Oncology Massage Certification Program

Oncology Massage Therapy

Students learn specific treatments to support clients facing cancer

10 Month Oncology Massage Therapy Course

Scientists have long known that there are many causes of cancer in human beings, but not until the last part of the twentieth century did they develop the technology to allow early detection, and the non-surgical methods of treatment that has resulted in much higher survival rates.

Unfortunately, along with the ability to treat this disease, has come an increased prevalence that some consider to be reaching epidemic proportions. According to the National Cancer Institute, as of January 1, 2003, there were approximately 10,496,000 men and women in the United States who were either living with, or had a history of cancer in their lives.

Progressive hospitals, researchers and medical practitioners have been increasingly recognizing the benefit of alternative treatment methodologies when developing their client care protocols. This is supported by the fact that prestigious institutions such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore have been adding massage therapists to their staff as the benefit of medical massage / touch therapy has demonstrated both physical and psychological benefits for the patients. The greatest limiting factor in these advancements is a lack of training programs and certified practitioners to provide the type of care that is needed.

The Oncology Massage Certification Program (OMCP) was developed to accommodate the fast growing need for qualified health and wellness professionals interested in performing medical massage on patients who currently have, or are a survivor of cancer. Along with traditional therapeutic techniques in the Massage and Bodywork foundations program, students will learn how to incorporate supportive and palliative care for oncology patients into their application of the art and science of massage therapy.

The OMCP is a 900-hour, NJ State approved massage therapy course that can be completed in 10 months during our day classes.   It meets the requirements of New Jersey’s licensing standards, and provides the student with the knowledge needed to take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), which is endorsed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).

This is also an excellent option for existing massage therapy practitioners.  ITM will transfer credits for existing licensed massage therapists, allowing them to focus on palliative and oncology portion of the program.   Fill out the form or call us  to speak to an ITM program advisor.

Financial aid available for those who qualify.

Oncology Massage Clinic: Technique Practice

48 Hours of clinic provides students with an invaluable opportunity to apply their classroom learning in a modified and supervised professional setting. While enhancing their hands-on massage skills, students gain experience in working with a variety of body types and physical conditions. Clinic has also proven to be a tremendous confidence builder.

Oncology Externship

125 hours of Externship provides students with an invaluable opportunity to apply their classroom learning in a supervised hospital setting. While enhancing their hands-on massage skills, students gain experience in working with a variety of body types and physical conditions. Clinic has also proven to be a  tremendous confidence builder in working with the cancer patients and their families. Students must complete a minimum of 120 clinic hours as well as a 5 hour hospital/clinic orientation.