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Massage Therapist

Pursue Your Passion for Health & Healing

Do you have a passion for changing lives? Have you considered a career where each day brings the fulfillment of enhancing and restoring the well-being of others? Careers in massage therapy offer job stability, flexibility and a peaceful work environment. With hands-on training and the right massage certification preparation from Ontario's top massage therapy school, you could find yourself working in an exclusive spa, a luxurious resort or even working independently.

Career Outlook

Seize the Opportunity in a Growing Industry

Careers as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) are on the rise.  According to Massage Therapy Canada “...we see the potential for tremendous growth and demand for massage therapy."1  Demand for massage therapy services is expected to grow due to increasing awareness and emphasis on preventive medicine and since massage therapists provide a service that promotes the renewal and healing of body and mind, along with general health and wellness.

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Attractive Career Opportunities

Massage Therapists work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Health & Wellness Spas and Resorts
  • Medical Spas
  • Fitness Clubs
  • Cruise Ships
  • Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Clinics
  • Health and Wellness Centers
  • Rehabilitation/Pain Management Centers
  • Nursing Homes/Hospices
  • Sports Teams & Athletes
  • Self Employment

Career & Job Search Services for Students & Grads

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.


1Massage Therapy Canada. State of the Massage Therapy Industry. Summer 2009.|1Massage Therapy Canada. State of the Massage Therapy Industry. Summer 2009.

Program Overview

Program Highlights

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Create Your Path to a Massage Therapy Career

The Bryan College massage therapy curriculum was developed by industry experts to match changing job market needs and provide you the hands-on training and support to ensure your successful completion.

As a student at Bryan College, you'll learn the technical skills that will give you an advantage in your career, along with the critical communication and business skills you'll need to succeed in today's competitive environment. It's a powerful combination that is rare in higher education, and one that employers expect.

Get the Skills & Credentials Employers Want

The Bryan College Massage Therapy curriculum is reviewed annually and includes the following career-relevant skills and modalities:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Therapeutic Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Myofascial and Superficial Fascial
  • Friction Therapy
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Joint Play
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Client Home-Care Plans
  • Remedial Exercises for Rehabilitation
  • Client Assessment
  • Orthopedic Assessments
  • Therapeutic Relations
  • Clinical Therapy
  • Preparation to obtain a Certificate of Registration from the College of Massage Therapy Ontario to become a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
  • Real-world experience at Bryan College's student massage clinic, which is open to the public
  • Additional experience gained through the Student Outreach program, which includes visits to residential settings, hospitals, sporting events or corporate/spa internships.  This program provides students with unique opportunities to work with members of the community who face physical, emotional, mental, and/or socio-economic challenges to health and wellness.
  • Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology
  • Spa operations, merchandising and sales

When you receive a diploma in Massage Therapy from Bryan College, you’re immediately prepared for the job market. Our comprehensive course of study ensures your marketability and potential.

Credentialed Faculty and Individual Support

At Bryan College, we believe that success in the growing field of massage therapy demands a different approach to education. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing you a unique, hands-on experience from qualified educators, who will help coach and mentor you individually based upon your learning style.  You'll also gain extensive experience in our student massage clinic, and through the Student Outreach program, where you'll work directly with the public in applying concepts and techniques learned in class. Once you complete your program, you'll have the knowledge and skills to confidently transition to the professional work environment.

State-of-the-Art, Beautifully-Designed Campus

The Bryan College campus offers contemporary architecture with stylish design and a comfortable, inviting ambiance. The campus is easily accessed by public transportation and is conveniently located in North York:

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1200 Lawrence Avenue West
North York, ON M6A 1E3

An Education that Keeps on Giving

At Bryan College, we know that education is a lifelong pursuit. That’s why we give our graduates the opportunity to return and audit any previously completed course that is still being taught and has space availability. No tuition will be charged for taking a refresher course because we believe in keeping our graduates educated for life.

Your career success is at the core of our mission. Our lifetime job placement assistance and accessible alumni network allow us to keep contributing to your success long after you’ve graduated. It’s another privilege of attending Bryan College—and we’re proud to offer it, anytime our graduates need it.

Graduate Success

“After looking at all the options and attending a few open house nights at other schools, I chose Bryan College – mainly for their small class sizes, outreach opportunities and the feeling I got after taking a tour and speaking to the staff.” Patti MacGregor, Massage Therapy Graduate

“I’ve spoken with other RMTs at my workplace, but nobody had experienced the kind of comprehensive, practical programs like I did at Bryan College.” Shin Lee, MT Graduate

Course Descriptions

AN10—Anatomy I—138 clock hours

Students gain knowledge of the human body including bones, muscles, ligaments and joints, glands, circulatory, lymphatic, and integumentary systems.

AN20—Anatomy II—134 clock hours

Students will learn the anatomy of the brain and nervous system along with the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems.

AN30—Neurology—78 clock hours

Students are introduced to the autonomic nervous system, including the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions. Students will learn the structure and functions of the nervous system, such as somatic motor and senor pathways, spinal nerves and plexuses and cranial nerves.

BU10—Business & Entrepreneurship—36 clock hours

Students learn the basic principles to make informed business decisions. Topics include a study of laws which govern a massage therapy business, financial record keeping, resume writing, advertising, and marketing strategies.

