Prospective Students: Frequently Asked Questions

Massage therapy is increasingly high in demand, and the job market for RMTs is booming for new therapists entering the field. RMTs find opportunities in medical clinics – working with other massage therapists, physiotherapists, and chiropractors – while others rent out a treatment space and create their own flexible schedule.

VCMT graduates are highly sought after by employers. Clinic owners and employers looking to add a VCMT alumnus to their team are constantly contacting us. Employers who hire our grads tell us that it’s our dedication to professionalism, teamwork and excellent customer service that sets our grads apart, and makes them the most sought-after new RMTs in the marketplace.

VCMT provides alumni access to a job postings board on our website, and also promote postings on social media, to keep you informed opportunities as they arise.

Yes. In fact, VCMT is the only massage therapy college in BC that offers a part-time program. The RMT profession attracts a wide variety of people who are at varying points in their lives. Many of our students choose to pursue massage therapy training while continuing to work, or have families or loved ones they need to care for while attending school. Our part-time program gives students flexibility in their training that helps them to meet the many other demands in their lives.

The College of Massage Therapy of BC (CMTBC), the regulatory body for our profession, sets out the curriculum competencies that BC schools must meet in order to be accredited. These curriculum criteria are not based on hours or length of program, but rather on performance indicators and competencies.  Our curriculum not only meets these competency-based requirements for entry-level qualifications, but also exceeds them.

Both our full- and part-time massage therapy programs require the same amount of student training time. This means our students are trained to not only be successful in the CMTBC registration exams, but will also have additional skills to enhance their knowledge and practical skills to allow them to excel in the profession.  We value excellence in education and creating professionals to take the profession to the next level.

Yes.  We have an administrative staff member that has ample knowledge in student loans and is available to assist students with student loan applications and questions. For more information, contact Brittney Kirton at:

To become a RMT in British Columbia, graduates of an accredited BC Education Massage Therapy Program must successfully write registration exams set out by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). After a student graduates from VCMT, you are eligible to apply to write the registration examinations by visiting the CMTBC Online Portal, and complete the Application for Registration.

VCMT is an accredited institution that is registered with the Private Training Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education.

We are proud to say that the first-time pass rate for VCMT alumni continues to remain far above the provincial average of all other schools. Our students are top performers at their boards because they arrive prepared and supported. We provide several Registration Exam Preparation classes as our students near the end of their diploma program, which prepare students to perform well in the written and practical sections of their exams. After graduation we invite alumni back for mock exams to further prepare them to succeed in the CMTBC registration exams.

Additionally, we provide ongoing care to the small number of graduates who do not pass their exams the first time they write them. Alumni who need additional support are able to audit classes at VCMT, and can meet with a VCMT staff member to set up a success plan. 

At VCMT we have a very low attrition rate. Prospective students will be well informed of VCMT’s program requirements, culture and expectations from meeting with our staff during the admissions process.  Prospective students also have the opportunity to be a student for a day, meet current students for questions, be mentored by students in the introductory massage course and experience our clinic services.

We closely monitor our student`s progress during their training to provide ongoing support to ensure success.  With small class sizes and a supportive relationship between faculty and students, students tend not to get lost in a crowd at VCMT.

Yes. Our students take a short research course during their training. Students also complete a case study project.  Many of our students win awards for their case studies.  Awards may be monetary, publication or presenting at conferences.  Alumni may also have opportunities to work on research projects, as they have in the past.

For more information on how to apply for admissions, contact us today

You can also come visit our Admissions Department on campus to start the process.

After applying for the program, our team will help guide you through the process of gathering your requirements and registering in the program best suited to help you succeed.  VCMT has three different starts for our full-time program in January, May, and September. Part-time program start dates either once or twice annually, so check our website regularly for updates.

Yes. VCMT offers an exciting Introductory Weekend Workshop that acts as an introductory course to our massage therapy program, and is a great way for you to learn more about massage therapy on our college. The hands-on introductory class is held over three days and is taught by an experienced RMT, and takes place at our Vancouver campus.

This introductory workshop is a pre-requisite for the full VCMT training program, as it helps to prepare potential students for the journey ahead, and make sure they’re choosing a career path that is right for them.