Notice to Students Regarding Licensing – Massage Therapist
Effective September 1st 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify you a potential or enrolled student that a criminal history may make you ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.
The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements. http://www.dshs.texas.gov/massage/default.shtm
Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential Massage Therapy license prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation.”
This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.
Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.
The Massage Therapy Certificate is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to take the national exam to become licensed Massage Therapists. Licensed Massage Therapists work in many settings including Day Spas, Physicians and Chiropractic offices, at hotels and resorts and country clubs or in private practice. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics employment opportunities are expected to grow by 19% through 2018—faster than the average. Texas ranks third in the nation for employed licensed massage therapists (California and Florida rank 1 and 2) The BLS indicates the annual mean wage for Massage Therapists in Texas is $36,630. Massage Therapists help clients overcome injury, relieve stress, and generally live healthier lives. The two semester program is designed to prepare students to become nationally certified. Upon graduation and certification students may go to work in a massage clinic, wellness center, or hospital, spa, cruise ship, or enter private practice.
See the Navarro College Catalog for degree plans for Massage Therapy Certificate
See the Navarro College Catalog for course listings at www.navarrocollege.edu/courses
Massage Therapy Certificate (.pdf)
Employment for Massage Therapists is expected to steadily grow over the next few years. Massage therapists can be found in a number of healthcare settings, including:
Medical and Rehabilitation Clinics
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