Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
2024-2025 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University

Massage Therapy, Diploma

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General Information

Apply therapeutic massage techniques and adapt treatments to promote rehabilitation and pain reduction for diverse populations in a variety of supervised environments. Evaluate the effectiveness of massage therapy on specific client conditions, and contribute to the community of knowledge through the integration of student research and practice. Achieve the highest standard of education and training required to work as a massage therapist nationally. 

Program Duration

Program requirements for diploma completion can be completed in 2 years, and delivered over 8 consecutive semesters. Students have six calendar years from the date of initial registration in the Massage Therapy diploma to complete all requirements. Students seeking an extension beyond six years may be required to complete additional coursework.

Residency Requirements

Normally, 50% of the academic work completed toward the award of a Mount Royal parchment must be completed at the University, except where written approval has been given by the dean/director of the appropriate faculty. In addition, the clinical practicum and outreach components of the Massage Therapy certificate and Massage Therapy diploma must normally be completed as a student of Mount Royal.

Police Information Check

Students preparing for Outreach II & III may be required to provide a current Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Check, at their own expense. It is each Outreach agency’s decision to accept or reject a student for placement based upon the results of police information or other background checks. Please refer to the statement regarding police information and other background checks in this calendar.

Standard First Aid and CPR Level C

Students must provide proof of current Certification of ” Standard First Aid and CPR Level C”, which is also required on an annual basis. Evidence of certification is required prior to enrollment into the experiential learning courses - Practicums I, II, III, IV, Outreach I, II, III, and Case Study Lab. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student. 

General Admission Requirements

Applicants are not required to meet the General Admission Requirements for Mount Royal University programs. Applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (if your primary or first language is not English). In addition, official transcripts from all high school and post-secondary institutions attended are required.


The diploma is specialized in nature and requires students to complete 34 core courses (2200 hours), over eight consecutive semesters.

Note: Occupational Programs are non-credit Continuing Education programs that do not meet General Admission Requirements. Therefore, the courses taken within these programs cannot be used towards an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate program nor do students have access to undergraduate courses in degree, diploma or certificate programs. There is no limit to the number of non-credit academic upgrading courses you may complete.  

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation all students in the Massage Therapy diploma must satisfy all program requirements and obtain a minimum grade of B- in all courses with the following exceptions:

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