Ethics: Law & Documentation


4 CE Hours


Take this opportunity to reflect on your professionalism while reviewing several ethical issues within the massage therapy and bodywork profession.

This course covers:

  • negligence and malpractice and the four elements of negligence
  • basic professional liability insurance terms and concepts
  • main reasons why independent contractors and employed health care professionals both need professional liability insurance
  • components of a typical professional liability policy
  • consent and recognizing examples of it
  • identifying the health care professional's obligations regarding the informed consent process
  • who may give consent on behalf of the patient when s/he is unable to do so
  • circumstances that may involve special consent rules
  • purposes and major uses of the medical record
  • components of SOAP charting
  • implications of releasing confidential information about the client

This course contains 4 hours in NCBTMB Standard I: Professionalism.

Course Reviews

Kay Bene, LMT, NCTMB

This was an excellent course. It described the complex subject of documentation, insurance and responsibility very, very well. I enjoyed reading the material and thought the test was excellent and very well constructed.

Cynthia Frey, LMT, NCTMB

Having taken ethics courses every year for 16 years, I was thrilled to find a course that was far outside of something I could have taught. Skimming the test before reading the text, I saw questions I could not confidently guess the answers to. Thank you for a course for those of us who are bored with basic courses which focus on common boundaries and professionalism. I would recommend this course to anyone needing an ethics course who is interested in legalities and interacting with the medical community.

S. Cash, LMBT

This is a valuable course to help massage therapist and healthcare practitioners have a better understanding of law and documentation from an ethical perspective. The information on professional liability insurance was extremely informative. Thank you for an inexpensive ethics class that is applicable to one's practice!

Anne Edstrom, LMT

This was very informative and it definitely reminded me of certain issues within my practice that can be improved upon. By doing so, I will not only be of greater benefit to my clients, but I will be protecting myself. Thank you for your clear and concise course!!

Patricia DeBiase, LMT, NJ

This course was definitely designed with the needs of the busy person in mind! I was able to earn the credits necessary for my license renewal on my own time, without the stress of making it to a class on time. I will definitely use HP! again in the future and will recommend it to my fellow co-workers!

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  • Manual - 19 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to complete this program online please select the "Materials: Available online + Test: Available online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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