Presenter: Jill Shook, MS, CCC-SLP
"This course was very thorough and included all the details you need to know to set up your private practice. I had tried to find a lot of this information on my own and it was very confusing. It's so helpful to have it all laid out for you in one place by someone who has clearly spent the time to research it all."
– T.C., prior course participant
Considering your own private practice? This decision will impact your life both professionally and personally. Wish you had a step-by-step guide to answer all your questions? This is the course for you!
This highly comprehensive course will guide you through the rewarding process of beginning your own speech pathology private practice. Whether you are planning for a part-time vs. full-time practice, pediatric vs. adult clients, or medical vs. non-medical setting, the content of this course is applicable across settings and client populations. Topics covered include:
This course includes user-friendly handouts and helpful links to resources and websites. Learners are able to work through the course at their own pace, and access to the course content is retained after completion for ongoing reference and review.
Offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 contact hours.
Supplemental Handouts Included With Course:
Course Run Time: 3:31:11
– M.H., prior course participant
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration. Downloadable handouts and supplemental resources. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"The steps were listed to start my own private practice. Everything was explained well." S.P. (Sep. 2023)
"Multiple areas covered; organized presenter; HIPAA compliance." C.F. (Sep. 2023)
"Literally every topic was so helpful. I could not have opened my private practice without this course. Thank you, Jill Shook!" L.F. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked the resources shared and presenter's personal experience." T.H. (Aug. 2023)
"The presenter was very knowledgeable. I liked learning about the different business structures. The tax information and HIPAA compliance information was very helpful too." C.N. (Jul. 2023)
"This course was detailed, thorough, and covered important information that will be valuable when starting my practice. I found the section discussing the First Steps to setting up your practice helpful." B.H. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked the amount of specific details needed to start a business." E.D. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked how the course was separated out into topics." J.A. (Jun. 2023)
"Marketing strategies, billing, and CPT codes were beneficial topics. I liked the course as a whole." M.S. (Jun. 2023)
"The portions relating to HIPAA compliance, setting up business information, and the resources pages were most helpful. I love the online courses by NSS because they allow me to work at my own pace during hours that don't take away from my practice or home life." H.M. (Jun. 2023)
"Specific examples, and step-by-step actions presented. Tax information and billing information were beneficial." A.C. (May 2023)
"I liked the amount of detailed information presented. NPI registration clinic setup was beneficial." G.M. (May 2023)
"I appreciated the step-by-step instructions when starting your own practice. I liked all the resources." J.D. (May 2023)
"First steps, tax deductions, rates/insurance, and billing were all beneficial. I liked the course duration. Information was concise." S.D. (May 2023)
"The taxes and HIPAA sections were so helpful. The presenter explained everything so easily and in a way that made me understand. I liked the specific examples and the way she easily broke down heavy information into quick videos." A.H. (Apr. 2023)
"The discussion on the billing was beneficial. I liked the provided handouts to use." P.I. (Apr. 2023)
"Very thorough course, and I loved that it's step-by-step! Handouts and links to websites were beneficial." T.P. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the first steps to setting up a business. Very informative and easy to understand." S.M. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked how detailed all of the steps were for starting a private practice. I found the information regarding medical billing most beneficial. Overall, I thought this course was a great overview to starting a private practice." A.D. (Mar. 2023)
"Tax information, HIPAA information were beneficial. I liked the included handouts." J.G. (Mar. 2023)
"Marketing ideas and tax deduction section were beneficial. Presented in layman's terms." L.S. (Mar. 2023)
"Lots of information and well-written slides. I liked the Getting Started and the Tax sections." R.G. (Mar. 2023)
"This entire course was amazing from start to finish. All the information that I needed!!" T.H. (Feb. 2023)
"All of it was beneficial. I am trying to transition from school to private practice. This information was very useful." C.D. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the checklist of needs.... the numbers you have to have before moving forward were beneficial. I like that there is a Facebook discussion board that I can ask further questions." H.R. (Jan. 2023)
"Most of this was new information for me, so each topic and discussion was beneficial. I liked that it gave me the information I did not know I needed." J.L. (Jan. 2023)
"I found the tax information and the CPT code information to be particularly informative; I learned a great deal! I appreciated how clear and well-organized the presented materials were. Jill is an excellent presenter; concise, clear, and informative....I would definitely take a course from her again!" R.M. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the tax information and that this course was self-paced." L.H. (Jan. 2023)
"Covered a wide variety of topics for starting a business." M.A. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked how thorough this course was and how it was easy to follow. I thought each topic was extremely beneficial for someone starting a private practice." K.L. (Dec. 2022)
"Everything was good. I liked all the detail." E.M. (Dec. 2022)
"Wonderful handouts! Presenter is very knowledgeable." A.G. (Dec. 2022)
"Very clearly laid out with easy-to-use resources." J.S. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked how all the information was broken into modules for organization. I appreciate all the handouts and links that went with the course." L.B. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning the materials you need to start a business, and a review of HIPAA practices for starting your business were beneficial." L.B. (Dec. 2022)
