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Becoming a Registered Massage Therapist

As a health care profession, massage therapy is based upon the health sciences.

Graduates from a massage therapy diploma program complete studies in a number of areas including physiology, human anatomy, musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, general nutrition, clinical assessment and treatment planning, massage theory and techniques, communication skills, ethics and professionalism and more.

This intensive training ensures the confidence of the public and other health professionals in the abilities of MTAM members. 
The MTAM supports a minimum entry to practice education of 2200 hours of instruction, or approximately two or three years of academic and practical/clinical education based on an approved curriculum. 
Here are the required practice competencies and their associated perfomance indicators for massage therapists who want to enter practice in Canada: Nationally-accepted base of Competency Standards for Massage Therapists
The majority of Massage Therapy education across Canada occurs in private Vocational Schools or Colleges.