What will I learn?

Vision rehabilitation therapists offer adults who are blind or visually impaired information and resources they need to lead successful, productive and independent lives. They provide specialized methods or adaptive techniques for communication and coping with the demands of daily living.

The broad sphere of communication includes Braille, computers, handwriting, listening and recording technology, low-vision technology, mathematical calculation and keyboarding. Instruction in daily living skills includes food preparation, personal management, home management, home mechanics, leisure and recreation activities, and orientation and movement in familiar indoor environments.

Services are primarily provided in two major settings: rehabilitation centers designed to serve groups of people and in people's homes. Therapists work with individual students or small groups.

Vision rehabilitation therapists also work with other rehabilitation team members to help students identify the services they need. Because they establish close working relationships, therapists often help students adjust and adapt successfully to blindness.

Online or face-to-face

In addition to WMU’s main campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the vision rehabilitation therapy program is also available online. While the requirements are the same, online courses from WMU offer a great deal of flexibility to students beyond Kalamazoo.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (39 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Application deadline

1 January 2022, 1 February 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 9 May 2022, 30 June 2022


College of Health and Human Services

Western Michigan University,

1903 W Michigan Ave,



49008, United States

Online/Distance (39 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$27,435.72 per year
USD $703.48 per credit hour
Application deadline

1 January 2022, 1 February 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 9 May 2022, 30 June 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours in economics or in equivalents approved by the graduate advisor. At least one course in calculus. Students who do not meet this requirement will be admitted with conditions and must complete MATH 1220 (Calculus I) with a C or higher.

For international students

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum English proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.5

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54

Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application deadlines:

For Fall semester: April 1; for Spring semester: September 1; for Summer I semester: January 1; and for Summer II semester: February 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.