Instructor: Brooke Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP

10.5 hours  |  1.05 ASHA CEUs  |  self-paced

Pay once & access for a whole year

Medical Essentials Specialty Track

This self-paced specialty track provides in-depth training in medical concepts that are essential for the SLP including:
  • neuroanatomy & cranial nerves
  • body systems and dysphagia considerations
  • laboratory values
  • pulmonology essentials
  • medications

What you'll learn

  • The difference between upper and lower motor neurons
  • How to distinguish an upper vs lower motor neuron (cranial nerve) lesion based on clinical findings
  • Pertinent lab values to consider in the management of dysphagia 
  • How to apply knowledge of lab values to interpretation of case studies
  • Common findings on chest imaging 
  • How SLP and pulmonology can collaborate in patient care 
  • Potential negative side effects of crushing medications 
  • Medications and polypharmacy effects on swallowing

ASHA CEUs / Continuing Education

  • This course is 10.5 hours long (10.5 PDH / professional development hours) and is registered for 1.05 ASHA CEUs. Partial credit is not offered.
  • All participants who meet course requirements receive a certificate of completion, regardless of ASHA CE reporting status.
  • If you want your participation in this course reported to ASHA for CEUs, you must select that option at checkout. It's not possible to change your mind later.
  • ASHA CEU reporting offered for this course from Dec. 1, 2023 through Nov. 30, 2028.

The Presenters

Brooke Richardson, MS, CCC-SLP is a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist in the United States. She's been treating adults with complex medical needs in the acute and outpatient settings since 2009. She has been instrumental in establishing Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) programs in multiple hospitals and other healthcare settings, and has spoken internationally on RMT.  Brooke values exceptional-quality continuing education for other MedSLPs, and seeks to improve our patient care by emphasizing the importance of understanding a patient's whole medical picture when evaluating and treating.

When she's not teaching SLPs or seeing medically-complex patients, Brooke spends most of her time spending quality time with her husband and daughter, drinking coffee, and dreaming of her next vacation destination.
Additional presenters for this course:
Adnan Pervez, MD   |   Charles LaVigne, MD   |   Matt DeBrine, PharmD  |   Beth Cormell, SLP

Pay just once and get unlimited access for an entire year!

If you want ASHA CE reporting, you must select the option including ASHA CE reporting.
Please pay careful attention to the dates of availability for ASHA CE reporting above.



  • 10.5 hours of premium education
  • Earn a certificate
  • Unlimited 1-year access


$ 239 USD (one-time purchase)



  • 10.5 hours of premium education
  • Earn a certificate
  • Unlimited access for a year
  • ASHA CE reporting      


$ 299 USD (one-time purchase)

Student Discounts

Student discounts are available for SLP students currently enrolled in a university program.  Save even more when your entire university class or group enrolls!
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Policies & FAQs

This course does not include a Facebook group, email follow-up questions, or any 1:1 access to the instructor. Because of this, the course is priced accordingly and contains comprehensive information and resources.

You are invited to get further guidance for your questions using the following options:

  1. Subscribe to SLP Mentor in My Pocket (tap here)
  2. Book Brooke for a private 1:1 virtual consultation (tap here)

If you have a disability and may need accommodations, please email before registering for the course. If reasonable accommodations will allow you to complete the course, we will make them.

No refunds for webinars. No refunds for participants who enroll without agreeing to terms of use. You must complete the course within the time frame indicated at enrollment; course access will automatically expire after that time.

If a participant is unable to complete a course, no refunds are offered. If the Instructor and/or MedSLP Consultants must cease offering the course at any time, enrolled participants will be given 30-days notice to complete the course prior to termination of access. 

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