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Ethics: Practice Management

3 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: online manual; plus online multiple-choice test


Materials and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Manual and workbook with multiple-choice test shipped to you.



This home study program provides an overview of professionalism and scope of practice for massage therapists from the legal, educational, competency and self-accountability standpoints. The roles of professional codes of ethics and standards of practice with regard to ethical behavior and business practices are discussed within the parameters of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Establishing and managing a professional practice involves knowledge of local, state and federal requirements pertinent to business licenses and permits, insurance coverage and legal business relationships. Successful massage practices provide clear policies and procedures that define the services offered, how appointments are scheduled as well as a competitive fee structure.

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As always with your programs, this course was very clear, very interesting and your system of online testing (my first ever) was great!

E. Nehme, LMT

This was a great way to get my CEs, taken in the comfort of my home and to study during my convenience. I will definitely do this again.

C. Albritton, LMT, NCTMB

This was an excellent refresher course for me. It made me stop and think about my practice, my relationship with my clients and my business expectations. It reinforced the reason why I love being a massage therapist and highlighted the reasons my practice is doing so well.

D. Veilleux, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

I was truly surprised that a course on ethics actually held my interest. I was engaged from beginning to end. This class was truly interesting...and I thank you for that.

L. Rinehardt, LMT

The course was straight to-the-point and full of useful information. The writing style and language used made it easy to read, understand and follow. Good job!

G. Mahre, LMP, NCTMB

Clear, concise and informative ...I enjoyed the content and have fresh marketing ideas. Thanks!

R. Sue Bachman, RMT

This is a very concise and clear program of study, which I found invaluable and should be required reading for all massage therapists.

R. Hunt, LMT, AMTA

I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this course was for me. I appreciate the effort and care put in to the material! I will come back to this website again in the future!

L. Barta, LMT

This was the most interesting and informative ethics course that I have ever taken. I will be referring to a lot of the material again and again.

A. Ivanovskiy, LMT

Not only was the staff helpful but the course was very informative and so easy to complete online.

M. Bernnger, LMT, NCTMB

It must be challenging to always capture attention with a mandatory ethics course, BUT you always manage to define things absolutely clearly and refresh my practice and personal knowledge. Thank you!

S. Walker, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course. I will purchase more courses from you in the future.

Signe Alexander, LMT

Great information & guidelines. Good reminders as well.

Karen McAfee, LMT

I loved this class! It was very informative and the questions were laid out very nicely....clear and precise! Would highly recommend this one!

Peg Fields, LMT

I learned a lot from this course that I plan on using in my own practice.

Michael McKinlay, LMT

Thank you for making the course easy to navigate and understand.

Jessica Van Wagoner, NCTMB

Good course material. I am appreciative that you can take this type of course online. Thanks.

Julia Hayes, LMT

It's always good to go over these ideas & rules, sometimes we forget & boundaries can get blurred.

Tina Wirtz, LMT

The information was superb! I enjoyed this class and will take others.

Lisa Buchanan, LMT

An excellent refresher.

Wendy Hamilton, NCTMB

Very clear material. an excellent course.

Lorana Sue Boyce, LMT

I felt the course information was covered extensively, and it was great to cover these ethical practices with most current guidelines.

Kimberly Manuel, LMP

I truly enjoyed this course and really brought me up to date on some issues I had forgotten. Thank you so much!!

Jacquelyn Starks, LMT

The information in this course was very thorough and helpful to me. I will save the text and use it in my business as a reference for any questions I might have pertaining to these subjects.

Ashton Coll

Easy to read material!

Sarah Neville, LMT

Simple to understand. Not an overload of technical information. Well rounded information.

Lisa M. Farnick, LMP

Great information, I will definitely be printing it out and reviewing it later to incorporate it into my business plan.

Kingston Holcomb, LMT, NCTMB

Easy And Convient. I needed to complete my Ethics requirement for NCBTMB in a short period and this was exactly what I was looking for.

