Private Practice Essentials: A Guide To Starting An SLP Private Practice

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0.35 ASHA CEUs

$149.00


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A Step-by-Step Guide To Starting Your Own Private Practice




"The 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:

  • First Steps: Business Plan & Start Up Costs
  • Choosing a Fair Rate
  • Insurance Considerations
  • Marketing & Website
  • HIPAA Compliance Issues
  • Tax Basics and Tax Deductions
  • Billing, Coding, Medical Records

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.

Course Overview – Run Time: 3:31:11

  • First Steps and Setting Your Budget
  • Business Info and Business Plan
  • Tax Basics for Small Business Owners
  • Tax Deductions Explained
  • Setting Up Your Business Information and Web Presence
  • Setting Your Rate and Insurance Considerations
  • Billing, Coding, EHRs, and Paperwork
  • Marketing Basics
  • HIPAA Compliance Basics

Supplemental Handouts Included With Course:

  • First Steps Checklist
  • Business Structure Comparison Chart
  • Business Plan Template Link
  • Tax Deduction Categories
  • EMR / EHR Comparison
  • Invitation to private Facebook group



"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 also am impressed with the amount of handouts that were included."

— M.H., prior course participant



Over 99% of prior course participants would recommend this course to their SLP colleagues.

"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.  The 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)

The Facebook group has been extremely useful to clarify any questions that I have had. 

"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)

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.

Course Format

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.

Course Objectives

  1. Identify the best business structure for their state and tax requirements.
  2. Write a basic business plan.
  3. Find or apply for an NPI number and EIN.
  4. Explain how to ethically set session rates.
  5. Explain the steps to becoming an insurance provider.
  6. List the differences between private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
  7. Explain the basics of billing, including ICD-10 and CPT codes.
  8. List the required paperwork for initial sessions, ongoing sessions, and evaluations.
  9. Identify the best methods of marketing their practice.
  10. List 3 ways to comply with HIPAA regulations.

Presenter & Disclosures

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.

Speaker Disclosures:

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.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related 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 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.

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 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:

Purchase orders are currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at info@northernspeech.com 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.

Receiving CEUs:

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.

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.

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.

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. Most courses include closed captioning.

Course handouts:

Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file. 

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, 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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Reviews

"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.  The 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)

The Facebook group has been extremely useful to clarify any questions that I have had. 

"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)