• Overview - 2018/2019

    The human body is wondrous machine. Learning the highly specialized and dynamic skills necessary to repair it is not only a science, but an art form. If you're excited by the opportunity to enhance your healing powers while providing a valuable service to those in need, the Massage Therapy (Accelerated) program will have your strong hands working in just two short years.

    With a strong focus on medical knowledge, you'll master your massage skills in the student-run clinic, where you'll experiment with many hands-on techniques. You'll also learn, first-hand, how to assess your clients and their needs, as well as how to maintain, rehabilitate, and augment physical function to relieve pain. You'll also study massage theory and practice, while experimenting with sport massage, clinical massage, and pregnancy massage techniques. As well, you'll be recommended to the CMTO for their entry exams to the profession.

    When you graduate, your diverse and dynamic massage skills will be matched by the many career opportunities that will await – work as part of a healing team, on your own, on a cruise ship travelling the world. Your future is limitless and in your healing hands.

    Click here to learn about or book an appointment with our student-run massage therapy clinic:

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    Program Coordinator:

    Gabriel Flamminio, BHK, BEd. (Adult Ed), RMT, SMT (cc)
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x2037
    Email: gflamminio@fanshawec.ca

    Outreach Supervisor:

    Alison Murray, BHSc, RMT
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4207
    E-mail: amurray2@fanshawec.ca

  • Admission Requirements - 2018/2019

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    - Mathematics ONE OF: 
            - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)   
            - Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M) 
    AND ONE OF the following courses:
            - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
            - Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U)
     (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
    - Communications
    - Core Mathematics
    - Biology
      (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate AND:
    - minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
    -  The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
    - Mathematics ONE OF:
           - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
           - Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
    AND ONE OF the following courses:
           - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
           - Grade 12  Introductory Kinesiology (U)
     (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
    Note:
    • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Massage Therapy (Accelerated) program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Massage Therapy (Accelerated) program.  The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Massage Therapy (Accelerated) program.

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement
  • Courses

    Massage Therapy (Accelerated)-2018/2019

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-1199Massage Theory & Techniques 14
    In this first semester study students will be introduced to the history of massage therapy, appropriate body mechanics, safety, universal health precautions, informed consent and the basic techniques that comprise massage therapy. Students will practice their skills with direct hands-on learning of key principles related to sequencing techniques, palpation, and muscle tone.
    ANAT-1031Anatomy 16
    This course will introduce students to the very core of massage therapy; the study of the human body. Students will be introduced to the language of anatomy: Location, direction, movement, and an in-depth analysis of body tissues, bones, joints, and movements. Students will re-enforce their learning through hands-on palpation labs.
    HLTH-1187Physiology 14
    Students will learn the function of various components and systems of the human body. Students will learn the chemical composition of the body, basic nutrition, cells and membrane transport, homeostasis, neuronal signalling and the functions of the brain and nervous system, as well as muscle contraction and control of body movements. Where possible, pathologies encountered by massage therapists will be incorporated.
    HLTH-1247Principles of Fitness for Massage3.5
    This course covers the fundamental principles of physical training for the improvement of any of the health-related components of physical fitness.
    WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
    This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
    HLTH-1203Ethics & Standards of Practice3
    Massage therapy is a self-governing profession under the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) which is directed by the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act. Students will learn their role in regards to these acts as well as how to incorporate the Standards of Practice into their own therapy. Topics of study will relate to jurisprudence, ethics, and the regulatory foundations of massage therapy in Ontario. There will be opportunity to interact with fellow classmates and develop critical thinking skills needed to succeed in massage therapy while working on various in-class projects.

