Diploma in Advanced 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

Advanced 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 Advanced 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 advanced 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 advanced 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.

Enrol for either in February or July start

Career opportunities

Massage therapist

Course Costs

  • Tuition Fees: $7000 incl GST
  • Course related costs: $500 incl GST
  • Recommended Costs: $1118 incl GST
  • Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.

Qualifications Awarded

Diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy (Level 6)


  • 12 February 2018 
  • 23 July 2018 


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
  • 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 admission is available