DIPLOMA IN TUINA – LEVEL 7

DIPLOMA IN TUINA – LEVEL 7

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Key Information for Students

 

Our Diploma in Tuina, approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, is designed for students who wish to become practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine Massage Therapy.  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. 

This complementary and alternative Chinese medicine modality makes use of rhythmic compression techniques along different energy channels of the body to establish harmonious flow of Qi throughout the body and bringing it back to balance. By applying pressure to meridians, acupoints, and groups of muscles and nerves, Tuina removes blockages and works deeply with the positive energy of the body.

The best part of the therapy is that it relaxes as well as energizes the person. The main benefit of Tuina Massage is that it focuses on the specific problem, whether it is an acute or a chronic pain associated with the joints, muscles or a skeletal system.

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.
  • Apply knowledge of physical examination into the routine of diagnosing traumatic and internal disorders – apply theoretical and practical skills for the diagnosis, differentiation and clinical management of common New Zealand health disorders using Tuina manipulation.
  • Describe the steps involved in Tuina research within an ethical framework; review research publications critically where relevant to Tuina, disseminate or communicate research findings to peers and others, remain informed about advances in knowledge pertaining to Tuina and apply this in clinical practice.
  • Engage and communicate professionally and ethically within New Zealand’s healthcare environment and various sectors, including obtaining informed consent prior to treatment and in the course of referrals to other healthcare services.
  • Master and employ appropriate manipulation of Tuina through judicious selection from a variety of appropriate Tuina strategies and techniques to effectively treat a patient’s condition based on an understanding of indications and contra-indications. Review and monitor the health status of patients and modify treatment plans accordingly.
  • Collect clinical data with the four diagnostic methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine, record and analyse clinical information, differentiate syndromes within the New Zealand context and make and maintain appropriate patient records.
  • Take responsibility for patient care in clinical practice and ensure that the rights of patients and their families are protected.
  • Contribute to improving both – the quality of life of patients and the well-being of the community and the environment, practise within legislative, regulatory, ethical and safety frameworks and run a financially viable business as a practitioner of Tuina.

Entry Requirements – Domestic Students

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.

NCEA University Entrance Standard

Candidates must have:

NCEA Level 3

3 subjects at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each, in three UE approved subjects.

Literacy

10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing.  

Numeracy

10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or unit standards which are a package of 3 numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626 and 26627 all required).

Cambridge International Examinations

Candidates must have:

A minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS level from any syllabus groups from those available in New Zealand which are broadly equivalent to those in the approved list of subjects for NCEA with a minimum grade of D in at least three different syllabus groups (excluding Thinking Skills);

A minimum D Pass in IGCSE or GCSE Mathematics or any Mathematics passed at AS Level;

A minimum E Pass in any one of AS English Language, Language and Literature in English or Literature in English.

Other Qualifications

May be deemed equivalent to the University Entrance Standard either on their own or in combination with NCEA (as specified by the New Zealand Universities Vice Chancellor’s Committee).

Special Admission and Mature Entry

Persons over the age of 20 years, who are New Zealand or Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents may enrol without having obtained University Entrance at the decision of the Programme Management Committee (PMC).

Applicants who do not meet all the entry requirements should contact NZCCM to explore their options.  Subject to the NZCCM Board’s statutory powers to decline enrolment, a person may enrol for the first year of the Bachelor of Health Science Programme if the Programme Management Committee is of the opinion that the applicant could undertake the programme with reasonable prospects of success and meets the English Language Requirement.

Discretionary Entrance

The Discretionary Entrance Regulations provide a route to University Study for students who have not continued secondary education beyond Year 12.  Key points in the regulations are as follows:

The regulations apply only to New Zealand or Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents under 20 years of age.

Applicants must have a minimum of 14 credits in an approved subject at Level 2 towards NCEA and have met the literacy and numeracy standards required for University Entrance.

A reference from a School Principal or other suitable person is required and an interview will be conducted.

Students who have undertaken Year 13 study beyond 1 June in any year are ineligible to apply in the same year but may be considered for mid-year admission in the following year.

Additional Admission Requirements

Domestic students must demonstrate they have the English Language Competency to successfully undertake a Level 7 Health Science Programme.  An applicant whose first language is not English shall produce evidence to show that they have English Language competency at least equivalent to the New Zealand University Entrance requirements and of a level of proficiency and capability to enable them to be successful in their studies,

OR

Students must provide evidence of full-time academic study within a New Zealand School for a period of 2 years and evidence that they have completed a minimum of the University Entrance English Requirement at NCEA Level 2.

NZCCM welcomes students who intend to graduate as practitioners of Tuina and our support services are intended to assist students with any health or disability issues on a path towards confident, independent professional practice.  Any such issues must be clearly stated on the Enrolment Form/Health Declaration and will be discussed during the interview, allowing NZCCM to consider whether appropriate support can be provided, and the likelihood of the applicant’s ability to meet professional requirements and practice independently on completion of the programme

Applicants are also required to declare all criminal or pending criminal convictions with their enrolment.

Entry Requirements – International Students

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.

Prospective International Students must:

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

Provide evidence of successfully completing two years tertiary study in a New Zealand Degree or Diploma at Level 5 or above.

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.  Subject to the NZCCM Academic Board’s statutory powers to decline enrolment, a person may enrol for the first year of the Diploma in Tuina Programme if the Programme Management Committee is of the opinion that the applicant could undertake the programme with reasonable prospects of success and meets the English Language Entry Requirement.

Additional Admission Requirements

NZCCM welcomes students who intend to graduate as practitioners of Tuina and our support services are intended to assist students with any health or disability issues on a path towards confident, independent professional practice.  Any such issues must be clearly stated on the Enrolment Form/Health Declaration and will be discussed during the interview, allowing NZCCM to consider whether appropriate support can be provided, and the likelihood of the applicant’s ability to meet professional requirements and practice independently on completion of the programme

Applicants are also required to declare all criminal or pending criminal convictions with their enrolment.

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.