum Coordinator. Students sign-up for events as they are posted.

Semester

Clinical Assessments 3 (93h)

Course Type: Clinical Science

This course is a continuation of Clinical Assessments 1 & 2. The focus of Clinical Assessments 3 will be to 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-informed and objective approach to treatment planning.

Manual Skills & Treatments 3 (183h)

Course Type: Clinical Science

Manual Skills & Treatments 3 is a course where the student will incorporate and refine foundational and advanced skills learned in MST1 & MST2. Students will learn how to logically apply these skills to many commonly occurring conditions.

Neuroanatomy & Pathophysiology 1 (48h)

Course Type: Health Science

In Neuroanatomy & Pathophysiology, 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.

Systemic Anatomy & Pathophysiology 2 (93h)

Course Type: Health Science

Systemic Anatomy & Pathophysiology 2 is the second course in the SAP series and begins with a discussion of the cardiovascular system. The anatomical and physiological properties of 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 then explored. The respiratory system and endocrine system are the final topics of this course.

Therapeutic Exercise (48h)

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.

Clinical Practicum (195h)

Course Type: Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practicum provides students with the valuable opportunity to practice hands-on skills on members of the public as well as special population groups. Students are encouraged and expected to integrate their knowledge of all Clinical Sciences, Health Sciences and Professional Practice course content with clinical practice in an ethical and professional manner, while under the mentorship and supervision of a fully qualified Massage Therapist.

Outreach / Inreach Placement (135h)

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. Includes 3.5-hour shifts once/week in weeks 1-12, for a total of 42h per block. Each shift includes both direct and indirect hours of hands-on practice.

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, fundraisers, or corporate wellness days. Includes approximately 17 hours/term (for a total of 51h) of participation in supervised special events as arranged by the Clinical Practicum Coordinator. Students sign-up for events as they are posted.

Semester

Consolidated Assessment & Planning (117h)

Course Type: Clinical Science

Consolidated Assessment & Planning is the final course in the CA series. Students will be given an opportunity to simulate comprehensive assessment protocols, review anatomy, biomechanics, orthopedic assessments, specific forms of treatment, treatment planning and home care for various regions of the body while incorporating clinical condition variables. Additionally, this course integrates all practical skills and theory-based knowledge acquired during the massage therapy program. Students identify the anatomical and pathological similarities and differences in each body region in order to apply clinical thinking skills to various musculoskeletal conditions. Multi-factorial conditions are reviewed and discussion is centred around case studies, assessment protocol, including modifications, clinical findings, clinical impression, treatment planning, and homecare.

Manual Skill & Treatments 4 (138h)

Course Type: Clinical Science

Manual Skills & Treatments 4 is a continuation of MST 3. 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 a  comprehensive and three-dimensional massage therapy treatment.

Neuroanatomy & Pathophysiology 2 (48h)

Course Type: Health Science

Neuroanatomy & Pathophysiology 2 provides students 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 Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) with consideration on the effects of the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions.

Systemic Anatomy & Pathophysiology 3 (93h)

Course Type: Health Science

Systemic Anatomy & Pathophysiology 3 is the final course in the SAP series. This course is a compilation of anatomy, physiology, and relevant pathologies of the digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems including metabolism, nutrition, fluid, electrolyte, and acid/base balance.

Professional Practice 2 (48h)

Course Type: Professional Practice

Professional Practice 2 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, the relation to business and professional practice, quality assurance, and the responsibility of a Registered Massage Therapist.

Clinical Practicum (195h)

Course Type: Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practicum provides students with the valuable opportunity to practice hands-on skills on members of the public as well as special population groups. Students are encouraged and expected to integrate their knowledge of all Clinical Sciences, Health Sciences and Professional Practice course content with clinical practice in an ethical and professional manner, while under the mentorship and supervision of a fully qualified Massage Therapist.

Outreach / Inreach Placement (135h)

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. Includes 3.5-hour shifts once/week in weeks 1-12, for a total of 42h per block. Each shift includes both direct and indirect hours of hands-on practice.

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, fundraisers, or corporate wellness days. Includes approximately 17 hours/term (for a total of 51h) of participation in supervised special events as arranged by the Clinical Practicum Coordinator. Students sign-up for events as they are posted.

OSCE Prep (30h)

Course Type: Clinical Science

The OSCE Preparation course will acquaint students with the format of the Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCEs) and allow extensive time to practice each station. It also acts as a forum to demonstrate the knowledge and skill acquired throughout all 4 terms at CCMH. During lectures 1-8 students will participate in “mock” dry runs for each of the OSCE exam stations. Students will play the role of ‘candidate’, ‘client’, and ‘evaluator’; providing each other with feedback throughout the process. Students are provided with the ‘check lists’ (based on the CMTO Standards of Practice) to ensure completion of all tasks necessary in a safe and client-centered manner. Lectures 9 & 10 are presented as a complete OSCE station rotation which will be evaluated and serve as the practical component of the Final Comprehensive Examination as outlined in the CCMH Student Policies and Procedures Handbook. This course is not a “review” class, nor is it designed to re-teach information acquired to this point. The OSCE Preparation course allows students to apply material learned in all courses and apply it to the format of the OSCEs. Students are required to review any information they are unsure about, including the Standards of Practice prior to the commencement of this course.