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The Post-Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia requires completion of 4 courses and 2 practica. Completion of this 18-credit certificate requires maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above for all coursework and practica combined.


Courses are taught in a hybrid format; meaning that there will be 6 face-to-face in classroom sessions, and other class content to be covered online throughout the semester. In-person class meetings will be held at New York Medical College, Valhalla campus. Special computer arrangements will be explored if attendance is not possible at a particular site. 


This coursework is followed by 2 practica, where students will work in neonatal intensive care units as well as outpatient clinics, following infants and children through the various stages of dyphagia treatment plans.

In addition to the courses above, the certificate requires the completion of two practica. Practica will take place:

  • Four Saturdays or Sundays per semester – fox 6-hour sessions - for each of two semesters
  • One practicum to be conducted in the NICU; and the subsequent practicum in an outpatient clinic
  • At hospitals and clinics in the New York Metropolitan area

2017-2018 Certificate Course Schedule

Fall 2017 Schedule-At-A-Glance:

The following are in-person class meetings. Online projects/assignments will follow.

Class time:              5:45 – 9:15pm

Location:                 School of Health Sciences & Practices, NYMC 

PFDM 6001  Acquisition/Development of Feeding/Swallowing Skills in Children
                      Professor Alexandra Heinsen-Combs and Professor Tahhan

Wed. 9/6, Wed. 9/13, Wed. 9/27, Tues. 10/3, Tues. 10/10, Wed. 10/18

Special Session (medical management) - Wed. 10/25

PFDM 6002 Feeding/Swallowing Disorders in Pediatric Populations
                    Professor Velella and Professor Murray-Keane

Wed. 11/1, Wed. 11/8, Wed. 11/15, Tues. 11/21, Wed. 11/29, Wed. 12/6

 SPRING 2018

  • Assessment & Treatment Protocols and Practices
  • Clinical Practicum #1


  • Topics in Pediatric Feeding/Swallowing Disorders
  • Clinical Practicum #2