Eligibility for MBSImP Renewal Course enrollment requires prior completion of the course, #e01 – MBSImP Standardized Training. Renewal Course enrollment window opens at 1 year prior to your renewal deadline. Your renewal deadline is the date you completed the MBSImP Training, plus 5 years.
This online refresher course, with enhanced video images, serves as the MBSImP™ 5-Year Renewal Course for Registered MBSImP Clinicians. Successful completion of this course will maintain your listing within the public database of Registered MBSImP Clinicians and extend your access to www.mbsimp.com, including continued access to the web templates for generating standardized assessment reports. Course is offered for 0.5 CEUs – 5 contact hours.
The content of this course serves the following purposes:
Reliability Testing – Post Test:
Clinicians will be asked to view 6 swallow studies (single swallow segments only) and score each of the 17 MBSImP components. Accuracy of 80% or higher must be achieved on each of the 17 components across the 6 swallow studies in order to receive a certificate of completion and renew your Registered MBSImP Clinician status. Retesting will be required only on those components scored with less than 80% accuracy. CEUs cannot be awarded partially nor proactively.
This online CE course focuses exclusively on the MBSImP™ approach for swallow impairment assessment. Other assessment protocols will not be included in this course. Presenter financial and nonfinancial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration. Post test consists of applying MBSImP impairment scores to MBS study single swallow video segments.
Accuracy of 80% or higher must be achieved on each of the 17 components across the 6 swallow studies in order to receive a certificate of completion and renew your Registered MBSImP Clinician status. Retesting will be required only on those components scored with less than 80% accuracy. CEUs cannot be awarded partially nor proactively.
Kate Davidson, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Research Associate at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC where she has practiced dysphagia management for over 10 years. In addition to her clinical role, Kate advises a cohort of post-doctoral, doctoral and graduate students as Assistant Lab Director of the Swallowing Cross-System Collaborative at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Kate received her master’s degree in communication sciences and Disorders from MUSC and completed her Clinical Fellowship under the direction of Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, Terry Day, MD and Julie Blair, MA. Her clinical focus is in adult swallowing disorders and her research interests include standardization of the videofluoroscopic swallow study and the use of high-resolution pharyngeal manometry as an assistive biofeedback device for swallow rehabilitation. She is a Modified Barium Swallow Study Impairment Profile (MBSImP™) consultant for Northern Speech Services, and a continuing education consultant for the High-Resolution Pharyngeal Manometry branch of Medtronic, Inc.
Financial— Kate Davidson is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial— Kate Davidson is employed by Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); receives a salary.
Financial— Kate Davidson's employer, MUSC, receives royalties from Northern Speech related to enrollment tuition of the MBSImP Online Training.
Financial— Kate Davidson serves as a consultant to Northern Speech Services related to the MBSImP Training and supplementary materials; receives consulting fees.
Financial— Kate Davidson is a continuing education consultant with Medtronic, Inc; receives compensation in this role.
Nonfinancial— Kate Davidson has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Honors, is the Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She is also Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Radiation Oncology, Feinberg School of Medicine.
She is a Past-President of the Dysphagia Research Society, past Chair of the Specialty Board for Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S), and Associate Editor for the Dysphagia Journal. She is an ASHA Fellow, recipient of the 2016 Admiral Albert J. Baciocco Innovation Award – Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), The 2017 12th Annual Pepper Lecturer, Northwestern School of Communication, Honorary Member of the MUSC Chapter of The National Academy of Inventors, recipient of Honors from the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SCSHA), 2010 MUSC College of Health Professions Scholar of the Year Award, and associate member of the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Head and Neck Society.
Dr. Martin-Harris is the author and developer of the first standardized method for videofluoroscopic assessment of swallowing impairment (Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile, MBSImP™), translated to research and clinical practice in the United States, Canada, and 13 additional countries. She is also the author of the manual, "Standardized Training In Swallowing Physiology—Evidence-Based Assessment Using The MBSImP Approach" published by Northern Speech Services. Her work is funded by the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), the Veteran's Administration, and the Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris is the presenter of CE seminars and online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees and royalties.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris is the author of "Standardized Training In Swallowing Physiology — Evidence-Based Assessment Using The MBSImP Approach" published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' former employer, MUSC, receives royalties from Northern Speech related to enrollment tuition of the MBSImP Online Training.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' MBSImP research and development was funded in part by Bracco Diagnostics; received grant funding.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' research is funded in part by the Veteran's Administration (VA); receives grant and research funding.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' research is funded in part by the Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation; receives grant funding.
Financial — Bonnie Martin-Harris' research is funded in part by the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD); receives grant and research funding.
Nonfinancial — Bonnie Martin-Harris is associated with numerous journals, publications, and boards related to speech-language pathology; receives no compensation in these roles.
