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The 2014 graduates of Waubonsee Community College's Therapeutic Massage program achieved a perfect 100 percent passage rate on state exams for the May-August testing period.

Waubonsee Therapeutic Massage Students Achieve Perfect Passage Rate

Denise Nakaji

This spring, 10 Waubonsee Community College students who had been enrolled in the college’s Therapeutic Massage program achieved a rare feat, as all 10 passed the state massage therapy board exams in one sitting.

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards recently notified the college its students who had taken the board exams during the May 15-Aug. 15, 2014, testing period had passed the tests.

The passage allows those Waubonsee students to now seek the state licenses to allow them to work as massage therapists in Illinois.

Denise Nakaji, Professor of Therapeutic Massage at Waubonsee, said the 100 percent passage rate represents a “pretty big achievement.”

She noted in Illinois only about 72 percent of those sitting for the FSTMB exams pass, and only about 74 percent nationally.

“For all the students to pass the first time around, that’s an achievement for all to be proud of,” Nakaji said.

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