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A Field Guide to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

A Field Guide to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

A Field Guide to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

This course includes
6:30:00 of Course Material (View)
Patient Education (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in July 2022


Imagine having a resource at your fingertips for treating the common and atypical forms of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

This online course was developed to be a "Go To", easy-to-access resource, combining evidence-based and years of clinical experience. 

This is a 6.5-hr online course for health care practitioners designed to develop a framework to improve their skills in screening, differential diagnosis, assessment and management of patients with BPPV. Our goal is that participants experience a transition from feeling uncertain in their abilities or understanding of BPPV to feeling confident in their skillset and experience improved patient outcomes along with an increased demand for their services with this patient population should they choose.

Aside from the 4 learning modules and the many downloads there are tutorials, case studies (includes recordings of actual sessions), and a list of our "Go To" resources to reinforce the material covered.


Learning Objectives:


At the conclusion of module 1, participants will be able to:

  • Explain in lay terms the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system.
  • Explain the theories behind the two different forms of BPPV. 
  • Understand how common BPPV is and its impact not only on the individual, but the community.

At the conclusion of module 2, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key components to taking a patient history.
  • Understand the key characteristics of BPPV. 
  • Understand what clues in the history taking warrant further investigation. 
  • Understand assessment techniques to help rule in BPPV affecting the posterior, lateral, and anterior canals.
  • Evaluate the nystagmus with positional testing and categorize the findings as coming from either the posterior, lateral, or anterior canal.

At the conclusion of module 3, participants will be able to:

  • Create and implement a treatment plan for those who would benefit from treatment for the various forms of BPPV.
  • Understand the expectations for treatment, outcomes, and timeframes for treatment of the various forms of BPPV.
  • Understand how to perform a canalith repositioning technique for the various forms of BPPV.
  • Understand how to deal with more complicated issues like multi canal involvement, nausea, recurrent BPPV, and red flags. 
  • Understand alternative treatment options from Vitamin D to surgery.

At the conclusion of module 4, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate a patient’s nystagmus, then determine who would respond to vestibular therapy and those who would need further consultation.
  • Evaluate the history and examination to determine how to treat sustained ageotropic nystagmus. 
  • Understand the various resources available to assist the clinician in improving their understanding and management of BPPV. 



Beginner to advanced - so, really any healthcare practitioner who treats or is interested in treating BPPV.


What is Included

  • PDF downloads of the lesson slides to refer to as needed.
  • Multiple “cheat sheets” to refer to during one’s busy day.
  • Links to numerous resources that will help reinforce the material covered. 
  • Step-by-step video demonstrations with written instructions of all of the techniques covered in the course. 
  • Video demonstrations of positive positional testing for the posterior, lateral, and anterior canals.
  • Case studies and tutorials. 
  • A literature review with a PDF of all of the references.

Purchase Options

Note: When you click the 'Buy Course' button (you must be logged into Embodia to see this button), you will be presented with the option to purchase both 'A Field Guide to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)' and 'Understanding Dizziness 101' with a $149.50 discount! That's 50% off one of the courses!

You can learn more about the 'Understanding Dizziness 101' course by clicking here. Or click 'Buy Course' and take advantage of this 'buy one course and get a second course for 50% off deal! 

See What Others Are Saying

"It is so much easier to understand and remember when the why's are explained. Understanding why something works just makes such a difference." - Becky PT

"I've taken a few of weekend courses and webinars on BPPV and thought that my foundations were solid. This course was able to fill in gaps I didn't know were there, and allow me to be more confident with difficult cases." - Jordan PT

"This course was fantastic!! It covers everything I need to know to confidently and effectively treat BPPV in any canal. I liked the variety of media used, (PowerPoint presentation, live demonstration and explanation using an anatomical model). I can't wait to start using what I learned in clinic right away." - Jennifer PT


Looking for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

This course is approved for 6.5 hours of continuing education for US physical therapists in all the states, with the exception of DC, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Texas & West Virginia.

This course has also been approved for CPDs for South African Physical Therapists.

For more information about CEUs/CPDs, please refer to the FAQ section at the bottom of this page (scroll down). 

The instructors
Kregg Ochitwa

Kregg has been a registered physical therapist since 1995. Over the years his caseload has shifted from solely orthopedic to a mix of orthopedic and vestibular. With this background he has also established a reputation for treating concussion, having treated athletes in the NFL, CFL, college ranks, WHL, high school athletes, and the weekend warrior.

In 1998, he took his first course in the field of vestibular rehabilitation. In 2008, he completed all of the requirements of the Vestibular Rehabilitation: a competency based course at Emory University, Atlanta Georgia. Since then he has continued to take ongoing courses throughout North America in regards to orthopedics, traumatic brain injury, and vestibular therapy. He has also been asked to teach weekend courses and present at various conferences throughout North America and Europe.

In 2010, Kregg opened North 49 Physical Therapy in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The clinic has since grown from a staff of one to seven physical therapists, where over half of the caseload consists of patients with dizziness and/or balance issues.

Course Material included in this course
  • Module 1
  • Lesson 1: Anatomy & Physiology Review
  • Pop Quiz - Anatomy & Physiology
  • Lesson 2: The Theories Behind BPPV
  • Lesson 3: Some Interesting Facts About BPPV
  • Module 1 Feedback
  • Module 2
  • Lesson 2: Positional Testing For The Posterior & Anterior Canals
  • Lesson 3: Positive Positional Testing Videos - post & ant canal
  • Lesson 4: Positional Testing Of The Lateral Canal
  • Lesson 5: Positive Positional Testing Videos - lateral canal
  • Module 2 Feedback
  • Module 3
  • Lesson 1: Posterior Canalithiasis Treatment
  • Lesson 2: Posterior Cupulolithiasis Treatment
  • Lesson 3: Lateral Canalithiasis Treatment
  • Lesson 4: Lateral Cupulolithiasis Treatment
  • Lesson 5: Anterior Canal BPPV Treatment
  • Lesson 6: Special Considerations with Treatment
  • Lesson 7: Alternative Treatment Options
  • Module 3 Feedback
  • Module 4
  • Tutorial 1: Nystagmus Tutorial
  • Tutorial 2: Getting Crystal Clear with BPPV Affecting the Lateral Canal
  • Case Study #1 - Fireman With Sustained Ageotropic Nystagmus
  • Case Study #2 - BPPV After Binge Watching Netflix
  • Case Study #3 - BPPV After Vestibular Neuritis
  • Resources
  • After the Fact
  • Module 4 Feedback
  • Course Wrap-up
  • Wrapping Things Up
  • Post Course Test
  • Course survey
Patient Education included in this course
  • Self BBQ - Right Ear (Revised)
  • Self BBQ - Right Ear (Traditional)
  • Self BBQ - Left Ear (Revised)
  • Self BBQ - Left Ear (Traditional)
  • Brandt-Daroff Maneuver
  • Optional Post Treatment Activity Restrictions
  • Self Modified Epley - Right Ear
  • Self Modified Epley - Left Ear

No. This course will cover the background anatomy and physiology you need to know as it pertains to BPPV. 

If you want to familiarize yourself with other vestibular conditions you may want to consider our "Understanding Dizziness 101" online course. In this course we cover the pathophysiology of other vestibular conditions and how to assess them.

As this is a deep dive into BPPV we have made it so it is all of the above. There will be something for everyone. 

This course is approved for 6.5 hours of continuing education for US Physical Therapists in all the states, with the exception of DC, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Texas & West Virginia.

Redefine Health Education (RHE) has contracted with our organization to offer this course. RHE is a registered CE approval agency of the PT Board of California, a rule-approved CE provider of the PT Board of Florida (#50-32784), a licensed CE sponsor of physical therapy continuing education by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) (#216.000360), an approved continuing competence provider by the APTA North Carolina (#21-0729-025), an approved CE provider of the PT Board of New Mexico, and an approved CE provider of the PT Board of Oklahoma (#BAP202310010).

In addition to the aforementioned jurisdictions, courses approved by other state boards & APTA chapters will be accepted for licensure credit in all the jurisdictions listed on this webpage: If you have a specific question about CE credit for this course in your state, please direct your inquiry including the course title in which you are interested, to *If you are a Florida licensee, the CE Broker approval # for this course is 20-925908.

 In order to qualify for the CEUs, you must complete the entire course and pass the exam.

If you would like this course accredited for CEUs in your region, or would like to turn this into a hybrid course, please contact Kregg at

This course has been approved for 6 CPD units by the South Africa Society of Physiotherapists (SASP). If you are a physiotherapist in South Africa and would like the number of approved CPDs to appear on your certificate of completion, please follow the steps outlined in this help article. 

Once you have completed the course, a certificate of completion (including learning hours and course information) will be generated. You can download this certificate at any time. To learn more about course certificates on Embodia please visit this guide.

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