    Level 2Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-1200Massage Theory & Techniques 23
    Building on Massage Theory & Lab I, this course develops a greater awareness of the physiological and psychological effects of massage therapy in the healthy adult. Students will be given the opportunity to practice advanced massage techniques are integrate knowledge of massage theory. Students will be able to apply their knowledge gained in Anatomy, Physiology and Professional Growth to a massage session.
    ANAT-1032Anatomy 26
    Continuing where Anatomy 1 left off students will further study the human body with focus on the major muscles of the body, muscle actions, and lever systems. The nervous system, cranial and spinal nerves and the autonomic nervous system, will be examined, as well as the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Students will re-enforce their learning through interactive mediums, class discussions, and hands-on palpation labs.
    HLTH-3030Physiology 24
    This course will further study the physiological functions of the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, lymphatic, and reproductive systems. The content further develops the foundation to understanding homeostatic function, pathologies and conditions that massage therapists encounter.
    HLTH-3053Wellness & Complementary Therapies4
    This course will reinforce the importance of the massage therapy scope of practice and introduce the modalities and therapies considered as well the concepts of wellness and holistic health will be discussed within the scope of practice of an RMT. The interrelationship between these two concepts and the role of the fitness and health practitioner in promoting specific wellness programs and behaviour change are emphasized. Legalities and ramifications of working outside the scope of practice will also be discussed. Students will learn the dynamics of 'client centred care'' and learn to initiate, cultivate and maintain the 'inter professional' relationship. Guest presenters from various disciplines will introduce students to their professions and will provide interpretation of the expectations of the RMT within a multi discipline framework.
    BSCI-1084Human Relations & Self-Development3
    This course emphasizes the development of human relations, communication, and self-development within the health care field. Classes and assignments are designed to give students an opportunity to practice interpersonal and group interactive skills.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-3043Massage Theory & Techniques 33
    This course will build upon the principles and concepts learned in Massage Theory and Technique Lab 2, while also providing the student with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism needed to complete a thorough musculoskeletal assessment of the upper extremities. Students will develop critical thinking skills aimed at; developing an educated hypothesis, building client centered treatment plans and will be given the opportunity to practice advanced massage techniques and assessments while learning to integrate these applications in treating client's with various conditions effectively and with empathy.
    HLTH-3031Clinic Practice 12.25
    This course will provide the student with a hands on clinical practice approach to Massage Therapy involving the public. It will provide the student an opportunity to integrate theory with practice by applying the knowledge, skills, and professionalism acquired to meet the entry-level standards of practice by the CMTO. The student will be required to communicate effectively with their client, review intake forms, conduct assessments and perform massages to promote relaxation. The student will treat clients that present with limited ailments, pathologies and provide appropriate self-care. Students will be guided and evaluated by clinical instructors.
    ANAT-3009Anatomy 33
    Continuing where Anatomy 2 left off, students will further study the human body with focus on the stromal and visceral structures of the thorax and abdomen. Emphasis will be placed on the joints, connective structures and muscles of the head and face as well as the organ systems found within the trunk. Students will re-enforce their learning through interactive mediums, class discussions, and hands-on palpation labs.
    EDUC-1096Outreach Practicum 10.8
    Students are now able to participate in a variety of outreach opportunities including: sporting events, office massage, festivals, job-fairs, and working with health care agencies to name a few. Opportunities arise at random intervals and locations; however students will be given advanced notice to take part; allowing sufficient time to arrange extra-curricular endeavours. As well, Fanshawe has a unique relationship through both college sport teams and some local university sport teams which allow students to participate in a weekly team therapy session.

    Level 4Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-3052Massage Theory & Techniques 43
    This course will build upon the principles learned in Massage Theory and Technique Labs, it will also provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism needed to complete a musculoskeletal assessment. Students will develop critical thinking skills to build treatment plans and will be given the opportunity to practice advanced massage techniques, assessments, and integrate these applications to treat their clients with the variety of different conditions.
    HLTH-1201Pathology 14
    This course a general study of the major diseases affecting the joints, skeletal muscles and skin, the visceral and cardiovascular systems, blood and the central nervous system. Emphasis will be placed on those pathologies commonly encountered by massage therapists and will be integrated into the Massage Treatment course. The etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical features of the various disorders are emphasized.
    HLTH-1204Clinical Practice 22.25
    This course will provide the student with a hands on clinical practice approach to Massage Therapy involving the public. It will provide the student an opportunity to integrate theory with practice by applying the knowledge, skills, and professionalism acquired to meet the entry-level standards of practice by the CMTO. The student will be required to communicate effectively with their client, review intake forms, perform assessments, and treat clients that present with limited ailments and pathologies. They will also be required to apply critical thinking and work effectively with other health care practitioners to allow the student an ability to transition their knowledge smoothly from the classroom to the public sector. Students will be guided and evaluated by a clinical instructors.
    HLTH-3048Therapeutic Exercise3
    In this course, students will apply their Anatomy and Biomechanics knowledge to understand the rehabilitation of movement and strength. Students will learn to assess and implement therapeutic exercise programs including Stretching, Strengthening, Joint Mobilization as well as Fine and Gross Motor Neuro-Muscular Patterning techniques. The lab component will allow the student to practice through case study in small groups.
    COMM-3067Professional Communications3
    This course develops written and oral communication skills for students in both human services and health sciences fields. Students demonstrate the ability to write multiple examples of workplace materials. Focus is placed on research and academic writing, career development, professionalism in the students' field, and communication strategies to deal effectively with different demographics. By preparing promotional materials to market themselves in their specific field, researching and documenting current issues, and delivering short presentations to their peer group, students gain skills in effective workplace communication.
    METH-3027Research Principles3
    This course introduces students to the principles of research in Health Care. The course introduces the student to academic based research, articles, and databases. This includes an examination of research principles, structures, and methods of execution. An emphasis will be placed on the critical assessment of research information, how it is collected, presented, and performed.
    EDUC-3015Outreach Practicum 20.8
    After completing Outreach Practicum 1 students are able to participate in a variety of outreach opportunities including: sporting events, office massage, festivals, job-fairs, and working with health care agencies to name a few. Opportunities arise at random intervals and locations; however students will be given advanced notice to take part; allowing sufficient time to arrange extra-curricular endeavours. As well, Fanshawe has a unique relationship through both college sport teams and some local university sport teams which allow students to participate in a weekly team therapy session.

