Earn a specialty certificate as a stand-alone program or to be applied to the post professional doctoral degree. You will have the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized faculty members who have published research and written textbooks in their fields of specialization.
Choose one of our three specialty tracks; each specialty track reflects a unique cutting-edge area of OT practice that aligns with Salus University’s highly regarded niche in health care.
Each track consists of four 3 credit courses. Two courses are online, and two are given as five day residency courses to facilitate hands-on experiential learning.
Low Vision Rehabilitation
This track prepares occupational therapists to specialize in working with persons with severe visual impairment via state-of-the-art training from an internationally recognized faculty of experts in the field of low vision. Courses concentrate on low vision assessment and intervention techniques to enhance participation in occupations and daily living skills for clients for whom vision impacts their independence and quality of life.
- Anatomy and Clinical Assessment of the Eye and Visual System: Functional Implications
- Low Vision Evaluation and Treatment 1
- Low Vision Evaluation and Treatment 2
- Special Topics in Low Vision
Remedial Vision Rehabilitation
Pediatrics and Acquired Brain Injury: This track is designed to enable occupational therapists to gain a comprehensive understanding of vision problems that are prevalent in the acquired brain injury and pediatric populations. Students will learn how to screen for the most commonly occurring problems and perform remedial vision rehabilitation for clients with these problems with ongoing collaboration with an optometrist.
- Understanding Visual Deficits and their Relationship to Occupation
- Visual Integrity and Visual Efficiency Problems
- Vision Testing/Screening
- Eye Movement and Visual Information Processing Problems
Health and Wellness for Occupational Therapists
This track will enables occupational therapists from any area of clinical practice to develop advance expertise in holistic and innovative health care skills to assist individuals, groups or populations with or at-risk for chronic illness or disability. Students will be exposed to health assessment and health promotion activities across the life span, global and cultural perspectives, women's health care, community initiatives and primary care.
- Health & Wellness Across the Life Cycle
- Health Promotion in Groups, Communities and Populations
- Global and Cultural Perspectives of Health and Health Policy
- Innovative Occupational Therapy Health and Wellness Practices
January each year; applications will be accepted until November 15 prior to the start of the spring semester.
Total credit hours:
12 (four 3 credit courses)
An applicant to the post-professional Specialty Track Certificate Programs must have completed a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy program, or a bachelor's degree in a related profession, from an accredited undergraduate college or university.