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Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy (Level 6)

Programme Objectives

With this diploma, you will delve deeper into massage therapy, and learn the techniques to address injury and soft tissue dysfunction. With a focus on recovery, you will understand the importance of client assessment and developing treatment plans. This diploma can lead to many career opportunities, including: self-employment, or working alongside other professionals in a multi-health practice (e.g. physiotherapy, acupuncture, osteopathy or medical centres). Other opportunities include ski-fields, gymnasiums, cruise ships, tourism, spas, resorts, hotels, on- site corporates, rest homes and rehabilitation centres with sports teams or chronic pain sufferers.

Programme Overview

Clinical massage therapy is an holistic, hands-on approach,

designed to create the conditions that support the body’s return to optimal health and vitality. With an emphasis on recovery from injury and other soft-tissue dysfunction, it lends itself to application within the broad spectrum of human physical performance activities.

The goal of NZCM’s 36-week Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy Massage programme is to produce knowledgeable, skilled, and adaptable massage therapists capable of playing a significant role in the manual therapy industry. The programme also provides a pathway for further study to the Level 7 Bachelor of Health Studies (Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy).

Key components

Key components of the diploma include:

  • Biomedical, behavioural, educational, and social science bases of healthcare and their role in clinical massage therapy for a broad range of clients and conditions
  • Client assessment, clinical reasoning, treatment planning, implementation, and evaluation, to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and other system conditions
  • Research literacy and application of evidence-based learning to inform clinical judgements
  • Intervention strategies relevant to clinical massage professional clinic management through self-responsibility, communication, client service and business development knowledge and skills integration of learning from across the programme in the form of real world clinical practice within the supervised in-house clinic and a wide range of external placement opportunities

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Key Facts

  • NQF Level 6
  • 12 month full-time programme
  • Study in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch
  • 100 hours Student Clinic experience
  • Approved for student loans and allowances for full- time domestic students

Career opportunities

Massage therapist

Course Costs

For Domestic Students:

  • Tuition Fees: $6,900 
  • Course related costs: $500 
  • Recommended Costs: $1,118 
  • Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.

For International Students:

  • Tuition fees: $17,000
  • Resource fee: $1,500

Qualifications Awarded

Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy (Level 6)


TBC 2019 


This programme is offered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Entry Requirements

  • Be over 18 years of age, and have a:
  • Good level of physical and mental fitness
  • Completion of the NZCM Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage Level 5
  • Discretionary admission is available
  • Additionally, International Students and those whose first language is not English:
    Competence in English language: those whose first language is not English are required to score at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic) in all aspects of the test or NZQA approved equivalent.
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