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Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course (Minnesota)

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.

The course includes two modules:

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

Admission requirements and policies


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

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

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicant's policy.

Application process

Application reviews are based on previous education, work experience, essay, letters of recommendations, and an interview. 

Application timeline

Application windowProgram start dateApply
Jan. 20 – July 3, 2020 

August 24, 2020
August 24 – Sept. 18: Online learning (four weeks)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 2: Classroom and shadowing in Rochester, Minnesota (one week)

Online application

Application instructions

Application reviews are based on previous education, work experience, essay, letters of recommendations, and an interview. 

1. Create an account. Prior to submission of an application, you must create an account. Note the following as you create an account and begin completing an application.

  • On the Create an Account page:
    • For School of Study → select School of Health Sciences
    • For Location → select Rochester, MN
    • For Area of Interest → Hospital Based Massage Therapy Program
    • For Start Date → Choose date
    • For Entry Term → Select term available
  • On the My Account page:
    • Scroll down to Next Steps → select "Start an Application"
  • On the Online Application page:
    • Verify that the program listed is what you want
    • Click "Continue with Application Selected Above"
  • On the Application Listing page:
    • Select "Start a New Full Application"

2. Complete the online application. Once you have created an account, you will be able to continue with the application. The sections below are located in the application. You may complete them in order or click on the section you want on the left.

  • Personal information
    • Review populated data
    • Complete any other fields
    • If you didn't enter an address or phone number before, you will be required to enter it now
  • Demographic data
    • Fill in as necessary
  • Education
    • Include as much information as possible
  • Employment
    • Add work experience
  • Program of interest
    • Review populated data for accuracy
    • Complete 'Reapplying and Education Completed' questions
  • Standardized testing
    • Standardizing test scores are not required for this program so you may omit on the application
  • Professional licensing and registration
    • Include any professional licenses you hold
  • Submit an essay
    • A personal essay (no more than 500 words) that shares how you see yourself applying the content covered in this course and your vision for working as part of a health care team
  • Signature and submit
    • Certify and sign your application
    • Submit your application

3. Complete the recommendations. After submitting the application, select, 'Click here to upload program-specific supplemental item(s).'

  • Upload any supplemental items under the 'Supplemental Items' box.
  • Enter email addresses for recommendations under the 'Recommendation Requests.'
  • Two professional references are required. References should be individuals who are/were an authority figure in your current/previous schooling or place of employment (i.e. supervisor, professor, or advisor). Please follow the guidelines in the online application carefully.

**If you do not complete these at the time of submission, please visit your "My Account" page and navigate to your application for a link to complete.

4. Submit transcripts. Submit the official transcripts from your completed 500-hour-minimum massage therapy program. Transcripts can be submitted via email to or mailed in one envelope to:

Deb Blomberg
Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Course Program Director
Mayo Building, 17-40E
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

What happens after I submit my application? 

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

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