Yiu-Cheung Chung, LMT, NCTMB

Very good material it was above my expectations, great

Carmen Pastore, RMT

I enjoyed this course. The information is valuable to me. I did not find it boring at all. Some ethics courses have tended to lose my interest, but this one was very well put together. I am happy to have taken this course!

Traci Jennings, LMT

This was as good as a course can be for Ethics....I've been practicing for 22 years now. :)

Thalia Morris, LMP

Best ethics course I've seen!!

Nancy Curran, LMT

I was impressed with how interesting the content was and how I would be able to apply it to my business.

Marion Lee, LMP

This course was a good refresher for me. It was stuff I already knew but a few things I had forgotten and needed to be reminded of. Makes me realize the standards I need to uphold.

Lisa Felker, RMT

I was pleasantly surprised. This course contained quite a bit of useful information and I'm glad I chose it.

Jo Anne Barron, LMP

Thank you! The course was easy to follow and had some good information!

Jean Flanagan, LMP

You all did a great job with the therapist in mind. Thanks

Will Evans, LMP

It was enjoyable and brought up many things to the forefront as to what is important and why.

Les Nuckles, CMT

Good...straight and to the point...informative.

Pamela LaScola, LMT

Thanks! Always good to know if you are working in the bounds of the law and ethics.

Patricia Michaelson, NCBTMB

Content was great especially what particular states differ from each other

Ernest Ezersky, Jr., LMP

This was a good study guide and well worth the money. The test was challenging.

Kenneth Duggins, LMP

I learned a few new things during this course!

Eva Lee Kerwin, LMT

I felt the information was complete and well presented.

Maureen McNulty, LMT

Great refresher course.

Kimberly Lightner, LMT

I enjoyed the experience.

Eva Weber, LMT

This was a very simple, straight forward, and helpful course.

Fred Isom, LMT

Was a very informational course.

Casey Hill, LMT

Thanks for the course to be able to meet the ethics requirements for national re-certification.

Vana Motley, NCTMB

Engaging and well written. Thank you.

Natalie Saxe, LMT, NCTMB

I have been a massage therapist for 8 years and have worked as an employee, as an independent contractor and on my own. I found the information very practical and concise. I am finally opening my own space and appreciate the insight and clarity on policies and procedures for the massage business. Loved it!

Maryann Benitez, LMT

Informative and very useful.

Joey Sloan, LMT

Course information was clear. Very pleased with materials and online test taking ability.

Nichole Honeycutt, LMP

Very VERY informational! Thanks for so much helpful information all in one place.

Nichelle Burks, LMT

Great coursework, but best ethics i have take thus far.

Travis VanderLaan, LMP

Very informative and beneficial to my practice!

Melissa Bullins, LMP

I would love it if this course came with some handouts, such as intake forms for clients, examples of different types of client progress notes, etc. otherwise it covered the basic ethical requirements.

Crystal Guengerich, LMT

I appreciate the comprehensiveness of the course.

Carol Iverson, LMT

VERY comprehensive and informative! I learned valuable information and it refreshed my knowledge on some things I had forgotten.

Lisa Globke, LMBT, NCTMB

After 26+ yrs in this field, the majority of info is well known, but I feel it is beneficial for all practioners to be reminded of all of this content. Thank you for being so accessable and fair and very reasonable in your rates.

Patsey Nayor, LMBT, NCTMB

Thank you for offering these courses on line. They are of great value to all massage therapists whether you are just starting out in the business or if you have been in it for a while, they are great reminders of what is important to running your own business.

Barbara Trojecki, LMT, NCTMB

Course material was clear and test relatively easy as a consequence

Gerlinde Creager, LMT

Overall very good!

Dave Fralick, LMT

I will institute some ideas for my own practice.

Jonna Climie, LMT

Very well presented and the test was not asked pertinent questions clearly

Kathleen Kendrick, LMT, NCTMB

I thought that the course was informational. It cleared up some things that had crossed my mind. Worth taking the time to find CEU's and bettering my practice in this particular area. I thought it was a good course that I would recommend.

