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
Introduction to Vision Science 3
Advanced Clinical topics in Vision Science 3
Vision Diagnosis 2
Visual functions and measurement 2
Visual development 2
Thesis research (Capstone projects) 4

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

Specialty A: Visual function testing and rehabilitation (10 specialty core courses)

Courses Credits
VSC 301: Primary eye care 2
VSC 303: Visual processing and perception 2
VSC 304: Neurophysiological rehabilitation 2
VSC 305: Binocular vision 2
VSC 306: Vision therapy 2

Specialty B: Visual learning disability and rehabilitation

Courses Credits
VSC 302: Primary eye care 2
VSC 307: Pediatric optometry 2
VSC 308: Binocular vision 2
VSC 309: Vision Problems Related to Learning Difficulties 2
VSC 306: Vision Therapy 2

Specialty C: Vision diagnosis and rehabilitation

Courses Credits
VSC 302: Medical eye care 2
VSC 310: Low vision and ocular diseases 2
VSC 311: Geriatric optometry 2
VSC 307: Pediatric optometry 2
VSC 306: Vision therapy 2

Specialty D: Special contact lens

Courses Credits
VSC 302: Medical eye care 2
VSC 312: Specialty Contact Lenses with Lab 2
VSC 307: Pediatric Optometry 2
VSC 311: Geriatric Optometry 2
VSC 313: Myopic Control and Contact Lens 2

Specialty E: Sports vision testing

Courses Credits
VSC 302: Primary eye care 2
VSC 314: Ophthalmic optics 2
VSC 308: Binocular vision 2
VSC 315: Visual processing and perception 2
VSC 316: Sports and Recreational Vision 2

Course Sequence

Fall Semester 1 (August 20 – December 7): 15 credit hours

Courses

Credits

Clinical Vocabulary and Concepts in English 2
English Communication in Clinical setting 2
Introduction to Vision Science 3
Visual Development 2
Visual Function and Measurements 2
Specialty Elective 1 2
Specialty Elective 2 2

Spring (January 7-April 26): 15 credit hours

Courses Credits
Academic English Writing 2
Advanced Clinical Topics in Vision Science 3
Vision Diagnosis 2
Specialty 3 2
Specialty 4 2
Specialty 5 2
Specialty 6 2

Summer (April 29-July 26): 14 credit hours

Courses Credits
Thesis and Case Study Writing 2
Evidence-based Optometry and Statistics 4
Specialty Elective 7 2
Specialty Elective 8 2
Thesis Research (Capstone Project) 1 2
Thesis Research (Capstone Project (2) 2