Explore Academic Programs - Massage Therapy


A career in massage therapy gives you freedom and flexibility. Massage therapists work through all stages of life from pre-natal and infant massage to geriatric and hospice massage and even to animal massage. Massage therapy is found in many healthcare settings – hospitals, chiropractic offices, wellness centers, and nursing homes. They also work in a wide variety of venues from spas to cruise ships. Massage therapy pairs well with several other professions from nursing to personal fitness trainers, to social workers and counselors, sports medicine and physical therapy. Use massage therapy as a stand-alone profession or as a foundation for or addition to other specialties. 

At CTC, a dedicated team of licensed massage therapy Instructors, representing more than 60 years of massage therapy experience, bring students a broad spectrum understanding of the massage profession and strong basic skills. In addition to the basics of massage therapy, instructors emphasize massage therapy in healthcare settings such as chiropractic, hospital and behavioral health. 

Students learn mindfulness, mind-body skills and self-care techniques to prepare them for a career as a massage therapist.  

Once licensed, graduates return to take continuing education requirements and further their knowledge and skills. 


Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Licensed Massage Therapist

Potential Earnings: $19.17 hourly, $39,860 annually

Market Growth Rate (2012-2024): much faster than average (14 % or higher)


Clinical/Medical Massage Therapist

Potential Earnings: $19.17 hourly, $39,860 annually

Market Growth Rate (2012-2024): much faster than average (14 % or higher)

Spa Manager

Potential Earnings: $17.65 hourly, $36,700 annually

Market Growth Rate (2012-2024): much faster than average (9 – 13 %)


Degrees and Certificates

The Licensed Massage Therapy program is a 600-clock hour, non-credit certificate of completion program including 550 hours of classroom training followed by a 50-hour internship. It prepares students for to sit for the State of Texas licensure examination through the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards’ Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).  A passing score on the MBLEx is good in 42 states and U.S. territories.  The CTC program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and exceeds state requirements. Students receive instruction from licensed massage therapy instructors and receive one-on-one instruction and hands-on training. 

Delivery Mode

Certificate (non-credit)

Massage therapy, marketable skills

600 contact hours, seven months full time (days) or nine months part time (evenings)

Continuing Education