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Community College of Rhode Island

Hospital-based Massage Therapy Training

Enhance Your Massage Practice and Your Clients' Lives

This course is designed for licensed massage therapists in New England

Enhance your clinical skills by working with individuals in a hospital-based environment. Develop a better understanding of the scope of the intrinsic factors involved with this population by working directly with patients receiving chemotherapy, radiation and hospital stay following treatment or surgery for cancer.

Learn integrative massage skills with protocols specific to pressure adjustments, sites to avoid and client positioning. Aspects of physiological changes during the massage treatment will be outlined in steps so therapists can work safely and skillfully with this population. [See flyer]

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the role of the massage therapist in a clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate appropriate assessment skills when treating patients.
  • Identify various cancer treatment methods.
  • Demonstrate the skills for charting patient care notes.
  • Demonstrate appropriate gentle massage techniques of the hands, feet, back, neck and shoulders.
  • Utilize standardized scales when assessing stress and pain.
  • Identify patients appropriate for massage treatment.
  • Describe the importance of patient positioning and critical thinking as they relate to patient care.
  • Describe lymphedema protocols identified by Tracy Walton and cancer treatments by Gayle MacDonald.
  • Demonstrate skills to work collaboratively with hospital staff and peers.
  • Identify research by reviewing the most recent literature.
Earn 40 continuing education hours in a 10-week internship at Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall River, MA or Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI.
Dates and Registration Information

$595, plus a $25 non-refundable application fee

Registration Deadline

January 22, 2016 (The price will increase to $695, plus a $25 non-refundable application fee after this deadline.)

All required application documentation must be returned to:

CCRI, Center for Workforce and Community Education
Attn: Stephanie Correira
1762 Louisquisset Pike
Lincoln, RI 02865

OR by fax 401-333-7237

If you have any questions regarding the course or the application process please call Stephanie Correira at 401-333-7282.

Interview & Orientation Dates


Saint Anne's Hospital

795 Middle St.
Fall River, Mass.
Directions to Saint Anne's Hospital 

50009 PSEM-8033-852 & 50010 PSEM-8034-852 
Tuesday, 8 am-noon, March 1 - May 3, 2016

Learn how to apply.

Roger Williams Medical Center

825 Chalkstone Ave.
Providence, R.I.
Directions to Roger Williams Medical Center
Information about the Cancer Center at Roger Williams

50005 PSEM-8033-850 & 50006 PSEM-8034-850 
Wednesday, 10 am-2 pm, March 2 - May 4, 2016

50007 PSEM-8033-851 & 50008 PSEM-8034-851 
Thursday, 10 am-2 pm, March 3 - May 5, 2016

Learn how to apply.

We also offer Hospital-based Massage Therapy Training II

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