George S. Osborne College of Audiology

Distance Education

Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders Certificate Program

Our Advanced Studies certificate programs are a limited enrollment, inter-disciplinary program of study that present audiology professionals with an in-depth study of a specialized area of practice taught by noted specialists. Students receive lectures on current research, up to date information and best practices from faculty who helped to create and establish them for the profession. A graduate certificate in Advanced Studies from the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology is earned by all students who successfully complete the course of study.

Each of our new programs is carefully designed to provide the value and flexibility today’s distance education students require. With a reputation for quality education and a faculty that is committed and accessible, Salus University Osborne College of Audiology students can expect - and will receive - a singular educational experince.

Program Overview

The Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders program is designed to expand the knowledge, improve the clinical skills, and promote general expertise in the delivery of services in the area of Vestibular and Balance disorders.  The course of study will bring the professional up to date on the state of the science in Vestibular and Balance disorders, diagnosis of related disorders and methods of treatment.  The outstanding faculty for the program, from both Canada and the USA, are experts in Vestibular and Balance disorders and clinical protocols. 

The program is a 52-week, eight-course, online course of study.  Students who complete the program will receive 12 semester (academic) credits and a graduate certificate in Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders from Salus University Osborne College of Audiology.  This program is open to college degree holders (BS, MS, AuD, MD, PhD, etc.) of audiology or audiology-related professions in the United States and other countries.  Courses are taught in English.  The Advanced Studies in Vestibular and Balance disorders program utilizes the Pearson eCollege Learning Studio platform via the AuDonline.org portal to deliver web-based instruction to students.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Written applications for the November 2014 Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders certificate program are now being accepted and are due to the Office of Admissions by October 31, 2014

What is the purpose of Advanced Studies Certificate Program in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders?
The purpose of offering the Advanced Studies in Vestibular and Balance disorders graduate certificate program from the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology is to fill the need that the advancing science in both diagnosis and treatment has created in the body of knowledge surrounding Vestibular and Balance disorders.  Most clinicians who provide services in Vestibular and Balance disorders have completed anywhere from one to three courses  in  Vestibular and Balance disorders as part of their degree program, but have not been exposed to the depth of the science underlying Vestibular and Balance disorders.  This online program will offer both depth and breadth of instruction, emphasizing materials and methods to provide the framework for best practices in the provision of Vestibular and Balance disorders services.
Who should enroll in the Advanced Studies Certificate in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders program?
This Advanced Studies Certificate Program is intended for those professionals that are currently working with, or expect to be working with, this distinct population presenting with vestibular and balance disorders and would like to augment their professional skills and earn credentials to advance their career in the specialized field of vestibular sciences and disorders.
How will this Advanced Studies Certificate in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders program be of to benefit me?
The AuD degree has replaced the master’s degree in the United States as the profession’s entry-level clinical degree for the practice of audiology. The AuD degree defines the role of the audiologist as an independent professional and provider of audiology diagnostic and treatment services to those with hearing and balance disorders within the medical and health care service delivery.

We believe that the first step to achieving professional autonomy is by expanding the knowledge base within the profession and developing competencies to match the demands of the profession.  Our curriculum is focused on enhancing the breadth of knowledge in both the current trends and recent advances in the field of audiology, hearing science and diagnostic and rehabilitative technologies, so that practicing audiologists can upgrade their skills towards leveling the capabilities around the world.
How is the Advanced Studies Certificate Program in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders different from other intensive workshops in Vestibular and Balance Disorders programs?
The courses and content of the Salus University Advanced Studies Certificate Program in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders program were developed with the intent of bringing parity with our residential AuD program, and to ensure that our graduates are prepared to provide the highest standards of service delivery to individuals with hearing and balance disorders.
What are the admission requirements to enroll in this program?
Requirements for admission into the program are:

  • BS, MS, AuD degree or medical degree in Audiology, or an equivalent,
  • two letters of recommendation and
  • personal goal statement

    International students whose degree was completed outside the US will be required to use the Word Education Service (WES) credentialing agency, or an equivalent accredited agency, to have a document-by-document evaluation of their transcripts.

