How to Become a Massage Therapist
“What steps do I need to take to become a massage therapist in Texas?”
Massage Therapy is recognized as one of the fastest growing professions today, offering a flexible schedule and the opportunity to help patients through the healing art of massage. Employment is expected to increase by 26% from 2010-2026, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In this blog, we’ll detail how you can begin a career in Massage Therapy.
What are the requirements to become a massage therapist in Texas?
Prospective massage therapist must complete required coursework, take an official examination, and apply for a state license. Most employers prefer candidates who have graduated from an approved massage therapy training program, which is why going through CHCP’s accredited program gives you a competitive advantage.
- Must be 18 years’ old at the time of application.
- Complete at least 500 hours of in-class instruction provided by a licensed massage school, a massage therapy instructor at a massage school, a state approved educational institution, or a combination of any of these.
- Get a passing score on the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).
- Gather your official transcript of all relevant coursework from your school, your official MBLEX examination scores, and an application fee of $117.
- Complete and submit the Massage Therapist License Application online or through the mail, and send it along with all the materials listed above.
- You will be sent your massage therapy license, The Texas Department of State Health Services notes that it generally takes 3 to 6 weeks for a credential to be issued.
What are my options for Massage Therapy Education in Texas?
The College of Healthcare Professions offers massage therapy classes in Dallas, Houston Southwest, and Fort Worth. The program includes 600 hours of course material and 80 hours of clinical externship experience, and graduates of CHCP’s massage therapy school will be prepared for licensing in Texas. The On Campus Program offered both day and evening, and has a variety of classroom lectures and hands-on experiences that prepare students for a massage therapist career. Throughout the process, our campuses work to support students in their familial and work commitments while achieving their dream at an accelerated rate. CHCP’s massage therapy classes offer:
- Massage Therapy Modalities and Techniques
- Pregnancy Massage Technique
- Swedish Deep Tissue Massage
- Business Practices & Professional Ethics
- Trigger Points Technique
- Sports Massage Technique
- Client Acquisition and Retention
- Equipment Maintenance
- Navigating Legal and Ethical Issues and more!
How much does it cost to become a Massage Therapist?
Massage Therapy offers a stable and flexible career, but taking the first step and signing up for a program can be stressful when finances come into play. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. CHCP’s financial aid department is here to guide students working towards the healthcare career of their dreams. Our campus Financial Aid Advisors will guide you through the financial aid process. This includes guidance with applying for the FASFA for federal aid, reviewing our Scholarships and Grant Opportunities, as well as payment options, helping you to develop a finance plan that works for you.
Choosing to pursue a career in Massage Therapy could set you on a path to finding the career of your life! CHCP prepares students to not only take the MBLEX, but also provides the knowledge needed to be successful in various Massage Therapy job settings. This program is offered at our Dallas, Houston Southwest, and Fort Worth campuses – start your new career in Massage Therapy today!