This program is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional 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 the need to focus on all aspects of the swallow, for rehab purposes vs aspiration/no aspiration." J.B.P. (Aug. 2021)
"I liked the multiple opportunities to practice scoring." S.T. (July 2021)
"I liked that the course really evaluated every aspect of the swallow. It made me analyze each area in depth and helped me see things a little differently." V.R. (July 2021)
"I really appreciated to accessible videos for practice (VFS images and narration) with many examples provided." F.S.-P.B. (July 2021)
“I absolutely loved that I only had to re-score the components that I did not achieve 80% acc on. This was very helpful in allowing me to focus on this component and complete this renewal course in a timely manner.” – M.H. (Mar. 2021)
“I liked the detailed explanation of what was being shown in the videos. And the treatment that was discussed, and explained in the case studies.” – E.L. (Feb. 2021)
“It was helpful to have both a brief refresher on the individual component scores and practical clinical applications with case studies.” – C.D. (Jan. 2021)
“It was a great review. It was especially helpful to hear common areas that clinicians struggled with when scoring and Dr. Martin Harris's clarification for each of these components.” – E.F. (Nov. 2020)
“I appreciate the standardization goal for MBSS among SLP’s.” – A.H. (Oct. 2020)
“Since I took the initial certification training five years ago, the instruction in rating criteria for oral residue, anterior hyoid movement, and laryngeal elevation were much clearer and seemed less subjective.” S.H. (Sep. 2020)
“Review of all of the components was very helpful. I like the testing format as well.” – S.M. (Aug. 2020)
“I enjoyed how you could take the course and test at your own pace with being able to stop and start as needed. This enabled me to fit this course into my daily routine by being able to stop a section, leave the course, and then return restarting where I left off.” – K.M. (Jul. 2020)
“The component review was very helpful, the case studies were very well presented.” – M.M. (Jun. 2020)
"I like how this training provides a standardized way to evaluation swallow function. It will improve reporting and communication between SLPs (e.g. if an SLP from a rehab facility sends a patient to our hospital) if we are using the same language and have the same training." – K.R. (May 2020)
"It is helpful for training you to look careful at muscle functioning as a whole and individually for a MBS. It also is good for making progress toward standardization." – A.W. (Apr. 2020)
"I liked the ability to learn and retake test if necessary!" – K.A. (Mar. 2020)
"I appreciated that it was shorter than the initial training and that I didn't have to retest all areas when it was only one area that I needed to concentrate on where errors had occurred." – C.H. (Feb. 2020)
"I liked the description and swallow by swallow examples." – S.H. (Feb. 2020)
"The many videos and the case studies were terrific." – A.V. (Jan. 2020)
"I liked the supplemental materials on the components that I was finding difficult to score." – K.H. (Jan. 2020)
"I really enjoyed the opportunity to re-evaluate my standardization. I appreciate that it was time conscious but would always love more practice!" – A.C. (Dec. 2019)
"The video fluoroscopic examples of scores were of great value in guiding my test choices, showing me EXACTLY what a 1 or 2 looked like for various components." – S.L. (Nov. 2019)
"Very thorough prep that I think was actually better explained than the original course. Very helpful." – F.H. (Jul. 2019)
"Lots of video examples and discussion of varying scores. It was a great review that I didn't realize I needed." – S.L. (Apr. 2018)
"I absolutely felt the scoring tips were great! I benefited from the scoring tip pdf more than the overviews. The breakdown of components, scores, and score definitions was very good and I referred to each one several times with more success." – M.M. (Mar. 2018)
"Great overview of anatomy and physiology. Excellent terminology that can be utilized in report writing." – S.O. (Mar. 2018)
"I appreciated the additional reference materials not offered when I took the original certification course." – L.M. (Feb. 2018)
"I like the applicable use in VFSS interpretation. It helps to direct specific treatment measures and to further the understanding of muscle function / direction strength training in dysphagia treatment." – A.D. (Jan. 2018)
"A lot of clinical examples and practical explanations." – M.S.R. (Dec. 2017)
"The scoring help is really good! It's very useful to me to think about and refresh my skills, because one might just forget all the details!" – P.T. (Nov. 2017)
"I like being able to review videos of each component. I also liked that I only had to re-take the parts of the test I didn't pass - not the whole swallow again." – E.M. (Sept. 2017)
"I really appreciated the extra links for specific study and explanation." – A.K. (Aug. 2017)
"I liked the video reviews and the written MBSImP guide." – F.W. (June 2017)
"I liked the review and the option of email with questions. I also liked having to retake only the components I didn't pass the 1st time around." – J.C. (June 2017)
"It helped me to reassess how I am viewing the video swallows I perform daily, and to understand the habits that I developed. Now after this course I can review the videos with a clearer understanding of the standard." – N.P. (May 2017)
"I am so grateful to have this training. The consistency of the protocol and standardization allows me to provide the best patient care with the most thorough evaluation report for physicians and speech pathologists. I only wish this would be a requirement for any SLP's performing an MBSS." – D.G. (May 2017)