VCC – Vestibular Certification Course – Hummelstown, PA

Dec. 01, 2023 – Dec. 03, 2023

Drayer Physical Therapy - Corporate Office
8205 Presidents Dr. Suite 640
Hummelstown, PA
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This course is a comprehensive 3-day program for clinicians from various disciplines to obtain competency in differential diagnosis of the vestibular system, vestibular treatment and concussion management. Topics covered include: treatment efficacy in benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular hypo-function retraining, concussion management, vestibular differential diagnosis that instills confidence in the practitioner to successfully rule out significant pathology, and summaries of the most recent evidence. This 3-day course develops superior proficiency in state-of-the-art diagnostics, treatment and education. The Certified Vestibular Therapist certification is designed to take novice vestibular/concussion trained therapists to mastery level. This is the final course in a 3-course series (Vestibular Rehab and Concussion Management are required) that includes case studies, objective structured clinical examination, and a written and practical comprehensive final examination. Upon completion of the course with a competency score of 80% or better the therapist is awarded Cert. VR, designating the therapist with a certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation and identifying them as a therapist with specific training to help those with vestibular/concussion therapy needs. Pre-requisites – IAMT Vestibular Rehab and Concussion Management courses are required.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course learners will be able to:

  1. Recall the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system and its role in positional vertigo.
  2. Understand and be able to describe the mechanisms of BPPV for both physician and patient education
  3. Participants will be able to perform an effective vestibular examination with special tests and balance testing as well as appropriate differential diagnosis.
  4. Interpret clinical tests for the treatment diagnosis of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
  5. Summarize the evidence supporting canalith repositioning techniques including demographics and pathologies.
  6. Describe and perform the sequence of positions for canalith repositioning techniques.
  7. Participants will be introduced to hypofunction, Concussion care and beyond BPPV treatment of a vestibular patient.
  8. Participate in hypofuction evidence based practice prescription individualized based on course principles

General Schedule

Day One

  • 8:00 am           Course Introduction and Overview
  • 8:15 am           Discussion, Demonstration, and Mastery of Vestibular Hypofunction Treatment
  • 10:00 am         Break
  • 10:15 am         Lab Performance of Vestibular Therapy Techniques
  • 12:00 pm         Lunch
  • 1:00 pm           Vestibular Differential Diagnosis interactive class
  • 2:00 pm           Vestibular Lab hands off check off
  • 2:45 pm           Break
  • 3:00 pm           Concussion Review and Examination check off
  • 4:00 pm           Hypofunction Review, lab exercise performance and Check off
  • 5:30 pm           End of Day

Day Two

  • 8:00 am           Review and Questions from Friday (Rubric Review)
  • 9:00 am           Case Study Review and Lab performance Case 1
  • 10:00 am         Break
  • 10:15 am         Case Study Review and Lab performance Case 2
  • 11:00 am         Case Study Review and Lab performance Case 3
  • 12:00 pm         Lunch
  • 1:00 pm           Case Study Review and Lab performance Case 4
  • 2:00 pm           Case Study Review and Lab performance Case 5
  • 3:00 pm           Break
  • 3:15 pm           Case Study Review and Lab performance Case 6
  • 4:00 pm           Complex Pathophysiology of Vestibular, Hypofunction and Concussion Management
  • 5:30 pm           End of day

Day Three

  • 8:00 am           Orientation to exam and Question Wrap up
  • 9:00 am           Written Exam
  • 12:00 pm         Lunch
  • 1:00 pm           Lab Practicum one on one
  • 5:00 pm           End of day

Instructor: Destiny Hebert