CSP FEES Training Course Raleigh, NC

CSP FEES Training Course Raleigh, NC

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McKimmon Center

1101 Gorman Street

Raleigh, NC 27606

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This extensive FEES Training course includes an online prerequisite course and will jump start your journey to FEES competency!

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This two-day FEES Training Course consists of two parts: an online prerequisite component and an in-person hands-on training component. This is essential for starting your journey toward FEES competency. Sixty days prior to the course date, you will receive access to the online component, which must be completed prior to Day 1 of the in-person course.

*If you have already take our online Intro to FEES course, email education@carolinafees.com and we will provide you with a discount code to register for this live course.

Online Intro to FEES Course:

This online FEES training course provides the foundation for starting your journey toward FEES competency. Throughout this course we infuse citations from research. In each section, we have included access to papers for you to read. Also, we provided links to other resources that you can look over to enhance your understanding where appropriate. Finally, we have included handouts throughout this course that you can download. This course includes:

  • A review of recent research regarding instrumental swallowing assessments, specifically FEES
  • A review of the nasal, pharyngeal, and laryngeal anatomy, including normal and abnormal variants
  • A review of normal swallowing in adults and geriatrics
  • Information is provided on advocating for instrumentals, developing a FEES program, and incorporating FEES into clinical practice
  • A FEES protocol including anatomy/physiology assessment, bolus trials, and intervention application
  • An overview of rating scales available for use with FEES
  • A review of clips from recorded FEES exams to allow the participants to begin to interpret FEES

For more details on the online Intro to FEES, visit: https://carolinaspeechpathology.thinkific.com/courses/introduction-to-fees

In-Person Hands-On Practice:

Following completing of our online introductory course, this live, in-person FEES Training Course is the next step in your journey toward FEES competency. We will go over a FEES protocol in detail and teach you how to perform FEES. You will learn how to pass the endoscope utilizing good body mechanics, achieving ideal pre-swallow and post-swallow views. We will discuss tips for tricky scope passes and suggestions for improving the comfort of your patient. Our instructors will mentor and supervise you completing a minimum of 15 normal scope passes. Our course instructors have been deemed competent for supervision and training in FEES by board certified Otolaryngologists. Time is spent reviewing FEES exams to begin fine tuning those FEES interpretation skills.

Learning Objectives:

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss research supporting use of FEES
  • Label swallowing anatomy from a superior view
  • Identify normal and abnormal swallowing physiology on FEES
  • Describe rating scales that can be used with FEES
  • Outline a FEES protocol, incorporating an Anatomy and Physiology Assessment
  • Identify swallowing structures from a superior view
  • Utilize a FEES protocol while scoping normal subjects
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely pass the endoscope and achieve adequate pre and post-swallow positions
  • Maneuver endoscope while patients eat, drink, and utilize compensatory techniques
  • Begin to analyze FEES exams by identifying swallowing variations and underlying physiology contributing to deficits

Course Location:

McKimmon Center 1101 Gorman Street Raleigh, NC 27606

  • Free arking is available in the front of the facility
  • Check in at the front and they'll point you to the classroom

Nearby Hotels:

Aloft Raleigh 2100 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC 27607

(919) 828-9900‬

Stateview Hotel Autograph Collection 2451 Alumni Drive, Raleigh, NC, US, 27606

(833) 547-0875

In-Person, Hands-On Course Agenda:


8:00 Arrive, sign in

8:15 Introductions

8:30 Updates in FEES Research

9:00 Review FEES Protocols and Possible Complications and What to Do

9:30 Discuss FEES Equipment and Scoping Mechanics

10:00 Break

10:15 Donning and Doffing PPE

10:30 Hands on Practice: Getting Through the Nose

12:00 Lunch (provided)

1:00 Introduction to FEES Interpretation

2:00 Hands-on Practice: Achieving Optimal Pre-Swallow Position

3:30 Hands-on Practice: Complete Protocol with Post-Swallow Position

5:00 Adjourn

(7.5 hours)


8:00 Q and A regarding Day 1

8:30 More FEES Interpretation Practice

10:00 Hands-On Practice: Complete Protocol with PO Trials and Compensatory Techniques

12:00 Final Q and A; Complete Scope Sign Offs

12:30 Adjourn

*Agenda may vary slightly

Course Instructors:

Beth Cormell, M.S.,CCC-SLP

Beth Cormell has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 25 years. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and is currently working as a clinical SLP at UNCRex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC. She initiated the FEES program at UNCRex in 1997, and since, has completed thousands of FEES. Beth not only trains all UNCRex speech staff on FEES, but has also been instrumental in training clinicians and implementing new FEES programs throughout the country. She has taught FEES courses for more than 18 years, has presented short courses on FEES implementation and application at NCSHLA’s Annual Convention and at the ASHA Convention. She has been deemed competent for supervision and training in FEES by a board certified Otolaryngologist

Beth Cormell has the following financial relationship to disclose: Ms. Cormell is a paid employee of RexUNC in Raleigh, NC and receives payment for this course. Ms. Cormell is also the owner of Dysphagia Seminars, PLLC. Ms Cormell has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Selena Reece, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Selena Reece received a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. She has worked in acute care, outpatient, and inpatient rehabilitation settings. She currently serves as the Director of Educational Resources for Carolina Speech Pathology, while carrying an active caseload providing mobile FEES services. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and an ACE continuing education award recipient. Selena was featured on Swallow Your Pride Podcast, Episode 18 and has presented on FEES at state and national conferences.

Disclosures: Selena Reece has the following financial relationship to disclose. She is a full-time salaried employee of Carolina Speech Pathology. Selena Reece has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course Completion:

Successful participation in this course includes 100% attendance. All participants who successfully completed this course will receive a certificate via email within one week of completion. If you would like your participation reported to ASHA, you must include that information upon registering for this course. The ASHA CE Registry processing time usually takes one week. During periods of heavy volume, processing time may be longer. If you have any questions, please email education@carolinafees.com or call 877-390-1887.


If the course is cancelled on behalf of CSP, you will receive the cost of the course less the cost of the prerequisite self study course. Refunds are offered 30 days prior to the day one less a $295 cancellation fee (which covers the cost of the online Intro to FEES registration). If cancellations are less than 30 days from the course date, no refunds will be issued; however participants are welcome to transfer to another course with available seats for a $50 transfer fee.


If you fail to complete the prerequisite online training prior to the in-person course, time will not be spent getting you up to date on course material.

Covid-19 Update:

We are no longer requiring the COVID-19 Vaccine to participate in our courses. We are requiring that you complete a health screen each morning of the course and request that you transfer to different course if you are feeling ill prior to or during the course.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Director of Educational Resources, Selena Reece (selena.reece@carolinafees.com, 919-749-9159).

Product Disclosure:

The FEES systems utilized in this course were provided by Altaravision, INC, maker of the NDOhd Portable FEES System.

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This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs (Professional Area, Intermediate Level). The prerequisite course takes place online and is offered for 1.5 ASHA CEUs (Professional Area, Intermediate Level). Following completion of both courses, you will receive two separate course completion certificates for a total of 2.7 ASHA CEUs.

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