Ethics: Legal & Ethical Issues


6 CE Hours


Examine key legal and ethical concepts related to massage and bodywork including professional roles and boundaries in the health field. Learn essential tips for medical record keeping and professional liability insurance.

This course covers:

  • negligence and malpractice and identify the four elements of negligence
  • intentional and quasi-intentional tort and recognizing how they differ from negligence or strict liability
  • assault, battery, sexual assault, false imprisonment, defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • consent and recognize an example of it
  • the defenses to intentional and quasi-intentional torts
  • examples of breach of confidentiality
  • essential roles, rights and responsibilities that are required in order to be recognized as a professional
  • transference, countertransference, consent and boundaries and applying them to important practice situations
  • basic professional liability insurance terms and concepts
  • main reasons why independent contractors and employed healthcare professionals both need professional liability insurance
  • components of a typical professional liability policy
  • healthcare 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
  • the types of circumstances that may involve special consent rules
  • the purposes and major uses of the medical record
  • components of SOAP charting
  • implications of releasing confidential information about the patient

Course Reviews

Jessica Huebner, CMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed it all very much!!!! I feel I understand some new thoughts of ethics that may have been questionable for me before. Thank you for your classes and giving me the tools to be a successful practitioner!!!!

Joann Wilson, LMT Fort Dodge, IA

This course gave me a more detailed explanation and important reminder of what professionalism is all about and how important it is in the line of work that massage therapists do not only for our professional reputations but also the welfare of our clients.

Kay Nuzum, NCTMB - Casper, WY

I have been practicing 12 years, have advanced studies, and feel it was informative and met my needs very well. This course was a different take on "professional ethics" and loaded with great information.

Leslie Jasperson, CMT

I was really impressed with this class, initially thinking that it would not be able to hold my interest, but the presentation was clear and interesting. I enjoyed it and value it as a great review for the future. Thank you!

Andrea Eaton-Whitley, LMT

Excellent basic course on Legality and Ethics. I would recommend this course for new MTs, MTs who perhaps did not have a strong ethical foundation in their schooling, or MTs who can use a wake up call specifically in boundaries and client-first focus.

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  • Manual - 38 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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