Introducing the first ever

Medical SLP Certification Program

…without the 2+ year commitment
and $60,000 student debt.

Ready to transform your knowledge, clinical skills, and career fulfillment as a medical SLP?

How do you feel about taking groundbreaking steps towards becoming the sought-after, highly valued medical SLP you deserve to be?

Oof…this gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!

And now, we no longer have to just think about it.

We can achieve it.

With a team of expert-level clinicians and researchers, we are beyond excited to offer the first ever online medical SLP certification program.

is introducing an interactive eight-month certification program that provides you with:


A minimum of 16 required intensive on-demand medical SLP courses (8+hours each) from top expert researchers and clinicians in their space.


Direct 1:1 mentorship with an experienced clinician.


84+ hours of live, interactive Q&As and case study calls with mentors that will be recorded.


A certification to be added to your resume or CV to demonstrate competency.


A spot on our online national database of MedSLP Ed Certified SLPs so physicians and patients can find you.

We’re currently accepting the first cohort of 50 SLPs!

Enrollment will close June 30th,
 and our first cohort will kick off in July.

Medical speech-language pathology is undeniably rewarding.


However, it’s also a career path that changes rapidly with new research, evolving scope of practice, and a vast repertoire of medical knowledge that isn’t always possible to learn in college.

And med SLPs can be left feeling overwhelmed and burnt out.

Because the medical side of speech-language pathology is relatively young compared to the traditional speech-and-language heavy roles, and the complexities involved in best practice come with new challenges, many medical SLPs feel lost when it comes to…

Direct mentorship to guide complex cases

Understanding how body systems work

Knowing how to apply exercise science to our therapy plans
Confidently navigating medical charts and assessments
Fully understanding dysphagia assessments and treatments
Navigating neurology and neuroscience
Mapping out imaging reports and lab values
A deep understanding of evidence-based practice

All while wondering how and when you’ll EVER learn it all while locking in direct mentorship to help navigate those tricky clinical cases.

This is partially why certification programs exist for things like swallowing and swallowing disorders, brain injury, dementia, and other specialized areas.

And all of those programs are valuable.

However, if you work with a broad spectrum of medical diagnoses and conditions, you still have a lot of ground to cover on your own time and money.

With the exception of a few universities that offer a medical track during their 2-3 year graduate program, nothing exists to provide a solid framework for medical SLPs… (particularly for medical SLPs actively practicing in the field)…

Until now.

Learn foundational and advanced knowledge and skills

Access amazing support and community

Accelerate your career as a certified Medical SLP

Elevate the field

About the curriculum

Our curriculum was methodically curated by high-performing clinicians and ASHA Fellows with over 40 years of experience in higher education for Medical SLPs.

As a student of MedSLP Education, you will be required to take:

Six pre-requisite courses, followed by…

Two out of three courses from each core area of study.

This equates to over 128 hours (12.8 ASHA CEUs).

We’ve structured the curriculum and the support to be completed over an eight-month timeframe, however we know life comes with detours and road bumps.

So if you can’t complete each required course in eight months, it’s okay! We’re giving all students up to one year to finish each requirement for certification.

This is our minimum requirement for you to achieve the certification, but you are able to take as many courses in the MedSLP Ed library as you would like and have five years to access them all!

Keep reading to the end to see the course lineup.


As a founding member of Med SLP Education, you are able to take any NEW course added to the library – even after the completion of your program! (For up to 5 years)

About the mentorship

You asked for 1:1 direct mentorship and we listened!

Our mentors were hand selected due to their positive past experiences of mentoring both in their workplace and via distance learning.


You will be assigned to a group of 10 students with 1 mentor to assist the group based on your (desired) clinical setting.


You get access to your mentor and group through a texting app.


You get two 1:1 phone calls with your mentor.


Each group will meet with their mentor twice per month to answer questions or break down case studies.


Each mentor will do a live (and recorded) Q&A for the entire group of 50 students each month.

We have 5 mentors, thus there will be 5 mentor calls with the entire cohort each month

Theresa Richard will host an additional support call each month to discuss any aspects of the program or career growth.


