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Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course (Minnesota)

A Mayo Clinic medical massage therapist treating a patient

Medical massage therapist training at Mayo Clinic

The Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers a unique opportunity for professional massage therapists to enhance their skills and advance their practice in the acute care hospital setting. 

This five-week course is for established massage therapists who want to learn how to alleviate pain and treat health conditions in a hospital setting.

Through the course, you will receive a comprehensive review of therapeutic relationship building, learn treatment planning and a team-based approach to integrative health care, and how to navigate and document medical records.

Learners complete course content using Blackboard, an online learning management system. The in-depth discussions, hands-on training, and interactive sessions are geared to increase knowledge, performance, and patient outcomes. In turn, this course allows participants to experience self-exploration. After completing the coursework, learners participate in an experiential learning opportunity through a 25-hour internship component interacting directly with patients at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Program highlights:

  • A curriculum that includes five weeks of interactive online training
  • Following the five-week online training session, students complete an experiential learning experience held on-site at Mayo Clinic, which includes an internship and shadowing
  • A program that gives you the skills needed to focus your practice as a healing touch for medical patients

After successfully completing this course, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Tammy Walker

Student stories

I felt a strong calling to be with people that are medically compromised or at the end of their life. Being able to give someone even a moments relief from pain or anxiety is immeasurable.

Tammy Walker, L.M.T.
2019 graduate who now works as a medical massage therapist

Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
Campus and community

Rochester, MN

Explore what a medical message therapist does

A medical massage therapist is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) who treats health conditions diagnosed by a doctor. A medical massage therapist works closely with doctors to treat patients who are affected by pain, illness, or injury. Medical massage therapists lessen pain and treat health conditions such as neuropathy, cancer, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, or even high blood pressure.

Accreditation information

The Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course at Mayo Clinic is an accredited training program.

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
1333 Burr Ridge Pkwy #200
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 627-8000

As an NCBTMB-approved program, the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course meets continuing education recertification and credit requirements.

For further details, see the accreditation information for Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.