A massage career begins at Central Texas College’s Massage School in Killeen. Massage therapy is a healthcare profession regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). Our Massage School is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 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 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.
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 the TDSHS 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 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. 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.
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.
For more information on our massage school program in Killeen, please call us at (254) 526-1586.