Massage in the
A Six-day Hospital Intensive
Curriculum by Gayle MacDonald
45 CE Hours
Course Description: Comfort-oriented massage or touch
can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity
of their condition. In this course, participants will have the
opportunity to apply their massage skills with in-patients
receiving treatment for cancer. Massage will be given to people
before, during, and after chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation,
and surgical and diagnostic procedures. Therapists will have a
chance to use massage to support family caregivers and nurses as
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
List the benefits of massage for those in treatment for cancer
List the massage adaptations necessary for people undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy
Employ standard precautions with patients who are highly immunosuppressed
professionally with health care staff
appropriately in the medical chart
Work around hospital furniture and medical devices
Give comfort-oriented massage to patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, diagnostic procedures, or hospitalized from the side effects of cancer treatment
Work independently in a medical setting
motivation to work with people who have cancer
These outcomes which will be assessed by
a written exam, instructor observation, and participant self-evaluation.
The course is open to licensed, certified, or professional massage therapists. All participants must complete
Massage for the Chemotherapy
have the instructors' permission to enroll in the training.
Participants will be required to:
Have regular access to e-mail
Show proof of professional liability insurance
Show proof of licensure, certification, or course of study
Complete OSHU on-line training modules
Show proof of current CPR training
Possess current TB screening documentation and show proof of immunity to MMR and chicken pox
Undergo a background check and drug screening analysis arranged by Oregon Health and Science University.
The use of marijuana or recreational drugs is detected via the drug
analysis and can eliminate potential interns from being accepted
Meet the physical and emotional rigors of an 8-hour hospital day
Adhere to OHSU policies of dress, grooming, infection control policies, and all other regulations listed for interns associated with OHSU
Read the class texts prior to the start of class. They can be ordered using the Amazon link at the S4OM website:
Healing into Life and Death:
Chapters 1-8. This book is hard for some, easy and wonderful for others. Which ever camp you are in, you will need to read slowly. Just read a page at a time if that is all you can manage.
Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, (3rd Ed.): Chapters 4-13.
Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client:
Chapters 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12.
This is a 45-hour course
that is conducted over six days in the hospital. Following
is an overview of each day:
Day 1 - Introductions, review of clinical information related to the medical setting,
hands-on practice focusing on use of light pressure, initial tour of the hospital units.
- Hands-on practice using patient profiles. Introduction
to seated massage for family caregivers and nurses. Orientation to the hospital units, standard precautions, working around hospital furniture, charting.
Day 3 - Foot massages to
Day 4 -
5 Tailored massages to inpatients.
Day 6 -
Working independently on inpatient units.
Total tuition — $1,095. Deposit to hold a spot — $500 (which applies toward the tuition). The deposit is non-refundable.
If a student must drop the class and the instructor is able to fill the spot, 50% of the deposit will be refunded. The remaining tuition is due
twelve weeks prior to the start of class. If, after this time, a student must drop, the tuition is non-refundable except in emergency circumstances.
Please correspond with the instructors to make them aware of possible
emergencies. Up to 50% of tuition will be refunded.
There are also additional costs due to TB screenings and tasks related to immunization history. These
costs will be different for each person. There is a $25 fee for the
hospital ID badge. The background check and drug screening are performed
by OHSU free of charge.
offerings of this course.