The 5 Components of Distance Education [Infographic]

"How can you study a hands-on career like massage therapy through distance education?!"

Since the late 80s, Wellington College (then Western College), has provided Manitoba with Distance Learning in Massage Therapy. Now, 30 years later, Distance Education has become more and more the norm in almost every tertiary institution. We are proud to have been a leader in this area of education, though the course is presented much differently now than in the 80s when the internet wasn't such an easy comodity to come by! With the need for convenience and one to make their own schedule, students have found that studying via Distance Education is one of the best ways to get their credentials. But how can you study a hands-on subject such as massage therapy without being in class every day?

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At Wellington College in Winnipeg, it is possible to complete a Certificate in Relaxation Massage and the Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy by distance learning. Choosing this path will greatly reduce valuable time spent travelling to the campus everyday and make it possible to continued with those family and/or other commitments such as work. For many who do live rurally, this form of study means that you don’t have to miss out on your dream career because you don’t live near an educational establishment.  Due to the wonder of technology, it is possible to feel like you are in the class room and you can still keep in touch with your classmates and tutors via forums and emails.

Let me explain how it works:

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1. You will use self-directed study to complete theoretical modules and homework assignments via our online Moodle Lessons.

2. You will also attend online classes each week in the evenings that can be accessed anywhere there is internet.

3. Once per month, you will be required to attend three day weekend seminars at the Winnipeg campus that will involve lectures and practical presentations. This time is spent clarifying the theory learned by distance education.

Yes, it's true, you will need to attend seminars in person and for good reason. During those weekends, the instructors are ready to ensure your correct technique and position while giving valuable instruction in the group setting. During these weekends you'll also be able to connect with people who are also from your neck of the woods and form lasting relationships that will keep you motivated during study.

4. After those Seminar Weekends, you'll complete exams in your area, observed by a key person in the community, such as a librarian, doctor, or other massage therapist. When it comes time for midterms or final exams, those practical and written tests will be at the College in Winnipeg.

5. You'll also commit to observed clinical hours at a massage therapy clinic in your area. This will allow you to start building your own clientele before graduating.

If you've been thinking of becoming a massage therapist for years, but fear the juggle of family, work and other important commitments, consider enrolling in the Distance Education program at Wellington College. It could be just what you need to realize your dreams.