$600.00 USD

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2.1  ASHA CEUs

The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile: MBSImP™ Standardized Training And Reliability Testing #e01


Presenter: Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Honors

Learn a Standardized Approach to the MBS Study

Video Preview of the MBSImP™ Training Program


MBSImP Training Zone

The MBSImP™ Training Zone with Scoring Feedback



The MBSImP™ approach provides a standardized and evidence-based protocol to interpret and communicate MBS study results in a manner that is specific, consistent, accurate and objective.

This self-study, online course includes the MBSImP™ Standardized Clinical Training and Reliability Testing. Participants will learn to employ a standardized assessment of swallowing impairment through examination of 17 physiologic components of the swallowing mechanism in adults.

The training platform includes videofluoroscopic images paired with custom-built animations to depict swallowing impairments. Participants will be taught systematically the 17 physiologic components and standardized impairment scores associated with each that together comprise the MBSImP standardized assessment. The training format provides ample opportunity for interactive practice in interpreting swallow studies. Feedback is given to aid in refining scoring accuracy. When ready, participants will demonstrate their competency in the reliability zone testing.

Participants may work at their own pace, may stop and start the training at any point, and have unlimited time to complete this training. The reliability testing may be repeated as needed. This training is fully website-based and requires no special software. Course focus is the adult population.

Offered for 2.1 ASHA CEUs – 21 contact hours.

Course Enrollment Options

Individual, Group, and Discounted Enrollment Options


**Groups of 3 or more must submit all enrollment forms together to receive the group discount of $100 off each. Each member of the group will receive an individual training course login to work at one's own pace.
Discounts MAY be combined. If claiming multiple discounts (i.e., prior grad student trainee plus the group discount), please submit this enrollment form.
Purchase orders are accepted, however, they do not constitute payment. Access to the training will be granted only after payment is received in the form of credit card or check payment.


Questions?

MBSImP Training Zone

Learners have unlimited time to complete this training course and testing. Access to course content is retained after completion to allow for ongoing reference and review.

This training program is conducted fully online and contains audio, video and interactive practice components. Participants may work at their own pace and have unlimited time to finish. Clinical email support is available for training course questions. Specifically, this training is divided into three Zones:

LEARNING ZONE: Participants are taught 17 physiologic components of the swallowing mechanism and their associated impairment scores which together comprise the MBSImP assessment. Component scores are taught via narrated PowerPoint presentations and also visually demonstrated via fluoroscopy segments paired with state-of-the-art swallow animations.

tour learning zone


TRAINING ZONE: Participants practice scoring each MBSImP component, initially on single, isolated swallows taken from swallow studies, and then practice scoring each component on full MBS studies. Immediate feedback is provided and this zone may be repeated as needed to refine scoring accuracy.

tour training zone


RELIABILITY ZONE: This is the testing zone. Participants are tested on their newly acquired skill in using the MBSImP scoring metric to successfully capture and profile swallowing impairment in adults. Ten high-resolution swallow studies are presented for scoring. Accuracy of 80% or higher must be achieved on each of the 17 components. Partial retests are required only on those components scored with less than 80% accuracy.

tour reliability zone


PATIENT DATA & REPORTS: Once the Reliability Zone has been successfully completed, access is granted to the very functional "Patient Data & Reports" clinical area of www.mbsimp.com. This area provides free online templates for clinicians to generate standardized assessment reports based on MBSImP impairment scores.

tour of express reports | tour of full report templates

view sample express report | view sample full report 


RENEWAL COURSE: Registered MBSImP Clinician status is awarded for a period of 5 years. The 5-year renewal process will consist of a $99 renewal fee and completion of a 5-hour online training course related to the MBSImP.

MBSImP Training Zone

The MBSImP™ Learning Zone


MBSImP Training Zone

The MBSImP™ Training Zone


MBSImP Training Zone

The MBSImP™ Reliability Zone


Website Templates To Generate Standardized Reports

This online CE course focuses on the MBSImP™ Approach for assessment of swallowing impairment. Other assessment protocols will not be included in this course. View financial and non-financial disclosures in the Presenter & Disclosures area.

  • Prerequisites:
    • Knowledge of swallow anatomy & physiology is assumed prior to beginning this online training.
    • The enrollee must hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
    • If outside the United States, the enrollee must be certified, licensed and/or otherwise recognized by her or his Speech-Language Pathology governing agency.

  • Graduate Students and CFYs: Graduate students or those in their clinical fellowship year (CFY) may access this training – please email mbsimp@northernspeech.com for details.

  • Target Population: The MBSImP was validated using patients 18 years and older, as such, the included swallow animations and sample videofluoroscopy visuals are of adult swallow physiology only.
  • Earning CEUs: Enrollment does not guarantee the enrollee will earn CEUs nor earn the designation of "Registered MBSImP Clinician." Both are dependent on the enrollee meeting the passing requirements within the Reliability Zone testing. CEUs are awarded on the date of successful reliability testing completion only. CEUs cannot be awarded partially nor proactively.
  • Time: Learners have unlimited log-in access and unlimited time to complete the training and testing. Most learners require between 20 and 30 hours in total to complete this training.
  • Testing: The Reliability Zone may be repeated as needed to achieve 80% accuracy on each component tested. (No re-testing fees.)
  • Renewal Fees: Registered MBSImP Clinician status is awarded for a period of 5 years from date of passing the reliability testing. The 5-year renewal process will consist of a $99 renewal fee and completion of a 5-hour online training & testing related to the MBSImP approach.
  • Software Requirements: This training is website-based and accessible via both Windows and Apple / Mac. Windows 10 or Apple OS 10.15 and newer is recommended. Smartphone screen sizes are not supported.
  • Web Browser: Please ensure your Internet browser is up-to-date with the newest version before beginning this training. Some video content is delivered via the YouTube platform. Ensure your facility network allows access to YouTube content before beginning this training.
  • Minimum Device Requirements: 6 GB memory, 5 Mbps download speeds, 64 bit processor, the newest (updated) version of your Internet browser, and minimum screen size of 992 x 747 pixels. Phone-sized screens are not supported. Memory below 6 GB and download bandwidth below 10 Mbps may affect video playback efficiency.
  • Internet Requirements: This training website functions best using a high-speed Internet connection. Download speeds below 5 Mbps may be insufficient to load and play video content. Learners may experience video loading delays (buffering) when accessing via download speeds below 10 Mbps.
  • iPad and Tablet Viewing: This training may be viewed on most tablet devices. Minimum screen size required is 992 x 747 pixels. This training is best viewed via computer, however, due to the larger screen sizes and ability to utilize keyboard controls for video playback.  Access via phone-sized devices is not supported due to screen size being too small to accommodate the learning content. 

