HLT52115 Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Remedial Massage

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At a Glance

Duration1 year full-time
Part-time available for Domestic students
Study ModeBlended
Combines eLearning & on-campus learning
Campus LocationHaymarket, Sydney
On-Campus Learning2-3 days a week on-campus training.
Award AbbreviationDTCMRM
Upcoming IntakesEach February, April, July and September

The Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) has been producing industry-ready health practitioners since 1984. For many years, we have been promoting the growth and development of Remedial Massage within our community and the Australian healthcare system by providing accredited courses of the highest standards.

This page contains key information about the HLT52115 Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Remedial Massage, including delivery, assessment, modules and entry requirements.

For further details on this course, including current tuition fees, please see the Student Prospectus.

Course Overview

This qualification is suitable for students who wish to work as a professional remedial massage therapist. It provides students with advance TCM remedial massage and health assessment techniques for management of musculoskeletal health conditions.

Students who complete this course may decide to undertake further studies in the area of Traditional Chinese medicine, such as the Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM)


The course is delivered on a full-time basis over 51 weeks (4 terms). It comprises 28 weeks’ face-to-face tuition on campus (which includes classes and clinical practice), 9 weeks’ intensive block practice on campus, 4 weeks for assignment submission and 10 weeks for term break.

Classes comprise lectures and tutorials, which include discussions, case scenarios, case history analysis, demonstrations, and practical on-site clinic activities.

All practical clinic activities are undertaken at SITCM Teaching Clinic. There is no work placement arrangement for this course.


Assessment tasks include written tasks, demonstrations, group assignments and role plays.

Students must also spend a minimum of 200 hours in SITCM’s Teaching Clinic, where they will complete a minimum of 159 client massage therapy treatments. They will be observed and assessed by clinic supervisors, to ensure that they are able to successfully integrate the knowledge and skills required for actual clinical massage activities.



Unit CodeTitle
CHCCOM006Establish and manage client relationships
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
BSBSMB404Undertake small business planning
HLTAID003Provide first aid*
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTMSG001Develop massage pratice
HLTMSG002Assess client massage needs
HLTREF002Provide reflexology for relaxation
HLTMSG004Provide massages treatments
HLTINF004Manage the prevention and control of infection
HLTWHS004Manage work health and safety
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPRP005Engage with health professionals and the health system
HLTTCM001Develop Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) remedial massage practice
HLTTCM002Perform Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) remedial massage health assessments
HLTTCM003Provide Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) remedial massage treatments
HLTTCM004Adapt Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) remedial massage practice to meet specific needs
HLTTCM005Monitor and evaluate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) remedial massage treatments

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or over at the time that they commence the course for which they have applied; and
  • Either provide a copy of their Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate) or overseas equivalent*; or
  • Provide a copy of an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Certificate IV or higher qualification; or
  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test and be assessed as competent at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

*The NSW Department of Education should be contacted to determine the equivalency of overseas secondary qualifications before lodging an application.

International applicants must also have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above (or equivalent) and must provide documentation to that effect.