Do you want to start a private SLP practice but aren’t sure where to begin? Do you wish you had a step-by-step guide to answer all of your questions? This is the course for you! This course will guide you through the process of starting a private speech therapy practice, from how to set up your business structure, to choosing a fair rate, to marketing and HIPAA compliance. It includes user-friendly handouts and links to useful resources and websites. It is geared toward SLPs looking to start a part-time or full-time practice, with pediatrics or adults, in the medical or non-medical setting. Offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 contact hours.
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The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Jill Shook, MS, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist and owner of Jill Shook Therapy, a private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She has extensive experience with literacy-based speech therapy and is an ASHA ACE award winner, as well as a US Department of Education training grant recipient during her graduate degree at Vanderbilt University.
Financial — Jill Shook is a presenter of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.Financial — Jill Shook receives affiliate fees from Simple Practice. Nonfinancial — Jill Shook has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
Course Completion Timeframe:
You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.
Certificate of Completion:
On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
Purchase orders are currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 888-696-9655.
What is an Online Course?
Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.
Registering for an online course:
You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:
You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Number of CEUs offered:
We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs:
NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy:
A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
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"I liked everything because I am barely starting my practice. The examples she gave and personal experiences were good." H.F. (Sept. 2021)
"Refresher on HIPAA regulations and billing process was good. The instructor was very practical and held my attention." J.C. (Aug. 2021)
"It is a very concise description of all the basic requirements for setting up a private practice." R.L. (Aug. 2021)
"I found everything beneficial and it help me realize I am not quite ready to branch out yet. The amount of information presented and well rounded and thought out topics areas." V.B. (Aug. 2021)
"The discussion of HIPAA compliance basics was most beneficial to my current daily practice. I liked that it was very organized and detailed but still easy to follow along with." H.M. (June 2021)
"I needed all of the infromation as I have never been on the business side of speech language pathology. This includes many details that I know I will need to reference in the future as I get my practice off the ground." P.S. (June 2021)
"Method of delivery was concise and easy to follow for the most part. Great basic information to let me get started. Access to the private facebook group for follow up questions is nice." D.M. (May 2021)
"As I embark upon this new journey, I was nervous about budgeting and taxes, but now I feel I have a better understanding. The comprehensive aspect was much appreciated." C.M. (May 2021)
"Learning about the legal process with your state and budgeting was most helpful. It was organized and included a pdf printout." D.J. (May 2021)
"How incredibly comprehensive the content was! Jill wears many hats and is so knowledgeable about all areas of private practice. She also made this topic approachable and I loved her warm manner and humor." – D.B. (June 2021)
"Discussion of the business model and HIPAA compliance. The pace. Having each video divided into different sections was helpful rather than having one long video. This was very comprehensive, I didn't feel like anything was missing." – L.S. (June 2021)
"I found the steps to creating a private practice very helpful. I liked finding out everything that would need to be completed in order to start my own private practice. I liked that it provided step-by-step information that was practical and concise. It helped me to organize my thoughts and consider making a part-time private practice a reality." – M.M. (June 2021)
"Very organized and sequential. It was very detailed and comprehensive." – S.S. (June 2021)
"This was a great introduction course for private practice. It had a plethora of useful information." – M.L. (June 2021)
"All of it was necessary for me to consider if private practice is something I want to pursue. Very practical advice. Well researched Specific and detailed information Very well-organized presentation and handouts." – M.S. (June 2021)
"ALL of it was beneficial to me. The information was ALL useful and the speaker spoke quickly and clearly. She had the perfect balance of content and anecdotes to really help with understanding. This was great. The only thing I can think of is that now single-member LLC's are allowed in all 50 states and DC. I would suspect that some updates to the course will be needed over time because rules change." – E.T. (June 2021)
“I appreciated the thorough coverage of information and steps to take to get started.” – K.N. (Mar. 2021)
“I liked that it provided step-by-step information that was practical and concise. It helped me to organize my thoughts and consider making a part-time private practice a reality.” – M.M. (Feb. 2021)
