Massage Therapy Program

Notice: Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2022 class. TPEG applications must be sent/turned in directly to Financial Aid (financial_aid@mclennan.edu). Do not send TPEG applications to Laura Hays or Nicole Beckwith.

As the use of massage as a form of healing and medical therapy is gaining popularity, the need for licensed massage therapists is also on the rise. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the job outlook for Massage Therapy will rise faster than average at a rate of 22 percent from 2018-28. In less than a year, students in McLennan Community College’s massage therapy program gain the tools they need to succeed in this growing field.

If you are interested in working in a career that involves helping others through mind-body integration, having limitless CEU opportunities, or simply adding to your educational resume, consider McLennan’s Massage Therapy Program.

Career Options

There are many employment opportunities for massage therapists, including spas, private practices and health care — for chiropractors, physical therapists and physicians.

About the Program

Currently we begin a new class each Fall and Spring semester (August and January). Students receive 470 hours of instruction and laboratory practice from licensed instructors that includes one-on-one instruction and hands-on training. The program covers:

  • Basic human anatomy and physiology
  • Professional ethics
  • Medical terminology
  • Healing functions of the body
  • Massage movements and techniques
  • Equipment use
  • Safety practices
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Students complete a 50-hour internship along with their classroom instruction, allowing them to practice their skills by giving massages to members of the community. McLennan’s Massage program distinguishes itself from other programs by including 20 additional course work hours beyond the state-required 500 hours.

Classes meet Monday-Friday from 8 am - 3 pm. This program is not eligible for FAFSA but financial aid may be available to those who qualify through the TPEG. 

Tuition and fees.

At the end of the program, students are well prepared to take the state examination to become registered under the Texas Department of Health as a licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).

Entrance Requirements

Before entering the massage therapy program, students must fulfill admission requirements. Students must have:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (state mandated).
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Submit a completed program application to the Cosmetology department.
    • Applications can be submitted via email to nbeckwith@mclennan.edu.
    • Applications are also available in the Cosmetology department, located in Wing B of the Community Services Center (CSC).
  • If requiring financial aid, a completed TPEG application has been submitted to Financial Aid.
  • A payment plan, or full payment, for the program tuition and fees has been made to the Business Office.
    • Further information on payment options can be found here.

Licensing Requirements

  • Successfully complete the MCC Massage Therapy program.
  • Pass the MBLEx exam.
    • $265 exam fee.
  • Pass the Jurisprudence exam.
    • $34 exam fee.
  • Complete a fingerprinting check.
    • $39.05 fee.
  • Apply for a Massage Therapist license through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).
    • $100 application fee.

More information regarding licensing can be found on the TDLR  website, https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/mas/apply-therapist.htm. 

Massage Therapy Faculty & Staff

Laura Hays - Program Director - lhays@mclennan.edu 254-299-8702

Cheryl Peter - Program Instructor - cpeter@mclennan.edu

Caitlin Freymann - Program Instructor - cfreymann@mclennan.edu

Nicole Beckwith-Dawson - Administrative Assistant - nbeckwith@mclennan.edu 254-299-8701

For More Information

Please contact our office at 254-299-8701 or email any of our faculty and staff members.

 

For students in this program who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas, guidelines can be found at www.tdlr.texas.gov/crimconvict.htm. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please contact the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) at 512-463-6599. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from TDLR, www.tdlr.texas.gov/crimhistoryeval.htm.