    Level 5Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-5012Massage Theory & Techniques 53
    This course will build upon the principles learned in Massage Theory and Technique Labs, it will also provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism needed to complete a musculoskeletal assessment. Students will develop critical thinking skills to build treatment plans and will be given the opportunity to practice advanced massage techniques, assessments, and integrate these applications to treat their clients with the variety of different conditions.This course must be taken in the same term as HLTH-3046 - Clinical Practice 3
    HLTH-3045Pathology 24
    This course is a general study of the major diseases affecting the Circulatory, Respiratory, Lymphatic, Digestive, Reproductive and Urinary Systems of the body, as well as the Principles of Cancer. Emphasis will be placed on those pathologies commonly encountered by massage therapists and will be integrated into the Massage Treatment course. The etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical features of the various disorders are emphasized.
    HLTH-3046Clinical Practice 32.25
    This course will provide the student with a hands on clinical practice approach to Massage Therapy involving the public. It will provide the student an opportunity to integrate theory with practice by applying the knowledge, skills, and professionalism acquired to meet the entry-level standards of practice by the CMTO. The student will be required to communicate effectively with their client, review intake forms, perform assessments, and treat clients that present with limited ailments and pathologies. They will also be required to apply critical thinking and work effectively with other health care practitioners to allow the student an ability to transition their knowledge smoothly from the classroom to the public sector. Students will be guided and evaluated by a clinical supervisor.
    EDUC-5005Outreach Practicum 30.8
    Students are able to participate in a variety of outreach opportunities including: sporting events, office massage, festivals, job-fairs, and working with health care agencies to name a few. Opportunities arise at random intervals and locations; however students will be given advanced notice to take part; allowing sufficient time to arrange extra-curricular endeavours. As well, Fanshawe has a unique relationship through both college sport teams and some local university sport teams which allow students to participate in a weekly team therapy session.
    MGMT-1240Small Business Ownership4
    In todays highly competitive marketplace, it is imperative that one must develop a thorough and highly effective executable plan prior to commencing a business in the health sector. As an entrepreneur, there are many facets of a new business venture to consider. The business plan is the initial road map needed to help guide the entrepreneur in an effort to reach operational success and financial viability. By way of lectures, readings, and assigned projects, this course enables students to examine the preliminary planning steps necessary to help achieve success in self-employment.

