Z 3 Day Vestibular Rehabilitation: Theory, Evidence and Practical Application Course

This 31st annual vestibular course will provide therapists with the foundational information needed to efficiently evaluate and effectively treat patients with peripheral and central vestibular disorders and with intermediate level clinical decision making skills.  Emphasis will be placed on evidence based practice and understanding the physiologic rationale for therapeutic interventions.  This will enhance the clinician’s ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for common vestibular disorders. The course format will be lecture, demonstration with patient videos, and patient problem-solving sessions.

LIVE, ONLINE DATES: March 5, 2021, March 12, 2021 and March 19, 2021. You must attend all 3 days live OR watch the recordings before the completion of the course. We highly recommend attending this program on the live dates to get the most out of it.


  • Robert Battista, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology Northwestern University Medical School.
  • Jonella Black, PT, MS, Program Coordinator for Vestibular Rehabilitation, NorthShore University HealthSystems in Evanston, IL.
  • Janet Odry Helminski, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy, Midwestern University, and Staff Physical Therapist, Midwestern University – Multispecialty Clinic.
  • Tammie Ostrowski, PT, Senior Physical Therapist, Amita St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee IL.
  • Heidi Roth, PT, NCS, DHS, Physical Therapist: Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Assistant Professor: Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University

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Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers


Participants will complete 5.5 hours of of on-demand didactic self study modules, and 4 hours of readings and self-study in advance of this three day online course (earning 20.0 live contact hours + 9.5 self-study contact hours.)  These self-study activities for the course will consist of readings and learning activities to better understand content necessary to the fundamentals of the course. Participants will complete a self-assessment and evaluation of this material prior to the live course. During the online portion of the course, participants must enter a code for morning and afternoon sessions and complete an online course evaluation.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology of common vestibular disorders.
  • Demonstrate an examination and interpret the findings to determine the diagnosis of common vestibular disorders.
  • Develop, implement and progress an intervention program based on examination findings and knowledge of the vestibular system.


 Here's what some past participants had to say: 

"I appreciate Janet Helminski's work and will try to attend any course she is delivering."

"Fantastic course. I would like Janet to teach me about everything PT related. She is brilliant, yet can communicate clearly which can be difficult for those who are so fantastic at what they do! Yeah, Janet!" 


Physical Therapy

This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 29.5 Contact Hours (9.5 Hours Self-Study 20.0 Live).

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This three-day course has been approved for 29.5 Contact Hours (9.5 Hours Self-Study 20.0 Live). 

The following states require continuing education units or contact hours with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 00842. This hybrid course (both distance learning – independent and interactive) is offered at 29.5 CEUs [intermediate, OT Service Delivery/Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Athletic Training

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab BOC Approved Provider Number: P794 is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is  eligible for a maximum of 20.0 live + 9.5 self study Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program. According to the education levels described by the PDC, this continuing education course is considered to be Advanced Level.



Athletic Trainers Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists


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