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VitalStim Therapy Renewal Course
 • Speech Language Pathologist
 • Occupational Therapist
  • Course Description
  • Objectives
  • Instructors
  • Agenda
  • CEU's
  • Reviews
This course is designed to renew competency for VitalStim Therapy Providers. Participants will receive up-to-date key concepts in research, safety and protocols during the course. Participants who successfully complete this course will be equipped with the required knowledge and skills to maximize the impact of the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (VitalStim) in the treatment of dysphagia. This renewal course will review topics such as muscle physiology, kinesiology of the swallowing mechanism and pathological swallowing mechanisms and processes. The basic principles and concepts of neuromuscular electrical stimulation as used in VitalStim Therapy will be reviewed, as will the VitalStim Therapy protocol.

NOTE: VitalStim Therapy Renewal course participants must be VitalStim Providers. Completion of this renewal course will also award VitalStim Providers with the VitalStim Therapy Specialty Certificate. The Specialty Certificate will be mailed to your home address. Please be sure to update your contact information, mailing address and Facility information

DJO has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as VitalStim. Because there are no other similar products available, this course will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of VitalStim.

Course must be activated within 6 months after purchase. Course must be completed within 30 days of activation. An online quiz and evaluation form are required for CEUs. Vitalstim recertification vital stim
Click for VitalStim Therapy Specialty Certificate Program Press Release

AOTA Classification Codes
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
OT Process: Intervention
Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to::
  • Accurately name the anatomical structures (muscular, articular, neurological) relevant to the swallowing function
  • Correctly and accurately palpate the structures mentioned under objective 1 that are accessible to palpation
  • Briefly describe the various phases of the normal swallowing movement
  • List the main pathological conditions affecting swallow function in the adult population (etiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, severity of impact on swallowing, prognosis, social and economical impact)
  • Describe considerations in the use of VitalStim Therapy in the pediatric population
  • Describe the characteristics of electrical stimulation and the influence of electricity on muscle tissue (physiological versus evoked contraction, frequency of current, intensity, phase duration, treatment time, strength and endurance building, elect
  • Identify the pathological conditions for which electrical stimulation is indicated
  • Describe the characteristics of the VitalStim Therapy stimulation unit
  • Discuss the VitalStim protocol in the treatment of dysphagia (operation of the electrical stimulation unit, skin preparation, application of the electrodes, increasing intensity)
  • Discuss the use of swallowing exercise during and after the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Briefly describe the principles of evidence based medicine and their application to the use of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Discuss ethical considerations around the use of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Discuss and demonstrate correct use of documentation and assessment tools (evaluation form, FOIS, outcome tracking sheet)
Lesley Mateer
Lesley Mateer, M.A. CCC-SLP is the owner of Career Improvement & Advancement Opportunities, Inc. Since 1999, she has dedicated her company to taking care of fellow therapists and providing quality, affordable continuing education across the United States. As a Speech Language Pathologist and Rehab Director, Lesley trained healthcare professionals and students since 1989 on various topics such as Customer Service, Medicare Guidelines, Corporate Orientation, Ethics, Rehabilitation, Motivation and Leadership. Lesley is a Certified Red Cross Instructor for CPR and HIV/AIDS Basic Fundamentals.
Financial Disclosure: Lesley is the president if CIAO seminars, the owner of the VitalStim Specialty Program and VitalStim Renewal course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant relationships.

Yorick Wijting
Yorick Wijting, PT, DPT.
Yorick received his Physical Therapy degree in the Netherlands and his DPT at the University of St. Augustine, Florida. He has extensive training and practical experience in biophysical agents, and teaches nationally and internationally to medical professionals on their therapeutic use. Yorick has been instrumental in developing the use of electrical stimulation by Speech Language Pathologists in the treatment of dysphagia. Yorick currently lives in California and works for DJO Global as the Global Senior Director of Clinical Education. In this role he facilitates research initiatives, educational programs and the development of new rehabilitation methodologies and applications.
Financial Disclosure: Yorick receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.
Non-Financial Disclosure: no relevant relationships

  100 Minutes   Lesson 1 - Foundations
  20 Minutes   Test
  65 Minutes   Lesson 2 - Electrotherapy
  20 Minutes   Test
  80 Minutes   Lesson 3 - VitalStim Application
  20 Minutes   Test
  40 Minutes   Lesson 4 - Other Considerations
  20 Minutes   Test
  65 Minutes   Lesson 5 - Pediatrics
  20 Minutes   Test
  7.5 Hours
Contact hours pre-approved for:
  • 0.75 CEUs (7.5 Contact Hours) SLPs, OTs
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLPs)
  • This course is offered for 0.75 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area) ASHA Bubble Sheet Required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119(OT/COTAs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7.5 PDUs)
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer .75 CEUs for this program
  • 5.0 hours OTs in CA - Advanced Practice Swallowing #25-S20
  • 2.5 hours OTs in CA - Advanced Practice PAMS #25-P10
CIAO is regognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)
CIAO has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, the (organization name) has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, (organization name) is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Dawsonville , GA   Jan 2017
There had been over a 3 year period between my initial certification and this recertification process. I really enjoyed this recertification course which touched on all key topics and incorporated the most current information on VitalStim. Now I feel better able and competent to critically think, evaluate, and treat patients who have dysphagia and may benefit from VitalStim.
Baton Rouge, LA   Dec 2016
Great course to freshen up on my previous certification. Feel more confident in my abilities to utilize NMES as a modality in my therapy.Very comprehensive without being redundant. Great price for so many CEUs.
Cape Coral, FL   Dec 2016
I am thankful to have this refresher course to enhance my knowledge and skills in my career. The pediatric section makes me want to pursue this population after I attend other courses about the pediatric swallow. The clinicians are outstanding in their presentations.
Bridgeport, AL   Oct 2016
Excellent presentation of material. Would highly recommend to other therapists.
Rosharon, TX   Sep 2016
This course was thoroughly enjoyable!
VALRICO, FL   Aug 2016
Thank you for providing an online renewal course, this was so convenient and helpful! I truly believe it helped refresh my skills!
Springboro, OH   Aug 2016
Amazing recertification course, so thorough and well presented, just wonderful to know how many great SLPs, OTs and PTs are out there, phenomenal collaboration went into this course. Thank you!
South Portland, ME   Apr 2016
Excellent refresher course. I feel more confident as a Vital Stim provider.
Glenvil, NE   Feb 2016
Course work was well organized and clear. This enhanced my training and was a way to review all information and changes for continuing my certification. It was very helpful having the coursework available online to complete around my schedule. Thank you Karol
Indianapolis, IN   Nov 2015
Loved the review! The pediatric section was a nice addition.
Naples, FL   Jul 2015
This was an excellent course! I learned a lot.
Casselberry, FL   Jul 2015
this on line CEU actually taught me a lot of things, and made me think about applying that knowledge to my practice
Collierville, TN   Jul 2015
It was beneficial to take this course as I had been using vital stim and was able to understand clinically how to best use the device as before I did not have a knowledge base of the device.
Chicago, IL   Jun 2015
Good review of Vital stim, I was certified 8 years ago, and found the review helpful.
Columbia, MO   Jun 2015
This was a wonderfully organized and informative course!