A growing need
As life expectancies increase and baby boomers age, age-related vision problems are growing. Some neurological conditions can also affect vision. Our graduate certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapy is designed to give practicing occupational therapists extended training to meet the needs of clients who have low vision. You’ll be trained in assessment and intervention principles, while incorporating occupational therapy theory and evidence-based research from the vision rehabilitation field.
Flexibility to learn while you work
Practicing OTs can specialize in low vision rehabilitation through an online learning approach with an in-person clinical intensive. Sixteen credit hours of online instruction allow busy professionals to complete coursework around their schedule, while two weekends of in-person clinical training allow students immediate feedback while promoting skill competency. This program can be completed in as little as 18 months while you work full time.
Who should apply
You should apply if you’re a board-certified, practicing OT who wants to specialize or increase your training in low vision rehabilitation services.
The number of professionals trained to serve these populations does not meet demand. These populations are underserved, but can be helped by OTs who are already treating these populations for other conditions that affect activities of daily living.
In addition, some organizations serving this population are able to receive third-party-payer reimbursement for OT services. This puts OTs in a unique position to comprehensively serve this population and offers incentive for organizations to offer these comprehensive services.
A highly-regarded, accredited program
Our OT program is accredited through 2020 by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy. It is ranked number one in the state of Michigan and is consistently ranked among the top 50 programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. We have a high pass rate in board certification for OT, educated and active research faculty and promising graduation data.
Meet Anne T. Riddering, OTR/L, CLVT, COMS, program coordinator for the graduate certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapy.
Employer tuition reimbursement
If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.
"Best bang for the buck"
Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.