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

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2.1 ASHA CEUs

$600.00 USD


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The MBSImP™ Approach – Standardizing the MBS Study


This self-study, online course includes the MBSImP™ Standardized Clinical Training and Reliability Testing.

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.

Video Preview of the MBSImP™ Training Program

Course participants will learn to employ a standardized assessment of swallowing impairment through examination of 17 physiologic components of the swallowing mechanism in adults. Utilizing videofluoroscopic images paired with custom-built animations depicting swallow impairments, participants are systematically taught the 17 physiologic components and standardized impairment scores associated with each that together comprise the MBSImP standardized assessment.


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MBSImP Training Zone

The MBSImP™ Training Zone with Scoring Feedback


The training format includes ample opportunity for interactive practice in interpreting swallow studies and provides feedback 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. Offered for 2.1 ASHA CEUs – 21 contact hours. Course focus is the adult population.


• **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?

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

Over 94% of prior course participants would recommend this course to their SLP colleagues.

"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 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)

"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)

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

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

"I liked the breakdown 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 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)

"REPETITION! This is the best way for me to learn and I liked that the training modules required constant repetition."  J.S. (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 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 parameters, 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.P. (Dec. 2021)

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

"The online resources are brilliant. It's great that you can refer back to them so easily throughout each section of the course. The fact that you can save your progress during the test and revisit it is also really useful."  L.W. (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 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)

"Lots of example videos, I loved the 3 step course outline (learn, train, test). Very thorough."  A.Z. (Nov. 2021)

"The go at your own pace is perfect. I needed a lot of review and the ability to practice over and over was very beneficial. The corrective feedback for wrong answers was very helpful."  J.P. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the fact that it was hands-on training and included real life case studies, which made it applicable to my current practice."  E.V. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked that it was updated to show tips (the pop up boxes) when answers were incorrect in the full study training zone."  H.B. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the opportunity to review multiple studies, practice and re-take the test in parts and come back to it at different times based on my schedule."  G.W. (Nov. 2021)

"I like that you are able to continuously look at the learning zone and training zones to supplement the information you already learned when you're having difficulty with a topic."  K.H. (Nov. 2021)

"Repetition of all activities to promote learning and both xray and computer imagery diagrams and text to explain each component. That you can complete this in your own time scale and that you can go back into learning zone at any point to re test your skills."   P.S. (Oct. 2021)

"The sheer volume of studies was really valuable. It was helpful to have the breakdown into individual swallow then whole studies before the testing."  J.A. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the recent updates in the training zone that provided pop up videos showing precise frames used for scoring."  B.L. (Oct. 2021)

"I really enjoyed the reliability component of training, considering various swallow presentations with varying ratings across 13 different components."  M.S. (Oct. 2021)

"I REALLY understand what is going on with all of the parts of the swallow now."  M.R. (Oct. 2021)

"It was a great standardized way to look at MBS. It was difficult to get through, even for an experienced clinician."  S.S. (Oct. 2021)

"The Learning zone with the animations to accompany the VF images was very helpful. The Training zone where it gave you the correct answer if you were wrong was great in understanding your error and correcting your mistake. I like the fact that you can go back to any of the zones you have progressed through. Excellent that I will continue to have access to return to this training to continue to maintain my competencies." S.B. (Oct. 2021)

"This is a well-researched, in-depth course that provides the training needed for MBSS." H.P. (Oct. 2021)

"The detailed videos of the reasoning behind the score provided with each task during the Training Zone were good." K.G. (Oct. 2021)

"I enjoyed the practicality and generalization to clinical practice." L.K. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the rigorous process to pass, challenging but very educational." J.K. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the real VFSS images, the practice and training as well as the detailed component score tip sheets." C.T. (Oct. 2021)

"The concept of the learning package is excellent. Good teaching videos. My 2 emails (1 clinical, 1 technical) with your staff have been handled in an exceptionally polite and informative manner. Pharyngeal stripping wave teaching. Opportunity to speed up reporting. Opportunity to learn from experts." T.H. (Oct. 2021)

