Registered Massage
Therapy

Program Description

Students who take the registered massage therapy courses at KCC will be a part of a stand-alone, fully-accredited program that prepares candidates to write their licensing examinations with the College of Complementary Health Professionals of BC (CCHPBC). The CCHPBC sets 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.


The RMT program at KCC 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.


The KCC Registered Massage Therapy program is accredited by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA).

PTIB Approved

This program has been reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.


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I just recently completed the RMT program at KCCIHS and I really believe that this school and administration has to be one of the most thoughtful, caring, and accommodating schools out there... ...The school works incredibly hard to ensure that the highest quality of education and teaching is provided to their students. I feel as though the school prepared us very well for our written and practical Registration exams and left the exams feeling confident that I had successfully passed.

Jill Zinszer

Former Student

Program Length:
2-Years

Credits:
192.5

Start Dates:
September 9th, 2024

September 2025

Program Hours:
2,887.5

Online Learning:
On-Campus

Job Ready:
TBD 2026

TBD 2027

Domestic Fees

 

1st-Year
Tuition: $16,000
Textbooks: Approx. $2,339.00
Materials: $454.00
Other: $766.00

Total Year 1:  $19,559.00

 

2nd-Year
Tuition: $16,875
Textbooks: Approx. $975.00
Materials: $65.00

Other: $1,021.00
Total Year 2: $18,936.00

 

Program Total:
$38,495.00

International Fees

 

1st-Year
Tuition: $19,200.00
Textbooks: Approx. $2,339.00
Materials: $454.00
Other: $766.00

Total Year 1: $22 759.00

 

2nd-Year
Tuition: $20,250
Textbooks: Approx. $975.00
Materials: $65.00
Other: $1,021.00
Total Year 2: $22,311.00

 

