1. ASHA Certification.
All applicants must currently hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC/SLP).
2. Continuing Education.
All applicants must document receipt of at least 7.5 CEUs that relate
to dysphagia within the last 3 years. A minimum of 4.5 of the CEUs need
to be ASHA sponsored courses and up to 3.0 of the CEUs may be non-ASHA
sponsored continuing education activities.
Individuals attending workshops which do not give ASHA CEUs may apply
for independent study through ASHA to receive ASHA CEUs. Please provide
evidence of attendance at other educational activities in closely
related fields. Detailed descriptions of all non-ASHA sponsored CEU
activities is required.
Continuing education activities may include workshops, meetings or courses in swallowing and swallowing
disorders, video and audio courses, telemedicine, and other electronic
media, independent study (e.g., course development, research projects, publications, internships), self-study (e.g., videotapes, audiotapes, journals).
Continuing education courses must be directly related to dysphagia.
If the title of the course is unclear (as it relates to dysphagia), an
applicant should submit a program or brochure to provide substantiation
for its inclusion.
When applying CEUs from the ASHA National convention or other
multi-offering events, applicants must list specific course/workshop
titles and corresponding CEUs in the application table. CEUs will be
applied for only those courses/workshop relative to dysphagia.
In addition, 3.0 of the 7.5 CEUs must be from in-person conferences. Please note: This change is effective for applications submitted on or after January 2, 2018.
College Courses. If an applicant has completed a
college level course in dysphagia, accrued credits can be applied to
continuing education requirements. Graduate university coursework must
be accompanied by a syllabus or transcript. One college credit is
equivalent to 1 CEU (as it relates to application for BCS-S). The
applicant must submit a transcript or other document verifying
completion of those credits.
Instructor or Invited Lecturer. If an applicant
teaches a dysphagia course at an approved university/college or provides
dysphagia-related lectures at a conference which provides ASHA CEUs, a
maximum of 3.5 CEUs may be applied to the 7.5 CEU requirement for BCS-S.
One college credit is equivalent to 1 CEU. Each course may only be
applied only one time within an application (even though the same
course/conference may be taught several times during an academic year or
in consecutive years). The applicant must submit appropriate evidence
and documentation of the lectures that were related to dysphagia.
3. Post-Certification Clinical Experience.
All applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 years post
certification (CCC/SLP) clinical work that has a focus in dysphagia. BCS-S has established two tracks to meet the diversity of clinical
service environments for professionals at all levels of advancement
within the profession:Clinical Track and Academic/Administrative Track.
The Clinical Track looks to identify professionals who demonstrate
strong advanced clinical skills through direct provision of services to
patients/clients. The Academic/Administrative Track looks to identify
researchers, instructors and administrators who have advanced in
different employment environments. These individuals maintain clinical
skills through ongoing patient/client contact, while promoting improved
patient care through research and teaching/training of clinicians within
this specialized area of practice.
Applicants whose primary hours in working with persons with dysphagia are completed in a private practice setting must show proof of billing for dysphagia services using the appropriate billing codes. Please note: This change is effective for applications submitted on or after January 2, 2018.
a. Clinical Track: a minimum of 350 clock hours of
evaluation and/or treatment of swallowing disorders completed within a
year for each of 3 years prior to applying for BCS-S. Supervision of
speech-language pathology staff members and students providing
evaluation and treatment to infants, children or adults with feeding and
swallowing disorders can account for 100 of the required 350
hours/year. Supervisors must submit a statement affirming that all of
the 100 hours of supervision were for dysphagia cases. The balance of
the hours must be obtained from direct face-to-face clinical service to
b. Academic/Administrative Track: a minimum of 100 clock hours of clinical evaluation and/or treatment of persons with
swallowing disorders completed within a year for each of 3 years prior
to applying for BCS-S. These hours must all be direct patient contact
hours. In addition, the applicant in this pathway must have 450 hours in the 4 years before applying.
In place of the higher number of clock hours required of those in the
Clinical track, applicants in the Academic/Administrative tract shall
a. an academic position in a degree-granting institution with a
combination of teaching, and research, and academic advising with a
focus on swallowing and swallowing disorders. Evidence of student
advising, teaching, and research must be included in the narrative
section of this application. Evidence of teaching should include a
syllabus of the dysphagia course taught. Research must include clinical
research in normal or disordered swallowing with direct contact with
human subjects as part of the methodology. OR
b. an official administrative or supervisory position in a setting
that provides clinical services to persons with swallowing disorders.
Responsibilities will include training and supervision of clinical
staff, program development, and leadership in the institution directly
related to swallowing and swallowing disorders. Multiple examples and
evidence of these areas of leadership must be included in the narrative
section of the application (e.g. policy/protocol development regarding
swallowing program, development and implementation of dysphagia quality
4. Advanced Skill Documentation
Through the documentation of advanced level skills in swallowing and
swallowing disorders, candidates must demonstrate that they have applied
the highest level of ethical standards in their practice (i.e. service
delivery and in the conduct of scholarship, research, and training). The
expectation is that applicants can demonstrate "advanced" clinical and
professional skills over the past 3 years. In other words, the applicant
has achieved the highest standard of excellence, displays
professionalism, is committed to continuous advanced learning, and
displays characteristics that reflect achievements that go above and
beyond expectations. Applicants may indicate a clinical preference or
advanced level of experience in either pediatrics or adults but this is
optional as applicants will have knowledge of swallowing and its
disorders regardless of age.
There are distinctly different requirements for each track.
a. Applicants in the Clinical Track must evidence
advanced skills either by satisfying at a minimum: two activity types
within one category or one activity in two different category types. In
other words, the applicant can choose to provide documentation in just
one of 3 advanced areas.
b. Applicants in the Academic/Administrative Track must evidence advanced skills in at least two different category types.