Can someone please explain the different massage programs to me?

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I don’t understand the different massage programs at Texas Massage Academy, can you explain them to me?



At Texas Massage Academy, we offer 2 different massage programs for you to choose from, we have the Core Program and the Advanced Core Program.  Let me break it down for you so that you know what to expect with each one.

First lets look at the classroom and lab hours.



Both of our massage programs require the exact same hours for the class and lab.  Your first semester will include 250 hours split between the class and lab and then your third semester will return to the class and lab for the final 200 hours.

Now lets look at the Internship hours.



Internship is your second semester.  You will either complete 50 hours or 120 hours depending upon the massage program you pick.

In the Core Program you are only going to be completing 50 hours.  This is the state minimum required to get licensed.  In the real world, 50 hours is not much, it could be completed easily in a month, if you were working 5 hrs a day 3 days a week.

Because we felt that 50 hours does not fully prepare you for the real world, we added an additional 70 hours to your internship for the Advanced Core Program. These additional hours allow you to really develop your hand skills under the umbrella of being a student here at Texas Massage Academy instead of learning with real clients once you are licensed and they expect you to have a higher skill set.

Internship hours are counted as actual hands on time with clients.

Fees – The confusing part!




Let me break down the costs for you.

First Books and Supply Costs – Both massage programs require the same books and supplies.  You will need several books and equipment that can be purchased from Texas Massage Academy or at other retailers.  If purchased from Texas Massage Academy, the first semester supplies are currently running $460.75.  This includes the Trail Guide to the Body bundle, Beck’s Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage bundle, a holster that will hold 2 bottles, 3 bottles for the holster, a gallon of Texas Massage Academy approved lotion with a pump, and a bolster.

You will also need to purchase a uniform, sheets, pens, pencils, highlighters, some type of bag to carry everything, and a few other miscellaneous items.

For your third semester, you will need to purchase a Kinesiology and Pathology Book,  together these two books are a little over $150.00.

A Massage Table is optional, but they can be purchased starting around $350.00.

All together these items will cost you approximately $844.61.

Tuition – You will pay for only one of the massage programs, not both of them.

If you choose the Core Program your total tuition is $4,864.00.  This must be paid in full at enrollment.

If you choose the Advanced Core Program your total tuition is $2,457.00.  You can either pay this tuition all at once or we offer a payment plan for it.  For the payment plan, you will put down a $200.00 deposit and then we will set you up for automatic payments from a debit or credit card for $29.00 per week.  There is no interest charge on this.

I know this can be confusing.  Why is the Advanced Core Program cheaper than the Core Program?  We chose the Advanced Core Program to be half the price of the Core Program because we wanted everyone to take the advanced massage program.  With the additional internship hours you will be a better massage therapist, once you are licensed.  In order to encourage everyone to take this massage program, we cut the tuition cost in half and offered a payment plan.  You are completing the same class and lab hours but you will be completing more internship hours to help develop your hand skills and saving money!  Maybe, you will get that travel table!




In the fees section, it was mentioned that you will need a uniform.  All of our students wear black scrubs.  You can purchase them at any location, but The Scrub Shoppe offers a discount for the students of Texas Massage Academy.  They are located just 2 blocks down from Texas Massage Academy, so it is convenient for our students.

Diploma and Transcript



If you choose the Core Program you will receive your transcript and Diploma at the Graduation Ceremony.

With the Advanced Core Program you will receive your transcript and diploma once you have completed all of your hours and all of your payments have been made.  With the way the payment plan is set up, the payments last a little longer than the actual massage program does.  Once your payment plan is completed, your transcript and diploma will be mailed to you.

Can I pay it off early?  Of course, you can make additional payments to pay your tuition for the Advanced Core Program off early.  There is no charge to make additional/early payments.  If your payments are completed, you will receive your transcript and diploma at the Graduation Ceremony. [Most students choose to make additional payments.]

After Graduation

Once you have received your transcript, you will be eligible to take the MBLEx, which is the test approved by the State of Texas.  After you have passed this test, you will then be able to submit your application to the State of Texas Health Department to become licensed.

Do you want more information?

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I hope that I answered all the questions you might have between the different programs that we offer here at Texas Massage Academy. If you have any additional questions, you can give us a call at 325.646.4272 or just write them in the comments below.


9 thoughts on “Can someone please explain the different massage programs to me?

  1. Hileah Hodges says:

    Does one have to take the core program before taking the
    advanced core program? and what would the whole total be on the tuition?

    Do you have any idea how much rent would cost out there?
    Do you teach reflexology?

    I’m hunting for a school that teaches reflexology.
    I’ve had reflexology sessions before and I’m very interested in
    getting to practice reflexology. But in order to do reflexology like it’s
    supposed to be done. I would need to become a massage therapist.
    since Texas restricts reflexology to just the bottom of the feet as most other States do. and the lower calf rub should be done after a session.
    Something about that rub helps keep the muscles relaxed.
    Yes. I’ve done quite a bit of research on reflexology and massage.
    It’s just that I gotta do the class room thing to get licensed.

    • You would pick either the core program or the advanced core program. The advanced core program has a longer internship, but you are still taking the same classes as with the core program. If you choose the advanced program, the cost is not a combination of the 2 programs, it is only $2457.00.

      Rent really depends on your location. Even within a city or town, rent can vary from $.50 per square foot to $1.00+ per square foot.

      We do not teach reflexology, that would be a class you need to take after you get licensed.

  2. Lonnell Sadler says:

    I live in Gatesville Tx.
    Is your program offered close to me like Waco Tx, Temple Tx, or Killeen Tx?
    Can I do my class room work with my computer then do my hands on someplace or is this all in a classroom setting?

  3. Mia Hughins says:

    What if we went here, got a degree and became licensed. What more would be required to be licensed out of state or even country?

  4. It really helped when you said that additional hours of internship will be able to help a therapist enhance their skills more. I will share this information with a friend of mine who plans to start this kind of career. It appears that she has the talent as well because she tried some which she learned online on me, and it really made me feel good.

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