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The Speech-Language Pathologist in Long-Term Care

Laura More, MSW, LCSW; Edie Deane, MS-CCC, CCM

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathology CEUs

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

The Speech-Language Pathologist in Long-Term Care is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides a framework for the SLP providing care in a skilled nursing facility.

As the population of the United States ages, more healthcare professionals find themselves treating elders. Schools, private practice, and hospitals will always be major practice settings, but the demographics of our country point to a growing need for geriatric treatment. There are about 1.7 million people in 16,700 skilled nursing facilities (CDC, 2020). By 2030 this number may be as high as 2.6 million (AoA, 2014). There is a significant need now for treatment provided by speech-language pathologists in the skilled nursing facility setting which will only grow in the years to come.

Skilled nursing facilities have unique challenges for healthcare professionals. Multiple federal regulations, a complex billing system, and the long-term nature of skilled nursing facility residents make this a setting that requires an orientation to its unique traits. A culture of care that must be learned and integrated into the clinician’s treatment habits

This course provides an overview of skilled nursing facilities as a work setting for speech language pathologists. The structure, organization, and reimbursement structure of skilled nursing facilities will be described. The average resident and common treatment areas will be discussed.

Course #21-50 | 2021 | 33 pages | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. List three rights of residents in long-term care
2. Describe the average skilled nursing facility resident
3. Name the top two persons in the skilled nursing facility administration structure
4. Describe three safety issues in long-term care
5. Describe a strategy to address unwanted behavior in a person with dementia
6. List ten strategies to help reduce legal action against skilled nursing facilities

ASHA CE Approved Provider
Introductory Level |  0.2 ASHA CEUs | ASHA credit is available until  5/31/2026. ASHA CEUs are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the monthly completion report from the ASHA Approved CE Provider (#AAUM5172). Please note that the date that appears on ASHA transcripts is the last day of the month in which the course was completed.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Laura More, MSW, LCSW, is a healthcare author and licensed clinical social worker. Laura was a founding partner of Care2Learn, a provider of online continuing education courses for the post-acute healthcare industry. She has authored or edited online continuing education courses and inservices, co-authored evidence-based care assessment area resources, and is co-author of The Licensed Practical Nurse in Long-term Care Field Guide. She is the recipient of the 2010 Education Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Financial: Laura More receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

Edie Deane, MS-CCC, is a creative leader who infuses all her work with an entrepreneurial spirit. Edie’s career spans healthcare areas from hands-on service to e-business. Her portfolio of experience includes:  leadership, strategic and business development as online education company Care2Learn’s founder/owner; operations, administration, and education/training in national rehabilitation companies; and development of an e-learning department in a prominent healthcare software company. Edie currently owns ED Consulting & Coaching, focused on services for the LTPAC ecosystem. 

Financial: No relevant financial relationships exist.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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