Advanced Training in Hospital-Based Massage Therapy

Carolyn Tague instructs a massage therapist

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


  • 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


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