CB/OU— Outreach and Student Clinic - 330 clock hours

Students participate in one, four-hour supervised clinic session per week in order to progress from general relaxation treatments to assessment and treatment of a variety of conditions. Students integrate clinical skills with technical and academic training, as well as promote professionalism through interaction with the general public.

CL10—Client Assessment I—128 clock hours

Students learn techniques that enable the therapist to formulate an effective treatment plan such an observation, palpation, and range of motion testing.

CL20—Client Assessment II—156 clock hours

Students are exposed to orthopedic testing procedures for all areas of the body.

HY10—Hydrotherapy—41 clock hours

Students learn the therapeutic uses of hot and cold packs, saunas, whirlpools, paraffin wax and salt glows.

KR30—Kinesiology & Remedial Exercise I—120 clock hours

Students will learn to formulate therapeutic exercise programs for clients through the understanding of how the human body moves.

MT10—Massage Theory & Technique I—120 clock hours

Students learn to perform a fully body relaxation massage through a combination of theory and hands-on practice. Students will understand the basic techniques of Swedish massage, consent boundaries and draping.

MT20— Massage Theory & Technique II—120 clock hours

Massage Theory & Technique II is a continuation of Massage Theory & Technique I. Students perform and practice advanced body relaxation techniques through a combination of hands-on practice.

PP10—Physiology I—96 clock hours

Students gain sufficient knowledge to assess and treat clients in a clinical massage setting. Students learn the functions of the living human organism and its parts, and the physical and chemical factors and processes involved. Students will gain a general level of understating of the mechanisms of injury, disease, and healing.

PP20—Physiology II—96 clock hours

PP20 is a continuation of theory and concepts learned in Physiology I. Students are exposed to an in-depth overview of mechanism of injury, disease, and healing.

PP30—Microbiology—96 clock hours

Students learn the fundamental concepts of health and disease. Students gain knowledge of micro-organisms and their role in disease. Students examine the structure of Canada’s Health Care system and the role of massage therapy within that framework.

PP40—Patho-Physiology I—84 clock hours

Students study human physiology by focusing on the general systems of the body that function maintain homeostasis.

RE10—Research—56 clock hours

Students are introduced to the research processes through finding and critically analyzing research reports, using specific examples from massage therapy.

OSCE Prep—Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation Preparation—80 clock hours

Students are prepared for Provincial Registration Examinations held with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Two components are covered: a) multiple choice computer-administered examination, and b) OSCE clinical examination requiring hands-on treatments. Clinical exam situations are administered throughout the four terms at Bryan College in accordance with the principles of the OSCE. During term four, several weeks of intensive practice is administered to assist with developing a comfort level in demonstrating the techniques and treatments learned.

TCA1—Treatments 1—145 clock hours

Students will understand the treatment of pathological conditions and occurrences by integrating knowledge from other sources. Students develop the ability to formulate treatment objectives and plans and to apply massage manipulations and techniques to specific condition.

TCA2—Treatments II—145 clock hours

Students apply advanced techniques to the treatment of conditions relating to muscle and tendon injuries and dysfunction.

TR10—Therapeutic Relations—52 clock hours

Students become familiar with government legislation and professional policies that govern the conduct within the massage field. Students identify and analyze ethical dilemmas encountered in practice.

TR20—Ethics Law and Professional Regulation—64 clock hours

Students are introduced to government legislation and professional policies that govern conduct and analyze ethical dilemmas encountered in practice.


For a full program summary, including course descriptions, tuition rates, and program highlights, please download:

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Why Bryan?

  1. Tuition Lock Guarantee. We lock your tuition rate once you enroll, which means it can never go up! Financial aid available if you qualify.
  2. Books, Courseware, and Certification Included (if applicable). We take care of shipping your textbooks and provide you easy access to electronic books and courseware. We also prepare you for national certification or licensing exams, if applicable based on the program.
  3. Focus on Employment. You’ll graduate with a degree targeted for a specific job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs.
  4. Job Search Assistance. As a graduate, you’ll receive career search services, including job networking best practices, sharpening your interview skills, and creating an eye-catching resume.
  5. Learn by Doing. You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated or hands-on job tasks and using industry technologies.
  6. Return for Refresher Classes. As a graduate, you’ll have the privilege of auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills sharp.
  7. Accelerated Programs. You can get started – and finish – fast. We also pre-register you so there are no waiting lists.
  8. Faculty Who Put You First. Our faculty provide you with personalized, individual attention and support.
  9. Career Kits Included With Program. Once you enroll, we provide you a career kit to ensure you’re ready to start school and get a jump-start with the tools to ensure your success.
  10. History of Excellence. We have a 83-year track record of preparing graduates for successful careers since 1940.

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Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Bryan College, prospective students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete a Virtual Tour with an Admissions Representative
  • Fill Out & Sign Registration Documents
  • Pay the Application Fee
  • Provide High School Diploma or GED (If Not Available, then Pass the Entrance Readiness Assessment Online)
  • Finalize a Financial Plan
  • Complete the Online Introductory Course - “Launchpad”
  • Attend Online Orientation
  • Complete a Police Check & Pre-Science Course (Massage program only)
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