Attention Cortiva Institute students
If you are affected by the closure of the Cortiva Institute in Seattle and Federal Way, contact Whatcom Community College to discuss how your credits may transfer toward completion of Whatcom's massage therapist certificate.
Massage Therapist Program Coordinator
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
Online and hybrid courses
The massage program continues to offer enhancements in class scheduling and delivery format. Eight of the core massage program classes are delivered online or 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, 2013 - June 30, 2018), 92.4% of Whatcom's massage therapist graduates passed the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) on their first attempt, compared to 84.4% in the state and 72.9% nationally. Congratulations to our graduates and faculty! Passing the exam is essential for licensed practice of massage in the state of Washington.
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?
Current Student Registration Begins for Summer Quarter
Medical Assisting Information Session
05/20/2019 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Last day to officially withdraw from classes, add/remove S/U grading, register for continuous enrollment, and audit or change to variable credits