Therapeutic & Sports Massage (Level 5)

Programme details

Code NZ2740
Level 5
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Tauranga (Windermere)
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Programme aim

This brand new one year diploma is a practical introduction to wellness and relaxation massage.

You’ll get plenty of hands-on experience in massage as well as developing knowledge in human function, health and wellness, and professional practice.

You’ll graduate with the skills to work for yourself as a therapeutic and sports massage therapist, or you could work in areas like tourism, fitness centres, medical centres, health spas, hotels, and more!

Content details

Topics you'll cover:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body
  • The Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage
  • The Professional Practitioner
  • Massage Therapy: Theory to Practice
  • Human Movement and Exercise Fundamentals
  • The Fundamentals of Sport Massage

Career opportunities

Home-based massage therapist, community based massage therapist, employment within health care facilities, spa based massage therapy clinics; sport and fitness facilities (non-injury work), or with sport teams or individual athletes.

Entry criteria

For Certificate and Diploma programmes at Levels 5, 6 and 7, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:

  • NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3
  • OR evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme

Police Vetting

You will need to sign a consent form, which will allow Toi Ohomai to complete a police check before you start the course, during the course, and before you finish the course. Any applicant with a conviction must attend an interview with the relevant department staff and may be declined entry onto the course. You will only be accepted onto the course once a satisfactory police check has been received.

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Page last updated: 15 Sep 2017