VT 101 Course

Everything a vision therapist needs to get started. Good review for optometrists.

Our VT 101 course is designed to provide a new vision therapist with foundational concepts and a basic knowledge of vision therapy. Our curriculum is ideal for new Vision Therapists or existing therapists preparing for their COVT boards. Here is what one of our students said about the course:

"I have been in my role of a vision therapist for a little over a year and a half and decided to take the Emergent Vision Therapy course to expand my knowledge. Since finishing the course I am exponentially more confident explaining procedures and the “why” of vision therapy tasks to patients. When I have a question about the treatment of a patient, instead of going to my supervising doctor with a question of “What should I do?”, I am now going to them with a few possible ideas or solutions and asking which solution to try."

~Katie Ahner

The course has over 50 videos with 45 comprehension checks. The course also includes:

- Access to a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist mentor

- A final written exam

- A final oral review with a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist

- A printed End of Course Report for the supervising doctor that includes course/exam scores, proof of credit hours, curriculum covered, strengths/weaknesses of the student, and personalized notes regarding the student's performance.

- A printed Emergent certificate (if the students recieves a passing grade)


Each of the following components make up 1/3 of the total course grade: Course quizzes, Final Written Exam, and Final Oral Exam. A passing grade to earn the Emergent Certificate is 80% or higher. Students will have 3 months to complete the course from the time of purchase on this site. Licenses can also be purchased by emailing [email protected] Course activation codes purchased from [email protected] don't expire until 3 months after activation. So clinics can purchase activation code(s) and wait years before activating them.

Each therapist will need their own activation code as the course is designed to be used by an individual therapist.

Vision Therapists taking the course need to be employed by a doctor of optometry or under their guidance.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] with any additional questions.


Your Instructor


Ben Winters, OD, FCOVD/James Smith, COVT
Ben Winters, OD, FCOVD/James Smith, COVT

Dr. Winters is board-certified in vision development and vision therapy. He started Washington Vision Therapy Center in Yakima, Washington which grew to having over 150 concurrent patients in vision therapy. This growth continued as he helped start 2 more vision therapy clinics in Washington State. His advocacy for children that struggle with life-altering developmental vision problems has included over 100 lectures in colleges, professional groups, parent groups, and schools. He is one of the founders of Building Vision, a non-profit that raises awareness and funds for individuals struggling with these vision problems and which has given free screenings to almost 1000 children in the Yakima area.


James Smith, COVT has been a vision therapist for many years and became certified through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2015. His doctors have often commented on his instinctiveness in patient care and how he is able to connect with patients. Through Emergent, James has worked with over 150 vision therapists through the Emergent Online Vision Therapy Courses. He is currently a mentor and chair of the COVT program through COVD. His experience and knowledge in vision therapy have led doctors to asking him to come to their clinic and help train their vision therapists. James is a natural teacher and loves helping vision therapists meet their potential.


Course Curriculum



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