Clinical Massage Therapy

Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma Program

At Soma, we train tomorrow’s professionals in the healing arts. If you enjoy helping others and are interested in health and wellness, then Clinical Massage Therapy training might be a great fit for you. As a Clinical Massage Therapist you are in a unique position of being able to use natural methods to help people treat painful ailments, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress and promote overall health and wellbeing.

The 750 clock-hour Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma Program from The Soma Institute in Chicago, Illinois provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to start a rewarding career that fits your lifestyle and without spending years in school. You can earn your diploma in as little as 11 months.

Classes at Soma are interactive and led by skillful massage professionals with years of experience. You will receive personal attention and expert guidance through the major elements of massage practice, including Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular techniques, hydrotherapy, and sports massage.

The Soma Institute is the only school in the U.S. that offers a diploma in Clinical Massage Therapy. We believe in “massage with a purpose” and prepare you to offer a lot more to your clients than do traditional massage therapists.


The Soma Institute manages an exciting internship program. You will have an opportunity to work in our on-campus Clinic where you will work directly with the public under the guidance of faculty supervisors.

You will also have the unique opportunity to perform sports massage with NCAA Division 1 athletes at Loyola University. This fast-paced athletic training environment provides you with invaluable faculty-supervised field experience. Interning is an opportunity for advanced-level students to gain invaluable experience in the field and to build skills and confidence.

Employment Opportunities:

The 750 clock-hour Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma prepares you for the career of your choice within the massage therapy field from wellness massage at spas and resorts, to medical massage affiliated with hospitals, to sports massage for professional teams. Many Soma graduates have established their own thriving private practices and businesses.

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Program Length: 11 months
Program Length (Evening – Weekend): 15 months

Class Schedule Options:

At Soma, we understand that you have many demands on your time. Many of our students are working and/or raising families. That is why we tailor our Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma program to fit the needs of busy adult learners. Choose the schedule that best fits your lifestyle:

Daytime Program:
Two days per week. Can be completed in 11 months

Evening/Saturday Program:
One night and Saturday per week. Can be completed in 15 months

For requirements and more information about the Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma program, visit the course catalog here.


The Soma Institute is planning to offer a Credit Hour Clinical Massage Therapy Diploma Program starting in August 2017. Soma's 54.66 quarter credit hour program (750 clock hours in class) will be offered in two schedule options – a day schedule (50 weeks) and an evening-weekend schedule (64 weeks). The Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) has approved Soma's quarter credit hour program. Likewise, the Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved the conversion of the clock hour program to a credit hour designation. The Soma Institute has made an application to the U.S. Department of Education for Soma's new credit hour program to participate in Federal Student Financial Aid Programs. To learn more about the status of Soma's new credit hour program, contact James Cussen at 312.878.4638 or at

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