Frequently Asked Questions


What is the cost of the massage practitioner program?

Students are responsible for tuition and fees charges at Whatcom Community College. In addition, the massage student will be responsible for the costs listed below. Information on financial aid is available in the financial aid office.

Required items include:

  • Massage Practitioner application fee - $25
  • Washington State Patrol Background Check - $10
  • Required textbooks (based on approximate cost of textbooks) - $400-$750
  • TB test - $15
  • Hepatitis Immunization - $115
  • Portable massage table - $250-$750
  • Massage linens - $50

Optional items include:

  • Seated massage chair - $200-$500
  • Liability insurance - varies
  • Personal health insurance - varies

Is the massage program accredited?

Whatcom Community College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. The massage program is approved by the Washington State Massage Board, a subsidiary of the Washington State Department of Health.

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 it possible to work while enrolled in the massage program?

Whatcom will not deny you the opportunity to work while attending classes. However, whenever possible, 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 program. This includes time in lecture, in the lab, reading, writing, studying, and online.

What types/techniques of massage does the program include?

After passing the licensing exam, graduates of Whatcom's massage program are trained to independently apply the following types of massage:

  • Basic Swedish
  • Deep tissue
  • Sports
  • Chair
  • Pregnancy

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.

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