Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Texas – Schools, Salary, and License Info

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Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Texas

In Texas, massage therapists are under the jurisdiction of the Department of State Health Services who issues licenses.

To obtain the license, those interested need to pass 2 exams after completing the required education.

Required Education

The education needed by massage therapy is a program of 500 hours.

They need to study the following content:

  • Anatomy: 50 hours
  • Kinesiology: 50 hours
  • Physiology: 25 hours
  • Pathology: 40 hours
  • Techniques, theory, and practice of soft tissue manipulation: 200 hours
    • at least 125 hours on Swedish massage therapy technique
  • Hydrotherapy: 20 hours
  • Laws and rules, ethics, and business practice: 45 hours
  • Hygiene, health, universal precautions, first aid, and CPR: 20 hours
  • Internship: 50 hours

Some individuals may need to have their coursework reviewed to see if it meets the standards.

In some cases, the candidates will be allowed to cover the deficiencies, but not repeat coursework.

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School NameAddress
Academy for Massage602 NW Loop 410 #122San Antonio, TX 78216
Alvin Community College3110 Mustang Rd.Alvin, TX 77511
Amarillo Massage Therapy Institute2710 Civic Circle #7Amarillo, TX 79109
A New Beginning School of Massage2525 Wallingwood Dr. #1501Austin, TX 78746
Austin Massage Academy13091 Pond Springs Road, Suite 400Austin, Texas 78729
Avalon School of Massage2990 Richmond Ave. #200Houston, TX 77098
Avenue Five Institute8620 Burnet Rd. #300Austin, TX 78757
Hands On Approch13370 Preston Rd.Dallas, TX 75240
HandsOn Therapy School1804 North Galloway #AMesquite, TX 75149
Healing Handz Massage Academy3591 Luedecke LaneBryan, TX 77807
Institute of Bodywork Studies1565 West Main St. #114Lewisville, TX 75067
Ke Kino Massage Academy1620 Custer Rd.Plano, TX 75075
Lauterstein-Conway Massage School4701-B Burnet Rd.Austin, TX 78756
Massage Masters School1203 East Ferguson #104Pharr, TX 78577
North Texas School of Massage2335 Green Oaks Blvd. WestArlington, TX 76016
Oceans Massage Therapy School4920 South Loop 289Lubbock, TX 79424
Phoenix School of Holistic Health6600 Harwin #101Houston, TX 77036
River City Massage School5313 Walzem Rd. #ASan Antonio, TX 78218
Rub Me the Right Way7420 82nd St.Lubbock, TX 79424
Stone School of Massage535 WSW Loop 323 #201Tyler, TX 75701
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute2144 Central Blvd.Brownsville, TX 78520
The Academy of Health Care Professions6505 Airport Blvd. Austin, TX 78752
The Academy of Health Care Professions8313 Southwest Freeway #300 Houston, TX 77074
The Academy of Health Care Professions240 Northwest Mall Blvd. Houston, TX 77092
The Academy of Health Care Professions4738 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78229
Texas School of MassageClear Lake 17043 El Camino Rd. #201 Houston, TX

The Exams

In Texas, the candidates are required to take the MBLEx and the jurisprudence exams.

The MBLEx is offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), but it needs scheduling through Pearson Vue if the application is accepted.

The candidates will have to pay for the MBLEx $195 and to read the candidate bulletin in advance.

The jurisprudence exam costs $35.

To obtain the license in Texas, the candidate needs to have taken the exam in the last 2 years.

Those who got their certification in a different state and still have it, don’t fall under that rule.

Background Checks

All candidates will have to submit to a background check.

Some individuals have a criminal history, but this doesn’t mean they’ll automatically be rejected.

These persons will have to submit explanations of the records.

The records can be checked before enrolling in a program, to verify qualification.

Candidates from Out-of-State

These individuals can get the license through reciprocity if the standards in the state they got their certification, have similar standards.

They will also have to provide verification for their certification, with documents from the jurisdiction issuing it.

International Candidates

If the license was obtained in a different country, translation into English will be required.

Their education would have to be equivalent as well, and this is done through transcripts from the school they attended.

Application

The candidates need to apply online after reading the rules and laws.

Proof for passing the exams is needed, along with transcripts from the school that the coursework was the approved one.

There’s an application fee of  $117.

Becoming an Instructor

Some individuals may want to become an instructor, and for this, they need another license.

They need to attend additional classes related to teaching adults.

These people also need to have practiced for at least 1 year and have at least 500 hours of work experience.

Other Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services has the most recent information related to this career.

There are many factors influencing how much you’ll earn as a massage therapist in Texas.

Annual Salary Range:
$45K
$50K
$57K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Houston$52,576
San Antonio$49,878
Dallas$50,798
Austin$50,447
Fort Worth$49,981
El Paso$44,865
Arlington$49,899
Corpus Christi$47,569
Plano$50,579
Laredo$45,430

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