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Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course (Minnesota)

Course description

The Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course offers an avenue for professional massage therapists to advance their practice into the health care environment. Through the course, participants gain an enhanced understanding of the utilization of massage therapy and integrative medicine in the acute care hospital setting.

Participants experience self-care exploration, a team-based approach to integrative health care and scope of practice, navigation and documentation in a medical record, the development of therapeutic relationships, and treatment planning.

The course spans two months and is divided into three modules.

Next course: Fall 2016

The next course will take place in fall 2016:

  • Application deadline: July 15, 2016; apply now
  • Online modules: Sept. 12-30, 2016
  • On-site classroom: Oct. 3-7, 2016
  • Internship: Dependent on participant and preceptor schedules

Course goals

In the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course, participants:

  • Understand the massage therapist's role as part of the integrative health care team in an acute care hospital setting
  • Incorporate knowledge and skills of integrative health practices utilized by massage therapists in a health care setting
  • Integrate the practical skills needed for the massage profession into a medical setting and apply them in an appropriate, safe, effective and compassionate manner with patients and health care staff
  • Understand the role and professional boundaries of a massage therapist in the health care environment
  • Demonstrate proper body mechanics and communication skills while providing massage therapy to patients
  • Understand hospital-based policies relating to safety and infection control


This program is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). As an NCBTMB-approved program, the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course meets continuing education recertification and credit requirements.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences.


In the first month, participants complete course content using Blackboard, an online learning management system.

The second month includes 40 hours of didactic learning on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota. The schedule for this portion runs daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 25-hour internship component also is part of the second course month.

Class size

The Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course is offered twice a year. Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 12 students into each class. This ensures you receive close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

  • May 23, 2016
  • ART792841