Brian Thompson, LMBT

Very informative, easy to understand and very clear on what is ethical and not! Thank you so much

Joseph Emery, LMBT

Great reminder of some key professional issues.

Holly Luenemann, LMT, NCTMB

It was nice and quick to be able to take the course in my home.

Julie Coykendall, LMBT

It was very informative material.

Cynthia Green, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent, will use again.

Elizabeth Trebilcott, CMT

The program was informative, put together well overall.

Dana Elmore, LMT

Nice course, well written and easily utilized.

Timothy Gosney, LMT

The material was outlined clearly. I was able to keep engaged. The course was well designed.

Wade D. Carey, LMT

This on-line course was very user friendly and easy to navigate from start to finish!

JoEllen Boggess, LMT, NCTMB

The course was well done, not boring, but very informative and to the point. I will take your courses again! Thanks!

Sherilynne Fields, LMT

I really liked the course, because i felt like i was listening to an instructor with experience. The writing was very friendly and easy to understand with a lot of common sense. The contents were not either too mechanical or technical. They were simple yet informative.

Seunqbui Lee, LMT

I usually get very distracted and have a difficult time with test taking but I can honestly say that this was very informative and I took time to read the material which says a lot...I gained a lot of knowledge in business and ethics and got many confirmations that the way I am conducting my business is right on track with guidelines which makes me more confident than ever!

Ashley Acton, LMT, NCTMB

Very good information and refresher course!

Marylee Schreiber, LMT

I've taken your Ethics course at least twice in the past and the reason I'm returning is the clarity in which the material is presented. And I don't have to go anywhere!!!

Miroslav Formacek, LMT, NCTMB

This was one of the better ethics courses I’ve taken.

Jessica Straley, LMT, NCTMB

Good information and easy to do in my own home. Reasonably priced.

Connie J. Hassler, LMT

This course was great. Very to the point and written in a way that was interesting. Thank you!

Deidre Irving, LMT, NCTMB

The course content was very informative, very applicable to my massage practice, and covered pertinent ethical massage topics.

Elicia Baker-Rogers, LMT, NCTMB

Great content, easy to read and to the point.

Maegan Straka, CMT

Thank you for offering this course. I enjoyed it and will no doubt come back in the future. Brian

Brian L., LMT

This was very easy for me to read and then take the test. Your material was straight to the point. I enjoyed taking your class.

Brianna Horton, LMBT

After almost 20 years and numerous Ethics courses, in addition to school curriculum, there were several items in this course that were news to me. It was a great refresher course and provided invaluable information for the new practioner. I would highly recommend this course to others.

Kathryn Nuzum, BCTMB

This was a very good and clear course. I will be using this in the future for reference when I am going over training with employees or partners.

Heather Jones, LMT, NCTMB

The course was well laid out and the information was organized well. It was a good refresher in ethics and I would recommend this course to satisfy the Ethics requirement in obtaining CEU's.

Lisa Winton, LMT

This was an excellent overview for Practice Management. I hadn't seen anything spelled out this clearly since massage school.

Barbara C. Thaler, LMT, NCTMB

Thank you for providing useful information that is clear, concise, and essential to national and state requirements.

Corinne Corcoran, LMT, BCTMB

I have been putting off completing my ethics and research requirements until absolutely necessary because most of the courses seemed boring and too common sense or way too expensive for the requirement. I'm really glad I've now discovered this site. The materials were affordable and actually helpful and interesting to me as I transition to private practice. A lot of ethics is common sense but this course offered a good reminder and gave me some new things to think about. I am already signed up for a research course through IIHS and I'll definitely look back here for future CEU needs.

Tonia Rutherford, CMT, BCTMB

Great course for both new and seasoned massage therapists! Thanks!

Susan P. Jeske, CMT, NCTMB

This course is very affordable and I enjoyed reading at my own pace and time with the home study materials. The course was very clear and informative. A great refresher course for the experienced therapist.

