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Infection Control - Bacteria

1 CE Hour - E310W

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Massage Professionals Update

Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

Discover ways you can prevent the spread of infection in your practice and exposure to yourself and your clients. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • How antibiotics may impact bodywork.
  • Ways staph infections are transmitted and how to prevent exposure.
  • Proper hand cleansing.
  • Situations when medical gloves may be appropriate for massage.

In the Infection Control - Bacteria program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • How Antibiotics May Impact Bodywork - Although frequently prescribed, many people do not realize the disturbing implications of antibiotic use. Discover several issues relating to antibiotics that all massage therapists should be aware of.
  • Massage Therapy and Drug Resistant Staph Infections - As harmful bacteria grow and change over time, they become more and more resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Are they only dangerous in hospital settings, or do massage therapists in private practice need to be concerned as well?
  • Keeping a Massage Therapist's Hands Germ-Free - Reviewing the details of preventing the transmission of germs - and recognizing where mistakes are made - can help renew massage therapists' pledge to properly cleanse their hands.
  • Massage Therapy: Safety and Medical Gloves - Massage therapy is a hands-on profession. Through the hands of a massage therapist can be felt the tension of muscles, the misalignment of bony structures and the stress of daily life. Some massage therapists may even be able to tell whether a person competes in a particular sport, drives a stick-shift or works at a desk all day - just by the way the body feels during a massage session. On the other hand, learn why some situations require the use of medical gloves.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

Featured Reviews

As a concerned L.M.T. I found this material profoundly alarming. Most of my clients are Healthcare Workers. I will now use extra precaution when working. With MRSA on the up-rise I believe ALL therapist should be required to take this test. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US PROTECT ONE ANOTHER!

- Vickie Sweeney, LMT

Take this course and you will be knowledgeable on the importance of keeping a clean therapy room. Also, you will learn how to take the necessary steps in preventing cross contamination between clients. (Everyone should be taught about cleanliness on some level.)

- David Dilling

My favorite out of the Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS courses. A great refresher for any Massage Therapist!

- Haley Millett, LMT

The one credit courses are a nice way to pick up some helpful information without spending a lot of time and money.

- Robert E. Rano, LMT

Straightforward and informative. Thank you!

- Wendy Hall, LMP

Informative yet concise. Worth the cost.

- Holly Ottney

Another great course - useful for my practice and also in life (with so many superbugs on the rise).

- M. Ashmore, LMT


Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 15 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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.


Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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