Licensed Massage Therapy Program
Licensed Massage Therapy (LMT) Program
Massage therapy is a healthcare profession regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). This program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Central Texas College Continuing Education’s 600-hour certificate of completion program exceeds state requirements and includes 550 hours of classroom training followed by a 50-hour internship. The program prepares the graduate 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 extends licensure to 41 states.
Students receive instruction from LMT instructors which includes one-on-one instruction and hands-on training. Previous training and education can be evaluated by the TDSHS to see if this training/education qualifies for licensure. In addition to 225 hours of massage therapy technique itself, the program covers:
- Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Business and Professional Ethics
- Pathology and Pharmacology pertinent to massage
- Health and Hygiene
- Special Healthcare Topics in Healthcare Communications and Massage in the Mental Health Environment
Following classroom instruction, students complete a supervised 50-hour internship where they demonstrate their skills in massage therapy and practice entrepreneurial skills by running the internship as they would run their own businesses.
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. LMTs 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.
For more information on the program, please call us at (254) 526-1586.