Massage Therapy Program

Notice: TPEG applications must be sent/turned in directly to Financial Aid (financial_aid@mclennan.edu).

The application deadline for the Fall 2023 class is July 10, 2023. 

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

The MCC Massage Therapy program is one semester long and we begin a new class each Fall and Spring semesters (July and January). Classes are held from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday.

Students receive instruction and laboratory practice from licensed instructors that include 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

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. Internship times vary per semester, students will be notified of their internship schedule by their instructor once classes begin.

After completing the program, students are well prepared to take the state examinations to become registered under the Texas Department of Health as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).

If you would like to apply you can download an application here blue button with i in middle or pick one up in our office. Applications are accepted via email to nbeckwith@mclennan.edu, as well as in person in our office.

Program Pricing

Tuition for the Massage Therapy program is $2,915. Students are required to purchase textbooks, miscellaneous supplies, and a uniform. The cost of these items is not included in the tuition and students will be responsible for purchasing these items on their own. 

This program is not eligible for FAFSA but financial aid may be available to those who qualify through the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG). Students may also pay the tuition in one full payment or sign up for an installment plan.

For students who receive veteran benefits for education, please contact Felix Quinones in Financial Aid to verify if your benefits can be applied to this program.

Licensing Requirements

There are several licensing requirements and fees that students are required to complete and pay for once they complete our Massage Therapy program. These fees are not included in the tuition for the program and are not paid to MCC. 

  • 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