"I saw components of the swallow that I never considered before." C.E. (Sept. 2021)

"I think the idea and concept behind the training is good. As an outpatient feeding therapist who frequently sees patients post MBS, the idea of having specific information on areas for therapy is beneficial." E.T. (Sept. 2021)

"Excellent videos, good feedback on swallow by swallow training module. The training support from Kate was excellent." M.P. (Aug. 2021)

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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reviews

What your colleagues are saying about the MBSImP Training Course:

"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 recognise the often subtle difference between 2 scores results in greater confidence (and reliability)". J.B. (Nov. 2021)

"Lots of example videos, I loved the 3 step course outline (learn, train, test). Very thorough."  A.Z. (Nov. 2021)

"The go at your own pace is perfect. I needed a lot of review and the ability to practice over and over was very beneficial. the corrective feedback for wrong answers was very helpful."  J.P. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the fact that it was hands-on training and included real life case studies, which made it applicable to my current practice."  E.V. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked that it was updated to show tips (the pop up boxes) when answers were incorrect in the full study training zone."  H.B. (Nov. 2021)

"Being able to repeat elements that i did not pass several times until I passed was helpful."  D.M. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the opportunity to review multiple studies, practice and re-take the test in parts and come back to it at different times based on my schedule."  G.W. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the progression of learning from more simple with more learning aid to a gradual independent mode."  K.L. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the multiple videos with detailed explanation in the training zone, the immediate feedback in the training zone."  W.K. (Nov. 2021)

"REPETITION! this is the best way for me to learn and I liked that the training modules required constant repetition"  J.S. (Nov. 2021)

"The online resources are brilliant. It's great that you can refer back to them so easily throughout each section of the course. The fact that you can save your progress during the test and revisit it is also really useful."  L.W. (Nov. 2021)

"I appreciated the examples and the option to continue retesting until I passed. My setting has changed, so for a while, completion of this course fell down on my priority list. It was wonderful to pick up where I left off to finish the training."  W.M. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked being able to practice a lot before testing."  A.D. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the progression of training: lecture to learning zone, to training zone, etc."  K.C. (Nov. 2021)

"I like that you are able to continuously look at the learning zone and training zones to supplement the information you already learned when you're having difficulty with a topic."  K.H. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the opportunities for massed practice and review."  P.K. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked that I have ongoing access to training zone."  A.W. (Oct. 2021)

"Repetition of all activities to promote learning and both xray and computer imagery diagrams and text to explain each component.That you can complete this in your own time scale and that you can go back into learning zone at any point to re test your skills."   P.S. (Oct. 2021)

"The sheer volume of studies was really valuable. It was helpful to have the breakdown into individual swallow then whole studies before the testing."  J.A.-Y. (Oct. 2021)

"The resources and learning support are excellent."  V.G. (Oct. 2021)

"The was accessible and is presented in an easy to use format."  A.B. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the recent updates in the training zone that provided pop up videos showing precise frames used for scoring."  B.L.-O. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the specific feedback in the training zone; I also liked the component tips."  A.H. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the repetition to help with visual information."  F.O. (Oct. 2021)

"I really enjoyed the reliability component of training, considering various swallow presentations with varying ratings across 13 different components."  M.S. (Oct. 2021)

"It was a nice anatomy review."  E.L. (Oct. 2021)

"I REALLY understand what is going on with all of the parts of the swallow now."  M.R. (Oct. 2021)

"It was a great standardized way to look at MBS. It was difficult to get through, even for an experienced clinician."  S.S. (Oct. 2021)

"The video examples, tip sheets and visuals were very helpful."  A.D. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the repetition. It was long and tedious but very helpful." N.A. (Oct. 2021)

