Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy & West Coast College of Massage Therapy
Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH), along with their sister school, West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT), has long been the leading choice among prospective massage therapists looking to earn massage therapy career training in the most state-of-the-art facilities with the most highly credentialed instructors.
“With five campuses across Canada, we are the only massage therapy specialty college of its kind with a national footprint,” says Brian Goldstein, president, CCMH & WCCMT. “It’s one of the important advantages,” he believes, “because we can leverage the knowledge and expertise of our people across all of our campuses in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia.”
A rapidly growing industry, massage therapy’s popularity is largely in response to people’s growing interest in health and wellness and a regiment to staying healthy. “Both CCMH and WCCMT are active participants in advocating for an increasing role for massage therapy in our society,” says Goldstein. “We know for instance that people do not want to manage pain simply through taking prescription medication — they’re looking for a natural alternative and massage therapy plays very well into this.”
Venues for massage therapy have been expanding and Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are working within multi-disciplinary clinics with other health care professionals all under one roof — an important trend for the demand of RMTs.
To become a RMT in BC, students must graduate five terms/semesters before taking the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) registration exam, which is offered twice a year. “As well, we are the only massage therapy college to offer a mock board exam that students can use to study,” says Nadia Baran, director of operations, WCCMT. “It gives them the opportunity to practice their knowledge and simulates a board exam testing experience.”
“Once grads receive their diploma and successfully write the CMTBC registration exams, they register with the CMTBC to become RMTs,” reveals Baran. “They are required to accumulate 24 continuing education credits per cycle and must complete approved continuing education activities that supports their professional competency and constantly upgrade their skills and knowledge.”
WCCMT has graduated more RMTs than any other institute; additionally, there are more RMTs practicing in BC today with WCCMT diplomas than any other school. “We have a large alumni network and as such RMTs in the community understand the quality of education at WCCMT,” says Baran.
With five campuses across Canada, we are the only massage therapy specialty college of its kind with a national footprint.
A central part of the educational experience at WCCMT involves clinical practicum training in their professional intern clinic. “Students also provide treatment for special patient populations including MS, prenatal, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s and fibromyalgia,” says Baran. “It gives them an opportunity to treat a wide variety of patients presenting with diverse massage therapy pathologies and conditions.”