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James O Phillips
SPHSC 574
Seattle Campus

Assessment of Balance Function

Examines normal anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central vestibular system. Reviews peripheral and central vestibular disorders and treatment protocols. Major focus of assessment on electronystagmography with associated lab. Provides overview of rotational and posturography measures of balance function. Prerequisite: SPHSC 571 or permission of instructor. Offered: S.

Class description

This course is designed to introduce you to vestibular physiology and the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders. The lectures will survey topics including peripheral and central vestibular anatomy and physiology, vestibular pathology, vestibular diagnostic tests, and treatment approaches to balance disorders. The laboratories will focus on practical diagnostic testing and interpretation.

Student learning goals

You will learn basic vestibular physiology and anatomy.

You will learn about common vestibular pathology.

You will learn to perform and interpret vestibular laboratory tests.

You will learn the basics of a vestibular clinical exam.

You will learn treatment modalities for balance disorders.

You will acquire sufficient understanding to access and understand the primary literature relevant to the discipline.

General method of instruction

We will use a combination of didactic (lectures) and dialectic (question and discussion) methods in this class.

Recommended preparation

Students should be prepared to participate fully in the discussions, and to both respond to and ask questions.

Class assignments and grading

There will be weekly assigned readings and written laboratory assignments.

Grades are assigned on the basis of a contract listed in the course syllabus.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by James O Phillips
Date: 05/18/2013