Massage School Program


Licensed Massage Therapy Program

Your massage therapy career begins at Central Texas College!   Massage therapy is a licensed 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 programmed to move under the direction of the Department of Health Sciences (DHS) in Spring 2021.  When the program moves under Department of Health Sciences, it will be a three semester 28 semester credit hour (SCH) certificate of completion for college credit.  Our 28 SCH certificate of completion exceeds state requirements and concludes with a 50 hour hands-on  internship and clinicals. 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 46 states and U.S. territories.


Upcoming Changes to Program

The next Massage Therapy cohort is programmed to begin Spring 2021, under the Department of Health Sciences. Classes are lecture and lab, online and in the classrooms.   Classes are generally Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   The program will be a certificate of completion for college credit.  Persons interested in applying to the Massage Therapy Program must first enroll as a student at Central Texas College.  Application packets for the Massage Therapy Program will be available online and through Department of Health Sciences Admin, Bldg. 155, 2nd Floor. Call 254-526-1890/1266; or email  Find more information at

We continue to pursue approval to move the Licensed Massage Therapy Program  under the Department of Health Sciences.  As a certificate of completion for college credit, qualifying students may use FAFSA/Financial Aid, VA education benefits and MyCAA.

Meanwhile, take time to correspond with the program director  by calling 254-501-3011 or email

  • Program Summary
  • Program of Study
  • Application Information
  • Enrollment Information
  • Personal Reference Form
  • LMT Program Open House

Financial assistance: Once this program is approved by SACSCOC, it will be submitted to the Veterans Administration to be an approved program for the use of VA education benefits; and to Department of Education to be an approved program for the use of FAFSA/financial aid.  Students wanting to apply for a personal student loan can apply for a Sallie Mae loan. There is also a parent-initiated loan option available with Sallie Mae.  The school code is 00400398. Students can contact MyCAA to see if they qualify for those benefits.

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
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology and Pharmacology pertinent to massage
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Hydrotherapy
  • 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 hands-on 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 (MBLEx): Massage and Bodywork Exam (MBLEx): Administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), the (MBLEx) fee is $265.  This fee allows the FSMTB to continue to maintain the quality and integrity of the MBLEx in the most cost-effective manner possible.  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 & Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam Candidate Handbook

For more information on our massage school program in Killeen, please call us at (254) 526-1890/1266.