Program Total:
$45,070.00

* For full tuition breakdown please contact us

Year One-Semester 1   BMS196A. Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Kinesiology I (practical/simulated) 4.5 credits. This comprehensive lab course focuses on the structural anatomy and function of the appendicular skeleton. Students will be introduced to palpation of the osteology and musculature of the pelvic and shoulder girdles, upper and lower extremities and a study of their biomechanics. Concurrent with BMS198   BMS196B. Arthrology I (practical/simulated) 2 credits. This course will focus on the structural anatomy and function of each joint of the appendicular skeleton: a study of the osteology and arthrology of the pelvic girdle; shoulder girdle; upper extremity and lower extremity. Concurrent with BMS198   BMS197. Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology (didactic) 5 credits. This foundational course provides an introduction to the structural levels of organization of the human body. In this course, topics include homeostasis, introductory chemistry, cytology, histology, tissues and organ systems, with specific focus on the integumentary system and bone tissue.   BMS198. Anatomy & Physiology I (didactic) 6 credits. This foundational anatomy course provides a detailed study of the musculoskeletal system including: axial skeleton, appendicular skeleton, joints, muscular tissue, muscle origins – insertions, actions and innervations. Concurrent with BMS197   CP140. Foundations of Clinical Assessment (simulated) 4 credits. This course teaches professional clinical assessment skills including history taking, observation, palpation, postural analysis and movement techniques including active range of motion (AROM) and passive range of motion (PROM). Medical massage terminology will be taught and integrated into SOAP notes, medical emergencies, general and local contraindications and conditions that require treatment adaptations and/or medical consultation. Will introduce students to critically thinking about clients health presentation and why to modify. Gait analysis and vital signs. Prerequisite: concurrent with MT120 and MT130   CS166. Professional Development: Regulations, Ethics, & Applied Peace Studies (didactic & simulated) 2 credits. What does it mean to be a professional? How does a professional respond to ethical situations or dilemmas? This course is designed to inform and engage the student in understanding their legal and ethical obligations and developing their critical thinking skills. Student therapists will spend time exploring the elements of professionalism and examining common ethical scenarios encountered as massage students and professionals.   CS167. Communication Studies (lecture & practical) 2 credits. A study of principles and ethics of the client/therapist relationship. This course will initiate the development of communication skills required for the practice of a health practitioner. In this course, the focus is on self-study and methods of interaction within a therapeutic relationship.   MT120. Massage Therapy Skills I (didactic & simulated) 7 credits. MT120. Massage Therapy Skills I (didactic & simulated) 7 credits. This introductory course will teach students the fundamental skills and massage techniques related to offering a 55-min relaxation massage . There will be an opportunity to practice the skills that are essential for the student to participate in an oral practical exam. This course will include effects and outcomes of relaxation massage plus the application of this knowledge to client case studies.   MT130. Hydrotherapy (didactic & simulated) 2.5 credits. This course introduces students to the use of water in a therapeutic way and covers the practice of hydrotherapy as a complementary practice to massage. Topics will include techniques that utilize heat, cold and contrast in a therapeutic, remedial and self-care application.   PC106. Self-care/Movement (practical) 1.5 credits. This practical course focuses on mastery of the twenty-four pose tai ji quan form.   Year One - Semester 2   BMS199A. Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Kinesiology II (practical/simulated) 5 credits. This comprehensive lab course focuses on the structural anatomy and function of the axial skeleton. Students will be introduced to palpation of the osteology and musculature of the axial skeleton as well as a study of the biomechanics. Prerequisite: BMS198, BMS196A   BMS199B. Arthrology I (practical/simulated) 2 credits. This course will focus on the structural anatomy and function of joints of the axial skeleton. A study of the osteology and arthrology of the cranium, vertebral column, ribs, sternum, thorax, abdominal and pelvic regions. Prerequisite: BMS198, BMS196B   BMS201. Anatomy & Physiology II (didactic) 3.5 credits. This course provides a detailed study of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. In the first part of the course, emphasis will include: anatomy of the heart, pericardium, systemic circulation, hepatic-portal circulation, identification of the pulses, physiology of cardiac function and blood. The second part of the course, emphasis will include respiratory system, anatomy of lungs and lung tissue as well as respiratory physiology. Prerequisite: BMS197   BMS297. General Pathology I (didactic) 3.5 credits. This course provides the student an introduction to cell and tissue injury, abnormal cell function, adaptation, death and inflammation. This course will include the study of general pathology associated with infectious diseases, immune system and integumentary pathology and will help familiarize the student with the etiology and pathological mechanisms of common diseases. Prerequisite: BMS197, BMS198   BMS299. Clinic Theory I: Orthopedic Pathology (didactic) 3.5 credits. Students will study structural and degenerative pathologies of the musculoskeletal system and spine including bone, connective tissue, joint, and muscle, as well as pediatric conditions. Focus is on cause of pathology and teaching students to recognize pathological presentations. Prerequisite: BMS297   CP141. Clinic Mentorship I (clinical) 5 credits. This course is designed to have students work directly with clients in a student clinic providing massage and client care. Students will integrate manual massage skills (Swedish techniques and relaxation massage) with academic knowledge into a physical, public practice. Communication skills and opportunities to practice therapeutic relationships will create exposure to a diversity of clients under the supervision of a BC RMT.   