Vicars School students can be confident that they are getting an education that will prepare them to be skilled, effective, and successful health care professionals. The Vicars curriculum meets the highest Canadian standards for massage therapy education. Our program is recognized by massage therapy education experts across Canada and has Preliminary Accreditation Status from the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation.
Vicars School is licensed by the Government of Alberta’s Private Career Colleges branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education. We are a member of the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools.
Our graduates are recognized by all major professional associations in Western Canada, including the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta, Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association, and the Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association.
Vicars graduates have successfully completed the entry-to-practice examinations in regulated provinces such as British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
CMTCA Preliminary Accreditation
Vicars School of Massage Therapy has been granted Preliminary Accreditation, the first step in the CMTCA accreditation process. Following a site visit to verify compliance with the standards, CMTCA will issue a final accreditation decision.
The Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation is an independent agency that evaluates massage programs across the country to determine whether they meet rigorous curriculum and delivery standards. Accreditation is a way for massage therapy schools to demonstrate that they meet Canada’s national program standards.
The CMTCA evaluation rates a school’s performance in seven important categories: curriculum content; faculty and learning; student support; leadership and administration; human resources; resources and infrastructure; and quality improvement.
MTAA Approved School
Vicars is a Massage Therapist Association of Alberta Approved School.
The MTAA is one of Alberta’s leading massage therapy professional associations. The Approved Schools list is their way of continuing to make sure that their members meet the association’s education standards.
Approval is based on a rigorous evaluation process that assesses a school’s curriculum content, delivery, and student experience. The curriculum standards are based on the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice created by the Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC). Vicars was the first private school in Alberta to achieve this status.
We’re also held in high regard by other industry professionals.
“I often recommend Vicars when individuals question me about what massage school to attend. Graduates have been well prepared to face the challenges that they will undoubtedly encounter in the profession. Their assessment skills are excellent and they all seem to be very professional. I endorse Vicars wholeheartedly!”
Kip Petch, RMT and CSMTA member
“From a practitioner’s standpoint, being trained to the same minimum standard as everyone else in the country is huge. But there are schools that, unfortunately, aren’t going to do it until they have to. That’s why it’s such an advantage what Vicars has done [to voluntarily meet the national curriculum standard]. You didn’t have to, but you did. It shows the commitment you have to the profession at large—and it was not a small undertaking.”
Christy Pritchard, Former Executive Director of the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta