College of Education and Rehabilitation

Blindness and Low Vision Studies



All applicants must have completed their undergraduate studies and must hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in order to be admitted to a program of studies in the College of Education and Rehabilitation.

Professional preparation or experience in rehabilitation, eye care, psychology, social work, education or a related field is preferable for applicants. For applicants to the programs in Education of Children and Youth with Visual and Multiple Impairments, professional preparation in special education is preferred.

Applicants who do not have a graduate degree must have achieved acceptable levels of performance on a national test, such as MAT (Miller Analogies Test), GRE (Graduate Record Examination), or OAT (Optometry Admission Test). The applicant may choose the test based upon his/her professional preparation and program interest.

Applicants must request three letters of reference to be sent directly to the College of Education and Rehabilitation. The letters should be from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work, employment record, and personal characteristics.

Applicants must submit a completed and signed application form, a response to one essay question, a statement of purpose, an application fee, and a resumé or curriculum vita (summarizing work and educational experiences and accomplishments).

Applicants who successfully satisfy the admissions requirements will be scheduled for interviews with the relevant program director and a faculty member.

Applicants must submit copies of current state child abuse and criminal history clearances and FBI federal criminal history clearances at the time of application to any of the low vision studies degree and certificate programs.

Prerequisite Skills

Due to the nature of the coursework for all of the degree and certificate programs in the college, the following prerequisites skills apply:

  • Writing Skills
    Students engage in various writing activities such as online discussion board postings, examinations, research papers, et cetera, throughout their respective programs. Applicants are expected to demonstrate scholarly writing in their application essays, develop coherent and complete thoughts, and use correct grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
  • Computer Skills
    Salus University College of Education and Rehabilitation requires graduate students to be computer literate upon entry into their respective programs of study.   Most of the courses are online and require computer skills related to emailing, word processing, uploading and downloading files and assignments, searching the worldwide web, and interacting online among others. 

    Prior to entering the program, students who lack basic skills in using the computer should complete a basic computer course from a computer education service, a community college, or university.  After entering the program, students needing additional computer assistance can contact the University’s Help Desk (, through the Department of Technology and Library Services.

    Master’s degree candidates participate in research courses that may require skills in setting formulas for calculations in spreadsheets or databases and creating graphic representations of data.

Access to Transportation (Orientation and Mobility Programs)
Due to responsibilities required of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) specialists specifically the need to transport students and clients to appropriate learning environments – and to travel efficiently to, from and among students and clients, students in the O&M programs must have access to efficient transportation and auxiliary means of transportation.