Curriculum | Applied Vision Science BAVS

The BAVS program aims to prepare its graduates for the following career development:

  1. Ready to work in optometry fields with two clinical specialties. 
  2. Ready for continuing professional education in related science and medical field.
  3. Prepare for further graduate studies in the field of optometry.

BAVS Program Curriculum

Designed for 12 months (3 semesters) of 44 credit coursework (12 Credit Hours of general education + 16 CH required optometry courses and thesis study + 16 CH elective for specialty clinic topics)

Required General Vision Science/Optometry courses (16 credit hours)

Courses Credits
VSC 301: Introduction to Vision Science 3
VSC 302: Advanced Clinical Topics in Vision Science 3
VSC 303: Visual Neuroanatomy 1.5
VSC 304: Visual Information Processing 2.5
VSC 305: Ocular Disorders & Diagnosis with Lab and Practicum 2
VSC 307, 308: Thesis research (Capstone projects) 4

Elective courses composed of 16 credit hours for two clinic specialties (10 primary electives + 6 secondary electives)

Specialty A: Special Contact Lens (10 specialty core courses)

Courses Credits
VSC 311: Primary Eye Care & Procedure with Lab and Practicum  2
VSC 312: Visual Change over the Lifespan 2
VSC 316: Contact Lens Exam & Fitting with Lab and Practicum 2
VSC 317: Specialty Contact Lens with Lab and Practicum 2
VSC 318: Contact Lens & Myopia Control with Lab and Practicum 2

Specialty B: Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation

Courses Credits
VSC 311: Primary Eye Care & Procedures with Lab and Practicum 2
VSC 312: Visual Change over the Lifespan 2
VSC 313: Visual Therapy with Lab and Practicum 2
VSC 314: Binocular & Sports Vision with Lab and Practicum 2
VSC 315: Vision related Learning Problems with Lab and Practicum  2

General Education courses (12 credit hours)

Courses

Credits

VSC 306: Evidence-based Optometry and Statistics 4
VSC 331: Clinical Vocabulary & Communication  2
VSC 332: Clinical and Academic English Communication  2
VSC 333: Academic Writing 2
VSC 334: Thesis Writing & Case Report  2