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Program news

Massage program offers evening cohort!

Whatcom is now offering an additional cohort for the massage practitioner program. This second group of students begins each spring and attends core massage classes in the evening. The evening program is ideal for students who require a class schedule that accommodates their daytime work schedule or other obligation.

Click here for information explaining and comparing the differences between the daytime and evening program options.

Massage program moves in to new Health Professions Education Center

The Health Professions Education Center (HPEC) is a state-of-the-art facility. The building supports WCC’s progressive healthcare education by placing nursing, physical therapist assistant, medical assisting and massage practitioner instructors and students side-by-side in realistic clinical and office settings. This proximity replicates a real-world setting and encourages collaboration and continuum of care across disciplines. We greatly appreciate the support of the WCC Foundation and local developers Dawson Construction, IRM Inc. and Blossom Management who made our new building possible.

Massage practitioner students achieve 100% pass rate for two consecutive years!

All 2012 and 2013 graduates of WCC's massage practitioner program who took the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) following completion of their studies passed the test. Congratulations to our graduates and faculty! Passing the exam is essential for licensed practice of massage in the state of Washington.

Course format delivery

The massage program continues to offer enhancements in class scheduling and delivery format. As of fall 2012, eight of the core massage program classes are delivered on-line or in a blended "online/hybrid" delivery format. Online/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

What is the massage practitioner program?

Whatcom Community College offers two options for aspiring LMPs (licensed massage practitioners):

These program options run concurrently and begin each fall quarter for daytime classes and spring for evening classes. Core curriculum massage classes must be taken in sequence, are only offered to students accepted into the massage program, and run for consecutive quarters.

The AS degree offers students the ability to complete advanced coursework and specialize in an area of interest, as well as participate in an externship at a local business. The certificate is designed to accommodate those who have a previous college education and/or who are pursuing a career change.

The massage practitioner program is full-time, rigorous and academically demanding. It is recommended that students admitted to the program limit their outside obligations as much as possible. The program demands an average of 20 hours per week outside of class on homework assignments. The final quarter of the degree program includes clinical experience off campus.

Both the degree and certificate curriculum qualifies graduates to sit for the Washington State licensing exam and the National Certification Exam to become a licensed massage practitioners.

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