About ICT Schools

Welcome to ICT Schools

ICT Schools, a division of Kikkawa Shiatsu School Inc., owns and operates private career colleges in Toronto and Halifax and provides massage therapy course instruction to students at other schools in Canada and the United States. Shirley D.Desborough and the late Mitsuki Kikkawa founded Kikkawa College in Toronto, Ontario in 1977 (incorporated in 1980). ICT Schools opened Northumberland College in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1997.
Over the last decade, as public appreciation of and desire for accessible complementary health has grown, ICT has recognized the need for consistent, high quality education and services. As an educational instituition ICT’s purpose has been to:

  • Design a range of complementary therapy education programs;
  • Develop a comprehensive learning system and produce progressive, integrated curriculum;
  • Ensure quality and consistency of teaching methods by designing a teacher education certification program for complementary health care teachers;
  • Develop academic and administrative policies and procedures that fairly govern the operation of our schools and administrative offices;
  • Maintain the standards of our accrediting and regulating bodies;
  • Promote public awareness of complementary therapy and ICT education programs; provide representation to professional bodies within the complementary health care community.

Land Acknowledgement for ICT® Schools:

ICT Kikkawa College – Toronto:

We wish to acknowledge the land on which ICT Kikkawa College operates.  The land we are meeting on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

ICT Northumberland College – Halifax:

We wish to acknowledge the land on which ICT Northumberland College operates.  The Halifax Regional Municipality is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and traditional lands of the Mi’kmaq people. The municipality acknowledges the Peace & Friendship Treaties signed in this Territory and recognizes that we are all Treaty People.

National Occupation Code (NOC) Occupational Profile

Massage Therapy – Occupational Description
National Occupation Code (NOC) 2011 3236

Massage therapists assess soft tissues and joints of the body for treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders. Massage therapists work in private practice, including group or team practices, hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres and educational institutions.

National Occupation Code (NOC) 2011 3236
Occupational Profile on Careers Nova Scotia

Our Mission Statement

ICT Schools is dedicated to graduating excellent therapists and practitioners. Graduates are able to determine the primary cause of the client’s complaint efficiently and accurately and to treat the condition effectively.  Therapists and practitioners trained at ICT Schools exemplify excellence in professional behaviors and standards, practice management and community service.  They are committed to life-long learning and professional development.

Our Philosophy

We believe that complementary therapy is an essential component of contemporary health care, and that quality health care education encourages students to think critically about health care problems.  We also believe that quality health care education is provided within a framework of a partnership that brings together educators, therapists and students.  Finally, we believe that high professional standards of complementary therapy must be upheld in educating students who will become our colleagues.

Our 35 Year History of Distinguished Contributions to Complementary Therapy Education

In the past quarter century complementary health care has experienced tremendous growth and increasing acceptance from the public and conventional medicine.  Our innovations have been instrumental in this growth. Among our achievements:

  • We were the first private career college to introduce a 2200-hour massage therapy program in Ontario;
  • We were the first to open a school devoted exclusively to massage therapy in-Nova Scotia; we were the first accredited schools for massage therapy in Canada:
  • We were major contributors to the development of the Ontario Core Curriculum Document adopted by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario;
  • We incorporated in 1987 the now-standard orthopedic approach to client assessment into our curriculum
  • We remain in the forefront of massage therapy curriculum development, emphasizing clinical assessment, a holistic approach and critical thinking skills in our educational approach.

Our Program Goals and Objectives

Our Program is designed to graduate effective therapists fully prepared to enter the professional health care community. Toward this end, successful students in our Program will:

  • Attain knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and effectively apply this knowledge to clinical practice
  • Achieve a high level of proficiency in determining the primary cause of a client’s complaint
  • Develop a sensitive and caring approach to client care
  • Attain a high level of integrity and professionalism as health care providers
  • Acquire business skills necessary for building and managing a successful practice
  • Be prepared for the Ontario provincial licensing examination
  • Be prepared to practice massage therapy based on the Ontario model in jurisdictions where licensing does not exist
  • Commit to life-long learning as required byprofessional standards.