VitalStim® Therapy System Certification
Register To Become VitalStim® Therapy System Certified
A dysphagia therapist (usually a Speech-Language Pathologist or Occupational Therapist) must become VitalStim certified in order to use VitalStim® Therapy System. This certification is awarded by the continuing education company Career Improvement and Advancement Opportunities Seminars (CIAO Seminars) following successful completion of the certification program. The certification program consists of a 2-week online educational program followed by a 2-day onsite program.
CIAO Seminars offers two courses that satisfy the VitalStim® Therapy System Certification requirement: Adult Focused and Pediatric Focused.
For information on registration, fees, and course dates and locations, visit the CIAO website:
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Applicants for the course must satisfy the following entry requirements:
- Have a majority of dysphagia patients on current caseload, a significant past caseload of dysphagia patients, or a demonstrated knowledge of dysphagia theory and treatment to be determined by CIAO via a clinical interview. Sufficient experience is defined as having been solely responsible for the evaluation, treatment plan and discharge of a minimum of 50 dysphagic patients, and 3 years of at least a 25% dysphagia caseload.
- Have the skill to evaluate and interpret the results of instrumental dysphagia evaluations and/or reports.
- Should the applicant not meet the requirements above, a clinical interview with CIAO staff will determine whether there is a base knowledge that qualifies the applicant for entry. CIAO can be contacted at 888.909.2426.
CIAO Seminars now offers 2 advanced courses for VitalStim® Therapy Certified clinicians.
These courses are designed to take the certified VitalStim provider to the next level in their evaluation, clinical analysis, treatment planning, and intervention skills.
For course descriptions, dates, and locations, visit the CIAO website: