George S. Osborne College of Audiology

Distance Education

Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders Certificate Program

Overview

The Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders certificate program is designed to expand the knowledge, improve the clinical skills, review current research trends and best practices based on current evidence 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 an eight-course, 50-week, 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 Salus University Black Board portal to deliver web-based instruction to students.

The 12 semester credit online Advanced Studies in Vestibular Sciences and Disorders (ASVSD) certificate program is designed to:

  • provide specialized training to expand clinician’s knowledge of vestibular and balance disorders,
  • enhance the skills and expertise necessary to obtain a comprehensive and holistic understanding of normal and abnormal vestibular function and consequences of  vestibular disorders, and
  • bring the professional up to date on the current best available evidence that provides scientific support for treatment decisions for those with vestibular and balance dysfunction.

This program is intended for those professionals currently working with, or who expect to be working with, the distinct population presenting with vestibular and balance disorders.  The course of study is specifically for those who would like to augment their professional skills and earn credentials to advance their career in the specialized field of vestibular sciences and disorders. The comprehensive curriculum covers the following areas:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Vestibular System
  • Pathologies of the Vestibular System
  • Basic Vestibular Diagnostics 
  • Advanced Vestibular Diagnostics
  • Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Pediatric Vestibular Assessment and Treatment
  • Case Studies and Clinical Problems and Solutions in Vestibular Pathology, and
  • Professional Issues in Vestibular Disorders

The program of study will provide a framework for best practices in the concentration of Vestibular Sciences and Disorders (VSD) assessment and management. The program is composed of eight courses, taught sequentially.  Students will be required to complete and pass all eight courses to earn the Advanced Studies Graduate Certificate.

This program is offered for certificate (matriculated) students who take the entire course of study and also for non-certificate (non-matriculated) students who desire to take only individual courses.  With the limited enrollment for the program, certificate students will have priority in admissions over non-certificate students. 

03.25.2014