Advanced Standing Massage Therapy Diploma

The Advanced Standing Program is available only to individuals with specific prior education in the areas of musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, pathology, orthopedic assessment, nutrition and remedial exercise.
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Program Details

  • Start Date: September 13, 2024
  • Applications Open: October 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: August 15, 2024
  • Program Length: 12 Months Part-Time
  • Program Tuition: $7,900 paid in 10 monthly instalments
  • Total Program Hours: 550 including 350 Clinic Hours


2023 College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) Exam Results for all Colleges in Ontario

“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 tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain “

Massage Therapy Act, 1991

Program Description 

The Advanced Standing Program is available only to individuals with specific prior education in the areas of musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, pathology, orthopedic assessment, nutrition and remedial exercise. Lectures and practical instruction are delivered over nine weekend modules.

This program focuses on CMTO regulatory requirements, ethical and professional practice, legislation governing the profession, introductory and advanced concepts of massage therapy techniques, hydrotherapy, and the outcome-based massage therapy treatment framework as it relates to common injures, impairments, and conditions. Students apply their skills in the student clinic and through patient outreach experiences.

Entrance Requirements

  1. Certified Athletic Therapist
  2. Other qualified Health Professionals if specific conditions are met
  3. Current Standard First Aid & CPR Level C
  4. Clear Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Clearance
  5. English Language Proficiency

Advanced Standing Massage Therapy Program Dates: September 2024

Application Process

  1. Complete the Request Info form on the College website
  2. Receive an email with a link to the program application and the course calendar.
  3. Submit the application.
  4. Send Athletic Therapy transcript (or other qualifying transcript) and resume to Mary Ellen Logan, Director of Academics
  5. Receive an email from the Massage Therapy Program Coordinator with information about the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) required for the Advanced Standing Program.
  6. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) will be completed based on submitted documentation. This may take up to 2 weeks. For possible outcomes, see below.
  7. You will be notified of the result of the PLA and will be invited to schedule a meeting with the Massage Therapy Program Coordinator. This meeting is an opportunity to see the college and learn about the program in great detail.
  8. Offer of Admission will be sent by email beginning January 1, 2023.

Prior Learning Assessment Outcomes

  1. Suitable candidate in all areas, offer of admission may be granted. (Entrance exam required)
  2. Suitable candidate in most subject areas. Specific subject challenge exams may be required of candidates where details of prior learning are not available. Offer of admission dependant upon additional criteria. (Entrance exam required)
  3. Candidate not suitable. Offer of admission not granted.

Mandatory Entrance Exam Information

Advanced Standing Entrance Exam Information

Advanced Standing Entrance Exam Policies

Mandatory Entrance Exam Topics

Musculoskeletal Anatomy 



Orthopedic Assessment

Policy on Refusing Admission

Meeting minimum academic admission requirements for any of the Massage Therapy Programs does not guarantee an offer of admission to the program. Applicants can be refused admission if the Director of Academics believes they do not stand a reasonable chance of completing the program or becoming registered with the CMTO. Reasons for refusal of admission based on this criteria include: poor academic achievement in high school or while attending another academic institution, based on transcript provided with the application, a display of immaturity or lack of professionalism at any time throughout the application process (meeting with massage therapy program coordinator, communication with front desk staff, communication with other massage therapy students etc.) or if they conduct themselves inappropriately or make comments considered derogatory or offensive to any student or staff member of OCHT.

Policy on English Language Proficiency

Applicants must be able to speak and write English with reasonable fluency. All activities (lectures, seminars, laboratories, etc.) at Ontario College of Health & Technology are conducted in English. It is essential that every student possess strong English writing, comprehension and speaking skills in order to be successful with the program curriculum and any other components of the program (student clinic and outreach). Our language fluency policy for admission to the program contains the same expectations as those of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario for registering for the Certification Examinations.

Decision Criteria

An applicant may meet the language fluency requirement by providing proof, acceptable to the college of one of the following:

  • An applicant’s first language is English.
  • An applicant has completed his/her secondary school education in English.*
  • An applicant has completed a post-secondary degree or diploma program in English
  • An applicant has completed a standardized English language test approved by the College within the past two years and achieved the required scores set by the College.

Read the complete Policy on English Language Proficiency.

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