Texas Massage Therapy Licensing Examination and Application Process

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Texas Massage Therapy Licensing Program- main website for the Department of Health Services in charge of massage licensing.

Application- PDF for your submittal for a license to practice Massage Therapy. FAQ's - Renew online - 12 CE Credits/ 2 years

Texas Massage Schools - A list of massage schools in Texas

As of September 1st 2007 the required minimum hours are 500. The previous requirement was 300 hours. The applications and website do not show this new change as of yet. Check the Statutes/Laws page for new information. This requirement affects people who enrolled after September 1st 2007. Those who are under the new regulations will not have to participate in the State practical. Students of massage will need to pass the MBLEx licensing exam from the FSMTB. The MBLEx exam can be taken at a Pearson Vue testing facility by appointment after the MBLEx application is approved.

Texas Massage Therapy Laws- For the Jurisprudence Exam

Applicants who were enrolled before this date must successfully complete the state administered written and practical examinations. You are not eligible to take the exams until you have an approved application. Fees will be paid to the testing facility for the examination. Texas State Licensing Requirements.

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Web Information www.dshs.state.tx.us/massage
List of schools Texas Massage Schools
Education Requirements 500
Title Massage Therapist MT
Type of Credential License
State Law Test Jurisprudence Exam - Rules and Regulations - Laws & Statutes
State Practical or Written Exam Written
National Exam Requirement MBLEx
CEU's 12/ 2 years- CE & Providers
Initial Cost of License Application fee $117 Examination fee $87
Require City License Check Local City & County Business Regulations
Renewal Fee $106/ 2 years
Liability ins Massage Therapy Insurance Comparison
Credentialed Practitioners 26,347

Department of Health Professional Licensing
Massage Therapy Licensing Program

PO Box 12197

Austin, TX 78711
1100 West 49th St.
Austin, TX 78756
Phone: 512-834-6616
Fax: 512-834-6677  

Email: massage@dshs.state.tx.us  


Massage Schools in Texas



Alvin Community College

3110 Mustang Rd.

Alvin, TX 77511

Email: massage@alvincollege.edu

Alvin 281.756.3806

Amarillo Massage Therapy Institute

2710 Civic Circle #7

Amarillo, TX 79109

Amarillo 806.331.0795

North Texas School of Massage

2335 Green Oaks Blvd. West

Arlington, TX 76016

Email: nildat@texasmassageschool.biz

Arlington 817.446.6629

A New Beginning School of Massage

2525 Wallingwood Dr. #1501

Austin, TX 78746

Austin 512.306.0975

Avenue Five Institute

8620 Burnet Rd. #300

Austin, TX 78757

Austin 866.948.2808

Lauterstein-Conway Massage School

4701-B Burnet Rd.

Austin, TX 78756

Email: info@tlcschool.com

Austin 512.374.9222

The Academy of Health Care Professions

6505 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

Austin 800.487.6728

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

2144 Central Blvd.

Brownsville, TX 78520

Brownsville 956.465.4696

Hands On Approch

13370 Preston Rd.

Dallas, TX 75240

Dallas 972.866.8704

El Paso Community College

9570 Gateway Blvd. North

El Paso, TX 79924

El Paso 915.831.3722

Avalon School of Massage

2990 Richmond Ave. #200

Houston, TX 77098

Email: info@avalonmassageschool.com

Houston 713.333.5250

Phoenix School of Holistic Health

6600 Harwin #101

Houston, TX 77036

Email: info@themassageschool.com

Houston 713.974.5976

Texas School of Massage

Clear Lake

17043 El Camino Rd. #201

Houston, TX

Houston 281.488.3903

The Academy of Health Care Professions

8313 Southwest Freeway #300
Houston, TX 77074

Houston 800.487.6728

The Academy of Health Care Professions

240 Northwest Mall Blvd.
Houston, TX 77092

Houston 800.487.6728

Institute of Bodywork Studies

1565 West Main St. #114

Lewisville, TX 75067

Lewisville 972.353.8989

Oceans Massage Therapy School

4920 South Loop 289

Lubbock, TX 79424

Lubbock 806.722.3300

Rub Me the Right Way

7420 82nd St.

Lubbock, TX 79424

Lubbock 806.866.0089

HandsOn Therapy School

1804 North Galloway #A

Mesquite, TX 75149

Mesquite 972.285.6133

Massage Masters School

1203 East Ferguson #104

Pharr, TX 78577

Email: Info@massage-masters.com

Pharr 956.787.9077

Ke Kino Massage Academy

1620 Custer Rd.

Plano, TX 75075

Email: learnmore@kekino.com

Plano 972.509.5588

Austin Massage Academy

13091 Pond Springs Road, Suite 400

Austin, Texas 78729

Austin 512-387-3003

Academy for Massage

602 NW Loop 410 #122

San Antonio, TX 78216

San Antonio 210.375.2688

River City Massage School

5313 Walzem Rd. #A

San Antonio, TX 78218

San Antonio 210.798.7988

The Academy of Health Care Professions

4738 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78229

San Antonio 800.487.6728

Therapeutic Body Concepts

5704 Evers

San Antonio, TX 78238

Email: estela@massageservices.org

San Antonio 210.684.5599

Texas Continuing Education

12 CE Credits Biennially
Requirements & Limitations
List of Choices
Renew on Last day of your Birthday Month, every other year, starting from State Approval Anniversary
All 12 CE hours may be contact or noncontact hours
If subject matter includes Manipulation of Soft Tissue or Massage Therapy Techniques, they MUST be Hands-on or Contact Hours
Professional Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication
Not Limited

Body Mechanics & Self-Care

Not Limited
Self-Care Guru
Business Practices
Not Limited
Business Mastery
Adult CPR/ First Aid Instructor-Led
Minimum Allowed Direct Contact (Live)- American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or National Safety Council
Basic Training
Kinesiology, Anatomy, & Physiology of Human Body
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Cultural Competency & Specialized Training
Not Limited
Special Population Techniques
Pathology of the Human Body
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Self-Study: Books, DVD's, Related Publications, & Publishing an Article
Not Limited
Research Community
Somatic Education
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Teacher Training  
Not Limited
Instructor Headquarters
Lecture or Teaching a CE Class
Not Limited
Active Service on TX Massage Related Board, Task Force, Committee, or Attending Meetings
Not Accepted as CE's
Keep Record of Hours & Duties
*CE Subject Matter Must be Massage Tharapy Related & Providers Must be NCBTMB & TX Board Approved
Excess Hours taken do NOT carry over to the next renewal period
All 12 CE's are required for First Biennial Renewal
Keep Records of CE Hours
3 Years- Audit Selected at Random Annually


Department of Health Professional Licensing
Massage Therapy Licensing Program

PO Box 12197

Austin, TX 78711
1100 West 49th St.
Austin, TX 78756
Phone: 512-834-6616
Fax: 512-834-6677  

Email: massage@dshs.state.tx.us

*Board Approved Providers