One-Year Accelerated Program
The One-Year Accelerated Program provides a faster track for qualified individuals to become massage therapists. It is geared to those with a relevant university degree, usually in kinesiology, and to foreign-trained health professionals whose education and credentials are a good match.
This program makes it possible to complete the diploma program and qualify for provincial massage therapy certification exams in 13 months.
One-year accelerated students complete a 12-week Bridge Program that focuses on massage skills and other elements of the regular first-year curriculum that are missing in their prior learning. This bridging component prepares them to enter second year as standard program students.
The One-Year Accelerated Program therefore consists of the Bridge Program plus Year 2 of the school’s regular diploma program.
2017 Start Dates
OPTION 1: July 2017
July 10-September 29
Classes – October 17, 2017 to August 24, 2018
OPTION 2: September 2017
September 25-December 15
Classes – January 8, 2018 to October 19, 2018
Eligibility is decided on the basis of a prior learning assessment conducted by the school’s Administrator and acceptance is case-by-case.
However, several Ontario educational institutions have programs that have been pre-approved. Bridge Program applicants whose prior education is one of the programs listed below must simply provide an official transcript that indicates completion of the program (e.g. degree conferred, diploma granted), or the original of the degree/diploma must be presented so that the school can retain a copy.
Candidates who are currently finishing one of the pre-approved programs may still apply and submit a final official transcript when available.
- Brock University: Bachelor of Kinesiology, Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology)
- University of Guelph: BSc Human Kinetics
- Humber College: Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion
- McMaster University: Bachelor of Kinesiology
- Lakehead University: Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours)
- Laurentian University: BSc (Hons) Kinesiology
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Health Science (Kinesiology)
- Queen’s University: Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours)
- Queen’s University: BSc Kinesiology
- University of Toronto: Bachelor of Kinesiology
- University of Waterloo: BSc Kinesiology
- Western University: BSc Kinesiology
- Wilfrid Laurier University: Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours)
- University of Windsor: Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Kinesiology)
- York University: BA or BSc Kinesiology and Health Science
- George Brown College: Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma
- University of Ottawa: BSc (Hons) Kinesiology
- University of Guelph-Humber BASc (Hons) Kinesiology
The programs of the above pre-approved institutions are reviewed every five years for currency.
While in second year, “Bridgers” continue to meet once a week with instructors to finalize coverage of first-year content. Throughout their time at the school, Education Team members check in with the one-year accelerated students to ensure that their bridging preparation and transition into the standard program are proceeding smoothly.
Design & Schedule
Bridge students have a similar schedule to standard program students, namely Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with the addition of an evening clinic shift, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., beginning in Week 8. Once the Bridge students join the Term 3 class, there will be a regular evening clinic shift and the possibility of one evening class per week.
For more information about:
- A course-by-course program description, click here.
- Our Specialty Clinics, click here.
- For our one-year accelerated option fees, click here.
- Our admissions requirements and process, click here.
To discuss any questions you may have about the One-Year Accelerated Option, including how to initiate your prior learning assessment and how to apply, please contact Jennifer Schembri, Admissions and Social Media Coordinator at 416-924-1107 ext. 23 or by email.