University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

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The University has five campuses in St. Augustine and Miami in Florida; Austin and Dallas in Texas; and San Marcos, California. Our entry-level, first-professional degree offerings include: Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT), the Flexible (Flex) Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) and the Flexible Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT). The University also offers graduate post-professional education including the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Master of Health Science (MHS), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree, the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree, the Doctor of Education (EdD), the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc), and Continuing Education Seminars and Certifications for currently licensed therapists. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and maintains programmatic accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Learn more about the University’s institutional and programmatic accreditation.

The University has five campuses in St. Augustine and Miami in Florida; Austin and Dallas in Texas; and San Marcos, California. Our entry-level, first-professional degree offerings include: Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT), the Flexible (Flex) Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) and the Flexible Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT). The University also offers graduate post-professional education including the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Master of Health Science (MHS), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree, the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree, the Doctor of Education (EdD), the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc), and Continuing Education Seminars and Certifications for currently licensed therapists. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and maintains programmatic accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Learn more about the University’s institutional and programmatic accreditation.

Mission: The mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is the development of professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education.

Our PT students shared their thoughts on why they believe physical therapy transforms society.One thing our students all...
08/12/2020

Our PT students shared their thoughts on why they believe physical therapy transforms society.

One thing our students all have in common is the determination to become passionate practitioners to help individuals function better and live their best lives.

08/10/2020

OT student, Cortney from our San Marcos campus shared with us her study space and a few healthy tips that help stay productive throughout the day.

08/08/2020
Welcome Back Fall 2020 Term

Our Fall 2020 term is starting soon. We are excited to welcome our students back and have designed protocols to put the health and safety of our students first. By combining our innovative virtual learning, with limited in-classroom labs, we are able to provide the quality education and support from our faculty while keeping you on-time for graduation. USAHS has a relentless drive to innovate, develop new technologies and approaches, and optimize our learning models accordingly. This shines true when you look at our Fall reentry plan as we welcome our students back. Here is a small preview of what you can expect.

Mo (Maureen) Johnson, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, of USAHS OT programs, shared with us her 'air traffic controller ...
08/07/2020

Mo (Maureen) Johnson, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, of USAHS OT programs, shared with us her 'air traffic controller teaching station'. She loves how her students all have a front-row seat to lessons. She's noticed that her students were able to quickly transition to learn virtually.

When we think of COVID-19 and its impact on society, we also think about the scientists and healthcare workers who are o...
08/07/2020

When we think of COVID-19 and its impact on society, we also think about the scientists and healthcare workers who are on the front lines combatting the pandemic.

But are you familiar with infection control nurses? Infection Control Nurses are:
✳️Registered Nurses (RNs)
✳️Responsible for implementing best practices designed to halt the spread of viruses and bacteria
✳️Provide patient care to infected people

Learn more about the responsibilities of Infection Control Nurses: https://bit.ly/31iVeoM

Learn more about our post-professional degrees at USAHS. Join one of our upcoming events or webinars by visiting our 'Ev...
08/03/2020

Learn more about our post-professional degrees at USAHS. Join one of our upcoming events or webinars by visiting our 'Events' page!

Join us on August 4 for our next Expert Exchange Series session titled Examining the Facts: Disparities in Healthcare Am...
07/31/2020

Join us on August 4 for our next Expert Exchange Series session titled Examining the Facts: Disparities in Healthcare Among Underrepresented Populations with Dr. Keisa Boykin, Assistant Professor, MOT/OTD, St. Augustine, FL. Sign up for this virtual session here, https://bit.ly/2WZNepw.

If you are considering USAHS this fall, we have plans in place to continue our mission of delivering innovative, hands-o...
07/31/2020

If you are considering USAHS this fall, we have plans in place to continue our mission of delivering innovative, hands-on learning. Don't put your career goals on hold - learn more about what we are doing this fall to provide the highest-quality learning experience while keeping the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff top of mind. Don't let the current environment stop you from pursuing your career goals! https://bit.ly/305xUJT

07/30/2020

USAHS students and faculty have been coming up with creative workspace setups to help them stay focused while adjusting to learning and teaching online. DPT student, Annie J. from our Miami campus gave us a virtual tour of her at-home workspace that she says allows her to be productive while enjoying a view of the city.

Learning and teaching from home during the COVID-19 era has brought out the creative side of many of our students and fa...
07/29/2020

Learning and teaching from home during the COVID-19 era has brought out the creative side of many of our students and faculty. Everyone has their own unique style! Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing some of their study spaces with you. We're curious about your workspace too! To help you stay focused and productive, what does your setup look like? Share your photos with us on our page. You might help inspire others!

Join us today for the first virtual town hall with our IDEA Committee.Today's session is Cultural Competence for Future ...
07/28/2020

Join us today for the first virtual town hall with our IDEA Committee.

Today's session is Cultural Competence for Future Clinicians with Dr. Erica Kiernan, Assistant Professor, DPT (St. Augustine, FL).