You will have 7 group mentor calls and 1 program support call each month, texting access to your mentor and group, plus two 1:1 calls with your mentor.


Become one of the first 50
MedSLP Ed Certified SLPs in the country!

Patients and the healthcare industry expect physicians and other specialists to show up with evidence-based knowledge in the areas they evaluate and treat.

So shouldn’t that be the bare minimum for SLPs who evaluate and treat swallowing disorders and other medical conditions, as well?

Unfortunately, the bare minimum looks more like this for SLPs:


Clinical fellows begin their careers in a skilled nursing facility without access direct mentorship and are expected to evaluate and treat dysphagia, aphasia, cognitive impairments, and progressive diseases with absolutely no prior training in these areas.


Some SLPs land a hospital job to cover weekends alone while not understanding the mechanics of a laryngectomy vs tracheostomy, different supplemental oxygen delivery systems, or lab values.


Others have been working in this field for decades with no real, true solid foundational knowledge of the medical field in which we work.

The first Medical SLP certification program of its kind for
new and veteran clinicians.

While there are medical SLP tracks for degree programs in a handful of universities, there aren’t any other Medical SLP Certification programs that exist for practicing clinicians.

Med SLPs can get certified in specialized areas within the medical scope of speech-language pathology, like dysphagia, dementia and brain injury. And these programs provide great value!

But we wanted to create a certification program tailored to the whole medical SLP.

We fully understand that just because someone is the first to do something, it doesn’t mean they’re the best.

We took years to plan and organize this program for a reason.

Of course, it wasn’t to be the first at something. It was to truly provide excellent value and create a program that actually changes lives.

Not only that, we wanted to create something that was manageable for working clinicians.

You don’t have to take days off of work, you won’t need to book flights and lodging, and you certainly won’t have to dedicate full-time hours to complete this program.

We’ve discovered that other professions also offer extensive 6-10 month certification programs to help their workforce hone their skills and craft…

So after months of consultation, we decided this was the best path to get SLPs the knowledge and support they need while not majorly disrupting their current personal and professional lives.

We feel confident that this is the most ideal education and certification model- one that many other certification programs within the medical field follow.

As with other certification models, the MedSLP Education certification program allows for virtual participation and requires an average of 5-6 hours each week with interactive discussions included.

And I get it- many professionals already feel overworked exhausted and can’t possibly imagine adding more “school” to their workload, but I wanted to offer a few “manageable” solutions.

That’s why we’ve created an eight-month structure while granting each student an entire year to complete all requirements if life doesn’t allow just eight months for this transformation.

We structured it this way to allow students to create their own structure…

Block 1 day/week to spend 5-6 hours on coursework…

or block 2 hours off 3x/week…

or get up an hour earlier every day…

or spend 1 hour in the evening after the kids go to bed and before you do…

“I graduated from a well-known and well respected Communication Disorders program in 1998.

At the time, dysphagia was only touched on and there was no medically related “deep-dive” for students at the graduate school level.

Of course, we had our adult experience with externship placements, but that in no way prepared me for the full spectrum of diagnostic and treatment that I would encounter as a newly minted SLP that wanted to work solely with adults.

The first five years of my career was spent locating mentors, CEU events, and attempting to find jobs in highly challenging medical settings in order to experience the gamut of what the medical SLP world had to offer.

Working with very sick adults, both for communication and swallowing disorders, was what I desired to do!

However, it was exceptionally hard to get a job in an acute hospital, voice clinic, or trach & vent LTACH when I simply didn’t have the knowledge to do the job properly.

I would have been so thankful for advanced learning and expert level mentorship like the high-quality supervised certification program being offered through MedSLP Ed.”



Edgar V. Clark, M. Ed., CCC/SLP


“I can’t fathom the time and money I would have saved, the job opportunities that I would have felt prepared for, and the leadership advancement I would have pursued earlier had I had access to a certification such as this 23 years ago.”

Why MedSLP Ed?

Currently, the only other intensive medical SLP curriculum that exists can be found in a small handful of universities as a part of their Master’s program.

Other than the fact that existing SLPs can’t use this option, the price tag for these medical SLP tracks sit at $60k+

MedSLP Ed isn’t a multi-year degree program, and it doesn’t come with an unbearable tuition.

