Johns Hopkins University Clinical Vestibular Competency Course


Course Description 

The Johns Hopkins University Clinical Vestibular Competency Course is designed for rehabilitation specialists (physical therapists/occupational therapists) and healthcare providers with a strong interest in vestibular pathology and rehabilitation. This is a hybrid, intensive, course which consists of online lectures available for a three-month duration with an optional two day in-person gathering for additional lecture, lab, and examination to achieve certification if so desired.  

Three unique educational tracts are available:  

  1. Competency certification – Virtual lectures and in-person attendance that includes knowledge and skill examination to earn certification from JHU
  2. Full attendance – Virtual and in person attendance (Certificate of attendance, no certification testing)
  3. Virtual lectures only (Certificate of attendance, no in-person, no certification testing)
    1. Two virtual lectures only options: Core Curriculum only OR Core Curriculum PLUS Elective Content

Course Registration opens on March 1, 2024 and the course closes on November 30, 2024.

In-person lectures, labs, skill examinations, and testing will occur during the afternoon of Friday September 13, 2024 through afternoon of Sunday September 15, 2024. Particular locations and times are TBD.

Competency Certification Process: The competency certification tract offers a knowledge-based written examination to include case presentations, a video examination of oculomotor videos, and a practical/skills examination. Participants will be provided with two certificates, one for attendance and the second for successfully completing the examination process.  

Audience: This course is designed for rehabilitation specialists (physical and occupational therapists). We welcome other providers with an interest in vestibular medicine and rehabilitation including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, audiologists, and physicians.  

Level of Learner: Intermediate. Participants are recommended to have 2 years of experience working with patients with vestibular dysfunction. It is recommended that learners complete a prior course on vestibular rehabilitation or complete a self-study that includes anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the vestibular system.  

All participants are expected to gain proficiency in the following: 

  • Skillful performance of oculomotor examination 
  • Identification of central and peripheral causes for nystagmus 
  • Interpretation of nystagmus patterns suggestive of pathology 
  • Differentiation of BPPV type with the appropriate treatment considering:  
  • Canalithiasis vs. Cupulolithiasis 
  • Anterior, Posterior and Horizontal Canal 
  • Rehabilitative management for unilateral and bilateral vestibular dysfunction 
  • Understand the neuro-otologic approach for surgical management of various vestibular disorders (i.e., Meniere’s Disease, superior semicircular canal dehiscence)  
  • Understand the Rehabilitative and medical management for Central Vestibular Disorders (i.e. traumatic Brain Injury, migraine).  


Sep 13 - 15, 2024


United States


Instructor: Johns Hopkins University; Course Director: Michael Schubert