Massage Therapy Program

Our Spring 2024 class is full but we will continue to accept applications for the waiting list through November 27, 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 increasing to 600 hours beginning in Spring 2024. 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 a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) under the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

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

Program Application & Enrollment Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a High School Diploma, GED, or HSE.
  • Turn in a program application to the Cosmetology Department.
    • You can download an application, info button.png or pick one up in the main office of our department.
  • Be accepted into our program by our department and be given a starting semester.

Program Pricing

The program will be FAFSA-eligible for the Spring 2024 semester, those interested will need to complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA application.

Total tuition cost for the program is $3900, cost of books, required dress code clothing, miscellaneous supplies, and licensing fees are not included in this tuition cost. Estimated cost for books, clothing, and miscellaneous supplies is $480.

Licensing Requirements

Completion of the Massage Therapy Program qualifies the student to take licensing exams to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). There are now two licensing exam options available, both have several licensing requirements and fees that students are required to complete and pay for once they complete our program. These fees are not included in the tuition for the program and are not paid to MCC. Below are the two exam options and the costs associated with both. All requirements and exams under each must be completed and passed by the individual before they will be issued their license.  

  • Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)
    • MBLEx fee: $265
    • Jurisprudence exam fee: $34
    • Fingerprinting fee: $40
    • State license application fee: $100
  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
    • PSI exam fee: $60
    • Fingerprinting fee: $40
    • State license application fee: $100

More information regarding licensing can be found on the TDLR  website,

Massage Therapy Faculty & Staff

Laura Hays - Program Director - lhays@mclennan.edu254-299-8702

Cheryl Peter LMT - Program Instructor -

Steve Hinton LMT - Program Instructor - 

Nicole Beckwith-Dawson - Administrative Assistant - - 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 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,