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The Health Sciences Division, Department of Allied Health, Massage Therapy Program makes every effort to provide an understandable application process by ensuring each student applicant has the necessary information for application completion.   

The Massage Therapy Program has undergone several regulatory processes moving it from a non-credit to SACS-COC approved credit program, including approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in December 2017.  St. Philip’s College and the Massage Therapy Program are in the process of gaining final approval from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.  If approved by SACS-COC in July of 2017, the Massage Therapy Program may begin in fall of 2017.
Application requirements and selection criteria are subject to change, however it is the student’s responsibility to review the application requirements and selection criteria for the Massage Therapy Program.  

 The Massage Therapy Program prepares the student for entry into the massage profession as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).  Students will learn to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissue to help relieve pain, promote relaxation, improve circulation, relieve stress, and aid in the general wellness of clients through a variety of therapeutic modalities. Individuals interested in becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist will receive instruction in the theory of massage, fundamentals of therapeutic massage and bodywork, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, hydrotherapy, business and ethics, jurisprudence, and health and hygiene.  Students are required to complete an internship demonstrating their knowledge and practice of a variety of therapeutic modalities.  Upon completion of the program, the massage therapy student will be eligible to take the national certification exam, “Massage & Bodyworks Licensing Exam (MBLEx),” from the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.  Graduates who have passed the coursework and MBLEx will then be eligible to apply for licensure in the state of Texas


Open House & Information Sessions:  

May 31, 2017:  11:00am - 1:00pm in CHP Room 208

June 27, 2017:  11:00am - 1:00pm and 4:00 - 6:00pm in CHP Room 208

July 12, 2017:  11:00am - 1:00pm and 4:00 - 6:00pm in CHP Room 208


  Legal Considerations:

  Enrollment into the Allied Health Programs by students with felony or misdemeanor convictions could result in denial of licensure or certification. These students would not be eligible for admission into the program until a declaratory order process is completed with the licensure and certification board. A copy of the proof of eligibility for licensure and certification must be provided with the program application.


 Massage Therapy Application Process 

Massage Therapy Application


  Admission and Prerequisite Requirements

  Students must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Department, in addition to the requirements for the Massage Therapy Program. Students must also complete and submit the separate Health Sciences Department Application Form and ALL supporting documents. See the   Quick Reference Checklist and  Admission Guidelines.



  Prerequisite courses are not required but it is strongly encouraged that students applying to the Massage Therapy program complete ENGL 1301, MATH 1314 and HITT 1305 (Medical Terminology) prior to the start of the program.


  Application and Selection Process  (For a copy of the program application, please contact the program director)
Completed application packets, including all supporting documents, are accepted by the deadlines listed below. Applications are reviewed during the summer semester for consideration to begin the Massage Therapy program in the fall semester. The program admits two cohorts per academic year and will select a maximum of 20 qualified students per each cohort.

The program will not review incomplete applications and will not retain or process documents sent separately from the application packet. Additionally, the program does not store or return applications, so applicants should retain copies of application documents if they wish to do so.

Only applicants with complete application packets will be considered. The complete application packet must include the following:


  • Completed Massage Therapy Student Application and Massage Therapy Application Checklist.
  • Essay stating reasons for pursuing the Massage Therapy program.
  • Documentation of CPR from American Heart Association, Basic Life Support, Health Care provider certification.
  • Copy of TSI scores or proof of exemption from this requirement
  • Proof of required immunizations
  • Completion of drug screen and background check
  • Proof of personal health insurance
  • Copy of the score report from The Essential Academic Skills  (TEAS) standardized exam. The TEAS is a web-based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the Health Science field. This test measures the three most basic, but important, education skill sets needed for a health science occupation. The TEAS exam is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS exam are those which health science educators have deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of health science students 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges (including St. Philip's college if applicable) attended are required. An official transcript is one printed on official paper from the Registrar's office and in a sealed envelope. Students should request the transcript(s) be sent to their home address. DO NOT OPEN. Submit official transcripts with all other application documents in one sealed envelope. A separate official transcript must also be provided to the records and registration office. A minimum 2.50 overall GPA is required.

Students with questions regarding admissions or whether previous courses will transfer for credit at St. Philip's College and the Massage Therapy Program are encouraged to contact the Advising Department.

Institute 3: Health & Biosciences Advisors
Janet Hart
Frances Calderon
Irma Lopez
Teresa Hopwood
Alicia Stolte
MLK Advising Line: 210-486-2008


  Faculty and Staff
The Massage Therapy program faculty are dedicated and licensed professionals who have graduated from an accredited program and has clinical experience in a variety of areas.

John S. Braxton, MBA, LMT, LMTI
Program Director & Instructor
Phone: 210-486-2771
Location: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 100E

Donald E. Kurtti, MBA, LMT, LMTI
Instructor, Adjunct Faculty
Phone: 210-486-2694
Location: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 201B

Laurie B. Huhndorf
Phone: 210.486.2654
Location: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 201A

National Certification Examination:
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination (MBLEx) on the pathway to become a Licensed Massage Therapist.   The national examination is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards located at 10801 Mastin Boulevard, Suite 350, Overland Park, KS 66210, phone 913.681.0380 or via email . The website is

Information about the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) may be obtained from the MBLEx Office located at 150 4th Avenue North, Suite 800, Nashville, TX 37219, phone 866.962.3926 or via email The website is

State Licensure:
A massage therapist may not work in the State of Texas without a license. Once nationally certified, the individual is eligible to apply to the Texas Department of State Health Services for a license to practice in the State of Texas. DSHS Publication #64-10701 is the Massage Therapy License Application. The TDSHS Massage Therapy Licensing Program mailing address is PO Box 12197, Austin, TX 78711-2197, and can be reached at 512-834-6616. Additional information may be obtained at

Program Accreditation

Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and is currently pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).


Graduation, certification and licensure are separate mechanisms and are the responsibility of the individual student.

 These web sites represent only a partial list of professional organizations, regulating bodies, and informational sources having to do with the field of Massage Therapy.  

* Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards   
* MBLEx Exam Information   
* Texas Department of Health Services – Massage Therapy Licensing Program   
* Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals , and   
* American Massage Therapy Association   
* Massage Today Magazine   
* Massage Magazine
* Massage & Bodywork Magazine   


Contact Information

Program Director:
John Braxton

MLK Campus
Center for Health Professions (CHP), 100-E



Laurie Huhndorf 

MLK Campus
Center for Health Professions (CHP), 201-A