Massage School Program
Licensed Massage Therapy Program
A massage career begins through the Licensed Massage Therapy program at Central Texas College. Massage therapy is a healthcare profession regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Our massage school is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is under the direction of the college’s Continuing Education department. Our 600-hour certificate of completion program exceeds state requirements and includes 550 hours of classroom training followed by a 50-hour internship. Our massage school prepares graduates to sit for the state of Texas licensure examination – the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx ) – administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. A passing score on the MBLEx is good in 45 states and U.S. territories.
Upcoming Changes to Program
The next Massage Therapy program is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 3, 2019, under the Continuing Education department. Classes are Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Graduation will be Thursday, July 16, 2020. The program will be a non-credit certificate of completion. Enrollments will take place in the Continuing Education department administrative office located in the Clear Creek building (Bldg. 136), Room 139. Call 254-526-1586. Application packet instructions are available using the Program Summary link below.
We continue to pursue approval to move the Licensed Massage Therapy program under the Department of Nursing and Allied Health (DONAH) as an Associate of Applied Science Massage Therapy and as a credit certificate of completion. This would make the program accessible to students using FAFSA/Financial Aid, VA education benefits and MyCAA. It also gives students college credit for massage classes.
Meanwhile, take time to visit with the program director in the CTC Clear Creek building (Bldg. 136), office 130. Office visit appointments can be made by calling 254-501-3011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Program of Study
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Financial assistance: This program is approved for use of VA education benefits. Career loans available through Sallie Mae. Students with a need for financial assistance may contact Sallie Mae for a loan. There is also a parent-initiated loan option available with Sallie Mae. We are listed as CTCD-Continuing Education on the Sallie Mae site, school code 00400398. Students who qualify may use MyCAA benefits. Contact MyCAA to see if you qualify. Please contact Continuing Education for information about paying for class using our installment plan.
Additional information: Students receive instruction from licensed massage therapy instructors which includes one-on-one instruction and hands-on training. Previous training and education can be evaluated by TDLR by requesting a Transcript Evaluation to see if this training/education qualifies for licensure. In addition to 225 hours of massage therapy technique itself, our massage school in Killeen includes:
· Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology
· Business and Professional Ethics
· Pathology and Pharmacology pertinent to massage
· Health and Hygiene
· Special Healthcare Topics in Healthcare Communications - Massage in a Chiropractic Setting; Massage in a Behavioral Health Setting; and Massage in a Hospital Setting
Following classroom instruction, students complete a supervised 50-hour internship and clinicals. Students demonstrate their mastery of massage therapy and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills by running the classroom as they would run their own businesses and also experience giving massage in a clinical setting.
Graduates are prepared for a massage therapy career in a variety of settings. In addition to starting their own private massage therapy practices, a career in massage therapy can span the entire spectrum of the health and wellness industry as the therapist matures into their work. Massage therapists work in:
· Chiropractors’ offices
· Doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals and rehab centers
· Hospice and nursing homes
· Fitness centers and for sports teams
· Cruise ships
· Spas and salons
A growing body of research supports massage therapy for health and wellness. Regular massage promotes relaxation, increases circulation, releases endorphins, aids sleep and digestion, stimulates the immune system, increases joint flexibility and relieves pain.
Massage and Bodywork Exam Update: Beginning April 1, 2020, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is increasing the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) fee from $195 to $265. This is the first time in 13 years FSMTB has raised the fee for the examination and it will allow them to continue to maintain the quality and integrity of the MBLEx in the most cost-effective manner possible. This increase effects new students enrolled in massage therapy programs who expect to apply for the MBLEx after March 31, 2020.
The MBLEx fee covers application processing, transcript validation, provision of the examination at secure test centers and exam result reporting and storage. Behind the scenes, expenses include examination development as well as psychometric and legal defensibility. Additionally, FSMTB provides testing accommodations for those who qualify and MBLEx Candidate Handbooks to schools and candidates, all at no cost. Download a copy of the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam Candidate Handbook.
For more information on our massage school program in Killeen, please call us at 254-526-1586.