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How to Apply

A Mayo Clinic medical massage therapist treating a patient

Class size and location

The Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course admits up to 24 students every year on a competitive basis with 12 students per cohort.

The course includes two modules:

  • Module one: An online learning environment
  • Module two: 40-hours of in-person experiential learning and hands-on shadowing in Rochester, Minnesota

Admission requirements and policies

All students and faculty are expected to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before coming to campus.


To be eligible for the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course, you must:

  • Be a professional massage therapist
  • Have graduated from a 500-hour-minimum massage therapy program
  • Complete payment is required one week prior to the program start date

Applicants are selected based on grades, leadership qualities, and representation of personal qualities in an essay.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

Application process

Application reviews are based on previous education, work experience, and an essay. The application review committee has the option to conduct a phone interview.

Application timeline

Application windowProgram datesApply
Feb. 14 - April 15, 2022 Module one (online): Aug. 15 - Sept. 9, 2022
Module two (in-person): Sept. 19-23, 2022
Online application

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – Hospital Based Massage Therapy Course
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section before the application window closes (see dates above).

Additional required items

  • Essay is to include the following and then uploaded in the Supplemental Items section.
    • In 500 words or less, share how you see yourself applying the content covered in this course and your vision for working as part of a health care team.
  • Include any massage therapy professional licenses you may hold. 
  • Unofficial transcripts from your completed 500-hour-minimum massage therapy program can be uploaded in the Supplemental Items Section within the application.

Interview process

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Phone interviews may be conducted as needed.


Accepted applicants will receive notification via email. Your reply is expected within five days.