Massage Therapy, Occupational Certificate
Looking for a profession that’s literally hands-on? Are you passionate about helping people overcome injury, relieve stress, and generally live healthier lives? If so, San Jacinto College can prepare you for a career as a massage therapist in as few as two semesters. You will be introduced to a variety of massage modalities and discover what type of professional practice is right for you!
The San Jacinto College massage therapy program:
- Is a state approved program that provides foundational training in the art and science of therapeutic massage. Our 23-credit (592 contact-hour) program meets and exceeds the minimum educational requirements necessary for licensure in the state of Texas;
- Offers full-time students the possibility of completing the program in two semesters, so graduates can be licensed and working in less than one year; and
- Places emphasis on a variety of massage therapy techniques, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, healthy lifestyles, hygiene and sanitation, successful business practices, professional ethics, hydrotherapy, and spa modalities. Students also complete a hands-on clinical internship prior to graduating as required by the state of Texas.
Licensed massage therapists seek employment in:
- Massage therapy establishments,
- Wellness centers,
- Cruise lines,
- Medical settings, and
- Private practices.
A large majority of licensed massage therapists are self-employed.
For more information contact the Department Chair and ask for the Program Handbook.
Kay Richardson, Department Chair at 281-991-2608 or email Kay.Richardson@sjcd.edu
The Massage Therapy Occupational Certificate is a course of study designed to meet the needs of those students desiring to enter the massage therapy profession. Our program prepares students with the technical knowledge, lab skills, and hands-on-training to successfully complete national licensing exams and gain licensure for the state of Texas as a licensed massage therapist. Full-time students can earn the occupational certificate in two (2) semesters. All key aspects of the massage therapy profession are addressed. Applicants must agree to be screened for criminal history as required by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
Required to pass a background check in order to receive massage therapy license.
There are certain circumstances that prohibit people from becoming a licensed massage therapist in the state of Texas. Please review the following reasons for ineligibility for massage licensure as taken directly from the TDLR website.
Sec. 455.152 Ineligibility for Licensure
(a) A person is not eligible for a license as a massage establishment, massage school, massage therapist, or massage therapy instructor if the person is an individual and has been convicted of, entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, or received a deferred adjudication for an offense under Chapter 20A, Penal Code, or Subchapter A, Chapter 43, Penal Code, or another sexual offense.
(b) A person convicted of a violation of this chapter is ineligible for a license as a massage establishment, massage school, massage therapist, or massage therapy instructor until the fifth anniversary of the date of conviction.
Plan of Study
|MSSG 1109||Health and Hygiene||1|
|MSSG 1411||Massage Therapy Fundamentals I||4|
|MSSG 1413||Anatomy and Physiology for Massage||4|
|BMGT 1341||Business Ethics||3|
|MSSG 2311||Massage Therapy Fundamentals II||3|
|MSSG 2314||Pathology for Massage||3|
|MSSG 2313||Kinesiology for Massage||3|
|MSSG 2186||Internship-Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage||1|
Capstone: Verification of Workplace Competencies--Eligible for the Credentialing Exam.