VT 101 Course

COVD Endorsed
COVT Mentored  

Everything a vision therapist

needs to get started

7 hours COPE Credit

Through our partnership with Woo University

For Optometrists: Great review of VT concepts and activities 

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Our online vision therapist 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.


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

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  • 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

  • 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.


Course Preview


Course Details

The course is divided into over 50 videos each 5-15 minutes in length.  At the end of each video is a 3 to 5 question comprehension quiz check.  You may only take the quiz once, but you can review the videos as many times as you would like during your 3 month training period. 


Total video time is around 5 hours, but it typically takes about 20 hours for most students to finish the course when including time to review videos, take quizzes and complete the oral and written final exam. You can dowlonad a detailed outline of concepts covered in the course here. 

Purchasing the Course

 *You must be an optometrist or be supervised by an optometrist to purchase this course

*You will need to purchase a separate course for each vision therapist taking the course

When you purchase a course you will be emailed an activation code.  Once this code is activated the participant will have 3 months to complete the course.  Activation codes can be activated at anytime, meaning you could purchase the course and then wait until later to activate your course at which point he 3 month time span to complete the course will begin.  

If you are part of the autoship member program, any course you purchase is 50% off

Please email us if you are an autoship member and would like to purchase a course so that we can apply the discount. 

Course Instructors 


Benjamin C. Winters, OD, FCOVD

Dr. Winters is board-certified in vision development and vision therapy. In 2010, he started a vision therapy center in Yakima, Washington. He has since helped in starting 3 other vision therapy clinics. During this process he helped train over 30 vision therapists from the ground up. 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

James 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 Course. He is currently a mentor for 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. 

Free Therapist Webinars

These monthly vision therapist training webinars are put on by James Smith, COVT.  For registration and more info, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages.


For past webinars, check out our youtube channel.