The Massage Therapy Clinical Experience exposes students to the health care environment. During this program, learning experiences enable students to:

  • Complete required massage student clinical rotation hours
  • Provide chair massage to staff in a variety of hospital and clinic settings
  • Observe the hospital-based massage therapy practice

Didactic course work

There is no course work during this program. Students are expected to have completed general massage therapy course work through their school of massage therapy and should be at the final stages of this course work.


During the program, students will rotate through a variety of clinical areas to provide chair massage to staff and have the opportunity to shadow current hospital-based massage therapists.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools for this program:

  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Feedback from staff who receive massage
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Feb. 03, 2015