Massage Therapy

The future is in your hands

Unlock the secrets to a healing touch with the massage therapy program. Our intensive two-year diploma will give you the tools you the need to be vital in maintaining the well-being of individuals at any age with almost any soft tissue dysfunction. You’ll learn just how the body works so you can administer the proper treatments, help with rehabilitation, reduce pain and provide overall health maintenance. 

Massage Therapy is right for you if you:

  • have excellent listening and communication skills
  • are interested in wellness issues
  • are able to work in a standing position for long periods of time and use your body as a tool in administering massage therapy
  • possess critical thinking skills
  • have a friendly personality and caring attitude.

Therapeutic massage has a role in healthcare

We’ll help you acquire professional skills, giving you real-world experience in our campus massage clinic, where you’ll learn about alternative health treatments, patient-client relationships and much more. As an added bonus, you can showcase your talents by volunteering at various community events to prepare you for a rewarding career in this highly personal industry. Our two-year program will show you how to treat the body’s soft tissues and joints with physiological and anatomical expertise.

Massage Therapy: At-a-Glance
2 Years
Diploma in Massage Therapy
Thompson Rivers University, University of Lethbridge, University of Calgary

This program has a required Practice-Based Experience (PBE) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the PBE. Failure by the student to accept by way of legal contract and abide by these terms and conditions will result in non-completion of the program.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the PBE setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

As a post-secondary health care program in Alberta, provincial immunization standards apply to students in this program. As per the provincial “Standard for Immunization of Post-Secondary Health Care Students and Students in Other High-Risk Occupational Programs, January 1, 2015”, all Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) have the responsibility of assessing the immunization status of each healthcare student at the time of initial enrollment and to ensure all healthcare students are fully immunized before leaving post-secondary programs. There may be a fee for this assessment. Additional fees may apply to become fully immunized.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage – PBE placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a PBE placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

PBE sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. PBE’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

The Lethbridge College Massage Therapy Program meets Alberta requirements for Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) membership. Prospective students who reside outside of Alberta should research their provincial requirements for RMT membership.

Massage Therapy - Cost Estimate
2017-18 Academic YearTuitionFeesBooks & Supplies
Year 1$4,176$1,023$2,096
Year 2$4,536$980$998
• Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
• International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
• Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
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Contact Us

Program Office:
• 403.320.3202 ext. 3211
Office of the Program Chair:
• 403.320.3202 ext. 5225
Office of the Dean:
• 403.320.3403

Centre for Health and Wellness Placement Office:
403.320.3202 Ext. 5380

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