Published on: March 06, 2013Are you looking for a new and interesting career? Massage therapists are currently in high demand in the Houston area, and Lone Star College-North Harris offers a one-year, fast-track massage therapy program for professional certification.
Students in the program learn the practice of using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. Massage therapy is performed for a variety of reasons, including pain treatment, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries, and promoting general health.
The program kicks off with two classes this spring. Massage Therapy Fundamentals I meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It begins March 18 and ends May 28. Massage Therapy Anatomy and Physiology meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning March 19 through May 16.
Seven additional courses are required prior to taking the licensing exam, including classes designed to provide business skills and practicing professional standards. The entire 510-contact-hour program costs $3,864 to complete. Annual starting salaries for entry-level massage therapists are in the $30,000 to $35,000 range.
For more information about the massage therapy program contact Jackie Doorbar at 281.618.5605 or visit LoneStar.edu/massage-therapy.
The massage therapy program is accredited through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is licensed through the Texas Department of State Health Services. Once students complete the required program, they will be eligible to take the professional exam for massage therapy certification.
Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.