Degrees & Certificates

Therapeutic Massage

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.

With massage therapists in demand for medical and therapeutic reasons, the industry continues to grow, and opportunities for massage therapists are expanding.

Waubonsee's certificate program puts you in a position to quickly achieve a promising massage practice, either on your own or in a professional setting.

Studying Massage Therapy at Waubonsee

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.

Instruction from qualified instructors prepares students to step into a massage therapy job upon graduation and certification.

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.

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, resorts and cruise ships.


Admission, Info and Success


The Therapeutic Massage Program does require a special application process


The Therapeutic Massage Program Student Handbook contains important program details. 


Waubonsee's pass rate on the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) for the '2016-2017' graduating class was 100%.  

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