Overview.

Our Basic Massage Therapy instructors live, eat and breathe massage. Over the course of our Basic Massage Therapy program, teachers take students through a fantastic journey, learning about massage and the body, entirely from a massage point of view. Content includes Swedish Relaxation Massage as the foundation, as well as an introduction to therapeutic techniques.

The curriculum is designed to inspire students to recognize the full potential of the healing benefits massage the impact it can have on our modern world. Once you get a taste of what you can do for people, you will want to complete the 2nd year Advanced Therapeutic Massage program as well. Students who ONLY complete the Basic program find it increasingly difficult to obtain employment, and find it hard to receive work in other provinces outside Alberta.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will receive a Diploma in Massage Therapy (1008 Hours).


Program structure.

The Basic Massage Therapy program is a blend of distance and classroom learning, with a hands-on, practical component. In between the once-a-month classroom sessions, students must complete home study assignments, correspondence work and practical work experience.

Classroom instruction: Students must attend 7, 2-day classroom tutorials spaced approximately 4 weeks apart. Each day is divided into 2 classes: ½ day of academic instruction and ½ day of massage treatments. At the start of every weekend of classroom instruction (with the exception of the first class), students must write an examination consisting of the material taught in the previous month including all assigned home study for that month. If the student does not complete the materials as assigned they will be unable to successfully complete the exam. Classes take place on both Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Home study assignments: These are assigned at the end of each weekend of classroom instruction to be completed prior to the next class. They provide reinforcement and expansion of the concepts presented in class.

Correspondence lessons: These are supplied at the end of each weekend of classroom instruction. The student is required to complete and submit the correspondence lesson at the next scheduled class. These lessons provide the student with the ability to improve their critical thinking and reading skills, and to prepare them for the independent nature and business of massage therapy.

Practical work experience: Students must obtain the required hours of supervised work experience within a specific time frame.


Tuition costs.

Tuition fees for the Basic Massage program include textbooks, a Student Supply Kit, correspondence materials, lab supplies, a school scrub top and examination costs.

  • Registration fee: $250.00

  • Textbooks and Supplies: $610.00

  • Tuition: $7,850.00

Total Tuition Cost: $8,710.00

 

Program dates.

September 2019 Session

Red Deer

  • Start Date: September 27, 2019

  • End Date: March 23, 2020

  • Classroom Sessions:

    September 28 & 29, 2019

    October 26 & 27, 2019

    November 23 & 24, 2019

    December 21 & 22, 2019

    January 18 & 19, 2020

    February 22 & 23, 2020

    March 21 & 22, 2020

Cold Lake

  • Start Date: September 13, 2019

  • End Date: March 9, 2020 

  • Classroom Sessions:

    September 14 & 15, 2019

    October 19 & 20, 2019

    November 16 & 17, 2019

    December 14 & 15, 2019

    January 11 & 12, 2020

    February 8 & 9, 2020

    March 7 & 8, 2020

Calgary

  • Start Date: September 27, 2019

  • End Date: March 23, 2020

  • Classroom Sessions:

    September 28 & 29, 2019

    October 26 & 27, 2019

    November 23 & 24, 2019

    December 21 & 22, 2019

    January 18 & 19, 2020

    February 22 & 23, 2020

    March 21 & 22, 2020


Entrance requirements.

Education

  • Completion of high school diploma, verified by official transcript, with a minimum of 60% in grade 12 English, or High School Equivalency Diploma (GED)

  • To be eligible for Mature Student Status, students must:

    • Have been out of school for at least one year

    • Have 50 Credits towards a high school diploma, verified by an official transcript, with a minimum of 60% in at least one English course verified by official transcript

  • We are not able to obtain transcripts on behalf of students. To order, visit: www.alis.ab.ca.

Doctor’s note

  • Applicants must submit a clearly legible doctor’s note indicating that the student is physically capable of meeting the demands of a career in massage therapy.

Rules and regulations


A career like no other.

A rewarding career and long-term success starts here.

Upon successful completion of the Basic Relaxation Massage Therapy program, graduates will be qualified to obtain employment in health clubs, gyms, spas, resorts, and clinics with other health care and alternative health care professionals. They will also be capable of being self-employed either full or part-time in the field of relaxation massage.

The composition make-up of this program will set all students up for success as massage therapists, yet student are encouraged to move on the second-year, Advanced Therapeutic Massage Therapy program to advance their knowledge and earn the hours required to become Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs).


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