The Central Texas College (CTC) Continuing Education department announced registration is open for its fall Massage TherapyLicensed Massage Therapy program. The seven-month program begins September 3 with a completion date of July 16, 2020. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the CTC Clear Creek building (Bldg. 136) at the Killeen campus.

CTC’s program is a 600-hour certificate of completion curriculum which includes 550 hours of classroom training followed by a 50-hour internship. It is designed to offer instruction and clinical experiences to help prepare students to become skilled and ethical massage practitioners. Upon completion, graduates are eligible to take the state of Texas licensure examination. A passing score offers the student licensure in 45 states and U.S. territories.

“Our massage therapy program offers instruction and clinical experiences to help prepare students to become skilled and ethical massage practitioners,” said Viola Crowder-Moger, program director. “We exceed the state-required 500 training hours to ensure students are fully versed in all aspects of massage therapy in practice and as a business.”

Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment. Application packets must include a high school  diploma/transcript or G.E.D.; official transcripts  of  higher education; any certificates of trainings; results of the reading and writing portions of the Texas Success Initiative  (TSI) Assessment: Proficiency  in  English  (reading  and  writing skills); Transcript  evaluation: any Texas Department  of  Licensing  and  Regulation evaluation  of  previous training  and  education; proof of current immunizations; a Texas state criminal background check; a short written essay entitled “Why I Want to Become a Massage Therapist;” and two references (relatives may not be used). Students are also required to have a desktop computer or laptop, access to the internet, printing capabilities and an email address.

The cost of the program is $4,393. Students are responsible for consumable supplies, textbooks,   a spa jacket/polo shirt, personal equipment and supplies, sheets, exam  fees and  any student membership in professional organizations. Financial assistance is available in a variety of options including VA educational benefits and MyCAA, Texas Partners Federal Credit Union’s student loans and industry scholarships.

Students receive instruction from licensed massage therapy instructors which includes one-on-one instruction and hands-on training. In addition to 225 hours of massage therapy technique, students will take a variety of courses which must be taken as a cohort in the order they are offered. These are Massage Fundamentals I, Anatomy and Physiology for Massage, Business Practices and Professional Ethics, Health and Hygiene, Hydrotherapy/Therapeutic Modalities, Massage Fundamentals II, Kinesiology for Massage, Pathology for Massage and Healthcare Communication.

The program concludes with each student completing a 50-hour internship under the supervision of a licensed massage therapist. “Students will run the internship as they would their own business buy demonstrating their massage therapy and entrepreneurial skills,” said Crowder-Moger. “This will help provide them first-hand experience in all facets of the massage therapy profession.”

Regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services, massage therapists work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, chiropractic offices, wellness centers, spas and nursing homes. Practitioners use massage therapy as a stand-alone profession or in conjunction with related professions such as personal fitness training, sports medicine, physical therapy and yoga therapy. Massage therapists are also needed in the areas of behavioral health, pre-natal and infant care to geriatric and hospice care.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for massage therapists was $41,420 in 2018. Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 26 percent through 2026.

To register for the CTC Licensed Massage Therapy program, contact the Continuing Education department at 254-526-1586 or visit www.ctcd.edu/ce for more information.  

Photo: Rosalind Rooks, an instructor with the Licensed Massage Therapy program, trains a students on seaweed wrap techniques during the spa techniques/hydrotherapy course of the program.