"All of it was helpful as I will be starting my own practice in the near future. It was concise and a quick run down of the basics for getting started." S.R. (Nov. 2022)
"The HIPAA section was very informative. I liked that you can watch and review the course when you have time." C.H. (Nov. 2022)
"Course was very informative and well-organized. The HIPAA-compliant information will be very beneficial. I also feel more confident having a list of what I need to do and some guidance on how to accomplish those tasks." C.S. (Nov. 2022)
"Clearly organized." N.R. (Nov. 2022)
"Clearly outlined and relevant info." E.R. (Nov. 2022)
"All of it was helpful in giving me a place to start my private practice. It was very organized." P.K. (Nov. 2022)
"It was all really important info. I liked the conversational style of the presenter, the handouts, the links, and the thoroughness." C.L. (Oct. 2022)
"I like that I'm able to go back and review the information. It was a lot of information, so I'll be taking the speaker's advice to do a little at a time." H.S. (Oct. 2022)
"All of it was extremely helpful. I went from knowing absolutely nothing to having a place to start researching." R.L. (Oct. 2022)
"All the topics were given in an easily understandable language and was useful to make decisions. The course covered all necessary topics needed and I liked the availability for the online facebook support group." A.S. (Sept. 2022)
"There is nowhere else to get this information. I think the entire course is a specific topic that is difficult to access. I am absolutely grateful for this course and presenter. Jill was personable and maintained a very friendly tone in sharing information that I am sure could easily be overwhelming. The clarity of a lot of complex information was amazing! It was coherent, well-labeled, had informative slides, and the presentation was excellent!" C.I. (Sept. 2022)
"Everything was very helpful and informative, and especially the sections on HIPAA, business structures, starting out, and taxes. The course was very thorough and informative. I feel like I learned everything I need to know in order to start my private practice." J.W. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the resources provided." M.B. (Sept. 2022)
"The course was very thorough." D.G. (Aug. 2022)
"All of the information provided was beneficial." L.C. (Aug. 2022)
"I like that I did not have to complete it in one sitting and can go back and reference the material indefinitely." M.M. (Aug. 2022)
"I like that it was self-paced and doesn't expire." G.C. (Aug. 2022)
"The whole discussion was informative. It was exactly what I needed as I take baby steps into private practice. I liked that the content was well organized. The sections were easy to understand because they were relayed in small increments." J.W. (July 2022)
"I appreciated how Jill went into detail about each topic." E.S. (July 2022)
"The checklists for ensuring you have everything you need in order to properly start a business were very helpful." C.K. (July 2022)
"It was all very beneficial as I am new to private practice. I like that I can go at my own pace. The presenter was to the point but thorough enough to get you started." M.B. (July 2022)
"The class was very through and detailed. Perfect to give you the information to start up your business. All the handy charts and very detailed information to refer back to were good." A.H. (July 2022)
"All of the course was helpful for starting a private practice." B.S. (July 2022)
"I found that all the information outlined and in one place will be helpful when I start my own practice. I liked that this online course was self-directed and that I have access to it later when I will need to reference it again." M.P. (July 2022)
"Very thorough! Learning how to set rate without price fixing and some more marketing ideas." S.K. (July 2022)
"It was quite comprehensive as far as the number of topics discussed." M.B. (June 2022)
"Everything was helpful. I know where to get started and will be referring back to the slides as I continue to establish my business. I like how it was broken down and the resources provided." L.E. (June 2022)
"The way it is split up made it easier to do the course gradually, section by section. The information was very well explained." S.S. (June 2022)
"I think all the topics are "must know" topics, so the entire presentation was beneficial. Being able to start and stop the presentation and complete it at my own pace was helpful. Also, it was reasonably priced." V.S. (May 2022)
"Each section really gave a good explanation of examples, comparisons and/or breakdowns of specific information pertinent to trying to start your own company. I also liked the order she put everything in, which made it easy for me to make a checklist of ordered steps I need to take." N.G. (May 2022)
"Every section had something in it I didn't know, so I learned with each section! Also, I liked I could do it at my own pace. The information was outlined clearly, but if I didn't understand something I could go back and review it, especially the tax section." S.C. (Apr. 2022)
"It was very detailed and easy to follow. The business structure, credentialing, and insurance discussions were helpful." T.J. (Apr. 2022)
"The course is really well thought out, and explained intro to private practice. Pretty much exactly what I was looking for!" K.C. (Mar. 2022)
"Very well organized, broken up into sections, and very detailed information." E.H. (Mar. 2022)
"Very comprehensive course. I liked the section on website SEO." B.S. (Mar. 2022)
"Very helpful information to avoid major mistakes in starting your practice." J.T. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked that the presenter walked us through her own experience. I liked all of the course." K.S. (Feb. 2022)
"It was comprehensive and I feel much more confident about getting started in my own practice now." K.A. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the whole thing - I'm sure I'll be coming back intermittently to review. I like how it was broken down into smaller segments that are clearly labeled, it will make review easier." A.F. (Feb. 2022)