The concept of cultural competence in health care is a needed skill for future health care providers to serve the diverse ever-changing demographics of the United States and addressing existing health disparities. Understanding what cultural competence is, how to work towards proficiency, and work through our own implicit biases is imperative to becoming competent emphatic health care providers.

Sign up for the virtual event here, https://bit.ly/2WZNepw.

Building fine motor skills at an early age helps children strengthen their muscles and coordination. Activities such as ...
07/27/2020

Building fine motor skills at an early age helps children strengthen their muscles and coordination. Activities such as drawing or coloring are great ways to fine-tune those skills. If you're interested in Pediatric OT or SLP, a current student, or an alumn and are looking for resources for working with children you've come to the right spot! Here are a few printable worksheets you can use with your clients who are children right away to build on their progress! https://bit.ly/31lRSB5

Have you started your application for the Spring 2021 semester? With the deadline less than a month away, you can comple...
07/24/2020

Have you started your application for the Spring 2021 semester? With the deadline less than a month away, you can complete the application process in just 3 easy steps!

1) Apply
2) Interview
3) Start

For more info and to get started visit, https://bit.ly/32lkACT.

In a recent AOTA Student Spotlight, two USAHS OT students, Natasha and Kelsie, were highlighted in the Student Journal o...
07/24/2020

In a recent AOTA Student Spotlight, two USAHS OT students, Natasha and Kelsie, were highlighted in the Student Journal of Occupational Therapy project. Both Natasha and Kelsie discussed the successes and challenges that makeup student life. You can read the full interview here, https://bit.ly/3h0sTIn.

Are you looking to start an exciting career as a nurse practitioner? Becoming an NP may look different for everyone and ...
07/22/2020

Are you looking to start an exciting career as a nurse practitioner? Becoming an NP may look different for everyone and the amount of knowledge and education can feel overwhelming. If you're not sure where to begin on your journey, we got you! We've created a guide to help you get started. You can find it here. https://bit.ly/3e98QWe

SLP student, Hannah Griffey, shared her most memorable aspect of being a USAHS student."The most memorable aspect of bei...
07/21/2020

SLP student, Hannah Griffey, shared her most memorable aspect of being a USAHS student.

"The most memorable aspect of being a USA student is the remarkable opportunity to learn how to be a competent speech-language pathologist from knowledgeable professors with other students who also have a passion for the field."

Artificial intelligence (AI) is heavily influencing in many industries including the healthcare industry. The ultimate g...
07/20/2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) is heavily influencing in many industries including the healthcare industry. The ultimate goal of AI in healthcare is to improve patient outcomes by revolutionizing treatment techniques. In our latest blog, we've listed 4 ways AI is transforming healthcare. bit.ly/3euO9VK

SLP student, Saba, shared her favorite aspects of being a USAHS student and where she will begin her career as a Speech-...
07/17/2020

SLP student, Saba, shared her favorite aspects of being a USAHS student and where she will begin her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

"My favorite part being a USA student was being in the inaugural cohort of the MS-SLP program...I plan to work at Centre For Neuro Skills in Fort Worth, Texas [and] will take with me the knowledge and friendships I’ve gained."

Ready, set, run! Starting on Sunday, 7/26/20, the Student Physical Therapist Association at our San Marcos, CA campus is...
07/16/2020

Ready, set, run! Starting on Sunday, 7/26/20, the Student Physical Therapist Association at our San Marcos, CA campus is having its 1st Annual Fundraising Event. It's a virtual event and you can participate by completing the 5k solo, at your own convenience within the set time frame. To learn more and register for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion SPTA Virtual 5k, go to https://forms.gle/ZJKwjSYXtm761UkU9.

OT student, Lauren Arriola shares why she decided to pursue a career as an OT."I decided to follow the path of occupatio...
07/15/2020

OT student, Lauren Arriola shares why she decided to pursue a career as an OT.
"I decided to follow the path of occupational therapy since it focused more on rehabilitation to promote functionality and I felt that I would be able to reach a more versatile range of clients and be able to work in a vast range of fields."

Nurse leaders and managers are highly skilled nursing professionals who work around the clock to provide quality care. E...
07/14/2020

Nurse leaders and managers are highly skilled nursing professionals who work around the clock to provide quality care. Each position requires a unique set of responsibilities, skill sets, and essential qualities that are needed to succeed in the role. If you are a nurse who is interested in moving into a leadership role but not sure where to start, you're in luck. We've outlined the differences between the two roles and the pathways to get there here, https://bit.ly/2YS2mXr.

SLP student, Daffny, shared her favorite aspects of being a USAHS student with us. "My favorite aspect of being a USA st...
07/13/2020

SLP student, Daffny, shared her favorite aspects of being a USAHS student with us.

"My favorite aspect of being a USA student is the sense of community and purpose I have gained through academic mentorship...I plan to work in travel speech therapy exploring the endless possibilities in the pediatric population."