“This course gives the first steps to starting a private practice. It was easy to follow, basic language for non-business minded people.” – C.G. (Jan. 2021)
“I found this course to be very thorough. The details for each area of private practice were helpful.” – S.S. (Dec. 2020)
“It was very detailed with an amazing amount of research and homework done for the learner. I am impressed with how well Jill Shook presented the information - and after all that, she still is doing private therapy! Bless her!!” – K.S. (Aug. 2020)
"The bare necessity of starting a private practice was super helpful to understand what business license to apply for and what EIN and NPI numbers are and why we need them. The Billing, EMR, Insurance information was also really helpful - and I know I'll have to go back and reference this information as I get more involved in my private practice! This course was very thorough!" – J.F. (July 2020)
"I loved the very comprehensive HIPAA information. Very thorough course." – G.R. (June 2020)
"This course is awesome. The tax info, business structuring, HIPAA regulations, insurance and billing and marketing strategies… SERIOUSLY ALL OF IT was beneficial!" – E.K. (May 2020)
"The step by step approach provided me with confidence that I can go into private practice, so each section was beneficial from filing taxes to ensuring HIPAA compliance. I thought all the information provided was excellent, but not spoon-fed so the student can create his/her practice in a manner that suits their needs & personal goals. An excellent foundation was laid in this course!" – K.S. (Apr. 2020)
"I feel all of it was beneficial especially for one who has only worked in the school sector - not in the business sector. The layout of this course was organized by topic which helps a lot especially when reviewing my notes and the provided documents." – E.S. (Mar. 2020)
"Every part of this presentation will be beneficial. However, it will immediately assist in getting my private practice from idea to reality. Very well organized." – G.A. (Feb. 2020)
"The information on marketing was helpful, and I would've loved more! I liked the organization by topic and having it broken into separate sections was great." – M.D. (Feb. 2020)
"I liked the forms and charts that make it easy to learn the information as well as the teaching style. I appreciated that the course was very relevant to the current pediatric outpatient clinic I treat at - setting rates and billing." – R.P. (Jan. 2020)
"Going over what to do to get started and a realistic look at budgeting was most helpful." – M.G. (Jan. 2020)
"Since I'm just starting out in private practice, all of the information presented was extremely beneficial. I even plan on redoing sections (like Taxes and Billing) once I have my business up and running." – C.W. (Dec. 2019)
"This course was just jam-packed with practical information. It had a nice structure to divide aspects of private practice to help think about it." – C.B. (Dec. 2019)
"Really everything was and will be useful but if I were to pick the most helpful information, it would be all information regarding HIPAA as well as all of the nitty gritty in terms of insurance billing which will enable me to decide if I should go private pay or become a provider." – M.S. (Nov. 2019)
"She was very organized, and the organization was great. Her personal history shares were great." – K.M. (Nov. 2019)
"I especially thought the information related to HIPAA compliance most beneficial. I also never thought about creating an Effective Business Plan, so this will be important to create. I appreciated that topics were covered within the online course, but documents are also provided containing important details. Jill Shook provided much needed information about starting a private practice." – J.M. (Oct. 2019)
"All of the financial considerations were extremely helpful! I like that the course was well organized and provided a lot of information and consideration." – K.L. (Sept. 2019)
"Every topic discussed was beneficial, I really needed some guidance on where to start and what needed to be completed before I start servicing clients. I liked the entire course. All the information was needed." – N.F. (Aug. 2019)
"I am just starting a practice. All of the material was excellent." – C.S. (Aug. 2019)
"I like that it covered all the basics of starting a private practice - including the billing, start-up costs, and HIPAA." – C.S. (Aug. 2019)
"The first steps and the discussion about the business plan were most helpful to me. As I live in Canada, most of the billing information was not applicable to me. It provided a lot of concrete information." – C.S. (Aug. 2019)
"The HIPAA information was most beneficial. I like that it got into the nitty-gritty of things I need to improve or know about." – L.I. (July 2019)
"I think the general overview and the entire course was extremely beneficial. I did not know where to start in regards to starting my own business. I liked all of the helpful handouts, links, and visuals." – B.L. (July 2019)
"It makes for an excellent resource to refer back to if I decide to pursue private practice." – A.F. (July 2019)
"Very current especially with underserved areas and telehealth. The format was optimal. Her slides were detailed without being too busy or involved. I have owned and operated a private practice for 18 years. The information is accurate and well presented." – C.E. (June 2019)
"Accurate, thorough, up-to-date representation of the steps to starting a private practice with appropriate emphasis on the numerous responsibilities of the clinician as a business person and the requirements to maintain compliance with ethical and legal standards. Appreciate the attention to references and providing support for statements made by the presenter. Very well organized." – A.G. (May 2019)