Any certified SLP can apply.

You can complete these courses on your own schedule.

You can choose courses most relevant to you (or most interesting to you).

Real case studies will be discussed- including your own!

Ultimately, MedSLP Ed is the medical SLP revolution.

We have dedicated over two years to…


Establish course topics

Create the curriculum

Contract with the right presenters (based on med SLP feedback)

Find the right researchers

Collaborate with expert-level clinicians

All while sticking to our rigorous standards.

We ensure that every course is in-depth, goes far beyond the textbook rhetoric, and includes case-based learning.

While you can find excellent 1-2 hour webinars across the internet, the MedSLP Ed certification program is made up of intensive courses that blend together the research, real case studies, patient perspectives, and interprofessional considerations.

We don’t stop at research, and clinical experience isn’t our only focus.
Our full-day courses require the perfect marriage of both.

We wanted to offer more than a
handful of courses over a handful of days.

SLPs deserve more.

Our patients deserve more.

Because let’s be honest, you can’t possibly learn all of this foundational knowledge in just a few days.

After years of consulting with SLPs in higher education, we feel very confident in the length of our program and amount of support for our students.

We want students to go at their own pace and take the courses as quickly or slowly as they want…

…while still having access to ask questions in a small group or 1:1 mentorship however they wish!

While the Medical SLP Education Certification Program is designed to be an eight-month process, our students have up to one year to complete all required courses. Because we know life comes with different roadmaps.

Now let’s talk more about the mentorship…

The #1 desire we hear from SLPs is, “I wish that I could just have a mentor to ask all of my clinical questions.”

Both new and veteran SLPs seek mentorship, whether it’s to find clear guidance or a strong sounding board.

When we decided to create the MedSLP Ed certification program, the one non-negotiable that we came up with was providing a 1:1 mentor for our students.

That person who could just be on the other line to answer a frantic question about a condition you’ve never heard of before…

Or someone to share a huge win with…

It may not seem like a big ask, but in a world of over-worked SLPs, it’s unsurprisingly tough to find a group of medical SLPs that are willing to give their time to do things like:


be a sounding board


provide feedback


lead from behind


help their mentees to critically think through tough cases 


be a sounding board


provide feedback


lead from behind


help their mentees to critically think through tough cases 

And to find mentors who are highly experienced in doing so!

But we did it…

Our mentors have YEARS of supervisory and mentoring experience both in their current workplace and/or in a distance learning space.

Each mentor was vetted and recommended by their colleagues and mentees.

They were nominated based on their kind and compassionate style of mentorship, their extensive knowledge of the research, and their ability to apply that research in a clinical setting.

Ultimately, we’re even shocked by the astronomically high bars these mentors have set for themselves, and we’re genuinely awe-inspired and grateful to have them to support you throughout the eight-month program.

You will have access to your mentor and 9 other SLPs that will be in your cohort through a texting app called Telegram.

This app is PERFECT for this type of mentorship. Here’s why: 


It allows for written text and quick voice messages (walkie-talkie style). 


Documents, pictures, and videos can be uploaded so that you can all learn together in a small group setting or individually with your mentor! 

Meet Our Mentors:

Jessica Gregor


Over the past decade, Jessica has worked in a variety of medical settings (trauma, intensive care, acute care, acute rehab, long-term care, outpatient) at both VA and private sector health systems. She holds her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) through the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (ABSSD) since 2016 and served on the ABSSD Mentorship Committee from 2018-2020. She loves investigating all things dysphagia, especially in the fluoroscopy suite! Her strong passion for the field of swallowing diagnostics and intervention has made some waves in multidisciplinary collaboration as well as patient care wherever she has worked, and she’s excited to share that with MedSLP Ed mentees!

What’s Jessica’s mentorship style?

“As we know, communication is a two-way street. First, it’s important to establish rapport from the get-go so that the mentee feels comfortable opening up about their needs. Second, active listening is essential from my end so that I can ask the right questions to seek additional information. And third, rendering advice in a manner that reflects more than one perspective given my personal experience in the field working in various settings and with numerous patient populations. It’s exciting to tackle issues that pertain to both patient care and the work environment/culture. Medical speech language pathology is a special and unique field. It demands increased and enhanced mentorship for its professionals!”

