The full-time program is 20 months long, made up of 5 semesters. Students will attend school five days a week, with class times from 8:30-4:30. VCMT admits three full-time classes per year, in Fall, Winter and Spring.
Fall 2021 – start date of August 30th, 2021
Winter 2022 – start date of January 4th, 2022
May 2022 – start date of May 2nd, 2022
Level 100 prepares learners for successful completion of the program, and for entry into the student clinic internship. A significant portion of the instruction in this level is devoted to developing ‘hands-on’ skills to develop palpation and anatomical locations. Throughout the term, you will enhance your communication skills while using both medical and lay terminology. Anatomy and physiology 100 introduces the systems of the body, laying the foundation for future levels. Level 100 courses build skills so learners will have the appropriate knowledge and attitudes to confidently execute a relaxing massage and to begin their internship.
In Level 200, the clinical internship begins. This is where students work under supervision at the school’s public clinic and at outreach placements. The clinic internship in Level 200 allows students to put their classroom knowledge into practice, demonstrate compassion and communication, and develop therapeutic relationships with clinic clients. Outreach placements also provide students with an opportunity to give back to the community, and experience both personal and professional growth. In this level, students are also introduced to several new subjects such as orthopaedic pathology, general pathology and therapeutic exercises. Students are also taught new manual techniques to enhance their treatment capabilities.
Level 300 courses introduce concepts of rehabilitation, case management, clinical reasoning, and critical thinking methodology. Application of skills and knowledge are fostered in the clinic internship and classes to allow students to gain confidence in critical thinking. Students are given opportunities to work with athletes, elderly, patients with AIDS, and patients with respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Level 300 teaches students additional therapeutic techniques and assessment skills to provide care for clients. Orthopaedic and systemic treatment classes will teach students to manage and treat conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis, scars, headaches, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions etc. Integration of didactic and practical information is an important aspect of training in Level 300. Students are also taught advanced manual techniques such as joint mobilizations, and guidelines for working with athletes in sports treatment.
The Level 400 clinic internship offers placements that allow students to practice clinical reasoning, advanced assessment and therapeutic treatments. These placements prepare students to provide therapeutic techniques for treating a wide range of conditions. Orthopaedic and neurological courses will challenge learners with more complex conditions and cases. Specific myofascial assessment and treatment skills are further enhanced at this level. Modalities and techniques are taught for assessment and treatment of the spine such as muscle energy and spinal mobilization.
The focus of level 500 is promoting the consolidation and integration of information and material learned from the previous 4 levels. Students will also be taught several advanced manual techniques such as Cranial Sacral Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage. A significant portion of this level is devoted to the clinical internship to integrate skills and provide care for clients with a variety of conditions, such as high risk prenatal clients in hospital settings, terminally ill patients and athletes. Instructors will work closely with learners to ensure concepts and treatment principles taught in the classroom are properly understood and applied. This is to ensure students are adequate prepared as entry-level therapist and to have a successful career in their future massage therapy profession.
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