Learners who complete this training and pass the online Reliability Testing will earn the designation of Registered MBSImP Clinician. A current roster of Registered MBSImP Clinicians may be viewed here.

Registered MBSImP Clinicians have access to the MBSImP Patient Data & Reports area where standardized assessment reports may be generated and saved.

Registered MBSImP Clinician status is awarded for a period of 5 years. The 5-year renewal process will consist of a $99 renewal fee and completion of a 5-hour online training & testing related to the MBSImP.

The MBSImP™ Training is much more than
simply a CE course!

Completion of the MBSImP standardized clinical training and reliability testing is just the beginning of all that the MBSImP approach was intended to be.

The clinical training portion of www.mbsimp.com introduced a standardized approach for objectively profiling swallow impairment. The Patient Data & Reports area of www.mbsimp.com then allows for Registered MBSImP Clinicians to communicate those results via standardized assessment reports.

Access to these online report generating templates is granted at no additional cost to those who successfully pass the Reliability Zone testing. Registered MBSImP Clinicians can use these clinical tools to:

  • Generate standardized assessment reports. These reports will be detailed and reflective of the study and comply with Joint Commission requirements for documentation.
  • Maintain a database of their patients with dysphagia, consisting of de-identified data that includes diagnoses, MBSImP results, effectiveness of intervention and patient outcomes.
  • Track patient progress and outcomes and demonstrate evidence for treatment.
  • Contribute to the first and only international data registry dedicated solely to swallowing dysfunction, providing an adjunct to research that has never existed, until now.

Reviews

"I liked the amount of examples, tips, helpful hints, etc that were available." K.M. (Nov. 2022)

"The video examples were very useful and helpful." H.B. (Nov. 2022)

"Lots of opportunities for practice and learning with instant feedback!" K.B. (Nov. 2022)

"The intensive training zone was really beneficial." S.S. (Nov. 2022)

"I like that it is interactive. Lots of practice with the components. It is an amazing learning package. The videos and animations are incredibly helpful. Very quick to respond to questions and provide feedback." J.W. (Nov. 2022)

"This course taught me how to evaluate the swallowing process in a much more precise and standardized manner." K.P. (Nov. 2022)

"I liked the thorough handouts provided to aid in appropriate scoring. The descriptions of what, when, where, and nuances were helpful in further understanding." L.S. (Nov. 2022)

"I enjoyed the real life and realistic application of the diagnosing deficits in oropharyngeal swallow function." J.N. (Nov. 2022)

"I like that it breaks down the physiology of the swallow which is great for guiding treatment plans and for educating families in the inpatient setting." R.C. (Nov. 2022)

"I do think this course is the best we have, for now, for MBSS. I think it is rigorous and there are clearly a lot of example videos and resources to help." H.G. (Nov. 2022)

"Good instructional videos. Ample chance to practice skills. I think this is the most effective way to learn to interpret VFS images without a 1:1 instructor inside a clinic. These skills will be transferable to the clinic." J.W. (Nov. 2022)

"Loved the training zone and being able to check your answers/understanding before evaluating on the reliability zone." T.C. (Nov. 2022)

"I liked the variety of studies shown and the explanations with each part detailing the area or frame that showed deficits." C.S. (Nov. 2022)

"I like the video simulations for training purposes." J.C. (Nov. 2022)

"I liked how the learning was set up with a short teaching video and practice rating." E.T. (Nov. 2022)

"The thorough practice and reference materials were good." C.B. (Nov. 2022)

"Plenty of video examples throughout the training to help you in recognizing each component." K.T. (Nov. 2022)

"I like the training zone practice (i.e., the amount of practice before the reliability zone) and the functions of the course (e.g., ability to pause / reverse / move frame by frame)." M.H. (Nov. 2022)

"I liked being able to do it in my own time scale. The training zone is fab!" H.B. (Nov. 2022)

"Lots of examples, good videos." F.E. (Nov. 2022)

"Self-paced training and unlimited test takes." J.D. (Nov. 2022)

"I appreciated the videos being shuffled and exchanged during the reliability testing." M.R. (Nov. 2022)

"This really helped especially as at times there were long periods of time between when I was able to retest, so it was nice to have a refresher." C.H. (Nov. 2022)

"Very clear videos and feedback." V.L. (Nov. 2022)

"Being able to watch a ton of MBSS videos. I learned a lot by the breakdown of steps." J.M. (Nov. 2022)

"The examples and hints with additional videos were good." A.M. (Nov. 2022)

"I like that the course is self-paced, good overview, and information." T.A. (Nov. 2022)

"The resources are great to review, go back over and the end product allows continuity and better communication between different sites/slps and to referral sources!!" M.B. (Nov. 2022)

