Orientation and Mobility for Adults or Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Accelerated Master's Program

Western Michigan University’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services/Master of Arts in Orientation and Mobility for Adults or Master of Arts in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy allows students to accumulate credits toward a master’s degree while completing their bachelor degree in interdisciplinary health services.

Admission to the accelerated program does not guarantee admission to the master’s program.

The curriculum listed below is only for the accelerated portion of the program and not all inclusive for the master’s degree.

Although all of the classes below are the same, the Master of Arts in Orientation and Mobility Services and the Master of Arts in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy are two different master’s degrees.  Please refer to the individual programs for specific information.

Pre-Professional Sequence

BIOS 1120:     Principles of Biology
BIOS 2110:     Human Anatomy
BIOS 2400:     Human Physiology
BLS 3050:       Introduction to Adults with Disabilities
HSV 2250:      Growth, Development, and Aging
MDSC 2010:   Medical Terminology
STAT 1600:    Statistics and Data Analysis

Professional Core

HOL 4700:      Relationship-Centered Skills
HSV 3650:      (changes to HSV 2650 in fall 2019) Information Literacy in the Health Sciences
                        or Proficiency Exam (this class or exam is required as a prerequisite for HSV 4780)
HSV 4100:      Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
HSV 4200:      (changes to HSV 3000 in fall 2019)  Health and Human Services Research and Statistics
HSV 4780:      U.S. Policy in H&HS (Baccalaureate-Level Writing Course)
HSV 4800:      Health Services Practice Management
HSV 3700:      The Health System and Its Environment (formerly HSV 4810)
HSV 3900:      Core Competencies and Contemporary Issues in Health and Healthcare
                        (formerly HSV 4850)
HSV 4860:      Health Literacy Practices
HSV 4880:      Psychosocial Issues in Health and Human Services

Any one of the following
PHIL 2010:     Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 3340:     Biomedical Ethics

Blindness and Low Vision Studies Concentration

(12 credits selected from the following courses)

BLS 5770:       Services for Persons Who Are Blind or Have Other Disabilities
BLS 5880:       Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
BLS 5890:       Medical and Functional Aspects of Disability
BLS 5900:       Physiology and Function of the Eye
BLS 5950:       Introduction to Orientation and Mobility
BLS 5970:       Principles of Low Vision
BLS 6020:       Gerontology in Orientation and Mobility and Rehabilitation Teaching
BLS 6050:       Practice in Low Vision

Capstone Experience:

HSV 4900:      Internship