Advanced Training in Hospital-Based Massage Therapy

Training Program Overview

The UCSF Osher Center Advanced Training in Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Program offers experienced massage therapists a year-long opportunity for hospital-based education and clinical experience. For information on hospital-based massage therapy, visit the Massage Therapy Foundation website

The program is distinguished by:

  • Medical complexity of patients
  • Variety of medical center settings, including in-patient and out-patient clinics
  • Integration into healthcare teams
  • Clinical supervision and peer support
  • Research participation and skills development
  • Certificates in hospital-based oncology, neurology, pediatrics, and palliative massage therapy


  • Preparation for employment in acute care settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice
  • Skills and experience to work safely and effectively with medically complex clients/patients
  • Research participation and publication opportunities
  • Skills to develop new manual therapy services for hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings

Structure: 11 hours/week commitment.

  • 50% - Direct patient care 
  • 30% - Didactic
  • 10% - Supervision
  • 10% - Research

Stipend: Trainees will earn a stipend for clinical hours up to $4,000.

Tuition: $8,400. Significant scholarship support is available for qualified applicants. 500 CE hours earned over 12 months.


  • California State Certification in Massage Therapy or board certification by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • Three years of at least half-time experience as a massage therapist or equivalent medical experience 
  • Ability to process complex instructions required
  • Familiarity with research preferred
  • Contributions to community considered and preferred

Application Process:  

  • Applications accepted through November 22, 2019
  • Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews and next steps
  • Onboarding process will begin in January 2020

If you are interested in applying or have questions, please contact Katrina Cabral at [email protected].

Training Program Leadership

Lead Instructor, Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT

Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT has 13 years of hospital-based massage therapy experience in four distinguished medical centers, and over 10 years in related teaching experience. She serves on the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Task Force of ACIH and has published related research. She is a member of the Society for Oncology Massage Education Committee, has presented at national conferences, and is co-author with Gayle MacDonald on the upcoming textbook “Hands in healthcare: Massage therapy for the adult hospital patient." Carolyn maintains an integrative massage therapy practice in out-patient and in-patient settings.

Carolyn serves as lead instructor and supervisor for massage therapy trainees. 

Medical Lead, Sanjay Reddy, MD

Sanjay Reddy, MD is the Associate Director of Clinical Programs, Integrative Physician, and Medical Acupuncturist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and is Associate Professor, Department of Medicine. A champion of multiple integrative medicine modalities for all patients, Sanjay’s experience and leadership help build the foundation of medical center-wide integrative medicine services.

Sanjay supports massage therapy trainees' integration into clinical teams throughout the medical center, provides direction for research opportunities, and contributes to program development. 

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