Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy (Level 6)

Programme Objectives

You will delve deeper in your understanding of massage therapy, building-on from your Level 5 qualification. 

You'll learn 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 aforementioned in Level 5, but also opens more options such as working 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.

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

Key Facts

  • 12 month full-time programme
  • Students engage in 100 hours of Student Clinic experience

Career opportunities

Massage therapist

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: TBC
  • Course fees: TBC

Qualifications Awarded

Diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy (Level 6)

2020 Intakes 





This programme is offered at our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Campuses.

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 are required to submit Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5 or equivalent.

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