Otago Polytechnic

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

Location

Dunedin with practical experience

Duration
One year full-time
Credits
120
Level
5
Start
February 2019
Apply
until start date
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
    1 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
    15 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
    30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019

Develop the skills and understanding needed to provide massage and support clients to improve their wellness. 

Learn about anatomy and physiology, relaxation and therapeutic massage, stress management and wellness promotion methods. Graduates may operate their own massage therapy business, or may find employment within the spa industry. Alternatively, you can progress into the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Science where you can further your studies in massage and health, expand your skill set into rehabilitation (remedial) massage and increase your employment options. 

Fee information

The tuition fees shown in the right-hand column are part of the Government’s Key Information for Students (KIS). This data is pulled from a database that the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) control. It is based on an average fee from the previous year.

This means there is always a difference between the TEC/KIS fee shown and Otago Polytechnic’s current indicative fee (other reasons also affect the KIS data such as fee reductions for students granted Recognition of Prior Learning). Due to this, the indicative fee below is the best guide for prospective students.

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Please note: The KIS data only applies to domestic students. Up-to-date international student fees can be found by clicking the International tab in the top right corner of this page.  

Career possibilities 
  • Massage therapist
  • Wellness coach
What will this programme cover?
  • Anatomy, physiology, models of health and wellness
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Wellness promotion
  • Stress management
  • Professional ethics and an introduction to business management
Entry requirements
  • We prefer that you have a minimum of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) made up of
    • at least 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 English
    • at least 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 science, and
    • a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in at least one other subject, OR
    •  you have relevant and current work experience (of at least two years).
  • The tasks undertaken require evidence of competence in science and English, as specified above.
  • Applications from mature students (over 20) are welcome.
  • You will be required to submit a personal statement outlining why you wish to enter this programme and which of your personal qualities and experiences support your application.
  • You will be required to take part in an interview.
  • For health and safety reasons, you must declare any health conditions and hold a current first aid certificate (or be prepared to work towards one).
  • Due to the online nature of the programme, you will also need to have some familiarity with the use of computers.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.

International students for whom English is not a first language, who come from countries with a visa decline rate of more than 20%

Domestic students for whom English is not a first language and international students from countries with a visa decline rate of less than 20%

View visa decline rates by country here.

If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes.  

If you don’t have the entry requirements above, talk to us about whether you have the equivalent skills and knowledge or to determine if this is the right programme for you. 

Please note: this programme is subject to minimum numbers.

Additional documentation 

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate). 

Additional costs
  • Course-related materials such as massage tables, equipment, textbooks and a uniform will come to a maximum cost of $1,000 per year
  • You also require your own laptop/tablet that are able to bring with you to class
Student loans and allowances 

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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