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

This 32nd 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 4, 2022, March 11, 2022 and March 18, 2022. 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 in the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions, Rosalind Franklin University. 
  • Tammie Ostrowski, PT, Senior Physical Therapist, Amita St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee IL.
  • Heidi Roth, PT, NCS, DHS, Assistant Professor: Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University ; Physical Therapist: Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Click Here to Download the Full Course Brochure


Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers (not getting BOC CEUs)


Participants will complete 5.5 hours of of on-demand modules, and 4 hours of readings and self-study in advance of this three day online course (earning 21.5 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 and related systems.
  • Discuss the pathophysiology and medical management of common vestibular disorders.
  • Demonstrate an examination and interpret the findings from the history and physical examination 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 took this course ~ 10 years ago, its fascinating to see the updates in the literature and eval/ treatment. This course made this content much more approachable and understandable. Also gained some new tricks to use in the hospital for treatment and evaluation.

I am 5 years out of school and have always held a strong interest in vestibular treatment. ..I have taken courses [online], purchased books, read articles and never felt confident in my skill set and knowledge… [This online course] definitely challenged and evolved my scope of knowledge and understanding…I truly feel like my understanding has been taken to a new level and I am very excited to market more confidently and hopefully positively impact patient’s live in this community.


Physical Therapy

This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 31.0 Contact Hours (9.5 Hours Self-Study 21.5 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 31.0 Contact Hours (9.5 Hours Self-Study 21.5 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 31.0 CEUs [intermediate, OT Service Delivery/Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


Technology Requirements

To participate, you will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High-speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • Download the latest version of Zoom (check for it on under Resources)
  • Internet connection: broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Web browser:

Apple Safari: Latest stable version
Google Chrome: Latest stable version
Mozilla Firefox: Latest stable version
JavaScript and Cookies enabled

  • Flash Player 9+
  • Speaker or headset to listen to audio files and participate in Zoom calls
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, as they are not supported. 


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


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