Frequently Asked Questions
What makes your school stand out from other massage schools?
- we are one of the only two schools in Alberta (currently) that are approved by the Massage Therapy Association of Alberta as a Recognized Massage Therapy Diploma Program, having met and exceeded the requirements of the Inter-Jurisdictional Entry-to-Practice Competency Profile for Massage Therapists, as outlined by the MTAA.
- we offer the lowest cost massage therapy program in Alberta.
- convenient location with easy access to major roadways.
- located in a physiotherapy clinic, interaction with physiotherapists and exposure to a multidisciplinary setting
- well equipped and large (3000sqft) space.
- weekend-based course allows you to work at least part time during the week or meet family/financial obligations and still go to school.
- wide ranging accreditation with NHPC, MTAA, and MTAS means that you will be well-prepared to obtain professional association membership and fulfill malpractice insurance requirements.
- small class sizes, averaging five to seven students per instructor.
What does a massage therapist do?
Massage therapists assess and treat the muscles and other soft tissue and joints of the body with massage techniques. Massage therapists help to relieve pain and trigger points, and to restore mobility and function.
The job is quite physically demanding and most massage therapists cannot physically handle performing more than 7 full hour massages per day.
Where can a massage therapist get a job?
Massage therapists can be self-employed working from home. They can also work in spas as relaxation massage therapists. Many massage therapists work as part of an interdisciplinary team in either a physiotherapy or chiropractic clinic.
Massage therapists are in great demand throughout the province of Alberta. We have seen an increased demand specifically in the area of motor vehicle accident injury treatment. Changes to the insurance industry within the last 6 years have included massage therapy treatments to be direct billed to insurance companies, making massage therapy treatment more accessible to patients. Demand will only increase as our baby boomer population ages.
How much does a massage therapist earn?
Income ranges depend on the type of employment, location and number of clients. Massage therapists may charge from $30 to $50 for a half hour treatment and $50 to $80 for a one hour treatment. Some therapists bill 2 to 30 client hours a week.
Massage therapists on contract to physiotherapy or chiropractic clinics typically receive a commission of between 50%-60% of billings. Typically these therapists are busier as they will get client referrals from the clinic.
Massage therapists who work from home keep all the revenue they generate, but of course they are also responsible for all phone calls and appointment bookings, taking payments, laundry, and other administrative duties. Typically a home therapist does not have as large a caseload as one who is in a clinic because all referrals are self-generated.
Should I enroll in your distance learning program or is a traditional 9am-5pm Monday to Friday school-based program more appropriate for me?
A distance learning program is the choice for you if:
- You need an income while you are studying, you have family, or you have other obligations during the week.
- You live out of Edmonton but you do not wish to relocate.
- You are intrinsically motivated to study and work independently.
Conventional Monday-to-Friday programs may be a better choice if:
- You are fresh out of high school and need the experience of being in school every day and getting to know students your own age.
- You have little experience with working or studying independently.
- You are happier with quite a bit of structure, and don't feel confident about managing your time between classes.
How long has it been in operation?
2013 was the first year of enrollment.
How can I apply?
Go to the applications page to download/fill out the application form and either scan/email to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring to the clinic. ATTN: Dave Benterud
Once I have submitted my application, what happens then?
Our directors will review your application, answer any questions you have about our programs, and then set up an interview with you. If you are accepted to the program, we will need a registration fee/deposit of $300 to hold your place in the program. This deposit will go towards your tuition.
When does the school year start? What hours and days?
September to June, 8am-6pm Saturday and Sunday usually one weekend per month, dates TBA.
Is your school approved through the government? Is it accredited and approved for students to receive government loans?
Yes, our school has been approved and licensed through the Private Vocational Training Branch of the Alberta Government and has been linked up with being eligible for student loans. You can verify this by visiting the government website: http://alis.alberta.ca/edinfo. Our massage school is also accredited with the NHPC, and MTAA accreditation is underway.
Will I be a certified massage therapist when I graduate from your program?
Yes, after the 1000 hour Level I Massage Therapy program, provided you pass all your exams, you will be certified to legally work as a massage therapist in Alberta. However, you will primarily be trained to work in spa settings and will need to take the subsequent 1200 hour course to be adequately trained to work in a therapeutic massage environment.
Who is instructing this course?
We have one or two instructors assigned to each level, depending on the number of students enrolled. The primary instructor has extensive experience as a massage therapist and as a teacher, and will deliver most of the lectures. The assistant instructor is also a practicing qualified massage therapist and may assist with lectures and labs.
How many students do you project will be enrolled in your school?
Small class sizes mean good one-on-one supervision for students. We are projecting between 10 and 14 students per year.
Will there be studying to do between the on-site sessions?
Yes, a large portion of the course is self directed learning and on-line assignments and quizzes to be completed between monthly on-site sessions.
Is there a practicum aspect to this course?
The level 1 course does not have a practicum but the level 2 course does have a 330 hour practicum or externship.
How much does your program cost?
$8000 per year plus books/supplies.
Is your school approved for student loans?
Yes. You can apply for student loans, both provincial and federal, as our program is considered full-time. You may find more details on how to apply for these loans through the website: http://alis.alberta.ca/edinfo
Will students be issued a tax receipt for tuition paid?
Yes, students will be issued a tax receipt.