Massage schools in Texas

Massage schools in Texas

How to Become a Massage Therapist in Texas

To be eligible for a Massage Therapist license an applicant must:
(1) submit a completed application on a department-approved form;

(2) pay the fee required under §117.100;

(3) be at least 18 years of age;

(4) submit a transcript(s) of all relevant course work, acceptable to the department;

(5) provide proof of successfully passing the required exam;

(6) provide proof of successfully passing the jurisprudence exam;

(7) successfully pass a criminal history background check performed by the department in accordance with the Act, the department’s criminal conviction guidelines, and pursuant to Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 51 and 53;

(8) satisfactorily complete massage therapy studies in a minimum 500-hour department approved course at a licensed massage school in which includes at least:

  • 200 hours of massage therapy techniques and theory and the practice of manipulation of soft tissue, with at least 125 hours of Swedish massage therapy techniques;
  • 50 hours of anatomy;
  • 25 hours of physiology;
  • 50 hours of kinesiology;
  • 40 hours of pathology;
  • 20 hours of hydrotherapy;
  • 45 hours of massage therapy laws and rules, business practices and professional ethics;
  • 20 hours of health, hygiene, first aid, universal precautions, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
  • 50-hour internship program.

Your New Career as a Massage Therapist in Texas Starts Today with Massage Classes Online

Across Texas, massage therapists are in high demand, and there simply aren’t enough licensed therapists to fill all of the available jobs. 

Taking massage classes online opens up the possibility of changing your career and taking advantage of the exploding job market in Texas without giving up your current job or responsibilities while you train. 

Often, spas and clinics will offer to "sponsor" a student in order to provide them a scholarship or tuition reimbursement to help get them their license so they will come to work for them once they are licensed.

Becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist in Texas

(a) To be eligible for a Massage Therapist license an applicant must:
(1) submit a completed application on a department-approved form;
(2) pay the fee required under §117.100;
(3) be at least 18 years of age;
(4) ensure that a certified transcript or other acceptable record of all relevant course work is submitted to the department;
(5) provide proof of successfully passing the required exam;
(6) provide proof of successfully passing the jurisprudence exam;
(7) successfully pass a criminal history background check performed by the department in accordance with the Act, the department’s criminal conviction guidelines, and pursuant to Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 51 and 53; and
(8) satisfactorily complete massage therapy studies in a minimum 500-hour department approved course at a licensed massage school in which includes at least:
(A) 200 hours of massage therapy techniques and theory and the practice of manipulation of soft tissue, with at least 125 hours of Swedish massage therapy techniques;
(B) 50 hours of anatomy;
(C) 25 hours of physiology;
(D) 50 hours of kinesiology;
(E) 40 hours of pathology;
(F) 20 hours of hydrotherapy;
(G) 45 hours of massage therapy laws and rules, business practices and professional ethics;
(H) 20 hours of health, hygiene, first aid, universal precautions, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); and
(I) 50-hour internship program.

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In Texas, we refer students to the following school that has online training options available:




* Massage Therapy Online is not a school, does not enroll students or provide instruction. Massage Therapy Online connects people interested in hybrid massage programs with approved, licensed, accredited schools that offer that type of program

Training in a Real-World Environment

Hands-on experience is critical to succeeding as a massage therapist, and you won’t only be doing your work with fellow students in a classroom, you’ll do your student clinicals in a spa or massage clinic near your home, working with real clients, under the guidance of a licensed massage therapist.

As an added benefit, these training partners are also employers who are hiring. You may be offered a job—and a scholarship in the form of tuition reimbursement or payment assistance—with the clinic that does your training.

How Our Program Works:

1. START ONLINE:

The online classes can be taken from any device, including your smartphone. This allows you to jump in and work on your coursework any time. These classes cover business, theory, and science. They can also be taken at your own pace. Finally, there is no semester system and no start or end date for the online courses. If you need extra time for a class because work is busy, then take it. If you have some free time and want to work through an entire course quickly, then you can. The instructors are all licensed massage therapists who will guide you throughout your massage therapy education.

2. DO YOUR HANDS-ON TRAINING A SPA/CLINIC THAT IS HIRING:

Hands-on training is the essential part of becoming a skilled massage therapist. Licensed Massage Therapist instructors will offer structured learning, supervision, and mentorship. You will do this training at the local clinics in Arizona, working in a small group of students.