For the first time in the history of massage therapy education in B.C., you can now train to become an Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) at a public institution. Langara College Continuing Studies is launching a comprehensive Registered Massage Therapy Certificate program January 2014. Langara’s two-year program is a full 3,250 hours, exceeding the required industry standards. Expanded curriculum in areas such as research, nutrition, athletics and advanced treatment modalities will give Langara graduates a competitive edge when entering the work force.
As a public school, Langara has a broad range of services to offer students, including a full financial aid department which can assist with student loans to a recently completed state-of-the-art library. The move towards public education is coming at a time when many practicing massage therapists are pushing for higher educational standards. Langara sees this launch as a first step towards a potentially expanded education for B.C. RMTs.
While becoming an RMT is a challenging two years of school, the opportunities upon graduation are excellent. Most RMTs work in private practice, giving them the flexibility to set their own ideal work/life balance. Often RMTs choose to work part-time and combine their practice with complementary interests, such as working in athletics, fitness, or dance. In a 2011 survey by the Massage Therapists’ Association of BC, 92 per cent respondents said that their salaries met expectations, while 8 per cent said it exceeded expectations.
Learn more about the new RMT program at www.langara.ca/rmt.
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Langara College started in 1965 as part of Vancouver City College and in 1970, it opened its West 49th Avenue campus. On April 1, 1994, Langara College was established as an independent public college under the Provincial College and Institute Act.
Today, Langara is one of B.C.’s leading undergraduate institutions providing University Studies, Career Studies, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more than 21,000 students annually.
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