Community College of Rhode Island

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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 application fee

Registration Deadline

January 13, 2015 (The price will increase to $695, plus a $25 application fee after this deadline.)

Saint Anne's Hospital

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

50002 PSEM-8034-850 & 50001 PSEM-8033-850 
Tuesday, 8 am-noon, February 17, 2015 - April 21, 2015

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Roger Williams Medical Center

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

50004 PSEM-8034-851 & 50003 PSEM-8033-851 
Wednesday, 10 am-2 pm, February 18, 2015 - April 22, 2015

50006 PSEM-8034-852 & 50005 PSEM-8033-852 
Thursday, 10 am-2 pm, February 19, 2015 - April 23, 2015

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We also offer Hospital-based Massage Therapy Training II

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