"The Learning zone with the animations to accompany the VF images was very helpful. The Training zone where it gave you the correct answer if you were wrong was great in understanding your error and correcting your mistake. I like the fact that you can go back to any of the zones you have progressed through. Excellent that I will continue to have access to return to this training to continue to maintain my competencies." S.B. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the ability to go in and out of the training zone for additional practice." J.J. (Oct. 2021)

"The amount of practice included. The repetition, though tedious, was very helpful." K.P. (Oct. 2021)

"The training videos and scoring examples to help with training my eye to differences between scores on the individual components." A.C. (Oct. 2021)

"The training sections were really informative to prepare me for the test" H.M. (Oct. 2021)

"I found it really useful to have a range of resources to look back on (e.g. the videos and printable guides)." J.S. (Sept. 2021)

"I liked the practice with observing and analyzing the swallow." L.H. (Sept. 2021)

"The ability to go back through the zones as required, and to retest as needed, which helps with learning for areas that I was struggling to judge." V.H. (Sept. 2021)

"I loved the new feature in the Full Study part of the training section where it showed exactly why a component received a certain score. I also like how they tell you what frame to look at in the Swallow by Swallow section." A.B. (Sept. 2021)

"This is a well-researched, in-depth course that provides the training needed for MBSS" H.P. (Oct. 2021)

"The detailed videos of the reasoning behind the score provided with each task during the Training Zone were good." K.G. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the access to the training material to review again and again and again!" V.G. (Oct. 2021)

"I enjoyed the practicality and generalization to clinical practice." L.K. (Oct. 2021)

"The swallow-by-swallow videos on loop during the training zone and the side-by-side animations during the learning zone were excellent." W.K. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the rigorous process to pass, challenging but very educational." J.K. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the real VFSS images, the practice and training as well as the detailed component score tip sheets." C.T. (Oct. 2021)

"The concept of the learning package is excellent. Good teaching videos.My 2 emails (1 clinical, 1 technical) with your staff have been handled in an exceptionally polite and informative manner.Pharyngeal stripping wave teaching. Opportunity to speed up reporting.Opportunity to learn from experts." T.H. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the ability to access training materials while completing the test and to move at my own pace through each zone." H.C. (Oct. 2021)

"The training section is so helpful!" C.T. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked how there were 3 sections and only the last section was the test. I liked all the resources provided in a variety of formats (i.e., written, video, audio)" N.R. (Sept. 2021)

"The detailed descriptions and images to illustrate different aspects of the swallow, repetition, reliability testing were good." L.N. (Sept. 2021)

"I saw components of the swallow that I never considered before." C.E. (Sept. 2021)

"The abundance of videos was very helpful" K.B. (Sept. 2021)

"I liked the unlimited time frame." H.N. (Sept. 2021)

"Reliability/calibration to have confidence for accuracy." O.H. (Sept. 2021)

"I liked the practice section and videos." J.H. (Sept. 2021)

"The new addition of when it is scored incorrectly in now gives you the frame to look at and a screenshot explaining the correct answer." R.E. (Sept. 2021)

"I liked the ability to go at my own pace and to have unlimited time to train and test." D.L. (Sept. 2021)

"I like the isolation of areas of weakness for further practice after the initial test is completed." S.R. (Sept. 2021)

"I liked the practice and details about the various components." C.K. (Sept. 2021)

"Being able to work on my own pace and have tips and component scoring to go back to as needed." C.B. (Sept. 2021)

"I think the idea and concept behind the training is good. As an outpatient feeding therapist who frequently sees patients post MBS, the idea of having specific information on areas for therapy is beneficial." E.T. (Sept. 2021)

"Good descriptions of the components and opportunities for practice" C.C. (Sept. 2021)

"There were a lot of different types of resources to reference." E.H. (Sept. 2021)

"I liked the learning videos and multiple opportunities for practice." K.B. (Sept. 2021)

"There are so many videos of dysphagia cases, it was good to see a lot MBS clip." M.-C.L. (Sept. 2021)

"Excellent videos, good feedback on swallow by swallow training module. The training support from Kate Davidson was excellent." M.P. (Aug. 2021)