Admission Requirements

  • Students must be 18 years of age (or have parental/legal guardian consent). The desire to develop integrity, maturity, professionalism, good moral conduct and the discipline to study.
  • The San Antonio Institute uses both objective and subjective criteria in determining eligibility for admission.
  • There is no prerequisite massage training for the basic 500 hours of massage therapy training (equivalent to those required by the State of Texas) or licensing in Texas as a massage therapist.
  • We do not discriminate against anyone because of race, gender, sexual preference, age or religion.
  • A student may be ineligible for licensing if he/she has been convicted of misdemeanor of moral turpitude or of a felony, or entered a plea of no contest or guilty to or received deferred adjudication to crimes or offenses involving prostitution or sexual offenses until the fifth anniversary of such violation in accordance with TAC§140.341.


Applicants can enroll for classes up to one year in advance. Students may not enroll after 10% of the course has been taught, unless appropriate credit for previous education has been received. Classes are available on first come, first serve basis, determined by the date your application is received. Often our classes fill early. If the class that you have applied for is full, then we will accept you pending availability in the next class. Late enrollment begins one week before a class starts, if there is availability.

Evaluation of Prior Training

SAI will review material related to prior training and will refer the student, if appropriate, to the Texas Department of State Health Services to be officially issued credit. The course-work must have been completed within the last five years to be considered for credit. If course-work is approved, this may result in the program workload being shortened and the cost reduced. P.E.T. (Previous Educational Training) transcripts must be presented to school 2 weeks prior to start of class in order to be exempt.

School Policies/Academic Standards

SAI is responsible and compassionate regarding grading. Grading is useful because it gives each student and SAI a clear picture of the student’s progress or, in some cases, challenges. In this way, we can better support students in meeting their goals of becoming inspired and knowledgeable health professionals.

Students must receive an overall grade of 70% or more in each course (i.e. subject) in order to graduate. The grading scale is as follows: 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D (unsatisfactory), below 60 = F (failing & unsatisfactory). Students will be written up and placed on a probationary status for grades 69 or lower.

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