Help others achieve their healthcare goals
Being a licensed massage practitioner (LMP) 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 Community College's massage practitioner program is approved by the Washington State Massage Board, a subsidiary of the Washington State Department of Health.
Whatcom's massage practitioner program offers flexibility
Day or evening
Whatcom’s massage practitioner program offers students two program options to pursue study in this field: a daytime program that starts each fall quarter and an evening program that starts each spring quarter. The latter is ideal for students who require a class schedule that accommodates their daytime work schedule or other obligations.
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 practitioner students exceed state and national pass rates
For the past five years, 92.4% of Whatcom's massage practitioner graduates passed the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) on their first attempt, compared to 86% in the state and 75% 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 practitioner program include?
After passing the licensing exam, graduates of Whatcom's massage practitioner 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 practitioner 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 practitioner program?
The length of the program varies between degree or certificate, daytime or evening, and general education and elective options.
Review the course sequencing for the daytime and the evening programs. You are also invited to meet with an advisor at any time to discuss your unique situation and goals. Advising sessions can help you develop a quarter-by-quarter plan to get an idea of which classes to take, when you can start and when you will graduate.
Is the massage practitioner program accredited?