While becoming a massage therapist in Texas is not a simple process, the rewards are well worth the effort. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary for a massage therapist is $41,790.
Of course, that’s just one of the many perks of having such a fun and unique career. The State of Texas has specific requirements to obtain a massage therapist license; you’ll want to get started right away.
The process is outlined below.
1. Complete a Massage Therapy program
Applicants are required to complete an approved course of at least 500 credit hours. The course must include specific areas of instruction, including 50 hours or more of an internship. While the majority of your coursework will focus on massage therapy, you’ll also take classes in anatomy, physiology, hydrotherapy, pathology and more.
2. Pass the Massage Therapist Examination
Each applicant must also pass a massage therapist examination. There are testing locations throughout the country, and you’ll need to submit an application and a fee to be approved for testing. The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination information can be found on the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board’s website.
3. Submit an application
The current application is available via the Texas Department of State Health Services. Each step listed above must be completed before the application is approved, and a fee of $117 must be included with the application.
4. Renew Your License
To continue practicing, massage therapists must renew their license every two years. In addition to the hours already completed, 12 hours of continuing education courses must be completed to renew the license. Licenses expire during your month of birth.
Do You Want to Become a Massage Therapist?
Do you want to become a massage therapist and be your own boss? We at Avenuefive have the right program. Our 900-hour Advanced Massage Therapy program is unique because it provides comprehensive training across a broad spectrum of massage modalities. In our hands-on and student focused learning environment, you will explore subjects such as anatomy and physiology, bodywork, and business building skills for wellness professionals.
Contact us today for more information about our massage therapy program or to schedule a tour of our campus.