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New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


Study the New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage and become a qualified massage therapist. You will be able to work in the health and massage therapy industry and deliver remedial massage and wellness and relaxation massage.

The New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage will give you the recognised qualification needed to work independently in the massage industry.

You will learn the skills and knowledge needed to professionally deliver remedial massage and wellness and relaxation massage in the health or massage industries.

Students will learn to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of biomedical, behavioural, educational, and social science bases of healthcare and apply knowledge to appropriately treat a variety of musculoskeletal and other system conditions.

  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate remedial massage therapy interventions to address musculoskeletal dysfunction.
  • Demonstrate research literacy and apply evidence-based learning to inform clinical judgements and intervention strategies and maintain currency of massage therapy practice.
  • Select and apply a range of professional, self-management, communication and client service knowledge and skills to meet remedial massage therapy client and industry needs.

Course Content

  • GEN200 Research and Statistics
  • MT6210 Pathology for Massage Practitioners
  • MT6225 Massage for Physical performance
  • MT6240 Clinical Reasoning and Functional Assessment
  • MT6250 Clinical Practice I
  • MT6251 Clinical Practice II
  • MT6270 Therapeutics II

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this diploma will be qualified to work as remedial massage therapists in a broad range of remedial massage settings.

Settings include:

  • home-based massage therapy or mobile clinics
  • community based massage therapy clinics
  • multi-disciplinary clinics
  • sports settings.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6) and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6).

Entry criteria

Successful completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), or the first year of the Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage, or an equivalent programme of study to NZQA Level 5.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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