This text format course is divided into 3 sections.
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.
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Lynette Carl, PharmD, BCPS, has practiced as a Consultant and Clinical Pharmacist in pharmacies providing patient care in the settings of a hospital, psychiatric, hospice care, home infusion care, and skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical practice experience includes infectious disease, critical care, nutrition support, geriatrics, internal medicine, anticoagulation, cardiology and pain management. She is a co-author of the text Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing.
Financial — Lynette Carl is an author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Lynette Carl is Coauthor of the text, "Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing"; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Lynette Carl has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Peter Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, earned his MS and PhD in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive Graduate Degree in Healthcare Financial Management from Ohio State University. Dr. Johnson serves as a healthcare consultant. He develops continuing education programs as well as one-on-one mentoring. He assists in the development of memory units. His previous experience includes working in acute care, home care, outpatient clinics, and long-term care.
Dr. Johnson served as a Column Editor for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SID 13) Dysphagia Newsletter and the (SID 11) Administration and Supervision Newsletter. He is a four-time recipient of the President's Award and the Outstanding Service Award from the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. He is the Chair of the Florida Department of Health State Licensing Board for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
Dr. Johnson has co-authored several books including Business Matters: A Guide for the Speech-Language Pathologist, Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing, and Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Effect of Medication on Therapy. His newest book is A Clinicians Guide to the Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia published by Northern Speech Services.
Financial — Peter Johnson is an author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Peter Johnson is Coauthor of the text, "Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing"; receives royalties.
Financial — Peter Johnson is Coauthor of the text, "Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Effect of Medication on Therapy"; receives royalties.
Financial — Peter Johnson is Coauthor of the text, "A Clinicians Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia"; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Peter Johnson is Chair of the Florida Licensing Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
This program is offered for 0.4 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 NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
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.
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 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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"The discussion on antipsychotic med impacts was most helpful." – V.P. (May 2020)
"I found that after discussing particular drugs, when they were specifically brought back to how they may impact dysphagia, this was very helpful. I also liked the number of case studies with follow-up questions to facilitate active learning." – K.C. (Apr. 2020)
"I enjoyed the discussion about how all the body systems work together and the side effects of each and their interactions. I liked that I can print this information and refer to it in my practice." – I.R. (Mar. 2020)
“I appreciated going over the effects of medications for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and the overall ‘Minimizing Dysphagia Risk’ slides at the end. I liked how I could take the course at a pace that fit with my schedule.” – K.P. (Feb. 2020)
“The discussion on antidepressants and dysphagia was most valuable. I like that the course was succinct with considerable information about the nervous system and drug interaction rather than just listing the medication.” – J.D. (Jan. 2020)
“Understanding the foundations of how medications work in the brain and how they can act beneficially and detrimentally in swallow function was especially helpful. This course contained important information for understanding medication impacts on swallowing. Excellent topic.” – L.M. (Dec. 2019)
"I do not actually work with any patients that have or are at risk for dysphagia; however, I chose this course to stay current on this topic. It was presented in an easy to understand format that I could read at my own pace. I like how the topics were subdivided." – A.L. (Nov. 2019)
"The best portion was the antipsychotic impact on movement." – B.H. (Oct. 2019)
"I appreciated gaining a better understanding of how medications that my patients are taking can interfere with swallow function, appetite, and digestion. I liked the case studies." – K.R. (Aug. 2019)
"All of this information was very helpful for my home care practice. I liked that it was slides and that I could read or re-read at my own pace." – M.M. (July 2019)
"I found the discussion of the effects of PD, antidepressants, and pain medications on swallowing to be most applicable to my practice. I really liked the thorough review of the neurotransmitters and the discussion of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. The course was extremely informative and thorough in its approach." – S.L. (June 2019)
"I appreciated going over the facets of the antipsychotic drugs... this is often over looked." – D.H. (May 2019)
