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The Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course prepares individuals for professional practice in hospital-based massage therapy.

The curriculum includes:

  • Medical terminology and documentation
  • Patho-pharmacology
  • Working with the hospitalized patient
  • Establishing therapeutic relationships
  • Experiential learning series
  • Integrative medicine toolbox series
  • Specialty integrative medicine practices
  • Simulation learning environments

Didactic course work

Module 1

The first of three modules is online in a Blackboard learning environment. It must be completed by course participants before the start of the second module.

This module includes an introduction to the world of integrative medicine in the health care setting, an introduction to the hospital environment, and content on medical terminology, medical documentation and pathopharmacology. It's estimated that this module will take approximately eight to 10 hours to complete depending on the learner's pace.

Module 2

The second module is a 40-hour intensive in-person learning experience held for one week (Monday through Friday) at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Taught by Mayo Clinic staff with expertise in integrative medicine, this module focuses on the science of massage in a medical setting and tools for integrating massage into a medical setting.

Various aspects of integrative medicine are introduced to the participant. The course format is formal lecture along with hands-on learning opportunities to optimize the educational experience.

This week concludes with a unique experiential learning opportunity within the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center.


Module 3

The final module is an internship portion that is completed in a hospital setting at Mayo Clinic under the supervision of certified Mayo Clinic massage therapy staff. This module consists of 25 internship hours, which are completed at the learner's pace and based on the availability of supervising massage therapy staff.

Once accepted into the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course, learners are provided with a schedule of potential internship blocks. A written case study is required upon completion of your internship. Requirements for the case study are provided during Module 2.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • 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 School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this course are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

  • April 1, 2016
  • ART456406