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Professional Certificate in Massage Therapy


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QUALIFY as a Massage Therapist with a course that ticks all the boxes ……..

AFFORDABILITY, FLEXIBILITY + STUDY-WORK-LIFE BALANCE

The Professional Certificate in in Massage Therapy is geared towards those wishing to practice as a Massage Therapist.  Learning from experienced clinical massage therapists, you will attain the hands-on technical skills and knowledge to provide therapeutic remedial massage treatments.

Transition into a Rewarding Career

The healing power of touch as preventative medicine to support the maintenance of good health & wellbeing has shown that massage as a health intervention is now at unprecedented public demand.

Massage Therapy is a rewarding career and a growing profession that offers work flexibility with full time and part time opportunities. Working as a massage Therapist is a fantastic choice for those who want to work in a rewarding field that is dedicated to the care of their clients. As a Massage Therapist you enjoy a greater work-life balance while earning the loyalty & gratitude of your client. - Love your work love your life

Qualify as a Confident Massage Therapist

A Massage Therapist uses skilled techniques to manually manipulate the body's soft tissue for the purpose of producing therapeutic effects & uses postural assessment as the basis for a treatment plan aimed at restoring the body to it's ideal state. Massage Therapists help clients to overcome physical problems and to achieve & maintain good health.

The Professional Certificate in Massage Therapy is a work ready qualification; your practical studies include Swedish Massage and Remedial Massage and are underpinned with the right balance of Anatomy & Physiology. 

Nature Care has an established in-house Wellness Centre where students put their theory into practice during their final terms of study treating members of the public under the supervision of experienced clinical practitioners. In our busy Wellness Centre, students treat patients with preventative health care solutions to improve well-being and patients with existing health conditions. Exposure to such depth of clinical experience and expertise provides students with the confidence to graduate as work ready massage therapists.

A Timetable delivering Study-Work- Life Balance

Our massage course consists of seven subjects to ensure you obtain the full depth of skills required to provide therapeutic remedial massage treatments (not just relaxation treatments).

In your first term of study, you complete two subjects a practical subject (Swedish Massage) and a theory subject (Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure).  In your second term of study, you complete another practical subject Remedial Massage followed by a theory subjects Safe Practices and Functional Anatomy. In your final, term of study you complete your in-house clinical training under the mentorship & supervision of experience clinical massage therapists. 

Useful Tip: When looking for a massage course that’s the right for you be aware of courses saying you can practice as a therapist after a two day workshop.

 

Course Duration: 3 Terms Part-Time

Commences: June

Delivery Mode: Practical subjects are on campus only, theory subjects can be completed on-campus, or via distance learning.

Enrolment: Course Fees are only payable on a term by term basis as you proceed with your studies

Recognition of Course

Nature Care College is an approved training provider for the Professional Certificate in Massage Therapy with;

IICT - The International Institute for Complementary Therapists Professional membership & insurance for Every Therapist - Once you have graduated with your Professional Certificate in Massage Therapy from Nature Care College, you are eligible to join the IICT Visit: www.iict.com.au

Frequently asked questions about Professional Certificate in Massage Therapy

What are the requirements to practice?

As a graduate of Nature Care College’s Professional Certificate in Massage Therapy, you are legally allowed to practice as a Massage Therapist. Nature Care is an approved, recognised provider for the Professional Certificate in Massage Therapy with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT).

Upon graduating, you are able to join IICT to gain personal indemnity insurance to practice. This means you will comply with the National Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Care Workers, which recommends that Health Practitioners should have Professional Indemnity Insurance.

IICT is a professional membership body that provides membership to thousands of natural therapy practitioners worldwide. IICT represents the world’s largest list of recognised natural therapy modalities.

Am I able to obtain a provider number for health fund rebates?

The minimum education standard to obtain a provider number is a Diploma of Remedial Massage. It requires you to enrol into a Diploma of Remedial Massage that meets the education criteria of 12 months full-time with supervised clinical practice or 18 months part-time with supervised clinical practice. This is above the legal requirements to practice. Therefore, we encourage you to think if a Diploma of Remedial Massage course is the right fit for you considering the additional cost & time involved just so some of your eligible clients can receive a minimal rebate.

Who are my Trainers?

Nature Care College has been a leading provider of natural therapies for 46 years! The college is renowned for its bodywork curriculum, passionate and experiences Trainers and professional, caring environment. Students in the Professional Certificate in Massage Therapy receive great benefits in learning from Trainers who are successful massage therapists and who love sharing their first-hand clinical experience with their students.