"There is an extensive training portion." B.L. (Nov. 2022)

"I like the ability to review the materials and the visuals (video and images) were very helpful. I appreciated that there's no deadline to complete this course." I.B. (Oct. 2022)

"The option to take reliability test several times was nice." N.A. (Oct. 2022)

"All the examples and the step-by-step guidance were good." D.H. (Oct. 2022)

"I liked that it was very challenging and included a wide variety of swallowing impairments, but that the learning and training portions were thorough and comprehensive." J.B. (Oct. 2022)

"This course was an excellent reminder of primary physiological components of a swallow I should be paying attention to during assessment." D.J. (Oct. 2022)

"I like that it was broken down into phases and gave you the opportunity to view them at each phase and then in completion." L.C. (Oct. 2022)

"I liked the MBS videos and the animated visuals side by side. Very helpful." K.G. (Oct. 2022)

"I like how it was broken down into the three separate areas which made the learning seem more achievable." S.L. (Oct. 2022)

"The ability to review and go back and review during the reliability testing was good." B.M. (Oct. 2022)

"Very challenging course but worth the time and effort. As a seasoned clinician with many years completing MBS studies, this training has helped me view the oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal portions of the swallow in a new way. It has also provided new terminology that is very useful for discussion and report writing."  J.H. (Oct. 2022)

"I liked the training zones with the immediate feedback and the scoring tips w/ examples."  C.G. (Oct. 2022)

"I do feel like I can now be consistent with other/newer SLPs. I also like that this objective information will make it much easier for me to train newer SLPs who join my place of work."  M.S. (Oct. 2022)

"It was good practice looking at the pharyngeal stripping wave (which I haven't considered as much in the past)."  E.L. (Oct. 2022)

"The amount of swallows I analyzed solidified my knowledge of structure and function of the swallowing system. I thought the layout of the course (3 zones) was great for learning. The sheer AMOUNT of swallows I analyzed made me understand the anatomy completely."  E.T. (Oct. 2022)

"I liked the build-up from single studies to full studies. And the fact I could go back to single studies for review."  L.R. (Oct. 2022)

"Multiple opportunities to review both anatomical videos and real case studies of radiographs. I appreciated not having a strict timeframe to complete the training, it was great to go at my own pace."  C.E. (Oct. 2022)

"Great to have the opportunity to refer back over materials, review understanding of function, and reflect on anatomy and key points of focus/change."  D.H. (Oct. 2022)

"Multiple opportunities to practice across the different zones. I really liked the feedback that popped up in the training zone that explained why a certain component scored that way and provided the frame #. I also liked that I only had to re-test on specific components vs repeating the entire test."  L.M. (Oct. 2022)

"Excellent video, written materials, helpful breakdown of single swallow, then full study with hints and instant right/wrong with pointers of where to look back." J.D. (Oct. 2022)

"Good explanations are given before the start of exam."  M.T. (Oct. 2022)

"I enjoyed the feedback given during the training modules. The resources provided are also helpful (e.g., report templates, guide, etc.)."  M.P. (Oct. 2022)

"I enjoyed the structured three "zones". I found it helpful to go back to the learning zone when I wasn't able to achieve 80% on a few of the components in the reliability zone."  J.T. (Oct. 2022)

"I liked the clear examples, descriptions, and learning and training zones."  A.C. (Oct. 2022)

"The immediate feedback on the components during the training zone was very beneficial to learning."  P.C. (Oct. 2022)

"I liked how there were several different types of swallows covered (e.g., with tubes, bicycle-chain jaws, etc)."  S.C. (Oct. 2022)

"Very thorough. Great supporting documents."  S.G. (Oct. 2022)

"I liked the abundant examples with fluoro AND computer-generated imagining. The PDFs of individual components were also helpful."  A.G. (Oct. 2022)

"Many videos to study for detailed information related to the components."  P.R. (Oct. 2022)

"I loved all of the example videos to interpret."  M.L. (Oct. 2022)

"I liked the step by step videos of all anatomical structures and the repetition to ensure learning."  H.J.-R. (Oct. 2022)

"It is comprehensive and very detailed."  J.W. (Oct. 2022)

"The multiple training options leading up to the assessment area were helpful."  C.P. (Oct. 2022)

"I enjoyed having the different levels of the task and increasing my knowledge throughout this."  H.T. (Sept. 2022)

"I appreciate the high level of reliability needed for course completion."  B.P.C. (Sept. 2022)

"I like the visuals and seeing MBS studies repeatedly."  A.C. (Sept. 2022)

"I appreciated the scoring guides and being able to jump back to each component as I needed to. It was also very helpful to have components checked off as I met 80% reliability."  M.H. (Sept. 2022)

"Pairing the video clips with the verbal explanations to demonstrate components were good."  M.P. (Sept. 2022)

"The tutorials were amazing!"  C.M. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked how through this training is."  J.P. (Sept. 2022)

"The verbal explanations of sections with examples with fluoro were helpful."  A.W. (Sept. 2022)

"I learned a ton and it has improved my MBS skills immensely."  R.B. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked that there were powerpoint presentations and scoring guides that could easily be printed for reference."  N.V. (Sept. 2022)

"The information is valuable and gives me the opportunity to improve my practice patterns. I liked the numerous opportunities I was given to test and retest. It has been many years since my first attempt and NSS kept its word that I would have unlimited opportunities."  L.T. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked the ability to go at my own pace."  E.M. (Sept. 2022)

"Multiple examples and views of each component to form a good basis of knowledge."  H.B. (Sept. 2022)

"Being able to go over and recap training components was nice."  A.B. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked the education and training for specific components of the swallow."  N.S. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked the practice videos and the detailed explanation to start the course."  J.P. (Sept. 2022)