CS267. Professional Development: Ethics, Professionalism & Peace Studies (didactic & practical/simulated) 2 credits. This course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply the theory that was covered in the CS166 course to a clinical/practical environment. The goals of the course are to improve the learners’ communication skills and application of ethical principles within the context of a therapeutic relationship. Students will experience the role of client in a therapeutic relationship, thereby enhancing their empathy and increasing their understanding of the client’s rights and practitioner’s responsibilities. Prerequisites: CS167   MT121. Massage Therapy Skills II (didactic & simulated) 6 credits. Building on the principles and techniques of MT120, this course concentrates on the development of more advanced massage techniques and myofascial skills. Students perform basic assessments through observation of posture and various tests including: range of motion, reflex, muscle, and nerve testing. Students are introduced to the use of trigger point therapy and fascial release techniques. Prerequisite: MT120   MT133. Therapeutic Exercise (didactic & practical) 3 credits. In this course, students learn how to incorporate therapeutic exercises into massage treatment. These exercises encourage necessary stretching, strengthening, endurance, and coordination of body structures. Students gain confidence and knowledge in how to educate their patients in self-care and how to choose appropriate exercises for clinic and home settings. Prerequisites: BMS196A &B, BMS197, BMS198,199, concurrent with BMS199A & B.   PC107. Self-Care/Movement: Yin Yoga (practical) 1 credits. This practical course focuses on proper biomechanics and self-cultivation through the practice of yin yoga postures.   Year One - Semester 3   BMS180. Neurology I: PNS (didactic) 3 credits. Building upon basic knowledge of nerve structures studied in Anatomy and Physiology, this course explores the intricacy of the Peripheral and nervous system and emphasizes the innervations affecting musculoskeletal health. This knowledge is applied to massage practice and assessment. Prerequisite: BMS198   BMS202. Anatomy & Physiology III (didactic) 3.5 credits. A continuation of BMS201 focusing on detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, lymphatic, and endocrine systems. Prerequisite: BMS 197,198   BMS277. Medications & Surgery (didactic) 2 credits. This course introduces students to the Science of pharmacology, a wide array of commonly prescribed drugs, and their side effects. Students of massage will learn how to recognize drugs by category and action, and assess and safely treat patients who are undergoing drug therapy. In addition, a variety of surgical procedures and post-surgical complications are discussed within the context of massage therapy. Contraindications to massage with respect to both medications and surgery is an important focus of this course. Prerequisite: BMS197   BMS298. General Systems Pathology I (didactic) 4 credits. This course is a continuation of BMS297 and will help to familiarize the student with the etiology and pathological mechanisms of common diseases from an allopathic perspective. Diseases of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems will be covered. Prerequisite: BMS201 & 202 or concurrent.   CP142. Clinical Mentorship II (clinical) 5 credits. This course is designed to offer the student therapist a wide range of treatment experiences in the ACOS Student Clinic. Students have the opportunity to apply manual skills learned in practical classes and integrate academic knowledge acquired in lecture classes into their physical practice. This course also allows the student to practice communication and other professional development skills in real-case scenarios and educate the general public about massage and its health benefits. Prerequisite: CP141   CS227. Professional Development: Ethics, Professionalism & Peace Studies (didactic & practical/simulated) 1 credit. This course will encourage the student to practice reflection, critical thinking, and problem-solving strategies to develop and enhance their professionalism. Using experiences from the student clinic, we will closely examine specific cases to further the development of skills required to run a successful, thriving professional practice as an RMT. Prerequisites: CS167   MT134. Clinical Practice I (didactic & practical/simulated) 9 credits. Systemic and regional approaches to treatment are the focus of these courses. Using prior knowledge gained in BMS197, BMS198, BMS196, BMS199, MT120 and MT121, students learn how to properly assess muscle, joint, skeletal, and integumentary pathologies and integrate previously learned assessment and treatment protocols into general orthopedic therapy. The latter part of the course will focus on assessment and treatment plans for cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Prerequisite: BMS198, BMS201, BMS202, MT120&121   MT232. Joint Mobilization (didactic & practical/simulated) 3 credits. The principles, theories, and contraindications of joint mobilization are the focus of this course. Students learn to understand healthy range of motion through observation and touch, and they become adept at assessing joints, palpating joint structures, and manipulating joints safely and effectively. An awareness of the forces and structures which guide, protect, and enable joint movement is also developed. Prerequisite: BMS196A&B, BMS199A&B, MT133 & MT134 or concurrent   MT233. Sports Massage (didactic & practical/simulated) 1.5 credits. An introduction to the theory and practice of sports massage, sports strapping and taping. Prerequisites: MT120, MT121   PC108. Self-Care/Movement: Explore the Kootenays (practical) .5 credits. This practical course will help the student recognize how physical fitness and lifestyle habits can affect performance and stress management.   Year Two - Semester 4   BMS280. Neurology & Neuropathology II: CNS (didactic) 5 credits. Building upon basic knowledge of nerve structures studied in Anatomy and Physiology, this course explores the intricacy of the central nervous system and emphasizes the innervations affecting musculoskeletal health. This knowledge is applied to massage practice and assessment. Prerequisite: BMS198   BMS301. Anatomy & Physiology IV (didactic) 2 credits. A continuation of Anatomy & Physiology with focus on the reproductive, autonomic nervous systems, somatic and higher brain function & metabolism. Prerequisite: BMS 197   BMS397. Systems Pathology II (didactic) 1.5 credits. Discussion of etiology and patho-mechanism of the endocrine and reproductive system disease. Prerequisite: BMS297, BMS298   CP240. Clinical Mentorship III (clinical) 6 credits. This course is designed to offer the student therapist a wide range of treatment experiences in unique settings. Students have the opportunity to apply manual skills learned in practical classes and integrate academic knowledge acquired in lecture classes into their physical practice. This course also allows the student to practice communication and other professional development skills in real-case scenarios and educate the general public about massage and its health benefits. Prerequisite: CP142   MT231. Neurological PNS --Assessment and Treatments (didactic & practical/simulated) 4 credits. In this advanced course, students will learn how to assess neurological involvement in pathological presentation and devise suitable treatments. Emphasis is placed on correct handling, assessment, and communication, and rehabilitative measures for patients who display neurological disorders. Prerequisite: BMS180, MT120, MT121   MT236. Clinical Practice II (didactic & practical/simulated) 11 credits. Systemic and regional approaches to treatment are the focus of these courses. This course expands on the principles of assessment, treatment, care management, and therapeutic exercise for the upper and lower extremity, integumentary, endocrine, and reproductive pathologies.   