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Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia

Fully online for Fall 2022

(optional In-Person Practicum elective available)

Eating and Drinking: A complex developmental process

Our post-master's 15 credit Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia is designed with you in mind. Created by master clinicians, experts in this specialized practice area, the program offers coursework and practica relevant to the currently practicing speech-language pathologist. Throughout the program, you will also learn about collaboration with other health care providers, as well as parents and families, in a team approach geared towards best-practice quality patient care. 

For many, food and drink are a source of pleasure and socialization. Eating and drinking satisfy hunger and thirst, as well as help structure the day and allow for social interactions. For some children, eating and drinking may not be a source of pleasure. Between 25%-45%* of typically developing children demonstrate feeding and swallowing problems.  The incidence of such problems is even higher (30%-80%) for children with developmental disorders. These problems can have severe consequences, such as growth failure, malnutrition, dehydration, and increased susceptibility to chronic illness.   The prevalence of these disorders is increasing due to improved survival rates of children born prematurely, with low birth weight, and with complex medical conditions.

As one of the few medically-based speech-language pathology programs in the country, we are uniquely positioned to provide Speech-Language Pathologists with the knowledge and skills they need to understand, assess, and treat these feeding and swallowing disorders in newborns, toddlers, and children. Few practicing clinicians have had the opportunity to take coursework specifically designed to address the clinical needs of this population, children with feeding/swallowing disorders. Fewer than a handful of graduate programs in the U.S. offer comprehensive coursework in dysphagia in children; fewer externship placements offer supervision to graduate students or clinical fellows in order to develop these skills.

Registration for ASHA Continuing Education

ASHA continuing education credits are available only to those enrolled in this academic course through the Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia Program. Only participants who successfully complete each course and receive academic credit are eligible for ASHA continuing education credit. Click here for more ASHA CEU information.

Program FAQs:

When are the classes offered? 

The timeline for 2021- 2022: September, 2021 - August, 2022 

How is this program different from the previous years?

Prior to Fall 2021, the program consisted of 4 online courses and 2 in-person practica. We learned much during this pandemic, and upon completing an internal review have obtained a program modification from NYSED. The modification starting Fall 2021 consists of: 4 online courses (see curriculum) plus one Virtual Practicum. Our online classes are offered asynchronously so that you may complete the program on your timeline, as well as respect differing time zones. Regularly-scheduled chat sessions will be scheduled throughout the semester and hosted by the faculty member(s) teaching the course. The 1 online Virtual Practicum includes pre-assigned modules/cases with weekly synchronous meetings with a Clinical Educator, specialist in the field.Total of 15 credits.

Are we required to complete a 2nd practicum?

This is optional. An additional Practicum, to be held in-person in a NICU and outpatient center is offered as an elective. Two in-person weekends will be required in New York (Valhalla, NY and Brooklyn, NY) over the last semester of the program. Additional cost: 2 credits

Can I enroll while completing my clinical fellowship (CF)?


What documentation do I need in order to apply to the program?

In order to apply for the Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia, you must have obtained your SLP certification or be in the middle of your fellowship year.

Being "certified" means holding the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), a nationally recognized professional credential for Speech-Language Pathology. This (CCC-SLP), or ASHA certification, is only awarded to graduates of accredited Speech-Language Pathology programs.

Does the certificate program add any letters after CCC-SLP?

While the certificate program does not add any letters after your CCC-SLP, you will have it for use as a promotional tool for your practice. 

I have an SLP license in a state other than NY. Since we are doing practicum weekends in NY where NYMC is based, do I have to obtain a NY license?

No, license from another state and ASHA CCC is sufficient. International credentials are also considered.

I work full time, can I still apply?

The program has been designed for the working professional, so all students are usually engaged in full-time work while completing the Program.

Can you explain how the practicum works?

As per all the changes with Covid, we created a Virtual Practicum experience, fully online with week supervisory meetings. Modules have been developed for each student to access cases and specific skills development. This online experience, paired with the weekly live meeting with a Clinical Educator have resulted in excellent reviews from former students. We do still offer in-person practicum weekends, for those interested in additional clinical experiences, as an elective.

Since the classes are online does that mean the testing be online as well? 

​Grading is mostly in the form of projects and brief reports. If there is to be an exam, it would be online and timed (but not synchronous, as students are in different time zones) 

What's a typical class schedule look like for the week? ​

Every class is different, however, for the most part, students have work to do every week and some time may include synchronous discussions/lectures as well as chats. 

For the practicum weekends are they both Saturday and Sunday?

​In order to maximize travel time, yes both days are included in the elective Practicum experience. This may change over time based on student needs and interests.

Cost: The 2021-22 cost per credit is $530 and subject to change until final board approval in June. Because this is a certificate program, you will not be eligible for Financial Aid.

The curriculum provides:

  • Thorough understanding of normal swallow physiology, and the factors underlying possible physiological differences and problems
  • Protocols for assessment and treatment in pediatric populations
  • Emphasis on multiple management issues, including cultural differences, parental counseling and
  • Ethical considerations, as well as medical compromises
  • Clinical skills training focused on the development of a team-based, comprehensive treatment/management program


We are currently accepting students for 2021-2022. The School of Health Sciences and Practices invites Speech-Language Pathologists to apply to the Pediatric Dysphagia Certificate program. Completed applications are reviewed by members of the faculty in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. The staff from the Admissions Office is available to provide information and answer questions before and during the admissions process.

In order to be considered for the program, please submit the following:

  • Your Pediatric Dysphagia Certificate Application and non-refundable application fee emailed to shsp_admissions@nymc.edu
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement explaining why you are interested in earning an advanced certificate in pediatric dysphagia
  • Documentation of licensure and professional certification
  • International applicants who earned a degree outside the US must send credential evaluations to the Office of Admissions. 

Learn more about the certificate.

Please contact the Office of Admissions at (914) 594-4510 if you have any questions about the program or about your submitted application.

Please note the class size is limited.

Program Coordinator:
Lindsay Murray-Keane, M.S., CCC-SLP, IBCLC
(914) 594-4239

* (Arvedson, 2008; Bernard-Bonnin, 2006; Brackett, Arvedson, & Manno, 2006; Burklow, Phelps, Schultz, McConnell, & Rudolph, 1998; Lefton-Greif, 2008; Linscheid, 2006; Manikam & Perman, 2000; Rudolph & Link, 2002).


The Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Dysphagia requires completion of 4 courses and 1 online practicum. Option to complete an in-person second practicum is available. Completion of this 15-credit certificate requires maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above for all coursework and practica combined.


Courses are taught online, with strong faculty support throughout. Chat sessions are regularly scheduled to ensure the material is being processed appropriately. Class discussions also serve to attend to student concerns.

This coursework is accompanied by 1 virtual practicum (semester 2), now fully online. The focus in on increasing the knowledge/skills to work with this complex clinical population. Practica 2 is optional (semester 3) and offered as an elective for an additional 2 credits. For the in-person experience, students work in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) as well in our on-campus outpatient clinic. Students conduct feeding/swallowing evaluations and document these throughout the practicum experience. Expert supervisors work with small groups of students as the clinical services are provided.


For more information contact:

Samantha Behar
Assistant Director, Admissions 

Important Dates


Registration for Fall begins in June


Classes begin around September 12