Sylvie J. Chamberlin

Thank you for the great course it is always a demanding read and a good read. It provides insightful thinking into the practice of Massage Therapy ethics.

Frank Miller

Thank you so much for a book to read and paper to take test. You do not know what a blessing it was to sit quietly and read a a leisurely pace. To enjoy the professional growth your ethics course provided to a therapist who has been practicing for years. A new therapist would have information they can use. Thank you again for a convenient and cost effective course for a senior therapist.

Linda Susan Zuniga

A lot of good information to review whether a seasoned Massage Therapist or a beginner! It helped me redetermine some client boundaries and gave great insight into new approaches to advertising and marketing! Ethics courses can be rather dry, but essential none the less! Thank you for the fantastic work you all do at the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies!

Hope Joelle Weber

It was a great refresher and learned a couple of things I needed clarity on for owning a business and being a sole Proprietor. Easy reading for this course and not too difficult to get through.

Saderia Carter

I thought this was going to be a long and boring course, however, it was an easy read and I actually learned quite a bit.

Donna Huntington, LMT

Great course, especially for someone who wants to pursue setting up their own massage therapy business.

Natalie Williams, LMBT

Great information and realistic problem solving suggestions for ethically challenging scenarios that I have encountered in my own practice with "to the point" test questions. Overall a great ethics review!

Misha Tsozik, LMT

I really appreciated being able to receive a written copy of this course mailed to me. I am highly sensitive to EMFs and really appreciate being able to limit my time on the computer! Overall, I was delighted with this course! Thank you!

Crystal L. Fleitz, LMT, BCTMB

Convenient and some good tips on promotion and handling questionable phone calls.

Frances Hlavacek, LMT

Everything needed to fulfill an ethics coarse. Concise, and to the point. Did not waste my time with a whole bunch of fluff. Thanks

Laura A. Roberts, LMBP

I liked this course. Its information was clearly written and useful. Since I've practiced many years, I knew a lot of it already; however I learned some things that I didn't know. I think this course would be especially useful for massage therapists who are just starting out. Well done!

Marinna Elaine Hinkle, MACP, BCMTB

This course was very comprehensive in nature. It served as a good refresher as well as interesting introduction to many pertinent business-related topics. I would highly recommend this Ethics course to any Therapist.

Kathleen Sullivan, LMT, BCTMB

This was a great refresher course!

Stephanie Schroeder, LMP, LMT

Thanks! A comprehensive course that was accurate!

Honey Music, LMBT

Although I was familiar with some of the content, the course was an excellent review. Review of information is as important as new information. Work place environment changes. Review of known information may give insight as to application of that information in current work place.

Lois Kriner Millsap, LMT, BCTMB

Materials are well written and easy to understand.

Anna Kreutzer, LMT, BCTMB

Information was very easy to read and follow, was great and would recommend to others

Eric Rodriguez, LMBT

Was a great course. Highly recommend it.

Coretta Gittens, CMT, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Define scope of practice; identify 4 key factors that influence scope of practice for massage therapists.
  • Identify differences in the law regarding definition of scope of practice in Maryland, Florida, Louisiana and New York.
  • Explain self accountability and responsibility for knowledge and scope of practice for known contraindications for circulatory massage.
  • Explain the differences between Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice; give examples of each.
  • Identify, define and discuss developing a personal scope of practice in the professional practice management of massage therapy.
  • Identify licenses required to practice massage therapy legally; types of insurance coverage needed; and legal business relationships.
  • Differentiate between Independent Contractor and Employee; illustrate IRS guidelines.
  • Organize and discuss essential areas to be addressed by policies and procedures in a massage therapy business.
  • Give examples of proper telephone screening practices for setting up appointments.
  • Identify and discuss agreements that enhance clarity and understanding between the client and therapist.
  • Identify and discuss ethical marketing strategies for business practices related to the massage profession.
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