"I really liked the tables that it provided with the different side effects for different medications. I will easily be able to refer to these in my own practice. I enjoyed the topics of anti-cholinergic medication, GERD, Alzheimer's disease, and PD. I expected psychotropic medication to be covered a little bit more in depth." – K.D. (Jan. 2019)
"The complete topic will benefit my daily practice and interactions with physicians and nurses. Initially, I thought a narrator would help, but given the topic, I find reading was best." – A.S. (Dec. 2018)
"I found it beneficial to have more specific information about how specific medications impact each phase of the swallow. The information was clear and easy to follow." – E.H. (Dec. 2018)
"I liked reviewing the different classification of drugs and their effects on dysphagia. The diagrams were also helpful." – M.R. (Nov. 2018)
"The most beneficial topic was the specific medications and how they affected swallowing. I enjoyed the case studies with the discussions questions." – J.M. (Aug. 2018)
"I LOVED this course!! It is SO relevant, especially for my work in the geriatric population! I found the information very well organized, clear, concise, and well written. I learned a lot and feel I will really retain the information well thanks to the well-done handouts and presentation. THANK YOU!" – S.S. (Jul. 2018)
"I thought the course was good. I liked the swallowing exercises and how medications impact dysphagia." – S.L. (May 2018)
"Going over the use of pain medications and their affect on swallowing was most helpful. I liked that I could go through the course at my own pace." – M.G. (Apr. 2018)
"Differentiating the various antipsychotic medications and their affect on a resident's eating and swallowing abilities was excellent." – C.B. (Jan. 2018)
"I appreciate the increased awareness of negative impact of medication upon swallowing skills." – T.M. (Dec. 2017)
"I enjoyed reading the information and taking notes. Medication management is a vital issue in all patients' road to recovery. I especially enjoyed the discussion on medications related to Parkinson's patients, but all is invaluable information." – R.C.C. (Dec. 2017)
"I liked the anatomy and physiology as well as the explanation of why the medications elicited the side effects. Going over the GERD medications was most helpful." – G.L. (Oct. 2017)
"I enjoyed the general review of dysphagia and stages with effects of meds. Easy flow, good basic content." – K.N. (Aug. 2017)
"The review of the Peripheral Nervous System and how meds affect GI tract and function were all very useful." – P.M. (July 2017)
"I was unaware of the specific medications and their affects on swallowing. I plan on formulating a list... a cheat sheet... to have when reviewing meds. Thanks!" – M.T. (June 2017)
"The discussion about the side effects of antidepressants and dysphagia was most beneficial since a high percentage of the population I treat takes antidepressants. I also liked the review of the CNS and PNS and the contributions to dysphagia." – K.L. (May 2017)
"I appreciated the charts to assist with the side effects of the meds. The details and lists of common meds - I will use this immediately in my practice." – A.S. (Mar. 2017)
"I liked that this course was easy to follow and understand as well as the case studies. Going over how the medications impact each phase of the swallow was especially helpful. It would have been nice to have been able to listen to a speaker. A handout / cheat sheet for work would have been very beneficial." – S.B. (Feb. 2017)
"The information provided for all types of medications for specific disorders was very beneficial since I see all of these types of disorders daily." – E.W. (Dec. 2016)
"I really appreciated the medication grids with side effect ratings! These are a great quick reference!" – K.P.S. (Dec. 2016)
"The specific drugs and their side effects were very helpful. I liked being able to read at my own pace rather than listening to someone read to me." – A.M. (Nov. 2016)
"I found the information for my Parkinson's pt's and the effect on swallow as well as side effects to be most useful. I liked the awareness of drugs and how they affect the overall body." – D.G. (Nov. 2016)
"I appreciated the med interactions with dysphagia. I will discuss with our Pharmacy, Neurologist, Attending MD's and PA's. I liked the information and details of how meds affect the CNS." – I.K. (Oct. 2016)
"I am grateful to be more aware of the many medications that can interfere with patient functioning. Good review of the neurotransmitters and effects of medications." – S.B. (Oct. 2016)
"I enjoyed learning about antidepressants, neuropathic drug side effects, and the drug namenda. The slides were well organized." – M.T. (Aug. 2016)
"Discussing both Parkinson's Dz and Alzheimer's Dz was really helpful. I liked going over how drugs effect swallowing phases." – J.L. (July 2016)
"I specifically liked the list of the specific drugs and their side effects. The case studies were very helpful." – C.D. (July 2016)
"Just learning about the different drugs that could cause dysphasia was very useful." – R.C. (June 2016)
"I enjoyed reading more about the specific medications and their side effects. I liked all the case studies and the way they were written and explained. It was great!" – B.C. (June 2016)
"I liked how it discussed what to do or what medications to provide instead... it didn't just tell you what was wrong and the side effects. It told you how to fix the problem." – A.A. (Apr. 2016)
"I enjoyed the review of CNS and pharmacological effects. I like that it addressed dysphagia across the 5 phases." – V.K. (Feb. 2016)
"I appreciated the break down of each drug group and how drugs affect swallowing." – H.L. (Jan. 2016)
"I liked that the charts were easy to understand." – S.R. (Jan. 2016)
"I used to work in a nursing home, this course would be beneficial when reviewing meds patients are on in that setting. I liked that the course was easy to use and follow." – A.H. (Jan. 2016)