Anatomy of Swallowing - 4 hours

Effective dysphagia therapy is highly dependent on the understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the swallow. This course will provide a better insight and understanding of the normal anatomy of the swallow and target structural components of a deficient swallow. This is not your typical online course! Through online MBS videos, detailed anatomical drawings and various site links participants will identify the anatomical landmarks, key functional aspects and neurological highlights involved in the oral, pharyngeal and esophageal stages of the swallow.

Course Requirements:

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

Yorick Wijting


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 runs his private practice in Gilroy, CA.

Financial Disclosure: Yorick receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of his live course(s) and royalties for the sale of his recorded course(s). Yorick is the author and an instructor for the VitalStim Therapy Specialty Program.
Non-Financial Disclosure: no relevant relationships exist

Course Agenda

60 Minutes
Lesson 1: The Oral Stage
15 Minutes
60 Minutes
Lesson 2: The Pharyngeal Stage
15 Minutes
60 Minutes
Lesson 3: The Esophageal Stage
15 Minutes
30 Minutes
Anatomy & Physiology Exam
4.3 Hours

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 4.0 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.4 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.4 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (4 PDUs)
  • As an IACET Authorized Provider, CIAO offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEUs for this program
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the Texas Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov #2502009#TX
  • This activity meets continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • This course is approved by the CA Board of OT for Advanced Practice: 4.0 Hours for Swallowing CABOT#25-S7
  • Approved for:
  • 4.0 Hours PT/PTAs in AR, IL, NY, TX(APTA #2502009#TX, 4.0 CCUs)
  • 4.5 Hours PT/PTAs in FL (CE Broker #CE21-166172)
  • 4.0 Hours OT/COTAs in CA(course #25-S7), FL(CEB#20-166172)

Course meets requirements for:

  • AOTA Classification Codes- Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, Context and Environment

  • The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

    CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)

    CIAO is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CIAO complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, CIAO is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

    Introductory Level
    0.4 ASHA CEUs