In recent years, Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) have taken on increasingly important roles in BC’s healthcare system. Working with a range of clients, RMTs make assessments and propose treatment plans for numerous conditions. Depending on their needs, RMTs treat their clients conditions through muscle and soft tissue manipulation and other forms of therapy.
Massage therapists must possess a comprehensive knowledge base and skill set to be successful in this field.
The Registered Massage Therapy program at Vancouver Career College prepares students to provide massage therapy services and treatments for medical conditions, injuries and overall wellness. Students will study anatomy, physiology, arthrology and neurology. They’ll also learn various techniques, theories and methods of massage as well as assessment protocol, principles of treatment and therapeutic exercises. In addition, students will examine the scope of RMT practice in BC and the business of being a professional practitioner.
Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge in the supervised Student Clinic, building upon new competencies and interacting with clients. Students also work closely with Clinic Supervisors to learn how to meet the needs of specific patient populations.
Graduates of this program will have acquired the specific competencies outlined in in the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) Occupational Competency Profile. They will also have met the educational requirements to apply for, and write the CMTBC registration exams.
The program outline below is for British Columbia.
|RMT 101||Musculoskeletal Anatomy - Upper Body||99|
|RMT 101B||Musculoskeletal Anatomy - Upper Body Palpation||77|
|RMT 103||Massage Theory I||77|
|RMT 104||Professional Development I||33|
|RMT 105||Anatomy and Physiology I||66|
|RMT 201||Musculoskeletal Anatomy - Lower Body||33|
|RMT 201B||Musculoskeletal Anatomy - Lower Body Palpation||38.5|
This course runs in conjunction with Musculoskeletal Anatomy – Lower Body. This course will start where Musculoskeletal Anatomy – Upper Body left off. Once the concepts of bony and soft tissue anatomy are communicated in the other portion of this course, actual hands-on palpation is employed to identify anatomy. Utilizing plastic skeletal models and each other, students will be guided through safe identification through palpation of the anatomy of the lower body. The student’s palpatory skills will be fine tuned as well.
|RMT 203||Massage Theory II||77|
|RMT 204||Anatomy & Physiology II||79.5|
In this course, there are four primary focus areas: neurophysiology, angiology, cardiology, and lymphatics. Neurophysiology is the study of the physiology of the nervous system. It includes the discussion of how the nerves work: how axions fire and dendrites operate in the chemical reactions inside the nerves. Angiology is the study of the blood and lymph vessels and the disorders associated with these systems. Cardiology is the study of the heart, including disorders and disease. The lymphatic forms part of the human immune system, and helps to protect the body against antigens.
|RMT 205||Professional Development II||33|
Professional development refers to a broad grouping of fundamental social dynamics that are core to professionalism in health care services. Included in this course is an exploration of the nature and dynamics of communications: from passive, assertive and aggressive styles, to body language. Qualities inherent in good listening skills is discussed and practiced in the class. A second focus of this course is negotiation and conflict resolution. These are subtle and important skills that are useful to the massage therapy professional. Students are asked to contribute to the classroom learning by sharing their experiences in health care delivery and services.
|RMT 206||Neurology – Peripheral Nervous System||33|
The course provides an introduction to neurology. This is a foundational course within the RMT program because all of our conscious awareness of the external environment, and all of our motor activity to cope with the external environment, operate through the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). The Peripheral Nervous System is large and has many divisions that need to be understood by the registered massage therapist. The layout of the PNS includes the sensory – somatic division as well as the nerves and neurons that transmit information to and from the brain. The course extends the student’s understanding to the somatic and the autonomic nervous systems. A third focus of the course is directed toward muscular innervations, a term which describes the messaging that the nerves provide to the muscles in order to direct their movements.
|RMT 207||Introduction to Assessment||38.5|
It is key to identify pathology, change in function, and contraindications / precautions to deliver appropriate and safe massage therapy. This course will introduce the student to proper techniques and protocols of taking a full case history of a patient, interview, observation of posture, palpation for medical findings and range of motion testing. The concepts of special testing will be introduced. Proper order and flow of assessment will be studied and practiced with patient comfort and therapist need-to-know in mind.
Arthrology is the science concerned with the anatomy, function, structure and structure of joints and ligaments. Students are presented with joint classifications and joints functions. In order to provide a full understanding of the this area of physiology, the instruction includes the associated general anatomy of joints.
|RMT 302||Principles of Treatment||56|
|RMT 303||Therapeutic Exercise||38.5|
|RMT 304||Neurology – Central Nervous System I||33|
|RMT 305||Anatomy and Physiology III||33|
|RMT 306||Professional Development III||33|
|RMT 307||Joint Mobilizations||38.5|
|RMT 308||Pathology I||33|
|RMT 903||Clinic I||60|
|RMT 401||Consolidated Treatment Techniques||77|
|RMT 402||Pathology II||66|
|RMT 403||Neurology – Central Nervous System II||33|
|RMT 404||Advanced Fascial Techniques||38.5|
|RMT 904||Clinic II||120|
|RMT 501||Sports Treatment||38.5|
|RMT 502||Pathology III||33|
|RMT 503||Systemic Treatments I||38.5|
|RMT 504||Orthopaedic Treatment – Upper Extremity||77|
|RMT 505||Orthopaedic Treatment – Upper Spinal||77|
|RMT 506||Neurological Treatment I||38.5|
|RMT 905||Clinic III||60|
|RMT 601||Systemic Treatment II||38.5|
|RMT 602||Orthopaedic Treatment – Lower Extremity||38.5|
|RMT 603||Orthopaedic Treatment – Lower Spinal||77|
|RMT 604||Neurological Treatment II||38.5|
|RMT 605||Research Literacy||33|
|RMT 906||Clinic IV||120|
|RMT 701||Business Practice||33|
|RMT 702||Law and Regulation||33|
|RMT 703||Systemic Treatment III||21|
|RMT 707||Advanced Practice Introduction||17.5|
|RMT 708||Anatomy and Physiology Review I||18|
|RMT 907||Clinic V||120|
|RMT 907B||Dedicated Outreach||35|
|RMT 801||Clinical Case Study||38.5|
|RMT 802||Clinical Synthesis||77|
|RMT 803||MSAK Consolidation||33|
|RMT 804||Anatomy and Physiology Review II||66|
|RMT 908||Clinic VI||120|