"The instruction is laid out perfectly for successful completion of this course."  M.T. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked the simple explanations."  M.I. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked being able to practice and being provided the videos of examples and explanations."  S.L. (Sept. 2022)

"Very clear descriptors accompanied by videos helped to refine my scoring skills. I liked the different zones - it takes a while but it definitely hones the scoring skills."  K.A. (Sept. 2022)

"I appreciated the detailed breakdown into 17 components. It is an excellent resource for new clinicians to learn the anatomy and physiology of the swallow, and is also helpful for seasoned clinicians to brush up on skills and do a refresher."  E.C. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked the way the course was divided into three sections."  J.V. (Sept. 2022)

"The physiology and repetition/practice was good."  C.H. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked all of the available reference materials."  T.R. (Sept. 2022)

"The way this course is structured was very good."  B.A.M. (Sept. 2022)

"The ability to go back in all stages and review the feedback under each video in the Training Zone is very helpful."  R.R. (Sept. 2022)

"I like that this training helps to better identify the severity of swallowing functions."  E.P. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked the handouts, and the feedback with which frame something occurred."  T.C. (Sept. 2022)

"Even though I have been doing swallow studies for years, this forces me to look at some areas in a different or more specific manner."  V.F. (Aug. 2022)

"I liked the practical training of this course. Even though it took me awhile to complete the components, it was highly effective at helping me feel confident in reading swallow studies."  K.M. (Aug. 2022)

"The 17 components allowed me to understand how to interpret impairments in swallowing function and identify normal swallowing."  K.B. (Aug. 2022)

"I liked how I could review the materials as many times as I needed to. I also liked that I could do it at my own pace."  J.D. (Aug. 2022)

"I like the overall review on anatomy and dynamic aspects of oropharyngeal swallow function."  S.P. (Aug. 2022)

"There was lots of practice and explanation."  K.G. (Aug. 2022)

"The consistent practice opportunities were helpful."  C.A. (Aug. 2022)

"I enjoyed the detailed video samples."  R.L. (Aug. 2022)

"I liked the thorough explanations of scoring and the ability to return to the training zone as often as needed."  K.E. (Aug. 2022)

"There were several videos to practice with, varying degrees of oral and pharyngeal dysphagia. Opportunities to retest."  J.L. (Aug. 2022)

"I liked the scoring tips interactive area."  J.J. (Aug. 2022)

"I really enjoyed the learning and training zones including the breakdown of swallowing anatomy, additional examples, scoring tips and the ability to redo portions of the learning zone as much as you want for additional practice."  A.G. (Aug. 2022)

"I liked the superior video graphics, presentations, and animations. The division of learner, training, and reliability should be considered excellent with ample opportunities to rewatch videos. The technical system was nearly flawless."  R.P. (Aug. 2022)

"All the hands on rating and feedback was nice."  C.D. (Aug. 2022)

"The ability to go between training, practice, and testing was good."  K.L. (Aug. 2022)

"There were plenty of opportunities to practice."  F.A. (Aug. 2022)

"The explanation in the training zone as to why an answer is what it is and giving the exact frame to support it was helpful."  L.D. (Aug. 2022)

"Concrete examples and explanations."  S.K. (Aug. 2022)

"I like how detail oriented every section was. It really helped me learn more than I already knew about certain areas of the swallow."  A.G. (Aug. 2022)

"The three modules helped me learn the concepts better and gave flexibility for self learning."  T.D. (Aug. 2022)

"It is nice being able to flux between the learning, training and reliability zones, especially for testing/retesting and honing skills."  C.M. (Aug. 2022)

"Instructions are clearly presented, material thorough and easy to follow."  P.B. (Aug. 2022)

"I like the many examples given, and especially the Training Zone where it points out the exact slide to back up the score. I also appreciate that you can retake only the ones you need to work on rather than having to redo the whole thing."  R.W. (Aug. 2022)

"I liked that the training allowed you to practice scoring 15 different swallow studies with immediate feedback before you entered the reliability zone. Having the direct feedback in the training zone allowed me to look back and see what I was missing."  E.W. (Aug. 2022)

"The breakdown of the physiological function is excellent for identifying treatment goals. Too many times I see VFSS results blankly stating aspiration/penetration. This protocol and scoring system is a wonderful tool for expanding the knowledge we can provide on swallow function. The decrease in fluoro time with the vast amount of data we can collect is great."  A.C. (Aug. 2022)

"The large amount of examples/practice were good."  S.P. (Aug. 2022)

"The video examples and scoring hints helped tremendously."  M.C. (Aug. 2022)

"I like all the resources available and how you could always go back to the learning zone and re-teach yourself if needed."  E.W. (Aug. 2022)

"The video examples were good."  L.A. (Aug. 2022)

"The course allows you to get very familiar with impairments."  V.N. (Aug. 2022)

"The interactive training zone was very beneficial to my learning. I liked being able to practice scoring real studies, with immediate feedback."  H.L. (Aug. 2022)

"Many examples, lots of opportunity for practice, explanations of common scoring errors."  J.B. (Aug. 2022)

"Good review of swallowing anatomy and physiology-Introduction of some new swallowing aspects to take into account that I did not do so before (e.g., component 12)-Immediate feedback for the Training Zone, and opportunities to review and repeat full case study scoring (helped me improve my scoring accuracy, speed, and understanding of certain components with practice) -The various handouts, video tutorials, and materials we had/have access to-Thank you for the time, work, and effort put into making this resource available to clinicians and researchers working with pts with swallowing and swallowing disorders."  D.P.-B. (Aug. 2022)