PC206. Self-Care/Movement: Kootenay Coop Wellness Series (practical) .5 credits. This course explores nutritional self-care through the Kootenay Co-op Wellness Nutrition and Cooking Series.   PD306. The Joy of Research (didactic) 1.5 credit. An introductory course in statistics designed to instruct therapists in the principles of using and understanding statistics for research and explain statistics Semesterinology. Prerequisite: completion of 2nd semester courses   Year Two - Semester 5   BMS302. Anatomy & Physiology V (didactic) 3 credits. This course introduces the student to the anatomy and physiology of the urinary and digestive systems. Prerequisite: BMS197   BMS398. Systems Pathology III (didactic) 2 credits. A continuation of BMS397 that focuses on etiology and patho-mechanism of urinary and digestive system disease. Prerequisite: BMS297, BMS298, BMS397   CP241. Clinic Mentorship IV (clinical) 8 credits. This course is taking place at the ACOS Student Clinic or under the guidance of an independent RMT in BC. Students have the opportunity to apply manual skills learned in practical classes and integrate academic knowledge acquired in lecture classes into their physical practice. This course also allows the student to practice communication and other professional development skills in real-case scenarios and educate the general public about massage and its health benefits.   CP242. Clinical Case Study (didactic & practical/simulated) 1 credit. In this course, students will integrate their knowledge of clinical therapy and treatment with research skills and use of statistics. The end goal of this course is submission of a clinical case study report that demonstrates correct employment of massage techniques, treatment planning, and statistical models.   CS287. Professional Development: Ethics, Professionalism & Peace Studies (didactic & practical/simulated) 1 credit. A further study of principles and ethical decision making that may arise in clinical practice. Focus is on methods of interaction. Prerequisites: CS167   MT331. Neurological Treatments II: CNS (didactic/practical/simulated) 4 credits. A continuation of neurological treatments 1 with emphasis on assessment and treatment of the CNS.   MT332. Pain & Stress (didactic/practical/simulated) 1.5 credits. In this advanced level course students will examine some of the mechanisms associated with pain and stress. Upon completion of this course the student will understand the impact of stress on acute or chronic pain, recognize and differentiate between different types of pain and clinical presentations of stress and/or pain related syndromes.   MT333. Fascial Anatomy & Physiology (didactic/practical & simulated) 2.5 credits. In depth review of fascial anatomy and physiology and increased palpatory accuracy allows for more advanced techniques to manipulate fascia in the body is employed. Septa, deep fascial sheets, retinacula and ligaments will be manipulated and muscular shaping will be employed. Prerequisite BMS198, MT120,121,134,236   MT336. Clinical Practice III: Treatment of the Spine (didactic & practical/simulated) 7.5 credits. Continuation of MT236. Clinical Practice lll focuses on treatment of the spinal region. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the assessment and treatment of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine. The central and peripheral nervous system and their related conditions will be discussed. Prerequisite: BMS197, BMS198, BMS196, BMS199, MT120, MT121, MT134, MT 236   Year Two - Semester 6   BMS303. Anatomy Physiology & Pathology Review (didactic) 3.5 credits. This review course allows synthesis and integration of previous material studied in the areas of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology.   CP340. Mock Oral Review (didactic) 2 credits. This course allows students to synthesize and review all material, techniques, and manual skills covered in the program. It is meant to give the student an opportunity to integrate and organize knowledge in preparation for licensing exams.   CP341. Clinic Mentorship V (clinical) 9 credits. This course is taking place at the ACOS Student Clinic with specific in-reaches for cancer, HIV, aged, and neurologically compromised patients. Students have the opportunity to apply manual skills learned in practical classes and integrate academic knowledge acquired in lecture classes into their physical practice. This course also allows the student to practice communication and other professional development skills in real-case scenarios and educate the general public about massage and its health benefits.   CS367. Jurisprudence (didactic) 0.5 credit. This review course will examine the ethical and legal foundations of massage practice as outlined by the Health Professions Act, and CMTBC bylaws.   MT337. Orthopedic Treatments Review (didactic & practical/simulated) 5.5 credits. A review of prior knowledge gained in MT134 and MT236 wherein students learned how to assess muscle, joint, and skeletal pathologies and implement treatment plans of the axial and peripheral skeleton. Prerequisites: BMS299, MT134, MT236.   MT338. Advanced & Adjunctive Techniques (didactic & practical/simulated) 3 credits. This foundations class covers the history, philosophy and concepts of Ortho-Bionomy and provides an overview of the basic release techniques and anatomy for each major joint in the body. Movements and positions of comfort are demonstrated which facilitate the release of muscular tension. The specific techniques utilized develop and increase the student’s understanding and proprioceptive sensitivity to the self-corrective movements initiated by the client. Through observation and following supporting subtle movement patterns, muscular tension is released, range of motion is increased and pain is reduced. Cranial Sacral work and other advanced myo-fascial release techniques will also be discussed. Manual Lymph drainage and visceral manipulation are also studied.   PC207. Self-Care/Movement (didactic & practical/simulate) .5 credits. This final self-care course examines prevention of burn-out for massage therapists.   PD403. Business Management (didactic) 3 credits. Presentation of the practical aspects of setting up a massage practice including clinic maintenance, office management, marketing and creation of a business plan.  

* For full credit breakdown please contact us

1. Why should I choose KCCIHS' RMT program?   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.   2. Who are the teachers?   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.   3. 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!  
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