Swallowing Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology of Deglutition

Are you caring for someone who has difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)? Understand more about the complex physiological mechanisms involved. Award-winning UC academics share their latest insights in this field.

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This course introduces the anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing (deglutition).
You’ll learn the anatomy of the head and neck and focus on the muscles and structures used for swallowing. We also cover essential prenatal development milestones, neuroanatomy, and the motor and sensory aspects of swallowing physiology. 
Qualification Micro-credential
Learning time 60 hours | about 6 hours a week
Points 6

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Type Instructor-paced
This course is ideal for
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Nurses and nurse aids 
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Specialists or clinicians who advise on swallowing disorders
What you'll learn
  • The anatomical, physiological, and developmental mechanisms that support normal deglutition
  • The major structures of the upper aerodigestive tract and their purpose for swallowing-related functions
  • The role of nervous system structures for sensorimotor control of swallowing processes
This course includes
  • 5 Modules
  • 5 Assessments
  • Drop-in online synchronous sessions with instructors (Q & A style)
  • Audio and video – Closed caption English transcripts available
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