Vestibular Rehabilitation Course

Saturday, May 3, 2014

7:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)
Crowne Plaza Bloomington MSP Airport / MOA
5401 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437

Course Approval #:6485

Category 1 CE Hours Awarded from the MN Board of PT: 7.5

Audience: PT/PTAs

Speaker: Becky Olson-Kellogg, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Program in Physical Therapy, & earned her Transitional DPT from Boston University in June 2005. She is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, & she received the first ever Geriatric Clinical Educator of the Year Award from the Geriatric Section of the APTA in 2002. She has received Certificates of Competence in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Vestibular Test Function Interpretation & Application to Rehabilitation, and Cervicogenic Dizziness, all from Emory University in Atlanta and the APTA. She was a national Clinical Instructor for NeuroCom International, on Computerized Dynamic Posturography. Previously, she served as the Physical Therapy Program Developer & Director at an outpatient comprehensive balance center in the Twin Cities. She is currently on faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Program in Physical Therapy, and is the Director of their Geriatric Clinical Residency.

Course Description: This course focuses on developing the therapist’s understanding of vestibular anatomy, physiology, & pathology, as well as developing evaluative & treatment skills for patients with vestibular dysfunction. The course is appropriate for therapists who are new to the area of vestibular rehabilitation, as well as for those with prior experience with vestibular patients. Course format will include lecture, lab, group discussion, & actual patient case studies.


Following successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Describe the functional anatomy & physiology of the vestibular system.

Identify basic differences between central & peripheral vestibular signs.

Identify classic signs & symptoms of BPPV, including accurate distinction between canalithiasis & cupulolithiasis, and accurately identifying the involved canal.

Demonstrate positional testing & treatment for BPPV.

Describe the pathophysiology of common vestibular disorders.

Describe the evaluation process of a vestibular patient.

Demonstrate basic oculomotor tests, & interpret the results.

Describe the sensory systems involved in postural control & how to evaluate each system utilizing either a Foam & Dome Test, or the CDP.

Describe how to determine an appropriate treatment theory, & how to progress basic vestibular exercises.


7:30 – 8am Continental Breakfast & Registration

8 – 8:45am Anatomy & Physiology of the Vestibular System

8:45 – 9:15am Nystagmus: What is it? What does it mean?

9:15 – 10:15am Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

10:15 – 10:30am Break

10:30am – 12pm BPPV Lab

12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch (On Own)

1:00 – 1:45pm Pathophysiology of Common Vestibular Disorders

1:45 – 2:30pm Evaluation of the Vestibular Patient

2:30 – 3:00pm Oculomotor Exam & Lab

3:00 – 3:15pm Break

3:15 – 3:45pm Treatment Theory

3:45 – 4:30pm Treatment Intervention

4:30 – 5:00pm Case Studies

Reminder: When you register, please make sure to enter your personal email address!

You do not need to bring a ticket to the course with you.

Non-Employee Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received at least five working days before the event are refundable, minus a $20 administrative charge per registrant.  There is no refund for cancellations received later. A refund or voucher will be issued to any participant who is registered to attend a seminar that is cancelled by Centrex Rehab.