Kootenay Columbia College is 1 of 7 Schools in British Columbia Accredited by the CMTBC for Registered Massage Therapy Education
Currently accepting applications for SEPTEMBER 2021 & JANUARY 2022
For those in search of a top-quality massage therapy school in British Columbia, Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences (KCCIHS) is a fantastic choice. Located in Nelson, BC, the KCCIHS Registered Massage Therapy Program provides a unique educational experience, allowing each student to gain both the theoretical and practical knowledge they’ll need in order to join the health and wellness industry as an officially-accredited registered massage therapist (RMT).
Our mission at KCCIHS is to fully prepare students to take on the challenges they’ll encounter in the massage therapy industry, whether they decide to join an existing massage therapy health care team or exercise their entrepreneurial spirit by opening a private practice of their own. Working in state-of-the-art clinical facilities at KCCIHS, our massage therapy students will learn the kind of hands-on massage techniques that only a top-tier team of educational professionals can bring, jump starting their career in the industry, and helping them provide the high-quality care their patients require and expect.
This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Program Requirements & Details
Students who take the registered massage therapy courses at KCCIHS will be a part of a stand-alone, fully-accredited program that prepares candidates to write their licensing examinations with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). The CMTBC set the standards of professional practice for all Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in the province, helping every registered massage therapist deliver high quality, safe and effective care to their patients. This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
The RMT program at KCCIHS is offered over a 22.5 month period. This intensive massage therapy program takes place throughout six semesters (90 weeks), although students interested in studying over a longer period can possibly be accommodated. Those students should contact us directly to learn more about program availability or to discover other learning options.
Students enrolling in the massage therapy program will receive comprehensive instruction not only in massage therapy, but also in anatomy and physiology, pathology, orthopedics, professional development and self-care. Students will also receive 550 hours of practical training through both our public student clinics and planned in-reach and outreach clinics.
Unique components of our program include the integration of Peace Studies into our Professional Development and Ethics courses, as well as innovative self-care courses that are designed to connect students to the local community and allow them to learn through movement.
Top-Tier Staff, Top-Tier Results
At KCCIHS, we’re proud to have a Registered Massage Therapy program with an expert faculty. Our knowledgeable and friendly teaching staff are happy to share their professional experience and clinical expertise, helping to transfer the kind of critical massage therapy knowledge to the next generation of registered massage therapists. KCCIHS also provides a wide range of clinical internship opportunities, with learners immersed in transformational training activities through classroom experiences, mentorship, and connecting with nature and the community.
After graduating from KCCIHS, our students will have developed the necessary skills to conduct proper physical assessments of their patients, design and implement treatment plans, deliver effective massage as therapy, and evaluate the results. Successfully completing your massage therapy courses at our school means that you’ll be a full-fledged massage therapist in every sense of the word, delivering care to patients that improves their lives, a worthy endeavor that will make your future career as a massage therapist a satisfying one.
How Much Can I Earn as a Massage Therapist?
The salary of anyone who has become an RMT certified by the College of Massage Therapists, whether in British Columbia or elsewhere, will vary according to their place of employment. However, recent statistics point to an average of around $69,125 per year in Canada, which comes out to approximately $35.45 per hour. Entry level positions can start as low as $45,000 per year, and some of the more experienced workers make up near six-figures.
And if you choose to work as a registered massage therapist in British Columbia, you’re in luck!
According to those same statistics, out of all the regions in Canada, RMTs make the most money in British Columbia. It is the B.C. RMTs that pull the average upward, showing an average of $100,000 per year, as compared to $85,000 in the Northwest Territories, $60,000 in Ontario and $45,000 in Quebec. The point is, if you have the option to choose where to work, British Columbia is the place to be!
Unique components of our program include the integration of Peace Studies into our Professional Development and Ethics courses, as well as innovative Self-care courses that are designed to connect students to the local community and allow them to learn through movement.