MTAA APPROVED SCHOOLS
Currently, the MTAA accepts applications from graduates who have attended educational institutions that are licensed in the province of Alberta and that are approved by the MTAA Board of Directors. A new school approval program has been launched by the MTAA to evaluate the numerous massage therapy programs in the province. This is to ensure that we accept only graduates from schools that meet the necessary requirements and ensure strong foundation for students learning. More information is available in the section below.
The MTAA also recognizes those schools that are recognized/accredited by the regulatory bodies in British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland/Labrador and New Brunswick. We support a minimum education of 2,200 hours of education or approximately two years of academic and practical/clinical education based on an approved curriculum.
2021 NEW SCHOOL APPROVAL PROGRAM
The Massage Therapist Association of Alberta is pleased to announce the launch of their new School Approval Program. As an education institution for Massage Therapy in Alberta, we are thrilled to extend the invitation to you to confirm your participation in this program. This program has been designed to confirm that institutions are ensuring students have been trained to the Interjurisdictional Standards created by FOMTRAC, in a safe and ethical education environment. As such, this will support massage therapy in the province of Alberta, and all future members of the MTAA in achieving successful careers as Massage Therapists in the province of Alberta.
The MTAA School Approval Program consists of two stages. The first is an Administrative Application, involving the submission of key documents to be reviewed by the School Approval Committee. The second stage consists of an on-site visit by a representative of the MTAA. If the evaluation proves the educational program does not meet the standards, the institution will be granted the opportunity to elevate their program, implement any necessary adjustments, and request an additional site visit.
All Massage Therapy programs which were licensed with the government of Alberta before August 21, 2019, are provisionally accepted at this time and students will continue to be accepted into the MTAA until the deadline for process completion has passed. Provisional acceptance of these programs and their graduates will expire on July 31, 2022, providing ample time for institutions to complete the approval process. Once the institution has successfully achieved a passing evaluation, graduates from the program will continue to be provided the opportunity to gain membership with the MTAA.
The MTAA is dedicated to working with all schools to ensure that the massage therapy students of Alberta are meeting the national standards for massage therapy education. To learn more about the process, please contact the MTAA office.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS THAT HAVE COMPLETED ALL STAGES OF THE NEW MTAA SCHOOL APPROVAL PROGRAM
MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy - Edmonton and Calgary Campuses
Lethbridge College - Lethbridge
MacEwan University - Edmonton
Mount Royal University - Calgary