Bachelor of Health Studies (Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy)

 

 

Programme Objectives

This Bachelor of Health Studies ( Massage & Neuromuscular Therapy) is the benchmark for massage education, aligned with international education developments. It offers the best in evidence-based theories on structure and function of the human body while extensively exploring therapeutic relationships. Covers indepth ethical boundaries and the client as whole person, through a thorough grounding in research methods, principles and practice. A wide range of industry-experienced teaching staff, most in current clinical practice, guide you towards mastery of a variety of hands-on techniques. Experienced teaching staff will support you in integrating your learning to apply it in a clinical context.

Massage Therapy is positioning itself in the primary health care sector both in New Zealand and internationally. Our degree will prepare you for a professional career by providing you with the highest level of training in an industry that is in growing demand. Combine academic excellence and clinical competency and prepare for a life-changing career in sports massage, management of myofascial pain syndromes or general palliative care.

Equip yourself to deal with complex clinical cases: learn to assess, problem-solve and apply clinical reasoning with your in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Key Components

Includes all components of the NZCM Diploma in Health Sciences (Massage & Sports Therapy) and additionally:

  • Lymphatic drainage and oncology massage
  • Research methodology: Critical Analysis of current research
  • Kinesiotaping and mobilisation Refine and apply specialised skills in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) for specific dysfunction eg: Temperomandibular dysfunction
  • Introduction to principles of pharmacology
  • Nutrition guidance and other manual therapies
  • Psychology of the Therapeutic Relationship including concepts /theories relating to chronic disease and pain
  • Integrated therapies, principles and theories incorporating a holistic approach to client care

Massage Therapy Related Practicums

Students will have an opportunity to earn credits through a selection of Practicums. These are based upon Massage Therapy learning experiences and skill development and intended to reinforce in-class practical tuition. Practicums are assessed through methodologies such as:

  • Practical Massage Practicums
  • Client Information Collection
  • Case Studies
  • Student Clinic
  • Community Placements

Practical Opportunities

NZCM students are encouraged to participate in a wide range a practical opportunities to enhance their experience base. The ability to use friends and family to practice in-class learning is essential with many practicums necessitating homebased study and massage required. NZCM practicums are designed to help prepare students to work in real world environments such as Spas and Massage Therapy Clinics. All practicum contact refers to standard industry practices and processes in all practicums.

Key Facts

  • NZQA Level 7
  • 3 Year Full Time Course
  • Study in Auckland or Wellington
  • New Zealand’s leading Massage & Neuromuscular Therapy Degree
  • 80 hours student clinic experience
  • Holders of NZCM Diplomas will gain some credit towards this qualification. Contact the Auckland Office for RPL/cross credit application form.
  • Approved for student loans for domestic students and allowances for full time domestic students.
  • An interview lets you meet an academic staff member to ask any questions, and lets the College help you find the best course of study for you.

Why Choose This Qualification?

  • Combine academic excellence and clinical competency.
  • Prepare for a life-changing career in sports massage, management of myofascial pain syndromes or general palliative care.
  • Equip yourself to deal with complex clinical cases: learn to assess, problem-solve and apply clinical reasoning with your in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Let your clients benefit from your knowledge of the latest clinical developments and research evidence.
  • Enjoy a people-centred culture and apply your learning in real situations.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other health professionals.

Start / Finish Dates

  • 2 February 2015 – 1 December 2017

Entry Criteria

  • Be over 18 years of age with physical and mental fitness
  • 42 credits at NCEA level 3 with 14 credits in two of the following subjects: Chemistry, Science, Biology, Health Studies, Physical Education
  • Literacy requirements – 8 credits at level 2 (or higher)
  • 4 credits in reading and 4 credits in writing
  • Discretionary entrance available
  • International students must hold academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5, or TOEFL550 with an essay score of 5 TWE

Fees Schedule

  • Tuition Fees for whole programme (Year 3): $6,569 incl GST
  • Course Related Costs (e.g. Textbooks etc): $345 incl GST approx
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