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Sandburg Therapeutic Massage Students Pass National Exam

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Dec. 13, 2012
GALESBURG—Every student in the most recent class of the Carl Sandburg College therapeutic massage program recently passed on their first attempt the certification exam assessed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

The FSMTB’s Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination is recognized by 35 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each student is now certified to take the licensure exam for each of those locations.

Students passing the exam were: Lisa Anderson, Carthage; Heather Long, Hamilton; and Krista Mustain, Colchester. Each will graduate from Sandburg this month with a certificate in therapeutic massage. This is the second consecutive time every student in the program has passed the exam on their first attempt.

The exam lasts 2 1/2 hours and includes 125 questions covering anatomy and physiology; kinesiology; pathology, contraindications, areas of caution and special populations; benefits and physiological effects of techniques that manipulate soft tissue; client assessment, reassessment and treatment planning; massage and bodywork history; ethics boundaries, laws and regulations; and guidelines for professional practice.

Carl Sandburg College serves more than 3,400 students throughout three locations in west-central Illinois, offers seven university transfer programs, 16 associate in applied science programs, 18 certificate programs and six advanced certificate programs. It was recently named No. 1 in the nation for digital technology among community colleges its size. For more information, visit



Carl Sandburg College therapeutic massage student Lisa Anderson offers a massage to Ashley Craver during Fall 2012 clinic hours at the Education Commons in Carthage.