How to Become a Massage Therapist in Texas


According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, a massage therapist must have a license issued by the DSHS in order to do business in Texas. The entire process takes four to six weeks from the application date. The requirements do not change whether obtaining a new license or transferring a current license from another state.

Required Education and Experience

  • Applicants enrolled in massage school prior to September 1, 2007, must have at least 300 hours of course instruction. Required coursework includes 125 hours of Swedish massage, 50 hours of anatomy, 25 hours of physiology, 15 hours of hydrotherapy, 15 hours of practice and ethics, and 20 hours of health and hygiene. Individuals attending school after September 1, 2007, need at least 500 hours of instruction. Coursework includes 200 hours of massage techniques -- at least 125 of Swedish massage -- 50 hours of anatomy, 25 hours of physiology, 50 hours of kinesiology, 40 hours of pathology, 20 hours of hydrotherapy, 45 hours of practice, law and ethics, and 20 hours of health, hygiene, first aid and CPR. All individuals, regardless of school dates, must have at least 50 hours of internship experience.

License Application Process

  • Complete the Massage Therapy License Application form to apply for a new license. Required supporting documents include proof of nationality, jurisprudence exams, and copies of academic transcripts. Applicants currently licensed in another state must include a completed Verification of Licensure form. Mail the application, a check or money order for required fees, and supporting documents to the DSHS address listed on the form.

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