For further details please download Course Outline

Testimonials

Heidi is a fantastic very hands on remedial massage Trainer. Highly knowledgeable and gives excellent feedback & so much additional knowledge in each class. - Phoebe Haselden

Trainers are so helpful & considerate. - Ly Ngoc Mai

Great teacher learnt a lot. Really loved the class and look forward to the next - Samantha Callaghan

Please note that you will require a current First Aid Certificate to graduate

Nature Care College courses are not nationally recognised qualifications under the Australian Qualification Framework, do not lead to the issuance of AQF certification documentation and Nature Care College is not registered by ASQA to deliver the course.

This Nature Care College qualification in massage therapy has been developed in-house by highly experienced remedial massage therapists & osteopaths for anyone seeking to become a massage therapy practitioner.

UNITS OF STUDY

Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure

Description: A fundamental component of all major modalities, this subject will teach you an overview of the fundamental Anatomy of Body Structures. This course will focus on the anatomy of the external body structures including the skin and accessory structures, bones of the skeleton, joints and the skeletal muscles.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Two on-line quizzes

Pre-requisites: Nil

Co-requisites: Nil


Swedish Massage

Description: Swedish massage is an introduction to general massage that employs the fundamental manipulations (techniques) applied to the soft tissues of the body. Swedish massage forms the underpinning practical and theoretical knowledge for Remedial Massage 1 & 2. In this unit of study you will learn the basic techniques, ethical behaviour and boundaries, draping, contraindications, history and definition of
massage etc. Participants on finishing this unit of study should be competent in all areas of general massage.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Practical assessment tasks
  • Five body logs
  • One on-line quiz

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Co-requisites: Nil.


Remedial Massage

Description:  This unit of study will enhance the skills and knowledge learnt in Swedish Massage and introduces the concepts of Remedial Massage. You will learn advanced massage techniques, case history taking, visual assessment, identification of contraindications and referral protocols. The skills and knowledge gained will allow you to integrate them with your Swedish massage techniques allowing you to treat some common soft tissue techniques.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Practical assessment tasks
  • Five body logs
  • One on-line quiz

Pre-requisites: Swedish Massage; Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure.

Co-requisites: Nil.


Safe Practices

Description:  This unit incorporates the skills and knowledge required to comply with infection control policies and procedures and contribute to WHS processes.

Learning Hours: Learning hours are inclusive of all supervised and prescribed activities throughout the duration of this unit of study. These may include lectures, on-line tasks, forums, assessments, prescribed reading, research, assignments and activities.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • One on-line quiz

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Co-requisites: Nil.


Functional Anatomy

Description: The focus of this one day unit is to identify the major boney landmarks on the body using palpation and visual assessment techniques. This unit will provide the anatomical knowledge and biomechanical principles related to the human skeletal system.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Practical assessment tasks

Pre-requisites: Anatomy & Physiology Body Structure

Co-requisites: Nil


Clinical Practice A (Massage)

Description: Student training clinic provides an environment for the transition from student to competent Health Care professional. This is achieved in the following ways:
•Integrating knowledge and skills, training in a live clinical setting.
•Supporting students to take a professional role whilst being supported by experienced practitioners.
•Allowing students to undertake the challenges of clinical work within the supervision safety net provided by the training Clinic
To truly facilitate effective transition all students are encouraged to behave as they would in their own Clinic.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Ongoing practical assessment tasks

Pre-requisites: Swedish Massage, Anatomy & Physiology (Body Structure), Remedial Massage 1, Safe Practices

Co-requisites: Remedial Massage 2

 


Clinical Practice B (Massage)

Description: Student training clinic provides an environment for the transition from student to competent Health Care professional. This is achieved in the following ways:
•Integrating knowledge and skills, training in a live clinical setting.
•Supporting students to take a professional role whilst being supported by experienced practitioners.
•Allowing students to undertake the challenges of clinical work within the supervision safety net provided by the training Clinic
To truly facilitate effective transition all students are encouraged to behave as they would in their own Clinic.

Assessment
This unit is assessed by:

  • Ongoing practical assessment tasks

Pre-requisites: Swedish Massage, Anatomy & Physiology (Body Structure), Remedial Massage 1, Safe Practices

Co-requisites: Remedial Massage 2

 




Course tuition fees for each term will depend on the number of units of study in which you enrol into. You enrol and pay on a term by term basis.

Year 1 Fees:

Term 1 : $1,280.00

Term 2 : $1,355.00

Term 3 : $1,720.00

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testimonials

"I am so grateful to Nature care College for providing such a supportive and highly professional tuition over the time I spent doing my qualification. Thank you all so much!"

Monika Bebb

Massage Graduate

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