"All the resources to assist with learning were good."  C.E. (Aug. 2022)

"The videos of multiple swallows was good."  G.S. (Aug. 2022)

"I like the repetitive practice and access to training stimulus as you complete the course."  J.V. (Aug. 2022)

"Very thorough and well explained in training section."  C.C. (July 2022)

"It was very very difficult but I feel like I learned so much with the repeated practice and watching the scoring videos multiple times."  S.J. (July 2022)

"I felt the supportive materials were very beneficial in breaking down the scoring in a concise manner."  J.U. (July 2022)

"I like the stepwise process from learning to training to reliability, and the option to go back and redo the training as needed."  R.B. (July 2022)

"The staged approach through learning, training and reliability testing was good."  L.R. (July 2022)

"I like the standardized approach that is attempted here. I learned more about the areas in a very precise manner. It is an improvement over my 25 years in practice."  M.B. (July 2022)

"I like the videos with both x-ray and animation."  K.P. (July 2022)

"I really appreciated the training zone with the graphics to aid in identifying structures and clarifying scores. I appreciated the feedback in response to questions posed."  Z.B. (July 2022)

"I enjoyed having the swallow by swallow practice as well as the full swallow practice and then the option to retest on the reliability zone."  M.R. (July 2022)

"I appreciated the number of practice opportunities."  L.F. (July 2022)

"I liked the ability to go back and forth and check on areas you weren't strong on."  S.T. (July 2022)

"I feel like the course gave me good vocabulary to improve my report writing."  B.V. (July 2022)

"I liked the available references and images to assist. I think it was very beneficial that the scoring was by component vs by person/case because it allowed me to better learn what to look for." A.L. (July 2022)

"I liked that there were plenty of opportunities for practice. I liked the flow of the course as well (learning, training, then reliability)."  R.H. (July 2022)

"I like the no time constraints, availability of materials, scoring guides, and variety of examples." L.E. (July 2022)

"I liked the immediate feedback in the training zone." A.W. (July 2022)

"I liked the reliability portion of the training in order to support the standardization of protocol." A.M. (July 2022)

"Good standardization and clear visualization of training materials." R.R. (July 2022)

"Training for calibrated VFS analysis with plenty of rehearsal was good." K.Y. (July 2022)

"I liked the various examples of swallows including NG, trach, hardware etc." H.S. (July 2022)

"I liked the videos." M.R. (July 2022)

"I really liked the videos prior to initiating the learning zones. I also liked how many studies you needed to complete before the real test." A.G. (June 2022)

"I enjoyed how easy it was to repeatedly access training material." R.B. (June 2022)

"I like that this is an objective way to score VFSS. It honed my analytical eye and my critical thinking for writing reports." B.O. (June 2022)

"Liked the side-by-side animations with fluoro." R.C. (June 2022)

"The ability to pace yourself and review as much as needed without penalty was nice." B.D. (June 2022)

"I appreciated how the Validity Zone was structured given the ability to retest on components scored under a certain threshold."  C.M. (June 2022)

"I like that I was able to complete at own pace." L.B. (June 2022)

"Training to score pharyngeal stage of swallowing is very useful."  S.L. (June 2022)

"I liked having access to the training tools and resources during the testing."  E.S. (June 2022)

"The ability to practice certain areas which are more difficult after not passing in the reliability zone were good."  H.B. (June 2022)

"Technologically easy to use, picks up right where you left off (I got interrupted multiple times by my kids)." J.B. (June 2022)

"The ability to revisit any component at any point and the availability of resources to refer to was great!"  E.A. (June 2022)

"I liked the training zone. I feel like that helped me determine what was a correct score or not."  L.K. (June 2022)

"I like the standardization of MBS procedures video examples."  D.S. (June 2022)

"Very structured learning method. Very good video's and information! Compliments!!"  F.S. (June 2022)

"The different modules and trainings were so helpful!"  A.H. (June 2022)

"Great interface with easy controls. I also REALLY appreciate the time someone took to ensure my work would be saved. No matter what."  P.O. (June 2022)

"That I discovered new ways to measure the function and efficiency of fluoroscopic swallow studies after 30 years of practice!"  E.C. (June 2022)

"Immediate feedback & helpful hints in the training zone were nice."  C.H.(June 2022)

"Quality of the teaching, quality of the videos, being able to flit between learning and training were great!"  K.C. (June 2022)

"The course provides real life situations when faced with a MBSS in acute care. I love that it is real and functional."  A.T. (June 2022)

"Clear step by step progression, ability to review previous sections when needed and handy tips were good."  R.P. (June 2022)

"I feel that this course was effective in breaking up the swallow function (entire study) into concise phases/components to improve visualization and rating of swallow."  J.B. (June 2022)

"A lot of MBS examples to rate and practice. Clear explanation of how to come up with the suggested rating."  S.M.K. (June 2022)

"I really liked the interactive value of the training and in various ways - swallow-by-swallow and full study which allowed for a lot of repetition which I found is really necessary with learning all of the nuances of this training. I also appreciated having all of the help/support documents. I used everything available and repeatedly throughout the course to and including the very end!"  C.W. (June 2022)

"Very useful in being more descriptive in report writing so the next therapist has all of the information they need. Excellent way to break down all components of the swallow."  L.B. (June 2022)

"Lots of examples and explanations!"  M.M. (June 2022)

"Huge amount of practice. Showing on the screen what you were looking for with lines and texts really helps you."  S.R. (June 2022)

"I loved how emailing the customer support for additional help resulted in a swift reply and significantly helped me improve my scoring."  A.R. (June 2022)

"I love that there are ways to learn, train and then execute your knowledge. The repetition made me lose my mind, but I learned so much!"  H.A. (June 2022)