    Level 6Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-5013Massage Theory & Techniques 63
    In this final Massage Treatment course students will complete their advancement through studies of clinical cases and the conditions that have proven treatable with massage therapy. There is an emphasis on a smooth transition from assessment to treatment plan generation. Students will be given the opportunity to consolidate all previous learning to prepare for the Registration examinations (OSCE & MCQ).
    HLTH-5014Clinical Practice 42.25
    This course will provide the student with a hands on clinical practice approach to Massage Therapy involving the public. It will provide the student an opportunity to integrate theory with practice by applying the knowledge, skills, and professionalism acquired to meet the entry-level standards of practice by the CMTO. The student will be required to communicate effectively with their client, review intake forms, perform assessments, and treat clients that present with limited ailments and pathologies. They will also be required to apply critical thinking and work effectively with other health care practitioners to allow the student an ability to transition their knowledge smoothly from the classroom to the public sector. Students will be guided and evaluated by a clinical supervisor.
    EDUC-5006Outreach Practicum 41.2
    Students are now able to participate in a variety of outreach opportunities including: sporting events, office massage, festivals, job-fairs, and working with health care agencies to name a few. Opportunities arise at random intervals and locations; however students will be given advanced notice to take part; allowing sufficient time to arrange extra-curricular endeavours. As well, Fanshawe has a unique relationship through both college sport teams and some local university sport teams which allow students to participate in a weekly team therapy session.
    HLTH-5022Massage Therapy Comprehensive Review3
    This course prepares the massage therapy student to take the Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) and Objectively Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) required by the CMTO for entry to practice. The course will consist of weekly OSCE stations, a midterm MCQ test, a Final MCQ test and a Final OSCE test. The focus of this course will be consolidating the accumulated knowledge and application of massage therapy over the full 6 semesters. This examination process takes place over 2 days with the first being the writing of the MCQ (3 hrs) and the second being the participation in the OSCE (3 hrs). These examinations mirror the exams presented by the CMTO and will draw upon all material covered over the full 2 years. Successfully passing this course is a requirement for recommendation to participate in the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario OSCE and MCQ examinations.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 9 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 2, 4 and 5

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 26 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program.

  • Careers - 2018/2019

    Career Opportunities

    The career opportunities for a Registered Massage Therapist are practically without limit. Massage Therapists are common place in Chiropractic clinics, Physiotherapy clinics, Naturopath clinics, Spas, Health and Wellness Centres, Gyms, Nursing Homes, Sport Team Rosters, Dance Troupes, Cruise Ships and now even in hospitals. A Registered Massage Therapist has a multitude of career opportunities from which to choose. There is a growing trend towards self-employment and work under contract. Therapists can specialize or focus in certain areas that suit their lifestyle, their needs and the needs of their patients.
  • More Information - 2018/2019

    A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program Offered in an Accelerated Format over Two Years
    Program Code: MSG2
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
     
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207

    Program Description

    The Ontario College Advanced Diploma Massage Therapy program at Fanshawe College is built around the guiding principles of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). This particular program explores curriculum beyond just the minimum required for licensure by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. With a strong focus on medical knowledge, students will be exposed to many learning opportunities; both in and out of the classroom; some very unique to the Fanshawe program.

    The professional faculty, including Registered Massage Therapists, medical professionals and seasoned professors will provide students with a high calibre experience. Students will learn, first hand, that the practice of massage therapy is the "assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain," as according to The Massage Therapy Act of Ontario. The Massage Therapy program at Fanshawe College is both challenging and rewarding. Through this program, you can acquire more than the core knowledge and skills required to succeed as a massage therapist.

    Theory and practice are integral to the program, and students will be exposed to directly learning the skills of a Massage Therapist in the first level. Individual attention is spent by the faculty to ensure you achieve the utmost from your education. Many adjunct therapies to the Massage Therapist will be studied, including: sport massage, clinical massage, pregnancy massage; to name a few.

    Successful students will be recommended to the CMTO for their entry exams to the profession. The faculty at Fanshawe College will provide every measure to ensure you receive the greatest preparatory education to take these exams with confidence.

    Other Information

    • This program has six levels delivered over two years. Students should plan to be in the program for the Fall term (15 weeks), Winter term (15 weeks) and Summer term (7 weeks) for both Year 1 and Year 2. Students will have two months off in July and August between the two years.
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. conduct a massage therapy practice* within a legal, professional* and ethical framework*.

    2. apply business principles relevant to a massage therapy practice*.

    3. communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally with clients, colleagues and members of the interprofessional team.

    4. develop and maintain therapeutic relationships* to optimize clients' health and wellness.

    5. collect and assess clients' information* to determine their state of health and the treatment goals.

    6. develop a plan of care* according to the client's condition and the treatment goals.

    7. implement the plan of care* according to the client's condition and the treatment goals.

    8. evaluate the effectiveness of the plan of care*.

    9. maintain documentation securely, accurately and in a timely manner.

    10. develop and implement ongoing effective strategies for personal and professional development to ensure quality care.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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