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We believe it is time to officially recognize the outstanding dysphagia clinicians who bring their patients a more remarkable and faster recovery through specialized treatments.

Who is DU?
DU is a non-profit organization for the specific purpose of issuing credentials in the field of dysphagia in accordance with the Institute for Credentialing Excellence/National Commission for Certifying Agencies' (ICE/NCCA) standards.

We are a credentialing organization - not a continuing education company. We do not train in any treatment techniques, nor are we a membership organization.

DU issues "NDC" (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Dysphagia Certified), just as ASHA issues "CCC" and NBCOT issues "OTR".

DU is a virtual university that administers peer-reviewed, proctored examinations. We are made up of a variety of commissions which develop and oversee the credentialing processes.

Why was DU created?
The president of Dysphagia University was determined to get reimbursement and recognition for therapists who specialize in the use of NMES for Dysphagia. After meeting with consultants, they said two things needed to happen first:
    1. An NMES Competency Training program must be nationally accredited through NCCA standards
    2. An independent program must be created to issue credentials (letters behind the name) to therapists who are skilled in this area. This credentialing program cannot be associated with any product or course.

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Why Credentials?
Credentials are more than just letters behind your name. They represent a nationally recognized validation of exceptional skill. Credentialing letters are an award of achievement. Dysphagia-U's process for earning credentials follows the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. Click here to view other credentialing programs approved by the NCCA.

Who is ICE/NCCA?
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). The NCCA Standards were developed to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. They highlight the essential elements of a high-quality program. These were the first standards developed by the credentialing industry for professional certification programs.

(Dysphagia-U is currently in the two-year application process to become accredited through the NCCA. Credentials issued during the application process are equally as valid as credentials issued after the application is approved.)

Dysphagia specialists who meet all criteria to become credentialed in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES for Dysphagia will be awarded the credentialing letters "NDC".


Dysphagia specialists who meet all criteria to become credentialed in Myofascial Release for Dysphagia Will be awarded the credentialing letters "MDC".

Dysphagia specialists who meet all criteria to become credentialed in Pediatrics for Dysphagia will be awarded the credentialing letters "PDC".


Juliana Barrett
Dysphagia University Program Director
77 Bay Bridge Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561