About the national curriculum standard
You probably already know that it’s important to choose a massage therapy college that offers a 2200-hour program – but simply looking at the number of hours that a school offers isn’t enough. There are no official curriculum or entry-to-practice standards for massage therapists in Alberta. This means the quality and type of education that you get depends on the priorities and integrity of the school you choose.
The 2200-hour requirement was set by insurance companies, who were looking for an easy way to decide which therapists’ services their plans should cover. But they didn’t set any standards for what schools should teach, or how.
In provinces where massage therapy is a provincially regulated profession, there is a mandatory curriculum standard that all colleges must meet. It has been developed by education experts and experienced massage professionals to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need for a modern massage therapy career. It measures practice competencies rather than hours in class – in other words, it’s about what you know and what you can do. This approach to education leads to better therapists, and better outcomes for clients.
We have chosen to meet the national curriculum because we believe that our students deserve the best. What that means is that you’ll get the same high-quality education as students in regulated provinces do and will be prepared for when Alberta becomes regulated. We are continually updating our program to stay on top of the latest massage research and industry needs.
Choosing a school that meets the national curriculum standard means that you’ll be a better massage therapist, and will be in demand from clients, employers, and clinic owners. You will be able to treat your clients effectively and be prepared for the challenges of a real practice. And if you choose to practice outside of Alberta, you will have the knowledge you need to write an entry-to-practice exam in a regulated province. Contact us for more information about working in other provinces.
Because our program is a full-time, 2200-hour licensed program in Alberta, you will be able to join a professional association, and your training will be recognized by all insurance companies here.