Congrats to USAHS Alumni and part-time Pediatric OT, Kelly Twichel who won the Small Business, Big Impact Award, and a $...
07/10/2020

Congrats to USAHS Alumni and part-time Pediatric OT, Kelly Twichel who won the Small Business, Big Impact Award, and a $20,000 grant! Kelly has been pursuing her dream of making Access Trax, a leader in accessible pathways with the mission of increasing outdoor accessibility world-wide.

07/10/2020

Earlier this year (when we were able to gather and connect in person), USAHS SLP students competed for the first time at the Texas Praxis 2020 and won! In this competition, students prepare for the Praxis examination through a fun game show format. Congrats on all of your hard work!

Check out the interview with USAHS faculty member, Dr. Becky Piazza, FLSA Academic Fieldwork Coordinator who was a recen...
07/08/2020

Check out the interview with USAHS faculty member, Dr. Becky Piazza, FLSA Academic Fieldwork Coordinator who was a recent guest on OT Uncorked - a podcast for occupational therapists to gather relevant, evidence-based, practical insights from experts in casual conversations. You can listen to it here: https://bit.ly/2YPYpT6

SLP student, Ephraim K. Hill Jr., shared his favorite aspects of being a USAHS student."My most memorable aspect of bein...
07/07/2020

SLP student, Ephraim K. Hill Jr., shared his favorite aspects of being a USAHS student.

"My most memorable aspect of being a student at the University of St. Augustine-Austin was the growth, development, and bonds cultivated with lifelong friends and colleagues in the field of speech-language pathology."

Acute care provides patients who have severe or life-threatening conditions with short-term, immediate treatment. The go...
07/07/2020

Acute care provides patients who have severe or life-threatening conditions with short-term, immediate treatment. The goal is to rapidly treat patients and transfer them to long-term care. If you're an OT interested in working in this setting, but not sure what the role completely entails, read more here, https://bit.ly/2Z5yJ3L.

USAHS Faculty and Staff would like to wish everyone a fun and safe 4th of July!
07/04/2020

USAHS Faculty and Staff would like to wish everyone a fun and safe 4th of July!

Interested in a career in physical therapy? We've compiled a list of resources for you including, how PT's work with pat...
07/02/2020

Interested in a career in physical therapy? We've compiled a list of resources for you including, how PT's work with patients, what level of education is required to practice, and various career paths you can pursue within the field. Find out more here, https://bit.ly/2YY2kfr.

Interested in pursuing your post-professional degree at USAHS? Now is a great time to learn more. View our upcoming even...
07/01/2020

Interested in pursuing your post-professional degree at USAHS? Now is a great time to learn more. View our upcoming events and webinars by clicking the link in our bio and visiting our 'Events' page.

06/30/2020

The EdD program held its second annual Service Week event on June 7-13. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni volunteered for various organizations to help their local communities. By following strict safety protocols, volunteers were able to support their communities during a serious time of need.

Rehabilitation science is an interdisciplinary study that helps individuals restore their functional capacity and improv...
06/29/2020

Rehabilitation science is an interdisciplinary study that helps individuals restore their functional capacity and improve their interaction within their environment. If you're interested in pursuing your education in rehab science, look no further. We compiled the different types of rehab degrees offered and the career opportunities available for each. View the complete guide here, https://bit.ly/2B2tUQF.

USAHS DPT Flex Program prepared graduate, Cassie Laughrey Petre, for a smooth transition into telehealthcare. She shared...
06/27/2020

USAHS DPT Flex Program prepared graduate, Cassie Laughrey Petre, for a smooth transition into telehealthcare. She shared with us how she was able to seamlessly continue working with her clients. https://bit.ly/2YsHHsQ

SLP student, Gabrielle Mungaven, shared her favorite part of being a USAHS student with us. "The most memorable aspect o...
06/25/2020

SLP student, Gabrielle Mungaven, shared her favorite part of being a USAHS student with us.

"The most memorable aspect of my time as a USA student is the friendships I have made while in the program. One thing I will take with me is the ability to collaborate with other disciplines as a team."

PT students are embracing their chosen field. They are determined to help patients improve movement and manage pain. We ...
06/25/2020

PT students are embracing their chosen field. They are determined to help patients improve movement and manage pain. We at the USAHS are proud to see our students becoming successful practitioners that make a difference in patients' lives.

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The mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is the development of professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical and distance education.

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  • San Marcos, CA

  • St. Augustine, FL

  • Miami, FL

  • Austin, TX

  • Dallas, TX
  • The University has five campuses in St. Augustine and Miami in Florida; Austin and Dallas in Texas; and San Marcos, California. Our entry-level, first-professional degree offerings include: Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT), the Flexible (Flex) Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) and the Flexible Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT). The University also offers graduate post-professional education including the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Master of Health Science (MHS), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree, the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree, the Doctor of Education (EdD), the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc), and Continuing Education Seminars and Certifications for currently licensed therapists