George S. Osborne College of Audiology

Distance Education

Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders Certificate Program

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of the Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders certificate program are designed so that the graduates will:

  • Understand and learn to apply principles of auditory physiology and neuroscience as it relates to vestibular and balance mechanisms.
  • Understand the distinction between vestibular and balance disorders.
  • Understand the various pathologies that contribute to vestibular and balance disorders.
  • Learn the underlying scientific principles and basic and advanced clinical techniques in the assessment and diagnosis of vestibular and balance mechanisms.
  • Employ critical thinking skills in the assessment and management of persons presenting with vestibular and balance mechanisms, utilize an appropriate test battery for assessing vestibular and balance mechanisms, and utilize appropriate management procedures and outcome measures for these patients.
  • Develop the ability to compare and contrast existing rehabilitation strategies for those presenting with vestibular and balance disorders.
  • Develop insight into rehabilitation, management and counseling of patients with vestibular and balance disorders and set realistic expectations for them.
  • Understand the nuances of pediatric vestibular assessment and treatment.
  • Gain an understanding of current research in assessment and treatment of vestibular sciences and disorders.
  • Gain an understanding of clinical problems and solutions through case histories, used by various leading clinicians when assessing and treating those with vestibular and balance problems.
  • Understand the impact of pharmacological agents in vestibular and balance disorders.
  • Understand the scope of practice, issues in public health, ethics and medical concerns, and various approaches to reimbursement for these services.