This course describes how medications can affect neurotransmission in the central nervous system, including impacts on cognition, learning, behavior, and motor function. In particular, it reviews medications that are used to improve cognition and learning in patients with cognitive disorders associated with dementia, psychosis, depression and anxiety disorders. In addition, it also reviews how side effects of many medications can impact learning, cognition, and behavior. Guidance is provided for assessment and identifying possible effects of medications on the rehabilitation session and optimizing patient participation in rehabilitation sessions through appropriate scheduling of sessions in relation to medication administration. Offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 contact hours.
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 handout.
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
Lynette Carl, PharmD, BCPS, has practiced as a Consultant and Clinical Pharmacist in pharmacies providing patient care in the settings of a hospital, psychiatric, hospice care, home infusion care, and skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical practice experience includes infectious disease, critical care, nutrition support, geriatrics, internal medicine, anticoagulation, cardiology and pain management. She is a co-author of the text Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing.
Financial — Lynette Carl is an author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Lynette Carl is Coauthor of the text, "Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing"; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Lynette Carl has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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.
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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 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 NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.
What is an Online Course? Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any computer, 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.
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’d like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
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.
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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"I appreciated the discussion on treatments of dementia and medications that cause dysphagia. I liked the auditory / lecture style." – K.D. (Jan. 2018)
"The classes of medication commonly used in the elderly population and psychiatric medications used in the general population were the most helpful parts." – A.L. (Jan. 2018)
"The content was interesting and easy to understand despite my lack of experience in this area." – D.T.M. (Dec. 2017)
"The discussion of the different actions of the neurotransmitters, how the medications act on them, and what side-effects they have was most beneficial. The handouts are going to be really useful as a reference guide to meds and cognition. The content was good, but I found the organization confusing." – J.C. (Dec. 2017)
"Actually, all of the information will be helpful including the slide presentation / handouts which will be beneficial for future reference." – L.H. (Oct. 2017)
"The medications that involve Autism and dementia were most helpful." – K.N. (Oct. 2017)
"The whole discussion provides excellent information on the topic which is often overlooked in rehab settings." – A.S. (Oct. 2017)
"The impact of specific medications on Cognition was most helpful - applicable to our patient population in SNFs." – J.M. (June 2017)
"The content of this product is relevant, current, and useful. The author presents concepts and facts objectively and accurately. Every SLP needs to consider the impact of medication on his/her clients. The positive and negative side effects of medication will impact patient success and therapy design & outcomes. Excellent course." – E.R. (May 2017)
"All of it was just excellent!" – S.K. (Mar. 2017)
"I thoroughly enjoyed this continuing education course. I thought much of the information was helpful for the profession as well as personal knowledge. I could have listened to medications and interactions all day. :) " – K.M. (Mar. 2017)
"My parents were in an assisted living facility and this course opened my eyes to medication interactions and their effects on dementia." – W.S. (Jan. 2017)
"Learning how anticholinergic medications and benzodiazepines can increase dysphagia risks was most beneficial. I really liked learning about how drugs are classified/organized by how they influence neurotransmitters and then how that might impact cognition and swallowing." – L.A.P. (Jan. 2017)
"I thought the portion on neurotransmitters and types of meds was the most interesting. I liked that the course was organized in the presentation of information." – L.K. (Nov. 2016)
"Only a couple specifics were helpful. Overall, the course improved my awareness of new medications and chronic while evaluating acute care pts. I work in acute care, ICUs, fast pace. I need quick guides. Charts would be useful. I'll make my own but this discussion was minimally helpful." – R.K. (Oct. 2016)
"The EPSE from antipsychotics and the last case study about choking were especially valuable. I liked how comprehensive this course was." – A.T. (Sept. 2016)
"Organized presentation. I found the effects of dopamine depletion in the CNS to be the most beneficial topic." – T.T. (Aug. 2016)
"The material was very organized. I liked the audio option. I especially enjoyed the section on medications in the demented population." – M.T. (Aug. 2016)
"I really appreciated the discussion of ways that these classes of medications affect cognition as well as swallowing. I liked the breakdown detailing different types of neurotransmitters and ways that each medication can affect function both positively and negatively. I expected more information about specific medications that have cognitive side effects, not just the medication classes, as we need to recognize medication names when reviewing med lists." – L.W. (Aug. 2016)
"The discussion on side effects of meds was really helpful. I liked the format of the course." – M.D. (July 2016)
"All very informative." – M.C. (June 2016)
"I liked the way the course was organized. I especially appreciated the coverage of the negative reaction of medication interaction." – L.R. (Mar. 2016)
"The material was very relevant for me." – M.M. (Mar. 2016)
"I appreciated the specific drug names to be aware of, and I liked having the powerpoint for future reference." – M.M. (Mar. 2016)
"Going over drug effects/concomitant effects/interactions - it was all really useful." – S.R. (Mar. 2016)
"I liked all of it - it was all beneficial. The information about ADHD and kids/pediatrics was most helpful." – H.H. (Feb. 2016)
"The topic of medications used to treat dementia was really beneficial. The thoroughness of the course is impressive!" – O.C. (Jan. 2016)
"The interactions of the meds and side effects was a good discussion. I expected more on ADHD medicine, though." – K.M. (Jan. 2016)
"Great for working with elderly population." – A.H. (Jan. 2016)