Skinny On Skin eLearning

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A skin cancer training for professionals who work with skin

In your profession, you are uniquely positioned to spot skin cancer. Clients visit on a recurring basis, and you are often familiar with the way their skin looks on areas they may not see (neck, scalp and back), where melanoma can go undetected.

OHSU Dermatology has partnered with IMPACT Melanoma to bring you "The Skinny On Skin", an online eLearning course providing education about melanoma, how to identify suspicious moles, and how to talk to clients about getting things checked with a healthcare provider.  This course should take 30-45 minutes and should cover learning goals of:

  • Identifying melanoma risks
  • Recognizing melanoma warning signs
  • How to talk to clients about suspicious moles


You must contact your profession’s licensing body to claim 2 Continuing Education Credits.

The free “Skinny on Skin” course has been approved for the following professionals licensed through the Health Licensing Office (HLO) for two hours of continuing education:

  • Athletic Trainers (HLO approval # 2019-01)
  • Certified Advanced Estheticians (HLO approval # 2019-01)
  • Direct Entry Midwives (HLO approval # 2019-01)
  • Tattoo Artists (HLO approval # 2019-12)
  • Body Piercers (standard and specialty) (HLO approval # 2019-12)
  • Electrologists (HLO approval # 2019-12)

Massage therapists can also claim 2 CE credits. OBM recognizes that this course is provided by an accredited institution of higher education and the topic can be described as “pathology of the human body” as the topic area for continuing education under Rule 334-010-0050.

The Skinny on Skin course was developed collaboratively by the national non-profit, Impact Melanoma, and by Oregon Health and Science University. You can add your name to the completion certificate that you earn at the end of the Skinny on Skin training, and present that to your licensing board if they require it. Impact Melanoma does not issue CECs, because Licensing and Continuing Education are managed state by state.

In Oregon, hair stylists, barbers and nail technicians do not require continuing education hours to retain their license.

To learn more about IMPACT Melanoma, you can visit IMPACT Melanoma and the  IMPACT Melanoma's Skinny On Skin page.

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