    International students whose degree was completed outside the US will be required to take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).  A minimum score of 500 (paper-based test) / 61 (internet-based test) is required for admission to the program.
Admissions materials checklist and time-line:
Admissions Material Due Date
Application Before July 7, 2014
Registration Before April 25
Tuition and Fees for First Quarter Before May 25, 2014
Personal Goal Statement As soon as possible following application
Recommendation Letters As soon as possible following application
Transcripts As soon as possible following application
WES credentials As soon as possible following application
TOEFL to be completed As soon as possible following application
How many courses must I take - and is the program completely online?
All students will be required to enroll in a minimum for all eight courses if you want to obtain the Advanced Studies Certificate Program in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders and the courses are all completely online.

However, if you do not wish to enroll in take the entire course of study and obtain this certificate, you can enroll as a non-certificate (non-matriculate) student and take individual courses.  With the limited enrollment for the program, matriculated students will have priority in admissions over non-certificate students. 

Are the courses offered in sequence, or may I register for these courses at various times in the year?
The course calendar has been constructed towards advancing knowledge in the core areas of neurosciences, clinical sciences, rehabilitation sciences and public health and professional issues, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice in each area of study. Each six-week session consists of one course. We recommend the sequential approach of the calendar so that the student can derive maximum benefit from the comprehensive course of study that has been put together towards a Advanced Studies Certificate Program in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders

How long will this program take to complete?
This entire post-graduate degree program consists of 8 courses and is Year-long program
What are the fees for this program? What is the payment schedule?
Financial Information
How will the courses be offered and who will be teaching them?
All instruction will be delivered via the Internet.  The Advanced Studies Certificate Program in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders Program includes utilization of the Pearson eCollege Learning Studio platform via the existing AuDonline.org portal to deliver web-based instruction to students.  Instruction will consist of weekly, asynchronous, two-hour teaching and half hour review of postings, combined with asynchronous threaded discussion with students. 

The faculty members for the Advanced Studies Certificate Program in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders program are leading academics and professionals with particular expertise in their field of study, who are internationally recognized and have contributed significantly to the knowledge base of audiology and hearing science.
Will there be a specific day and time that the student will be required to log-in to the course?
Students will be given an entire week to log-in, review material for the week, respond to threaded discussions and complete the assignment for the week.  There is no specific day and time that the student will have to login.  It will be to the student’s advantage however, if they log-in as soon as the lesson for the week is posted, so that the student has adequate time to participate in the threaded discussions and complete the week’s assignment(s).
How will the student interact with the instructor?
The students and the instructor will interact via threaded discussions and email. Threaded discussions are prompted and led by the instructor.  Students will be required to respond to the instructor’s prompts as well as to the other students’ responses.  The instructor will set the parameters of threaded discussion for each class.
Will there be readings, tests and exams?
Yes.  The instructor will assign readings, assignments and tests.  Students will be required to abide by the parameters of assessment set by the instructor.
How many hours of study will I be required to set aside per week if I enrolled in this Certificate Program?
Instructors will teach each course for two hours. Students will participate in threaded discussions and will have reading assignments and other homework assignments.  As each course is 1.5 credits worth, the assignments and homework will not exceed what is required of 1.5 credits for each course.
Will the student have technical assistance if there are problems with the internet-based learning platform?
Pearson eCollege Learning Studio has a 24 x 7 x 365 Help Desk available.  The decision to utilize the Pearson eCollege platform was based mainly on their ability to accommodate their support for international students. (An earlier version of this same platform was used for delivering our initial online AuD program from 2000 – 2010). We have used the current version of this platform in our International AuD Degree Bridge Program as well as in our other two 40-week web-based Advanced Studies Certificate  Programs,  Cochlear Implants as well as Tinnitus and Hyperacusis and students have reported the Help Desk assistance to have been Good to very-good