"I am exploring the idea of opening a private practice, so really all of this was beneficial information. The speaker was organized and explained everything very clearly. I appreciated the resources that she provided for future reference." S.M. (Jan. 2022)
"The entire presentation was very helpful. The course was comprehensive and easily understood to new therapists just beginning a private practice journey." K.W. (Jan. 2022)
"Comprehensive coverage of the topic was very helpful in understanding how to transition to private practice. Thank you!" P.C. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the billing information and the HIPAA information. I also liked the Google My Business portion, that I hadn't been aware of." A.D. (Jan. 2022)
"All of the business plan information was very helpful." B.D. (Jan. 2022)
"The detail and breakdown of startup costs, taxes, and set up of rate were very beneficial for me. I liked how comprehensive it was." T.D. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked EVERYTHING! Business structure plan, taxes basics, deductions, coding, billing, etc. How easily digested all information is presented. Eye opener!" C.R. (Dec. 2021)
"This was an in depth and highly educational course. I have been looking for more information pertaining to private practice and this was much more informative and detailed than anything else I've found. I appreciated that the course was broken down into segments so that I could easily come back and continue if I needed to take a break. It also helped me feel a little less overwhelmed by the amount of information. I also am impressed with the amount of handouts that were included." M.H. (Dec. 2021)
"I loved the practical tips for startup and for budgeting. The presenter was great to listen to and very knowledgeable." K.L. (Dec. 2021)
"The ideas for marketing my private practice were very helpful and included options I hadn't thought of. This course was very thorough and included all the details you need to know to set up your private practice. I had tried to find a lot of this information on my own and it was very confusing. It's so helpful to have it all laid out for you in one place by someone who has clearly spent the time to research it all." T.C. (Nov. 2021)
"The most beneficial information was how to get started setting up a private practice. I liked the great information that can be applied immediately." A.S. (Oct. 2021)
"I liked everything because I am barely starting my practice. The examples she gave and personal experiences were good." H.F. (Sept. 2021)
"Refresher on HIPAA regulations and billing process was good. The instructor was very practical and held my attention." J.C. (Aug. 2021)
"It is a very concise description of all the basic requirements for setting up a private practice." R.L. (Aug. 2021)
"I found everything beneficial and it help me realize I am not quite ready to branch out yet. The amount of information presented and well rounded and thought out topics areas." V.B. (Aug. 2021)
"The discussion of HIPAA compliance basics was most beneficial to my current daily practice. I liked that it was very organized and detailed but still easy to follow along with." H.M. (June 2021)
"I needed all of the information as I have never been on the business side of speech language pathology. This included many details that I know I will need to reference in the future as I get my practice off the ground." P.S. (June 2021)
"How incredibly comprehensive the content was! Jill wears many hats and is so knowledgeable about all areas of private practice. She also made this topic approachable and I loved her warm manner and humor." D.B. (June 2021)
"Discussion of the business model and HIPAA compliance. The pace. Having each video divided into different sections was helpful rather than having one long video. This was very comprehensive, I didn't feel like anything was missing." L.S. (June 2021)
"I found the steps to creating a private practice very helpful. I liked finding out everything that would need to be completed in order to start my own private practice. I liked that it provided step-by-step information that was practical and concise. It helped me to organize my thoughts and consider making a part-time private practice a reality." M.M. (June 2021)
"Very organized and sequential. It was very detailed and comprehensive." S.S. (June 2021)
"This was a great introduction course for private practice. It had a plethora of useful information." M.L. (June 2021)
"All of it was necessary for me to consider if private practice is something I want to pursue. Very practical advice. Well researched Specific and detailed information Very well-organized presentation and handouts." M.S. (June 2021)
"ALL of it was beneficial to me. The information was ALL useful and the speaker spoke quickly and clearly. She had the perfect balance of content and anecdotes to really help with understanding. This was great. The only thing I can think of is that now single-member LLC's are allowed in all 50 states and DC. I would suspect that some updates to the course will be needed over time because rules change." E.T. (June 2021)
Jill Shook, MS, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist and owner of Jill Shook Therapy, a private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She has extensive experience with literacy-based speech therapy and is an ASHA ACE award winner, as well as a US Department of Education training grant recipient during her graduate degree at Vanderbilt University.
Financial — Jill Shook is a presenter of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.Financial — Jill Shook receives affiliate fees from Simple Practice. Nonfinancial — Jill Shook has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
Course Completion Timeframe:
You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.
Certificate of Completion:
On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
Purchase orders are currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 888-696-9655.
What is an Online Course?
Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.
Registering for an online course:
You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:
You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Number of CEUs offered:
We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs:
NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy:
A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
Please click here for any special needs requests, and we will do our best to accommodate them.
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