Whatcom offers the following degree and certificate:

Degree: Associate in Science (AS) - Massage Practitioner
Certificate:
Massage Practitioner

 

Prerequisites

The massage practitioner program does not require any prerequisite classes. The degree does, however, require 36 credits of related instruction and electives; the certificate requires 15 credits of related instruction.

Planning courses can be complicated. Without all of the information or a plan, you risk wasting your time and money. After attending an information session, schedule an appointment with your advisor to help you plan a sequence of courses for your unique circumstances. If you intend to take any non-core massage program courses somewhere other than WCC, check with an academic advisor regarding the transferability.


Associate in Science (AS) - Massage Practitioner

The massage practitioner degree prepares students to work as Licensed Massage Practitioners (LMPs). As members of the health care community, they work in a variety of settings including hospitals, sports medicine clinics, medical and physical therapy offices/clinics, health clubs, spas, alternative medicine clinics, counseling and rehabilitative centers, and private massage clinics. The program stresses high levels of academic and critical thinking skills. Program graduates are eligible to sit for state and national licensure exams.

Course requirements (effective fall 2015)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 MT 105
 Ethical & Legal Issues for Massage Practitioners
 3
 MT 110
 Massage Therapy I
 7
 MT 111
 Massage Therapy II
 7
 MT 112
 Massage Therapy III
 7
 MT 202
 Kinesiology I for Massage Practitioners
 4
 MT 203
 Kinesiology II for Massage Practitioners
 2
 MT 204
 Kinesiology III for Massage Practitioners
 2
 MT 205
 Business Applications for Massage Practitioners
 3
 MT 230
 Massage Applications: Orthopedic Treatment
 8
 or MT 235
 Massage Applications: Wellness Treatment
 
 MT 240
 Preparation for Massage Licensing
 2
 MT 250
 Student Clinic
 2
 MT 260
 Clinical Externship
 1
 MT 271
 Anatomy & Pathophysiology I for Massage Practitioners
 3
 MT 272
 Anatomy & Pathophysiology II for Massage Practitioners
 3
 Subtotal
 54
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION
 Credits
 BUSAD 100
 Business Math (CP)
 5
 or Any college level course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 CMST& 210
 Interpersonal Communication (CM)
 5
 PSYC& 100
 General Psychology (HR)
 5
 or SOC& 101
 Introduction to Sociology (HR)
 
 Subtotal  20
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
 Credits
 Any college level courses numbered 100 or above.
 16
 Subtotal  16
 Total  90

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Certificate - Massage Practitioner

The massage practitioner certificate prepares students to work as Licensed Massage Practitioners (LMPs). As members of the health care community, they work in a variety of settings including hospitals, sports medicine clinics, medical and physical therapy offices/clinics, health clubs, spas, alternative medicine clinics, counseling and rehabilitative centers, and private massage clinics. Program graduates are eligible to sit for state and national licensure exams.

Course requirements (effective fall 2015)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS
 Credits
 MT 105
 Ethical & Legal Issues for Massage Practitioners
 3
 MT 110
 Massage Therapy I
 7
 MT 111
 Massage Therapy II  7
 MT 112
 Massage Therapy III  7
 MT 202
 Kinesiology I for Massage Practitioners
 4
 MT 203
 Kinesiology II for Massage Practitioners  2
 MT 204
 Kinesiology III for Massage Practitioners  2
 MT 205
 Business Applications for Massage Practitioners
 3
 MT 240
 Preparation for Massage Licensing
 2
 MT 250
 Student Clinic
 2
 MT 271
 Anatomy & Pathophysiology I for Massage Practitioners
 3
 MT 272
 Anatomy & Pathophysiology II for Massage Practitioners
 3
 Subtotal  45
 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION  Credits
 BUSAD 100
 Business Math (CP)
 5
 or Any college level course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 CMST& 210
 Interpersonal Communication (CM)
 5
 Subtotal  15
 Total  60

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