Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Curriculum

Western Michigan University Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies students preparing to be vision rehabilitation therapists enroll in blindness core courses and specialized courses in vision rehabilitation therapy. They receive a total of 40 credit hours of instruction, including a professional field experience. The program can be completed in three to four semesters, after which the master's degree is awarded.

The following is a chart that lists the courses for the vision rehabilitation therapy program. You can read descriptions in the course catalog

  • BLS 5770: Services for Persons with Disabilities (one credit)
  • BLS 5840: Computer Technology in Rehabilitation (three credits)
  • BLS 5880: Psycho-Social Aspects of Disability (two credits)
  • BLS 5890: Medical and Functional Aspects of Disability (two credits)
  • BLS 5900: Physiology and Function of the Eye (two credits)
  • BLS 5910: Braille and Other Tactual Communication Systems (three credits)
  • BLS 5930: Methods of Teaching Adaptive Communication (two credits)
  • BLS 5970: Principles of Low Vision (two credits)
  • BLS 6010: Small 'N' Research: Design and Analysis (three credits)
  • BLS 6020: Gerontology – O&M and VRT (two credits)
  • BLS 6050: Practice in Low Vision (one credit)
  • BLS 6100 or 7100: Assisted or Independent Research (two credits)
  • FCS 6360: Teaching for Independent Living (four credits)
  • BLS 6640: Principles of Rehabilitation Teaching (three credits)
  • BLS 6910: Principles of Rehabilitation Teaching (two credits)
  • BLS 7120: Professional Field Experience (six credits)

Total credit hours: 39