Degrees & Certificates

Therapeutic Massage

Certificate of Achievement

The application deadline for fall has been extended!

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.

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As people become more aware of and concerned about their health, they find ways to take care of themselves both as a way to heal and prevent injuries and illness. Therapeutic massage is one of the tools that people are increasingly looking to for both injury recovery, as well as injury prevention.

Waubonsee Offers Career Path in Massage Therapy

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.


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Click here to download the application. Contact the Health Professions and Public Service office at (630) 585‐7900, ext. 3900 or

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%.
  • National Certification Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Assigned School status, June 30, 2018.
  • This is a program in which NCBTMB partners with educational institutions to ensure massage therapy programs reflect a national standard of excellence with graduates who demonstrate a mastery of core knowledge and skills.

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