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Diploma in Tuina (Level 7)

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Level of study:
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2 years
Start date: 14-February-2022
New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine
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The programme, delivered over a period of 72 weeks, follows a full-time study 2-year pathway comprising a total of 240 credits spread between Levels 5,6 and 7 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as ‘internal’ or ‘external’. Tuina, a form of ‘hands-on’ Chinese Manipulative Therapy, is an external method specially suitable for use on people of all ages in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping. Tuina has been gaining international attention because it is a very effective therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle spasms. Other benefits of this massage therapy include alleviation of stress-related disorders like insomnia, constipation, headaches and other disorders related to digestive, respiratory and reproductive systems.

The greatest advantage of Tuina is that it focuses on maintaining overall balance with both physical and mental health. Several hospitals in China now include Tuina as a standard aspect of treatment.

The aim of this Diploma Qualification is to produce graduates who have attained sufficient knowledge, practical skills and behavioural attributes in traditional Chinese Medicine Therapies, practices and philosophies of Tuina. Successful completion of this qualification will enable practitioners to make a positive difference in the maintenance and overall health of the communities in which they live either in New Zealand or internationally.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this qualification:

  • Apply knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system that gives humans the ability to move and provides form, support, stability and movement to the body.
  • Apply knowledge of the biological, physical and chemical principles that govern the homeostatic functioning of the human body in their clinical and professional contexts.
  • Communicate and integrate knowledge of the historical development of Chinese Medicine and its philosophy, its concepts of function and dysfunction, prevention and its therapeutic principles that underpin the process of a practitioner in the New Zealand healthcare context.
  • Communicate and provide patients with knowledge, skills and values from Chinese Medicine Philosophies and techniques required to support preserving and enhancing their health and well-being through management of lifestyle, diet, physical and mental exercise.
  • Apply accurate location of points and channel functions in the safe and effective practice of therapeutic techniques of classical manual massage therapy of Tuina.
  • Apply knowledge of Western Examination Procedures and Diagnostic Tests. This also includes the interpretation of common laboratory tests and imaging procedures, mainstream pharmacologically active agents or mainstream physical interventions to treat or supress symptoms of pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions into clinical thought processes and patient examination routines.

Employment Outcomes

On successful completion of either qualification, graduates can:

Be self-employed in Chinese Medicine or Massage Clinics
Be a Tuina Practitioner in an established Chinese Medicine Clinic or Multi-disciplinary CAM Clinic

Further Study

Bachelor Degree in Health Science majoring in Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine.

Entry criteria

International Students intending to apply for our Degree Programmes must possess the personal and professional qualities required to become competent and ethical healthcare providers. Completion of an interview process will enable us to ensure that there is a match between our learners, their employment and future goals and our programmes. All students will be required to complete a health declaration.

Candidates must demonstrate they meet NZ University Entrance requirements through completion of an equivalent international secondary school qualification or by demonstrating previous tertiary study.

They must also:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Show English Language Competency to a minimum of 6.0 overall with no band lower than 5.5 on the IELTS academic test or equivalent (any other NZQA recognised international test) with test results being current, obtained from one test and taken within 2 years of the application date OR
  • Have successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 OR
  • Provide evidence of full-time study within a New Zealand School for a period of two years and have completed a minimum of NCEA Level 2 (the UE English requirement) OR
  • Complete all immigration requirements and have a valid student visa.
  • Submit evidence of appropriate medical and travel insurance.

Special Admission and Mature Entry: Applicants who are over 20 years of age and do not meet all the entry requirements should contact NZCCM to explore their options.


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