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Application deadline extended to Sept. 11, 2020

The application deadline to the fall 2020 massage therapist program has been extended to Sept. 11, 2020. Visit the "how to apply" page for details and to access the application packet.

Safety measures in place

The massage therapist program has implemented safety measures to protect faculty and staff.

Massage program - covid

Help others achieve their healthcare goals

Being a licensed massage therapist (LMT) offers you the opportunity to help others achieve their healthcare goals and re-establish the connection between mind and body. This is done through the application of therapeutic touch. Massage is a very personal, hands-on approach to healthcare, giving both the practitioner and the client the opportunity to connect at a deeper level.

Whatcom's massage therapist program is approved by the Washington State Massage Board, a subsidiary of the Washington State Department of Health.

Whatcom's massage therapist program offers flexibility

Hybrid courses

The massage program continues to offer enhancements in class scheduling and delivery format. Eight of the core massage program classes are delivered in a hybrid delivery format. Hybrid courses have the lecture portion of class delivered online and the laboratory portion delivered face-to-face in our dedicated lab. Check with a program advisor for information on all courses offered throughout the year and to discuss the online learning experience.

Massage therapist students exceed state and national pass rates

For the past five years (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2019), 92.8% of Whatcom's massage therapist graduates passed the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) on their first attempt, compared to 83.8% in the state and 72.5% nationally. Congratulations to our graduates and faculty! Passing the exam is essential for licensed practice of massage in the state of Washington.

Would you like to support students enrolled in Whatcom's massage therapist program?

Whatcom’s massage therapist program offers students exciting and innovative learning opportunities such as a cadaver lab at Bastyr University and work-based learning experiences offering massages to participants in popular community events such as Ski-to-Sea and the Chuckanut 50k.

If you would like to support our students’ success in endeavors such as these, help the program maintain currency of lab equipment and technology, and/or support the program in other ways, please donate to the Whatcom Community College Foundation and type “ma” in the gift designation field to select the Massage Program.

Thank you for your generous support!

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  • What types/techniques of massage does the massage therapist program include?
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