"Training Zone was great to go back and forth to from the Reliability zone to really learn specific components. Love that once you accurately rate a component you don't have to keep doing it as well."  W.P. (June 2022)

"I liked all the training modules and the immediate feedback. It was also helpful to be able to go back to rewatch the overview and example videos while doing the training and reliability portions."  A.F. (May 2022)

"I like how the course was organized, going through each zones and then through the reliability zone. I felt the training zone set me up to succeed in the reliability zone because of how many different practice MBSSs you have to go through."  R.L. (May 2022)

"Very thorough, with extensive practice at all levels to ensure confidence and competence."  L.S. (May 2022)

"I enjoyed the detail to every aspect of the swallow!"  M.L.B. (May 2022)

"I liked how interactive the course was and very educational material."  B.W. (May 2022)

"I appreciated the example scoring videos."  J.F. (May 2022)

"Lots of practice examples to facilitate and consolidate learning."  E.C. (May 2022)

"I appreciated the ability to go between modules -- if there was an area I was having difficulty with on the reliability section, I liked going back to the learning/training sections to practice/improve my performance." C.G. (May 2022)

"To be able to keep the components passed and only have to re-rate the swallows for the components with scores of was nice."  M.G. (May 2022)

"Erin provided fantastic support and some additional teaching modules. Her help was valuable beyond measure."  L.L. (May 2022)

"I like being able to write/draw on the quick component score/definition page and take notes as I studied."  O.D. (May 2022)

"Overall, I found the course to be educational and useful."  M.R. (May 2022)

"Wow. Very comprehensive & I plan to use immediately for my VFSS studies."  A.H. (May 2022)

"I enjoyed the supports available when I was stuck on certain components."  M.L. (May 2022)

"I thought this training gave great insight and review of anatomy and physiology of musculature/structures required for swallowing."  K.A. (May 2022)

"I enjoyed the breakdown of each component."  H.S. (May 2022)

"Detailed rich and meticulous explanation step-by-step training, strict assessment."  H.H. (May 2022)

"I like the ability to go back and replay videos and re-visit training."  E.M. (May 2022)

"Lots of opportunities to practice and really embed the principles. I liked the immediate feedback in the training zone."  S.B. (May 2022)

"The side by side videos showing VFSS and animation and scoring tips were also helpful."  B.M. (May 2022)

"I loved the ability to study at my own pace and the ability to review previous videos as needed. The print out material was great!"  J.G. (May 2022)

"Improved understanding of a p of swallow mechanism, I felt there were gaps in my learning in graduate school and this helped fill those gaps as I am not working in acute care and will be conducting my own instrumental assessments."  A.P. (May 2022)

"The amount of content and ability to go back to the learning and training zones throughout was great."  N.A. (May 2022)

"I feel that the best part of this training is the opportunity to break each section down (i.e., swallow by swallow as well as full studies). I felt that this made it more of a "real" simulation and eased us on into the reliability section." A.L. (April 2022)

"I like the different stages to move through, building confidence and then applying the skills in the final stage."  A.J. (April 2022)

"I liked how thorough each portion was. Each training broke down the components section by section to provide clinicians w/ a better understanding of exactly where a deficit may be and to prepare clinicians with therapy implications."  S.E. (April 2022)

"I liked the learning zone."  A.H. (April 2022)

"I like the learning process that is divided into the three zones, the possibility to log on/off and take the course when you have time, the opportunity to re-test only the components that were scored under 80%, and the animation videos of swallow."  A.K. (April 2022)

"I like the quality of training observation skills." K.W. (April 2022)

"Immediate feedback on the training was very helpful. Overall I really enjoyed the entire training." T.K. (April 2022)

"The immediate feedback in the training zone with an explanation including frame numbers was so helpful for learning what I did wrong." S.B. (April 2022)

"I like all the resources to understand the scoring and the individual and full study training section! The anatomy overview was also helpful." C.F. (April 2022)

"I liked the printout materials that were provided."  F.G. (April 2022)

"I like how there is a very detailed explanation on how the rating should be done case by case." C.Y. (April 2022)

"I like the computer-generated images alongside MBS." A.G. (April 2022)

"I like the clear description of each component. The videos were necessary and helpful. Loved learning about a reliable and systematic method of measuring swallows." E.F. (April 2022)

"I liked being able to go back to the previous training if I had questions about ratings. I also found it very helpful to have explanations for the scorings during the practice. At the beginning of the course, it was also nice to have both the illustration and real-life examples of each scoring component." M.P. (April 2022)

"I liked all of the supplemental information we had access to in order to review specific modules with even more detail."  C.M. (April 2022)

"The learning zone is helpful with anatomy review and in-depth discussion and visualization of swallow components."  A.C. (April 2022)

"Great real-life studies and practice. Extremely challenging which hopefully will help build my confidence as a clinician and diagnostician."  F.S. (April 2022)

"The specific videos to help with training helped with watching multiple components of the swallow and allowed me to feel more confident in my skills."  A.M. (April 2022)

"I liked the extra scoring example videos and PDFs!" E.C. (April 2022)

"The training module was great." K.M. (March 2022)

"I liked the review of the anatomy." J.S. (March 2022)

"I enjoyed the training zone with detailed explanations." A.B. (March 2022)

"There were many opportunities to practice the components several times." V.L. (March 2022)

"In the training zone, I love the idea that the correct answers were given immediately. Also, the animations were great."  A.C. (March 2022)

"I enjoyed the guided videos, watching others score was helpful. I liked self-pacing." L.W. (March 2022)

"Very systematic training! Very fruitful! It is good to have animation together with fluoroscopic view of the same swallow simultaneously. It's clear and helps us to understand better." J.L. (March 2022)

