Hands-On Clinical Experience

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The clinical experiences you have will launch you with confidence into a variety of practice settings.Whether your professional goals include spa work or hospital-based massage, you will be well trained to enter the practice environment that suits your style.

There’s no such thing as a typical massage therapy client – you will provide hands-on care to a variety of people - with different needs and in diverse settings. You receive close supervision and mentoring by experienced faculty.

As a massage therapist, you need interprofessional skills to interact with other healthcare providers. That’s why your clinical training will include opportunities to practice alongside chiropractors, acupuncturists, medical doctors and nurses.

You have several options for clinical training:

  • University-owned public clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Oncology clinics
  • Community health clinics

University Health Services (UHS) - De Rusha Clinic:

  • Gain experience with real clients in a real clinic
  • Sharpen your hands-on skills
  • Enhance your communication and documentation skills

Leading area hospitals:

  • Regions Hospital
  • Woodwinds Hospital
  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital  - Penny George Institute for Health and Healing
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview – Transitional Care Unit:
    • Encounter a variety of clinical scenarios (surgical, ob/gyn, burn unit, orthopedic, etc.)
    • Manage the most common complications of hospital stay including pain, anxiety, insomnia
    • Learn how to modify massage therapy for the hospital room
    • Practice alongside nurses and doctors

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute:

  • Serve patients managing significant neuromuscular challenges
  • Gain experience practicing with a team using rehabilitative techniques with a unique patient population

Minnesota Oncology:

  • Gain experience working with patients undergoing treatment  in a cancer clinic
  • Help patients manage symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment

Integrative Clinic of Minnesota:

  • Serve patients experiencing social and economic hardships
  • Encounter a variety of clinical scenarios (nutritional deficiencies, infections,  untreated injuries)
  • Collaborate with chiropractic, acupuncture, medical, nursing and psychology students
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