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Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

SH1803

Course details

  • Feb 2020
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $6531
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 5
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus

Summary

Students will learn the principles of anatomy and physiology, health and nutrition, and massage therapy. They will gain hands-on experience in our modern clinic, practising massage techniques on each other, as well as clients. Students will also learn basic business skills.

Massage academic staff are qualified with extensive industry experience, enabling students to learn best practice in preparation for graduating.

Students will graduate with the skills and knowledge to provide wellness and relaxation massage therapy services. They will also meet the requirements of Massage New Zealand (MNZ) to be a Registered Massage Therapist.

This programme is a prerequisite course for students who wish to pathway on to becoming therapeutic massage therapists.

 

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View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
SPHP501Musculoskeletal Anatomy515  
SPHP503Human Body Systems 1515  
SPHP508Lifestyle, Nutrition and Health515  
SPHP513Human Body Systems 2515  
MASS501Relaxation and Wellness Massage515 SPHP501
MASS502Massage Therapeutics515

SPHP501

SPHP503

MASS503
MASS503Clinical Massage Practice515

SPHP501

SPHP503

MASS502
SPRT501Fitness Industry Business Skills515  

Career/further opportunities

Graduates of this programme will be qualified to be employed or self-employed as wellness and relaxation massage therapists in a broad range of wellness and relaxation massage setting such as:

  • Home-based massage therapy or mobile clinics
  • Community based massage therapy clinics
  • Multi-disciplinary clinics
  • Sports settings (non-injury work)
  • Spa based massage therapy clinics

This programme provides a pathway to and is a pre-requisite for the New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6) and the Bachelor in Massage Therapy (Level 7)

Further study can be undertaken in aroma science, reflexology and beauty/ spa therapy.

Students who wish to be employed as remedial massage therapist will be required to undertake further study.

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have gained a minimum of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:

i. 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and
ii. Literacy (10 credits NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
iii. Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above)

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of [5.5] in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than [5.0]; or equivalent.

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Pathways

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Year 1 Students, starting Semester 1
Date:  12 February 
Time:  9am - 3pm
Venue: Q Block - Foyer. Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day

Bring ID documents for Police vetting. If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act or the safety checking process, you can visit https://wintec.ac.nz/VCA

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs


Sport items are available throughout the year. Please ​ check with your tutor if you need to purchase anything.

Additional information

Booklist

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status

Uniform

Equipment

Clinical placement

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