"I love the components and how easy everything it was to complete on my own time." A.G. (March 2022)

"I appreciated the ability to further evaluate the components of the swallow." E.B. (March 2022)

"The clear explanation and real VFSS examples during the learning zone were excellent. This course has definitely helped me improve my documentation skills in report writing."  M.S. (March 2022)

"Even though it is time-consuming, I really enjoyed how in-depth it was and also how it gradually increased in how much you were using the knowledge as the course progressed."  M.J. (March 2022)

"The opportunities to review the course as many times as I liked.  I liked the animation in addition to the VF images.  The course was easy to navigate after a few initial errors on my account."  S.W. (March 2022)

"I loved all the repetitions of the swallow studies and the scoring help videos! " J.H. (Mar. 2022)

"I loved the review of how to break down each area of the swallow and giving it some quantitative data."  K.A. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the three sections (learning zone, training zone, reliability zone)."  M.S. (Mar. 2022)

"Good variety of clinical presentations. Option to save as you go along to complete in small sections. Introductory videos provided a good level of information for someone new to videofluoroscopies."  M.S. (Mar. 2022)

"I like the multiple training zones."  Z.S. (Mar. 2022)

"I enjoyed all the training videos along with the ability to access the training videos during the test."  J.B. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the conference-style explanations for each component. The powerpoints were not as helpful for me."  V.B. (Mar. 2022)

"The quality of the anatomy diagrams paired with the videofluoroscopy examples. The scoring example videos were very helpful!! I love that this course material is still accessible for review after course completion. Thank you."  R.S. (Mar. 2022)

"Comprehensive and made me look at areas of the swallow that I didn't always pay attention to."  A.S. (Mar. 2022)

"The quality of the anatomy diagrams paired with the videofluoroscopy examples. The scoring example videos were very helpful!! I love that this course material is still accessible for review after course completion. Thank you." J.S. (Mar. 2022)

"The layout and easy access to videos during training and testing for review."  S.M. (Feb. 2022)

"The organization of the training including the different zones, all the training videos were good."  J.H. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the ability to review all 3 portions of the experience as needed, that is, the learning zone was always available to review during the reliability. I also appreciated the practice of only retesting portions that needed review and retesting. That helped me understand my weaknesses and where I needed to check for scoring tips I missed."  M.S. (Feb. 2022)

"The training is very detailed and helps to identify location points that are very difficult to identify." M.S. (Feb. 2022)

"The training zone really helped apply the knowledge to understand each component."  M.M. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked that it directly relates to my everyday practice and will help me moving forward."  A.S. (Feb. 2022)

"Great exposure to lots of different case studies and videos- great for learning, and excellent resources to supplement the assessment."  O.E. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked having videos with the lectures to help me better understand the cartilage structures I was looking for. I also appreciated all the extra handouts/guides for each component to help me best understand each test item and scoring criteria."  K.L. (Feb. 2022)

"It's very prescriptive. This is helpful for inter and intra-rater reliability and for quicker analysis."  P.K. (Feb. 2022)

"The process from Learning Zone to Training Zone allowed for familiarity with the scoring system."  J.K. (Jan. 2022)

"It was nice to get a review of swallow studies and re-learn each component. I feel much more knowledgeable when I do MBS studies now."  B.S. (Jan. 2022)

"The chance to revisit each component of the swallow with an unlimited amount of time and no timer to rush you along. I appreciated the many avenues available to refresh your memory and learning of the scoring criteria's. The process is thorough which I also appreciated as it cemented my learning. A well laid out easy to use system that is also very clever as it saves your progress as you go."  J.C. (Jan. 2022)

"The clinical team was very helpful with interpreting select case studies and frames. There were certain frames which led me to picking a corresponding answer. Thanks to Erin and Kate, I was able to understand and see differently. Being able to toggle back and forth from reliability to the training portions were very helpful, being able to check prior testing questions were helpful along with the component notes and handouts sent by the clinical team. The color coding and use of visual markers helped with seeing structures more easily. I also frequently used the magnifier feature, color contrast and inverter settings recommended by Tom which helped for select components. I also liked how this was self paced."  A.M. (Jan. 2022)

"Progress always saved so that I could complete course on my own time."  E.T. (Jan. 2022)

"I enjoyed the learning and the training zones."  M.C. (Jan. 2022)

"The course did a very good job in explaining each component of the evaluation and making me feel confident in my ability to reliably rate each component of the MBSImP evaluation." N.K. (Jan. 2022)

"I like all the videos it provides as support on how to score. The example videos were very helpful!"  J.S. (Jan. 2022)

"I really appreciated the different modules for learning, and that you could take the test repeatedly. That actually REALLY helped in my growth."  L.C. (Jan. 2022)

"Very thorough explanation of each component and I appreciated all of the practice throughout the course."  M.R. (Jan. 2022)

"This training did an exceptional job at providing an in-depth foundational understanding of dysphagia."  S.Z. (Jan. 2022)

"I liked the Training Zone with the immediate feedback. The "hint" section helped to further clarify scoring."  E.L. (Jan. 2022)

"Excellent course. Clear guidance providing multiple opportunities to refine clinical interpretation and analysis."  D.B. (Jan. 2022)

"This is excellent and really thorough training. It has made me think a lot about mastication."  N.P. (Jan. 2022)

"Learning how to read Vestibular closure, tongue base movement grading, laryngeal elevation." Previously, I would not have been able to quantify/qualify these anatomical positions well." N.A. (Jan. 2022)

"I liked the break down of swallowing components. I feel like I understand the swallowing mechanism and their relation in more depth than I did prior to the course."  J.D. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the hands-on learning experience and careful attention to where common errors may be."  C.C. (Dec. 2021)