George Barnes


George is a critical care specialist with a concentration on patients with tracheostomies, mechanical ventilation,  aspiration pneumonia management, and clinical decision making with high-risk cases. He’s also extremely passionate about mentoring other medical SLPs on his own time and is eager to work with MedSLP Ed!  Articles he has published include Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation Management for the SLP; Improving Communication with the IDT, and Aspiration Pneumonia Management.

What’s George’s mentorship style?

“I choose to ask questions and seek information before I blindly provide advice. I think it’s important to understand the full picture and help mentees think through problems before jumping to conclusions. Further, I tend to see problems from multiple angles which I credit to my variety of experiences in multiple medical settings. This allows me to provide several considerations for one particular problem and ultimately help the mentee obtain a comprehensive view of the problem before moving forward with a solution.”

Lori Burkhead Morgan


Lori has extensive clinical experience with ICU, acute care, inpatient/outpatient rehab, head and neck cancer, and trach/vent. She has published articles and presented on exercise science, dysphagia, and speaking valves.

What’s Lori’s mentorship style?

“I like to be encouraging and create a relationship in which people feel comfortable asking any question without feeling judged for not knowing something. I think that this type of platform allows for the most growth in that those asking by encouraging others to be inquisitive in all areas where they seek more knowledge. I also like to help others develop independent problem-solving by asking questions of them and then helping “coach” them to reasonable solutions (there is frequently more than one solution). I do not think that ‘spoon feeding’ is effective mentorship. I like to see my role as a mentor as a support or a touchstone and to point someone toward seeking the answers with guidance rather than just stating, ‘here’s the answer, here’s what you should do.’ There are times for that, but more often, I like to help foster problem-solving rather than just handing out cook-book advice.”

Isabel Lawton


Isabel has been a medical SLP since 2013 with experience across the lifespan. She has work experience in inpatient rehab, skilled nursing, home health, mobile therapy, acute care, NICU, and in the schools! Throughout her extensive practice, she’s found particular passion in brain injury, trauma, medical pediatrics, dysphagia, trach/vent, AAC, professional issues, and yes…mentorship!

What’s Isabel’s mentorship style?

“My mentorship style is mentee driven. By implementing adult learning principles, emotional intelligence, and active listening, I strive to ascertain what the needs of the mentee are and from there work towards solutions. Early on, I ensure mentees feel comfortable and safe communicating their needs to me. Together we will examine the topics/needs of the mentee and identify the best solutions possible. Open communication and mutual respect are key to successful mentorship relationships. My mentees often teach me as much as I teach them. “

Kelly Caldwell


Kelly is currently an SLP at a Voice Clinic in Anderson, SC. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching- Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree from East Carolina University. Special interests include functional dysphagia, dysphonia, and upper airway disorders. Outside of the clinic, Kelly enjoys mentoring SLPs in the Med SLP Collective. She is currently serving SCSHA as the Vice President of Government Affairs. Those of us who know Kelly from the MedSLP Collective will be the first to tell you this: if you want facts, research papers, and resources, Kelly is your person!

What’s Kelly’s mentorship style?

“My mentoring tends to take an active listening and prescribing approach. I view myself as a problem solver much of the time. Cooperation is another important perspective on mentoring to me in that I expect the mentees to bring something to the interaction whenever possible. I try to be a resource while also finding efficient solutions. I don’t always monitor the day to day business or follow up on outcomes, but depend on the mentee to share with me what they want to gain from the mentoring relationship.”

Who this is for:


New Graduates


Med SLPs who are just getting started


Veteran Med SLPs who have been practicing for years (and decades)


SLPs transitioning from non-medical to medical

Who this is not for:




SLPs who do not (and don’t plan to) work in a medical setting or with medical diagnoses.

The MedSLP Ed Certification program does not replace a graduate program.  It builds upon the foundational knowledge grad school provides.

This is an in-depth training and mentorship program that allows you to gain specialized knowledge and support across the scope of medical speech-language pathology.

