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Foundations of Vestibular Rehabilitation

A first course in a continuing education series. Sponsored by Department of Physical Therapy, Samson College of Health Sciences, University of the Sciences. 

Dates and Location

Friday, May 31, 2019–Saturday, June 1, 2019
Plus online lecture and materials

University of Science Campus
Interprofessional Education Complex (IPEX), Room 105
45th St. and Woodland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
Map and directions

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Program Information

In this one and a half day course (CEUs: 14 hours), clinicians will learn examination and treatment principles for common vestibular disorders. Learning is enhanced through group discussions, case studies, and laboratory experiences. Learning is supplemented with online materials and online discussions of patient management. By design, the content is presented for clinicians who are beginning to treat individuals with vestibular and balance disorders and will prepare them to learn advanced or specialized practice skills.

Pre- and post-online content is designed to extend learning.

This course is specifically designed for licensed physical therapists, however, other health professionals and physical therapy assistants may gain knowledge and skills from this courses.

Course Objectives

  • Describe anatomy and physiology of vestibular and balance system. 
  • Identify at least three central or peripheral pathologies associated with complaints of imbalance and dizziness. 
  • Perform a patient history, screen and test/measures to complete comprehensive evaluation of individual refer to physical therapy who have complaints of dizziness and imbalance. Including appropriately perform oculomotor, postural control, and BPPV positioning test techniques. 
  • Using case scenarios and discussion, interpret examination findings and develop a clinical impression, treatment plan, goals and prognosis for patient outcomes.
  • Instruct performance and progression of vestibular adaptation, habituation, and postural control activities that matched identified patient problems.
  • Accurately perform and instruct on canalith reposition maneuvers for typical forms of BPPV.
  • Determine when appropriate referrals are required to other health care providers, agencies or resources.
  • Identify at least three co‐morbidities and describe how they might affect an individual’s presentation, intervention and outcomes of vestibular rehabilitation

Course Faculty

Anne K. Galgon PT PhD NCS

Anne Galgon is an Associate Professor at University of the Sciences and has been teaching in physical therapy education for 18 years. Her primary areas of teaching are in neuroscience, movement sciences and the clinical management of neuromuscular disorders. Anne received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University and Doctorate in Movement Sciences from Drexel University. Her current research focus is in the physical therapy management of balance and vestibular disorders. Anne has been a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1998 and has advanced training in Vestibular Rehabilitation. She has gained clinical expertise over 30 years working with adults with neurological disorders and continues to treat patients in physical therapy practices that specialize in treating individuals with balance and vestibular disorders. Anne is also the current Chair of the Vestibular Special Interest Group of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the APTA.

Eric Folkins PT, DPT, OCS

Eric Folkins is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Sciences, a certified vestibular therapist and board certified Orthopedic Specialist.  He has been treating patients with vestibular disorders for over 17 years. Eric currently is an instructor for vestibular content, exercise physiology, kinesiology and assists in the musculoskeletal track.  He received his Masters in Physical Therapy from University of Southern California and a Doctoral of Physical Therapy from Western University.  He is a member of the orthopedic, education and neurology sections and vestibular special interest group of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  He is an active member of the APTA at the local, state and national levels. He has presented at the local state and national levels.

Course Schedule

Pre-course Online Components

  • Review of Anatomy and Physiology of the Vestibular System and quiz (1:15 hours)
  • References and Handouts.

Day One, May 31, 2019 (4:45 hours)

Time Component
3:30 p.m. Sign‐in and pre‐course assessment
4:00–4:30 p.m.

Introductions, Courses Objectives and questions on online material (lecture- discussion)

4:30–5:30 p.m. Differential diagnosis: Recognizing patterns/ patient interview (lecture-discussion)
5:30–6:30 p.m. Clinical examination (Lecture‐Lab: video and instructor demonstration and practice session)
6:30–6:45 p.m. Break (with light dinner included)
6:45–8:30 p.m. Clinical examination continued (Lecture‐lab, video and instructor demonstration and practice session)
8:30–9:00p.m. Day one wrap up and questions

Day Two, June 1, 2019 (8 hours)

Time Component
7:30 a.m. Sign‐in and continental breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m.

Clinical Decisions Case Studies (lecture, written case study discussion)

9:00–10:00 a.m. Interventions in Vestibular Rehabilitation (lecture‐lab: Video and instructor demonstration and practice section)
10:15–10:15 a.m. Break (Snacks)
10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Interventions in Vestibular Rehab and Clinical Case Study (Lecture –Lab: video and instructor demonstration and practice session.)
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00–2:00p.m. Examination and Management of BPPV (lecture)
2:00–3:00p.m. BPPV lab exam and treatment (lab: video and instructor demonstration and practice session)
3:00–3:15p.m. Break (Snacks)

Clinical Decision BPPV Case Studies (Group discussions, video and written case studies)


Taking it to the next level (Lecture Discussion)


Post course assessment and course evaluations (Individual assessment followed by group review)

Post-course Online: (option)

Online discussion: (1 hour) to be announced

Costs and Registration

CEUs:  14 hours.

Cost: $350 ($300 USciences Alumni, USciences Clinical Instructors, USciences Adjunct Faculty)

Registration can only be accept through our secure online website.  Register Now.


Anne K. Galgon, PT, PhD


University of the Sciences
600 S. 4rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104