"I like that you are tested on reliability at the end of the course."  A.L. (Dec. 2021)

"I appreciated the feedback in the training zone telling you exactly why the correct answer was the correct answer."  J.D. (Dec. 2021)

"I appreciated the variety of examples and extensive training program."  A.N. (Dec. 2021)

"I loved all the resources and the various mediums for learning: lecture style, examples, practice, etc. This is the hardest, but the best course I've ever taken and I feel much more equipped to complete MBSs in my own practice."  R.B. (Dec. 2021)

"The format of the education portion was very helpful in explaining with the fluoro and the animations."  K.D. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked that you can complete it at your own pace."  M.R. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked that the course is standardized, available online and able to work through at your own pace."  V.O. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the layout of the program (videos explaining each of the parameter, then practice and then the test) I also liked that you get answers in the training zone and that there are videos that pinpoint when it was demonstrated in the vfss which was helpful when I did get something incorrect"  H.M.P. (Dec. 2021)

"I loved how there were videos as well as dotted lines on the explanation during the training portion. This is a change from a few years ago"  J.K. (Dec. 2021)

"The descriptions of each swallow component are helpful regardless of if the entire protocol is followed."  A.H. (Dec. 2021)

"I loved the content review - you offered excellent information and a lot of ways to learn."  C.M. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the availability of the animation versions to allow my eyes to adjust when compared to the videofluoroscopy equivalent."  S.B. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the video scoring examples with both real fluoroscopy images side by side with the animated example."  M.M. (Dec. 2021)

"Multiple avenues for ways to check scoring during reliability, whether it be watching an examples video or having the scoring sheet out was nice.  I liked the more information of laryngeal penetration or aspiration with more case studies, but the overall content was very education and detail oriented."  K.C. (Dec. 2021)

"I like the process of learning/ training / reliability. An improved understanding of 17 components will also be very beneficial for my report writing."  A.H. (Dec. 2021)

"Very thorough training guides which were helpful in reviewing my mistakes"  D.P. (Dec. 2021)

"It helped delineate all of the different components of a swallow I should be evaluating when completing a VFSS."  H.S. (Dec. 2021)

"I really enjoyed the learning and training zones with the immediate feedback."  T.L. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked that there is a set protocol that can help improve flow of the study and comparison from study to study"  N.G. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the progression of the course, from single consistency to full study."  E.B. (Nov. 2021)

"I like that the reliability assessment does not require retesting on areas already mastered. The learning zone is also very helpful in that it breaks down both swallow-by-swallow and full studies to practice each component."  M.C. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the multiple examples of variability. Having fluoro images along with the 3D images really helped visualize the different components."  K.M. (Nov. 2021)

"The training forced me to really understand and differentiate among each component."  S.D.L. (Nov. 2021)

"I really enjoyed the learning zone being able to toggle to the videos and watch the different components."  M.W. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked all of the different patients that were presented."  M.E. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the opportunity to systematically hone observational grading skills across all aspects of swallowing function. Learning to recognize the often subtle difference between 2 scores results in greater confidence (and reliability)". J.B. (Nov. 2021)

Course Objectives

  1. Be able to list the 17 physiologic swallowing components comprising the MBSImP™ assessment protocol.
  2. Be able to identify standardized terms for describing observations of the adult swallowing mechanism as seen on videofluoroscopic swallow studies.
  3. Be able to explain the scoring metric for each of the 17 physiologic components comprising the MBSImP assessment protocol.
  4. Be able to apply the MBSImP scoring metric to videofluoroscopic swallow studies of adult patients.
  5. Be able to demonstrate the ability to score successfully (with 80% accuracy) each of the 17 physiologic components when viewing videofluoroscopic swallow studies of adult patients.

Post Test and Certificate of Completion:

Accuracy of 80% or higher must be achieved on each of the 17 components across the 10 swallow studies in the Reliability Zone testing in order to receive a certificate of completion and earn 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.

Presenter & Disclosures

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.

Presenter Disclosures:

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.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 2.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP

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:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

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:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.

Frequently Asked Questions

Customer Support: Please phone 888.337.3866 or email info@northernspeech.com.

Course Completion Timeframe:

You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

Content Access:

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 the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

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:

Purchase orders are accepted, however, they do not constitute payment. Access to the training will only be granted after payment is received in the form of check or credit card.

What is an Online Course?

Our Online Courses include text, audio, or video formats 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 computer, via your Northern Speech 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.

Receiving CEUs:

Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for 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 online 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 Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click View next to the course you’d 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.

Course completion timeframes:

Nearly all our courses provide for unlimited time to complete your course. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.

Course content expiration:

Nearly all our courses provide for continued access to course content and materials, even after completion of the post test. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.

Testing requirements:

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.

Certificate of completion:

A certificate displaying participant name, date of course completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and the number of contact hours earned is presented to participants once a score of 80% or greater is earned on the post test. 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:

Northern Speech will provide CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry for you. At the time of course enrollment if you select that you are taking the course for ASHA Credit and if you provide your ASHA Member Number, Northern Speech will automatically submit your hours to the CE Registry after you successfully complete the post test. Please allow 45-60 days from the date of course completion for your hours to appear on your CE transcript. Note that ASHA will record your CEUs as earned on the last day of the month in which you completed your course. For example, if you completed your course on Nov 7, the CE Registry will reflect course completion as Nov 30.

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 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.

Course formats:

Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.

Course handouts:

Most of our non-text online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout.

Purchase orders:

Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

Group discounts:

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.

Computer requirements:

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, Internet Explorer, etc) and newest version of Flash Player. 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. 

Special Needs:

Please click here for any special needs requests and we will do our best to accommodate them.