Imagine spending about 6 hours per week for the next 8 months to completely revolutionize and advance your career.

This is meant to be taken on YOUR time…

If you want to binge watch two courses in a row, you can!

If you want to binge watch all of the past month’s group Q&A at once, you can!

Or if you want to take it in a systematic and manageable curriculum established by ASHA fellows, you can do that too!

MedSLP Ed fills the gap between college education and clinical practice.

What can a MedSLP Ed certification get me?


Recognition as a certified medical SLP on our national database


Increased visibility to patients searching for medical SLPs


Direct mentorship with a leader in our field


200+ hours of In-depth education across critical components of medical SLP


Résumé boost


Bonus: Competence and confidence as a medical SLP and at least 1 ASHA ACE award

The Curriculum:

Our core 6 courses

(these are all required):


Neurology for the SLP: From Tracts to Treatment

Presented by: Anna Fink Swindle, CCC-SLP, CBIS


Neuroplasticity for the SLP (Available July 1, 2022)

Presented by: Jeffrey Kleim, Ph.D.


Cranial Nerves for SLP (Available August 5, 2022)

Presented by: Kendrea Garand, CCC-SLP, Ph.D, BCS-S


Body Systems for the SLP (Available July 1, 2022)

Presented by Courtney Broadfoot, CCC-SLP, Ph.D


Exercise Physiology for the SLP (Available July 1, 2022)

Presented by: Lori Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP


Medical SLP Roles: From Diagnostic Characteristics to Treatment Approaches

Presented by: Michael Groher, PhD, CCC-SLP

Aside from completing our core 6 courses, you will be required to take
2 of the 3 options from each of the following categories

(and YES you can take them ALL if you’re an overachiever! Or just that dang excited about our field):



Stop the PO Trail Madness: Evidence-based Clinical Swallow Evaluations

Presented by: Kelly Caldwell, M.A., M.S. CCC-SLP


The VFSS: Foundations, Clinical Concepts, and Case Studies

Presented by: Jessica Gregor, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S


Laryngeal Exam/Stroboscopy Interpretation

Presented by:  Maurice Goodwin M.S. CCC-SLP


Dysphagia managemenT


Show Me the Numbers: Using Clinical Data to Quantify Swallowing

Presented by: Corinne Jones, PhD, CCC-SLP


Assessment/Management Dysphagia Risk Factors (Available Oct 1, 2022)

Presented by: George Barnes, MS, CCC-SLP


Shining a Light on Dysphagia Management: Exercise, Sensors, and Adherence

Presented by: Gabi Constantinescu, PhD



Trach, Vent, & Respiratory Compromise for the SLP

Presented by: Lori Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP


The Airway: The View from the SLP Perspective

Presented by: Eric Blicker, CCC-SLP.D, BCS-S


Esophageal Dysphagia

Presented by:  Julie Huffman, MA, CCC-SLP


Neuro Therapy


Conversation based treatment for Aphasia (Available July 15, 2022)

Presented by: Jennifer Tetanowski, PhD, MA, CCC-SLP


Acquired Brain Injury

Presented by: Katie Brown, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS


Motor Speech Disorders for the Medical SLP (available July 1, 2022)

Presented by: Kaila Stipancic, PhD, CCC-SLP

Special Considerations


Speech Language Pathology in the Intensive Care Unit

Presented by: Nicole Frost, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S


Cardiac Conditions

Presented by: Jo Puntil, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S


Head and Neck Cancer

Presented by: Heather Starmer, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S




Prenatal Development

Presented by: Katlyn Elizabeth McGrattan, PhD


Pediatric Systemic Function

Presented by: Katlyn Elizabeth McGrattan, PhD


…And Many More to Come!

MedSLP Ed is designed to improve your medically-based clinical skills and earn respect.


Our program is led by mentors who:


Are also directly working with patients


Keep up with the research and apply it to their practice


Have earned the respect of other medical professionals


Lead from behind

Because it fosters growth far beyond the literature.

Because it’s based on real experience and researched methods.

Because it goes beyond the SLP-only bubble and incorporates patient and inter-professional considerations (like what to do when a patient chooses not to follow your recommendations, or how to collaborate with respiratory therapists)

Your assigned 1:1 mentor is there to support your education, help you apply the education to clinical practice, and offer guidance for your toughest cases.

