Massage Therapy Exam Review

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 Massage Therapy OSCE Exam Review:

The Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) is the clinical component of the Massage Therapy Board certification exams. The OSCE exam is designed to evaluate both the candidates’ knowledge and application of skill, and tests their ability to safely and effectively apply the principles and processes of Massage Therapy practice, within the context of multiple clinical scenarios in one of 7 test stations. Scores are given by Massage Therapist examiners based on the candidate’s performance in each station.

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OSCE Stations: Massage Therapy Exam Review:

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MCQ Review:

The MCQ is the multiple-choice component of the Massage Therapy certification exams and consists of 100 questions administered within a time period of 115 minutes. This exam is designed to evaluate the candidates’ theoretical knowledge in the three competency areas of health science, professional development and clinical science. Test questions provide four options, where one option is correct and three others are incorrect.

MCQ Categories:

  • Clinical Science

  • Professional Development


Massage Therapy Exam Review:


To practice massage therapy in Ontario, you must have qualifications equivalent to those provided by the educational program currently being taught in schools and Colleges in Ontario. The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (the “College”), which regulates the profession of massage therapy in Ontario and protects the public interest, requires that you undergo a Credential and Prior Learning Assessment (“CPLA”) before you can take the College’s Certification Examinations and register to practise massage therapy in Ontario. The CPLA consists of a credential assessment, English language assessment (if needed), and a diagnostic assessment including a multiple choice examination and a skill demonstration conducted in Toronto.

THE CPLA EXAMINATION (There are 3 Parts):

a. Diagnostic Health Studies Written Examination (“Diagnostic MCQ”)

(It is similar to the MCQ part of the actual board exam.) You will participate in a computer based multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination in health sciences. The MCQ is given at an approved test centre. This examination will include topics such as anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology, nutrition, and the effects of surgery and medicine.

 b. Diagnostic Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (“Diagnostic OSCE”)

In this part of the certification exam, the applicant will participate in an approximately 90 minute Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) consisting of 5 to 7 stations. In these stations you will be asked to perform tasks related to health history taking, consent, assessment, treatment planning, application of techniques, palpation or structure identification and prescription of remedial exercise. ( This is similar to the OSCE part of the actual board exam)

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 c. Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation

In this part of the certification exam, the applicant will participate in a 90 minute clinical placement under the supervision of a registered massage therapist. The applicant’s ability to administer a comprehensive massage therapy treatment to a new client will be evaluated. This includes health history taking, consent, assessment, treatment planning, application of a therapeutic massage therapy treatment according to the client’s chief complaint, prescription of remedial exercise and clinical note taking.

In this part of the CPLA certification exam, you will be asked to perform a comprehensive Massage Therapy Treatment:

  •  You will have a volunteer client that will have an issue and you will be given a health history form of the client.
  • You will treat this client as you would in a clinical setting.
  • You will have to cover everything which would include:
      • Health History taking
      • Review of the Health History if it has been filled  (your questions regarding their health history)
      •  performing an assessment regarding their case
      • devising a Treatment Plan ( current and on-going treatment plan)
      • explaining the Treatment Plan to the patient then getting Consent
      • Performing a Massage Therapy treatment
      • Note taking ( SOAP notes )
      • Remedial Exercise prescription to the volunteer client regarding their condition.
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