• Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) Program

    Faculty of Registered Massage Therapy - 2 Years DIPLOMA PROGRAM


    Faculty of Registered Massage Therapy's mission at First College is to provide a contemporary and inspiring environment for a career in healthcare. We prepare and train young professionals for a future in therapeutic care by encouraging academic, technical and practical excellence as well as supporting a commitment to a lifetime of learning and professional service.

  • Upcoming Dates and Schedules

    Related Documentation Deadline: August 15, 2024


    Introduction to Massage Therapy Course

    (Completion of a two-day “Introduction to Massage Therapy” Workshop offered by First College or another accredited Massage Therapy Institution in B.C. is one of the prerequisites for any RMT programs in BC.)

    Workshop fee: $300


    Upcoming 2024 Schedule:

    April 19-20, 2024

    June 28-29, 2024

    August 16-17, 2024

    September 03, 2024

    (Six terms in total; 15 weeks per term)


    Class Hours:

    Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm or 4:00 pm


    Student Clinic Hours: 

    8:00 am to 9:30 pm on various days depending on the term

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    First College’s registered massage therapy program is a two-year diploma program with over 500 hours of hands on clinical experience. Massage therapists are highly trained healthcare professionals able to utilize their knowledge and skills to treat a diverse patient population.


    Registered massage therapists are currently in one of the most employable fields with the fastest growing employment rate in Canada. Registered massage therapists in B.C. have many employment options that allow them to work independently in private practice or with other allied healthcare professionals in a multidisciplinary environment.

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    What are your future opportunities?

    The ability to earn over $110 per Hour as an RMT.


    What will you receive?

    Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) Program Diploma

    FREE TRAINING in Standard First Aid with CPR-C & AED

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    Contact an Academic Advisor for More Information Today!

    The Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) Program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.


    The Registered Massage Therapy Program at First College has been awarded accreditation by CMTCA (Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation) on May 21, 2021.


    The Registered Massage Therapy Program at First College is recognized by the College of Complementary Health Professionals of BC (CCHPBC).

  • Program Information and Application 

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    Admission Requirement

    Applicants must meet the following admission criteria.


    1. High school graduation or equivalent

    - (BC High School Diploma, BC Adult Graduation Diploma, General Education Development-GEC, or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction)

    2. Proof of meeting English Language Competency Requirements

    - (Students must have strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as satisfactory and active English comprehension skills. All applicants must meet the English Language Competency requirements)

    3. Application Essay

    Please provide an application essay that is grammatically correct and 300-400 words. Your essay should address:
    - Why you want to be a Registered Massage Therapist?
    - What you have to offer the profession?
    - What your experiences are, if any, with Massage Therapy?

    4. Character Reference Letters

    - Two current character reference letters are required

    5. Current Resume

    - Please provide a current resume.

    6. Introduction to Massage Therapy Course

    - Completion of a two day “Introduction to Massage Therapy” Course offered by First College or another accredited Massage Therapy Institution in B.C.

    7. A Criminal Record Check Clearance (CRC)

    - A criminal record check must be obtained from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Office.

    Criminal Record Check *not through RCMP. Link: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/criminalrecordcheck

    Access Code: BDHTPXUY7K, Working with Children and Vulnerable Adults.

    8. Medical Note from Physician

    - A Medical Clearance form, which is part of the application package, must be filled out by a Physician.

    9. Education Interview

    - An interview with the Program Director will be scheduled once your application process has begun. You will be contacted by Admissions to schedule an in-person interview.

    Applicants are requested to provide a copy of governmental Photo ID when applying.


    Notes: The following sections will not affect the admission decision. The purpose of these sections is to determine the suitability of the prospective student to our two year comprehensive RMT program but also to the massage therapy industry. These sections will enable the Program Director at First College to assess weaknesses and strengths of the student and to help prepare them for the program.
    3. Application Essay
    4. Character Reference Letters
    5. Current Resume
    9. Education Interview


    For more detailed information please download the RMT General Information Handbook below.

    Course Information:


    Year 1:


    Massage Theory and Applications
    Musculoskeletal Lecture and Lab
    Anatomy and Physiology
    Professional Communications and Ethics
    Introduction to Orthopedic Treatment
    Joint Mobilization and Arthrology
    Systemic Conditions
    Therapeutic Exercise and Sports
    Research and Law & Regulation
    Year 1 Clinic


    Year 2:


    Orthopedic Treatment
    Neurological Treatment
    Business and Multidisciplinary Practice
    Medication and Surgery
    Year 2 Clinic

    Practice Education Requirements:


    The following requirements are due prior to the first day of Clinic Placement and the Student Services Department will assist you with completion.


    Standard First Aid with CPR-C & AED (First College will provide FREE training opportunities prior to the Practice Education starts.)

    The Program Application Package includes the following documents (Separately downloadable)

    Program Information Brochure

    Application Checklist

    Program Application Form

    Medical Clearance Form

    Intro to workshop Application Form


    To register, please complete the Program Application Form + Introduction to Massage Course Registration Form and return to info@firstcollege.ca

  • Registered Massage Therapy (RMT) Program Fees

    Student Loans are Available


    Application Fee - $150.00 CAD
    Course Materials Fee - $1400.00 CAD
    Textbook Fee - $2600.00 CAD
    Year 1 Tuition Fee - $17,000.00 CAD
    Year 2 Tuition Fee - $16,000.00 CAD

    Total Cost: $37,150.00 CAD


    Application Fee - $200.00 CAD
    Course Materials Fee - $1400.00 CAD
    Textbook Fee - $2600.00 CAD
    Year 1 Tuition Fee - $20,000.00 CAD
    Year 2 Tuition Fee - $18,000.00 CAD

    Total Cost: $42,200.00 CAD