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.

Theron Eirish
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.

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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?
  • Is it possible to work while enrolled in the massage therapist program?
  • How long does it take to complete the massage therapist program?
  • Is the massage therapist program accredited?
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