The Certified Vestibular Therapist (Cert. VT) is a certification earned by physical therapists and occupational therapist who demonstrate the highest level of evidence-informed vestibular rehabilitation. A clinician with the Cert. VT designation represents someone who is expertly trained in differential diagnosis of vestibular impairments, demonstrates mastery of canalith repositioning techniques, is proficient in concussion identification and management, and demonstrate expertise in vestibular rehabilitation therapy. This therapist combines advanced differential diagnosis, expert examination techniques, concussion evidence based theories and vestibular hypofunction therapy to effectively treat patients with vestibular disorders.
Clinicians who wish to earn the Vestibular Therapist Certification (Cert. VT) must successfully complete all courses listed below, as well as a comprehensive written and practical exam:
VR | CM | VCC
This is a comprehensive course and will include differential assessment, skilled evaluative techniques, special tests, and strategic treatment of vestibular pathologies, hypo function and cervical dizziness.
This two-day introductory course in Concussion Management will cover the lifespan of a concussion from the acute injury to post-concussive management. The participants will obtain general neuro-anatomy and physiology of a concussion including prevalence and incidence rates. Following the “anatomy” of a concussion, the course will cover baseline performance testing and sideline tests to be performed for the concussed athlete, but will not only be singled out for athletes. The course will also cover clinical testing, including subjective and objective examinations, allowing for differential diagnosis and one-on-one assessment for the individual. A brief review of BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) and treatment will be covered for this population. Appropriate vestibular rehabilitation protocols will be addressed for this population with cognitive challenges applied. Finally, patient and family education on return to sport, school, and work will be discussed.
VCC – Vestibular Certification Course