Degrees & Certificates

Massage Therapy

Certificate of Achievement


As people pay increasing attention to their overall health and wellness, many turn to massage therapy to recover from injury or reduce stress.

In nine months, Waubonsee's Massage Therapy Certificate of Achievement puts students in a position to quickly achieve a promising massage practice, either on their own or in a professional setting. Community partners are personally asking Waubonsee to help meet this demand for massage therapists, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, job opportunities for massage therapists are increasing and are growing faster than other health care support occupations.

The Massage Therapy Program has a special admissions process. Contact the Health Professions and Public Service office for further information at (630) 870-3900 or

Studying Massage Therapy at Waubonsee

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Waubonsee Community College has announced its 2022 Outstanding Faculty Member, Denise Nakaji, Professor of Therapeutic Massage. Nakaji has served Waubonsee as a full-time instructor in Waubonsee’s Massage Therapy Program since 1999.

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Massage therapists are concerned with an individual's entire well-being, so Waubonsee developed a multifaceted program that addresses the varied aspects of massage therapy. Classroom curriculum includes study on how the body works; hands-on training develops techniques and skills in a variety of massage specialties; and coursework on professional and ethical subjects helps students manage the practical aspects of their practice.

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This program reflects the national standard of excellence held by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and produces graduates who demonstrate a mastery of core knowledge and skills. Our comprehensive science-based program, taught by highly qualified and experienced instructors, fully prepares students to step into the massage therapy profession upon graduation and licensing. The graduating class pass rate on the MBLEx state licensing examination is100% for 2017-2020  80% for 2021100% for 2022 - 2023.

The program is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and is approved by the Illinois State Board of Higher Education. Graduates take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), paid for by Waubonsee Community College and administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.


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Admission, Accreditation, and Success


The Massage Therapy Program has pre-entrance requirements and a specific application process.


The Massage Therapy Program at Waubonsee Community College is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), and is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), and apply for the State of Illinois Massage Therapy license upon successful examination.

Waubonsee Community College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois State Board of Higher Education, and the U.S. Department of Education. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Waubonsee's pass rates on the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 graduating classes were 100%.
  • National Certification Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Assigned School status, June 30, 2018.

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Working in Massage Therapy

Like many health-focused professions, massage therapy requires a combination of knowledge and perception. Being able to effectively communicate with clients about their condition and how to treat them is essential—especially since massage therapists specialize in multiple modalities which require varying techniques to produce positive outcomes for patients.

Some massage therapists manage their own business in a private practice, while others work in settings such as medical offices and hospitals, patient housing, sports organizations, health clubs, and of course salons and resorts.

Career Prospects

Interested in a career in Massage Therapy? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.



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Professional licensure and certification requirements

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. At this time, Waubonsee Community College cannot confirm if programs that lead to professional licensure or certification meet the prerequisites for professional licensure or certification outside the State of Illinois. Please consult the Licensure Requirements by State and Program table for a full list of states.