Students develop the specialized knowledge to work in one of the top 10 emerging practice areas identified by the American Occupational Therapy Association. Demand for occupational therapists with expertise in low vision rehabilitation is growing substantially as the number of older adults with low vision increases due to aging of the population. Occupational therapists with expertise in low vision have the opportunity to work in physician practices, outpatient clinics, home health, or start their own private practice.
Students without a master’s degree can combine the certificate program with a post professional master’s degree in occupational therapy which is also offered online.
Students learn from occupational therapy experts with diverse experience in low vision. Subject matter is taught so that it is immediately applicable to practice. Students learn cutting edge content and evidence-based approach that is grounded in the latest research.
Students are challenged to hone their clinical reasoning skills in all aspects of low vision practice. Assignments and instruction materials are designed to enhance clinical skills including documentation.
The program admits students in a cohort model, meaning they enter and progress through the entire curriculum with other occupational therapists at the same pace. One benefit from this model is the continuity it produces and the strong network students build with fellow occupational therapists from diverse backgrounds.