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Certificate IV In Massage Therapy

CRICOS Course Code: 064194M
Course Hours: 815 hours
Location: Sydney and Brisbane
Distance Education: Available for Australian students
Australian Students: Full-time on-campus, Full-time and part-time by distance education
Overseas Students: Full-time on-campus in Sydney only
Course Duration: 52 weeks full-time or 104 weeks part-time

What is massage?
Massage involves physically moving muscle tissue resulting in increased blood flow amongst other. Massage therapists apply touch to reduce muscular tension, aches and pains, and increase healing abilities and the general sense of health and wellbeing.
Course overview
This course represents the entry point of an exciting career in massage therapy. You will learn about Swedish massage, deep tissue therapeutic massage techniques, and health sciences including anatomy and physiology, pathology, and symptomatology and diagnosis. You apply all that you’ve learnt through exams, quizzes, written assessments, oral questioning, workbooks, practical demonstrations, and case studies.
Course outcome
With this qualification you could massage your way in to a number of exciting roles within a health team responsible for the massage treatment of clients, massage services under the guide of a physiotherapist or osteopath, or in the spa industry as a massage therapist. Graduates can continue their study with the Diploma of Remedial Massage. 

Entry requirements
To enter this course you will need to have:
- Completed NSW Higher School Certificate, or equivalent (if you are under the age of 18 years at course commencement you may be required to participate in an interview to assess your suitability for the course) or
- Be 21 years or over at course commencement.

Overseas students are required to demonstrate an English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 (Academic) overall, with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill. This course is available to overseas students studying full-time on-campus in Sydney. Part-time and distance education options are not available for overseas students.

Course structure
The HLT40307 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice requires the successful completion of 15 units of competency. This includes 10 common and 5 specialisation units. Below you will find an  overview of the units of competency delivered within the HLT40307 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice. The nominal duration for each unit of competency includes hours in lectures, tutorials, seminars, demonstrations and supervised clinical practice. Full-time students will complete this course in two study periods of 20 weeks duration each. This will involve an average of 21 hours of on-campus tuition each week, or guided self study for distance education students. Please note that the actual hours of delivery may vary across study periods depending on the units of competency delivered and the clinical practice requirements for these units.

Clinical practice
Throughout your studies, you’ll be required to complete clinical practice. This is an integral part of the course and provides you with the experience of engaging with clients in a safe and supervised environment. Clinical practice hours can be obtained through the ACNT Student Clinic or an approved clinic site for distance education students. Please note that prior to commencing any clinical practice you will be required to successfully complete HLTFA301B Apply First Aid. This unit is delivered in your first study period.
Units of competency
Common subjects
BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others
HLTFA301B Apply first aid
HLTCOM404B Communicate effectively with clients
HLTCOM405B Administer a practice
HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes
HLTCOM406B Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate
HLTCOM408B Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively
HLTHIR301A Communicate and work effectively in health
HLTIN301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work
HLTAP401A Confirm physical health status
Specialist subjects
HLTREM401B Work within a massage framework
HLTREM407B Plan massage treatment
HLTREM408B Apply massage assessment framework
HLTREM409B Perform massage health assessment
HLTREM406B Provide massage treatment