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.

Featured Reviews

This course was a good reminder about the importance of documentation.

- Keith Autry LMT Carlsbad, NM

Good course material (understandable) and good "flow" to the text. Thank you for offering such diverse topics!

- Linneah Dalmus, LMT

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!

- Patricia DeBiase, LMT, NJ

The text was concise and to the point.

- S. Star Byrd, CMT

I think this course should be taught in every massage school to new students. Great Course!

- Shawn M. C\'De Baca

The course was well organized and informative.

- Virginia Azzopardi, LMT, Albuquerque, NM

Very informative and useful information.

- Carol Speaker, LMP

I highly recommend this course and I will definitely return to this website for future CEU courses.

- Jennie Montero-Iovino, LMT, NCTMB

This course was informative and excellent! Thank you!

- Heather Kirchkesner, LMT

Good. Very organized and especially convenient.

- Fernando Rojas-Otero, LMT

This course was excellent and simple to navigate online

- Crystal Anderson, LMBT

The types of insurance polices were very informative and I will keep this for reference. I also liked the way you explained the various methods of charting.

- Susan Drinkard, LMT

I enjoyed it.

- Judy Mascarenas, LMT

I needed to refresh on law and documentation and this was very helpful, especially when deciding on liability insurance options.

- Carol Benjamin

I am continually satisfied with the content, its presentation and ease and convenience in obtaining CEU's. Thanks!

- Deborah Tysinger, LMBT, NCTMB

This is a very good ethics course. I have a better understanding of liability insurance than ever before.

- Anne Pafford, LMT

Very informative this will help me in my practice.

- Laure Healey, LMT

This was great! Very clear and concise; I didn't feel like any of my time was wasted on useless info. Thank you!

- Amanda Webb, LMP

The course was very informative. I look forward to taking more courses.

- Suzanne Giovinazzo, LMT, NCTMB

The course was very helpful and convenient to take online

- Heather Clementoni, LMT

I enjoyed looking at Ethics from a legal standpoint. This course was very informative.

- Shasta Garrison, LMT, NCTMB

This course helped me to easily understand some of the more technical terminology used in documentation.

- Gregory Scelsi, LMT

This was a refreshing course and a good reminder of ethics.

- Melissa Johnson, 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!!

- Anne Edstrom, LMT

Very well put together and informative. I would take this course again as a review. thanks.

- Gilbert Rivera, LMT

Great course. Made a potentially boring subject at least a little bit interesting. Thanks!

- Pete Gurule, LMT

Excellent! I don't have much time to go and actually sit through a class, this way I learn and it works with my schedule AND with understandable material.

- Holly Dale, CMT, NCTMB

This is very useful for me.

- Zhaomei Liu, CMT

Excellent short refresher on Ethics and Documentation.

- Daniel Robinson, LMT

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!

- S. Cash, LMBT

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.

- Kay Bene, LMT, NCTMB

The course was well organized and the information was useful and to the point. No fluff or wasted time. Very helpful.

- Yolanda Weinberger

I was pleased that I had to actually read the course material and think about the answers to the questions.

- Vicki Wells, LMT

I feel it was very informative as to what to expect of the testing expectations.

- Robin Alexander, LMP

Simple, Quick and Easy CEU ethics course.

- Ellen Mahlman, LMT

This course was excellent for me because it refreshed my memory on important points plus I gained information I did not know regarding the "Law". I actually enjoyed this.

- Marilyn Mathews, LMBT

Very informative and useful. I appreciated the ease with which the course, information, and test were organized.

- Kathryn Pavlis, LMP

Very good information & a thorough Ethics course that describes information very well.

- Nancy Hudspeth, LMT, NCTMB

Great course! Second time I've used the online classes and I plan to use them again in the future :)

- Blaire Singleton, LMBT, 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.

- Cynthia Frey, LMT, NCTMB

Thank you for a job well done on this CEU. It was crystal clear.

- Anthony Alden, LMT, NCTMB

It was very helpful to me because of being a medical massage therapist. I work closely with insurance and lawyers. Thank you.

- Patricia De Marsh, LMT

Nice format, easy to access, took care of my CEC's needs in a quick, and efficient manner.

- William Gerlock, LMT

The information in this course was helpful and I feel effective enough to apply it in my practice.

- Eleanor LaVasseur, NCTMB

I love your courses. They are packed full of information in a clear and methodical way. I have learned a great deal from this course and previous courses you have provided. I most certainly intend to take more courses in the future. Five stars! Thank you!

- Terri King Blankenship, LMT

Very concise accumulation and presentation of information. Easy to follow and very informative. I now better understand my own liability insurance. Thanks :)

- Marie Leone

It was great experience to study this course. It is very helpful , and understandable.

- Aleksandr Schastlivy, LMP

Excellent course, user friendly for a hard topic.

- Sandy Scott, LMT

Course allowed me to get the ethics course requirement conveniently and quickly

- Wilhelmina Blank, LMT

The course content was very thorough and interesting. I have gained new insight and learned new terminology.

- Linda Skye, LMT, BCTMB


  • 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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