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.
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 offers flexibility
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!
What types/techniques of massage does the massage therapist program include?
After passing the licensing exam, graduates of Whatcom's massage therapist program are trained to independently apply the following types of massage:
- Basic Swedish
- Deep tissue
Throughout the program, students are introduced to many other types of massage and modalities. Most of which can be explored further through continuing education training.
Is it possible to work while enrolled in the massage therapist program?Whatcom will not deny you the opportunity to work while attending classes. However, students are encouraged to make as much time available for classes and studying as possible. Students should plan on committing 30-45 hours per week to the massage practitioner program. This includes time in lecture, in the lab, reading, writing, studying, and online.
How long does it take to complete the massage therapist program?
WCC's massage therapist program is full-time. Core curriculum massage classes must be taken in sequence and run for three consecutive quarters. The additional 15 credits of general education requirements may be taken before or after the core requirements.
Is the massage therapist program accredited?