You only need five courses to earn your Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate. You will only take one course per semester – which allows you to continue to meet your family and work obligations.

All course materials are available through the Internet and required texts. A high-speed Internet connection is strongly encouraged.

Students are required to come to campus one time during their final semester. Held in the summer, all students attend an intensive 2-day seminar in preparation for graduation.

Course List

First Fall Semester

OT 677 - Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation I (3 credit hours)

Introduces the field of low vision rehabilitation and addresses core knowledge required for the subsequent courses. Topics include: demographics of low vision; settings and reimbursement; anatomy of the eye and visual system; medical conditions causing low vision; psychosocial adjustment to vision impairment; communication and health literacy; administration and interpretation of low vision exams and environmental assessment and modification.

First Spring Semester

OT 679 - Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation II (3 credit hours)

Focuses on intervention strategies to improve occupational performance. Students learn to use information from evaluations to design appropriate interventions. Topics include: optics and prescribed optical devices, visual skills training, assistive technology, computer modification, reading, writing.

Second Fall Semester

OT 690 - Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation III (3 credit hours)

Focuses on intervention strategies to improve occupational performance. Students learn to use information from evaluations to design appropriate interventions. Topics include: Activities of daily living with and without vision, functional mobility, diabetes self-management and driving.

Second Spring Semester

OT 689 - Foundations in Treatment of Visual Impairment from Brain Injury (3 credit hours)

Focuses on adults experiencing occupational limitations due to visual processing impairment from acquired brain injury. Topics include: visual system neuroanatomy; evaluation and intervention for deficits in visual acuity and focusing; hemianopsia; oculomotor impairment; hemi-inattention and neglect.

Second Summer Semester

OT 691- Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation IV (3 credit hours)

Focuses on ensuring the student is prepared for practice. Students must attend an intensive 2-day seminar on campus to review/demonstrate competence in evaluation and intervention.