George S. Osborne College of Audiology

Distance Education

Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders Certificate Program

Program Course Delivery

Courses are taught entirely via online education. Technology requirements (see details below) must be met to ensure that each student has equal access and receives materials in the same way. Students will asynchronously connect and interact with the course instructor and other students online. In asynchronous online instruction, students have the flexibility to access the course within a period of time set by the instructor.  The instructor will post PowerPoint presentations and may post links to videos and interactive activities.  Each course is six weeks in duration and consists of six weekly lectures, weekly discussion board and weekly assignments/quizzes.  Asynchronously instruction will involve student postings, participation in threaded discussions, and writing assignments.  A monitored discussion board will be used by the instructor to assess the student’s activity and quality of postings.  Students will be responsible for allocating adequate time in their schedule to access the course materials, study the material and complete the assignments. Each course will require the student to allocate 4 to 5 hours per week for study and assignments.

Technical Requirements

Students access their Vestibular Sciences and Disorders classes on the Salus University Blackboard site. This is a password protected site developed and created by Salus University Osborne College of Audiology and administered by Salus University
Students also will be expected to access their Salus University email accounts via the University’s website at

System requirements for Windows users:
Windows XP, Vista, or 7
28.8 kbps modem (56K recommended)
Soundcard & Speakers
Internet Explorer 8.0

System requirements for Mac OS users:
Mac OS X or higher (in classic mode)
28.8 kbps modem (56K recommended)
Soundcard & Speakers
Safari 4.0

We recommend setting your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels. If you currently see a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of your screen and would like to eliminate this, you can do so by resizing your screen.


If a browser is not listed below it has not been tested on the online platform. A user risks running into problems with the course software if they choose to use a non-supported browser. Browser requirements:

  • Windows Users
    • Recommended Version:(Windows Internet Explorer)
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0
    • Recommended Version:(Mozilla Firefox)
      • Mozilla Firefox 3.5
    • Supported versions:(Windows Internet Explorer)
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
    • Supported versions:(Mozilla Firefox)
      • Mozilla Firefox 3.0
    • Supported versions:(Google Chrome)
      • Google Chrome 5.0
  • Mac OS users:
    • Recommended Version:(Safari)
      • Safari 4.0
    • Recommended Version:(Mozilla Firefox)
      • Mozilla Firefox 3.5
    • Supported versions:(Safari)
      • Safari 3.0
      • Safari 5.0
    • Supported versions:(Mozilla Firefox)
      • Mozilla Firefox 3.0
    • Supported versions:(Google Chrome)
      • Google Chrome 5.0

Supported Browser Plug-ins

  • RealPlayer 8 Basic Player
  • Macromedia Flash Player
  • Macromedia Shockwave Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • QuickTime Player
  • VLC player ( Mac and Windows compatible-

Email Account

You will receive communications from within your course at your Salus University email address. Once your Salus email account is established, all communication for this program will be through your Salus email address only and not through a personal email address.

Avoiding Inactivity Timeout

When an ISP’s internal browser is not in use, the ISP will consider the user inactive and will disconnect the user after a period of time. To remain active and avoid being disconnected, return to the main page of the ISP (every half hour or so) and click on a link or check email. This will reset the ISP’s "inactivity timer" and allow you to continue working in your online course.
Note: Courseware cannot be accessed using MSN TV (formerly Web TV)

Satellite & Cellular internet connections

If this is the only connection to which you have access, please note that you may experience sporadic issues while working in your online courses. If you report these problems to the Salus University Help Desk we will attempt to address them with your satellite or cellular connection provider.

Wireless Routers/Connections:

While working in your online courses via a wireless router or wireless connection you may experience problems such as various error messages. If you contact the Salus University Help Desk please be aware that part of the troubleshooting process may be to have you bypass your wireless router or connection. If bypassing the wireless router resolves the problems you are experiencing you will either need to continue to bypass the router or contact the router's manufacturer's support to further diagnose the source of this problem.