C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

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Plan: C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Remedial Massage
Qualification national code: HLT52015
Nominal hours: 1675
Career: TAFE
Duration: Students with Cert IV-12 Months (2 Semesters);Students without Cert IV-18 Months (3 Semesters)
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences (174T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/vocational-engineering-health-and-sciences/
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Purpose of the Program

The Diploma of Remedial Massage is designed to provide you with the underpinning theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to safely and effectively work with clients presenting with soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance or restrictions in range of motion (ROM). Graduates from this program may be able to work as independent private practitioners, as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary clinic or within a larger health service.

This program will teach you:

  • Managing infection control and workplace health & safety
  • Recognition of the most prominent anatomical structures of the human musculoskeletal system
  • Understanding of the major structures and physiological functions of the human body
  • Recognition of common pathologies affecting the musculoskeletal system
  • Performing musculoskeletal assessment
  • Analysing client health information and constructing appropriate treatment plans and other intervention strategies
  • Provision of remedial massage treatment, including remedial massage techniques, stretching, thermal and other modalities
  • Addressing the needs of people with chronic disease, adapting massage practice for athletes and promoting functional movement capacity
  • Communication skills, working with diverse people and establishing & maintaining client relationships
  • Engaging with other health professionals and the health system
  • Monitoring and evaluating of massage treatments, reflecting and improving on own practice 
  • Operation requirements of a small business

Objectives are reached through regular participation in practical classes, lectures, online classes, clinical practice, work integrated learning and practice study groups.

Graduates are encouraged to play an active role in industry and support is provided to assist applicants in gaining employment.  Membership of the RMIT Alumni community is encouraged to facilitate contacts within industry.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statement below provides you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Remedial Massage you will be eligible to undertake further studies in the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at RMIT University. 

You might then consider pathways into other health sciences within the higher education sector, such as:

  • Chinese Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Osteopathy

At this point in time there are no formal articulation pathways with these disciplines. 

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Entrance requirements

The Diploma of Remedial Massage is delivered as part of a sequence of courses required for award of the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy. 

Applicants in the following groups who have not completed the stated VCE prerequisite may satisfy this requirement by demonstrating, to the satisfaction of RMIT, that they have achieved an equivalent level of skills and knowledge:

Applicants whose highest qualification is Year 12 but who completed year 12 more than two years before the date of application to RMIT.
Applicants who have completed additional qualifications following year 12;
Applicants who have completed overseas year 12; and
Applicants who have completed non-standard year 12.

An equivalent level of skills and knowledge may be demonstrated through tertiary study, test results, overseas year 12 study and/or work experience.

Students who have completed VCAL Senior are eligible to be considered for entry to RMIT diploma and advanced diploma courses.

As part of selection, RMIT will look at the completion of VCAL Senior studies, including any VET and VCE units.

The onus is on applicants to demonstrate that they satisfy prerequisites.

Following successful completion of the Diploma of Remedial Massage, your enrolment will progress into the Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy.

For applicants who already hold the prerequisite units from the Certificate IV, application is still processed through VTAC.  Your enrolment will then be modified to enter straight into the Diploma.


Students must hold a Working with Children Check before undertaking clinical components of this course. 

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External accreditation and industry links

The School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences has significant links with the massage industry through its Program Advisory Committees as well as through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) where students participate in clinical placements with some of our industry partners. This helps to ensure that the program remains relevant to you and the needs of employers.
Many of the teaching staff within the program are or have been practicing industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks. This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

Successful graduates from this program can gain employment in the massage industry or be in independent private practice.

The Diploma of Remedial Massage is recognised by more than 10 professional organisations, including The Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT) and The Association of Massage Therapists (AMT). Associate membership of AAMT is available to students currently studying massage. AMT offers free student membership to enrolled full or part time students of massage therapy.

On successful completion of the Diploma of Remedial Massage graduates are entitled to apply to Medibank Private and various other private health care providers for a provider number to be in independent private practice in Australia.  Please note that each health care provider has a range of criteria that must be met.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.
The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students  

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