And above all, there is no sense of hierarchy, no shame in questions, and zero tolerance for discrimination of any form. 

Our environment is dedicated to being a safe space to provide extremely high quality education and support for all current and transitioning medical SLPs.

What Med SLPs who have attended
prior MedSLP Ed courses are saying:

“The presenter was AMAZING, engaging, and encouraging of ideas and participation. I loved all the case study examples and the way she challenged us to look at VFSS.”

“This was one of the most USEFUL courses I have ever taken and I have been practicing for TWENTY years. Thank you and well done!”

“I love that each topic was broken down so clearly and concisely, and that every piece of information taught/discussed is relevant to me and my practice.”

“This course contained everything I wish we were taught in grad school. I am amazed by how little I knew about swallowing before this course, but also inspired to continue progressing my knowledge base on this complex task. Thank you immensely for such an interesting, engaging, and important course!”

“I loved Jessica’s presentation style and how knowledgeable she was with the content. She seemed genuinely interested in the information she was sharing which always helps generate interest in the attendees!”

“Well organized, informative, VERY thorough, addressed almost everything you could run into regarding VFSS. Excellent use of references/evidence. The speaker was well-informed…I can’t imagine how much work this was for her to put together.”

“I am a practicing acute care SLP, primarily working in ICUs. MedSLPED has been a fantastic resource for my practice! I *thought* I knew neuroanatomy, but Anna Swindle’s “Neurology for the Speech-Language Pathologist: From Tracts to Treatment” course gave me a deep and true understanding of how to contextualize that information into my clinical practice.  It really took me from “I think I know that. I could recall it if questioned,” to “Oh my gosh, I can actually understand it, manipulate it, identify it, and problem solve now.” Anatomy/physiology questions that had bothered me for years suddenly clicked into place.”

A recap of what the
MedSLP Education certification will give you:

Just like our current continuing education model,  MedSLP Ed covers a broad scope.

And on top of that, MedSLP Ed takes a holistic and realistic approach to your professional and medical growth.

Finally, become the med SLP you know you’re capable of becoming.

Grab the attention and earn the respect of your interprofessional colleagues.

Transform your patient outcomes.

The gap between education, research, and clinical practice has existed long enough for medical SLPs.

And the world has turned a blind eye to our corner of the medical field for far too long.

It’s time to stop accepting misinformation, lack of support, and minimal recognition.


Will you be one of the first 50 certified medical SLPs
to ignite this movement?

“I will be taking as MANY courses from the MedSLP ED catalog as I possibly can.

As an SLP of 10 years that is planning to transition from a school setting into a campus medical community with outpatient, acute care, skilled nursing, and home health available to residents. 

I will need extensive amounts of high-quality CEUs.

Previously I had NO idea how I would swing getting the appropriate and intensive education I would need to make the change in my career.

I also knew I needed one-on-one help to learn what I was never taught in graduate school and never had the opportunity to learn in my post graduate school experience.

I look forward to the new learning, but most of all I am looking forward to the mentorship offered during this certification.

I took a job in a school 10 years ago because I felt I didn’t have the adult medical background I needed to apply for other settings.

Now I have access to exactly what I need to pursue my dream.”


Frequently Asked Questions


Who is the accrediting body?

By getting in as a founding member, you’ll be getting in before the certification becomes accredited, which usually comes with a much steeper price tag. 

A Medical SLP Certification currently doesn’t exist, which means no current accreditation exists. In order for an accrediting body to look to add a certification to their program, they need to see three successful iterations of an existing certification program, and this is the first round. 

Therefore, we will be adding and modifying as we go, which means the founding members will receive the absolute lowest price for admission.


How long does it take to complete the certification program?

We want this to be flexible and accessible to all busy SLPs! We’ve structured this program to be completed in eight months, with access to mentors and group calls for 8 months. However, you will have up to one year to complete each required course and finish each quiz to earn certification.


Is there an exam I’ll need to take in order to earn the certification?

There will be quizzes after each course. You will have to pass each quiz in order to get certified.