Dec 10, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

Off-Campus Housing

USAHS does not provide student housing; all students are responsible for securing their own living arrangements while attending the university.  To the best of our knowledge, there are a variety of housing options near the San Marcos campus with monthly rental rates ranging from $500 a month to $1200 a month for apartment rentals.  Please note this information is subject to change.

Students can learn more from the university’s Facebook group for San Marcos students at: In this group, students can connect with other incoming students and look for potential roommates, as well as see a list of apartment complexes near campus that have current vacancies. If students have questions about housing in San Marcos, please contact David Schoenherr at [email protected] or 760-591-3012.

Counseling Services

In partnership with ComPsych (a Student Assistance Program provider), the USAHS offers free counseling services and online resources whenever and wherever needed.

24/7 Confidential Support

Students (and members of the same household) may call 844-819-4777 toll free and be connected to free and confidential highly trained master’s or doctoral-level clinician via phone. This licensed counselor can help with anxiety, depression, stress, grief, relationship conflict, substance abuse, or any other personal issue the student may be experiencing. If needed, the counselor will also be able to refer the student to meet with an in-person counselor for up to three complimentary sessions. 

Online Resources

Students and household members also have unlimited access to Students will need to use “USAHS” as the Web ID to create a free account. This website provides information, tools, and support on a wide variety of subjects including wellness, legal, financial, and relationship topics. Students can view articles, podcasts, videos, or slideshows and can “Ask the Expert” to receive personal responses to questions. 

Veterans’ Benefits

The degree programs listed under each campus are approved by the State Approving Office for training of veterans and other eligible persons for the programs offered on that campus. Questions regarding benefits, enrollment certification, etc., should be directed to the certifying officer in the Financial Aid Office on the respective campus.

San Marcos, California, Campus

Master of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Austin, Texas, Campus

Master of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Miami, Florida, Campus

Master of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy

St. Augustine, Florida, Campus

Master of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Post Professional Programs

Master of Health Science
Master of Health Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
Post Professional Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Education
Doctor of Health Science
Doctor of Nursing Practice


International Student Services

Students attending the University on a student visa are assisted with immigration and naturalization services issues by the designated school official located in the Registrar’s Office.

Assistance for Students With Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations to any student with a disability. The University has developed a list of essential functions that a student must possess in order to successfully complete programs. This list is provided to prospective students as part of the application packet and to newly admitted students as part of the acceptance process. Each student must endorse that he or she has reviewed and understands the list of essential functions. If a student feels he or she is unable to meet any of these essential functions, a request for accommodations must be made to the Disability Services. To request reasonable accommodations, a student must complete the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form available through the MyUSA portal Admissions tab. New first professional full-time and flex students receive this form along with instructions for making a request once they have submitted their tuition deposits.

Students should submit the completed form and appropriate documentation to Disability Services no later than the first Friday after classes begin so that approved accommodations may be put in place as early as possible. A delay in submitting the request may result in not having approved accommodations for the first assignments/test of the term.  Disability Services will review the request and inform the student in writing of the decision. The student will be asked to sign a form indicating his or her understanding and agreement with the accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her instructors of the approved accommodations according to the directions that will be provided.

Faculty are to adhere to the accommodations as listed and are encouraged to seek clarification from the Director of Disability Services should there be a question about an accommodation. Should a student request something different than what is approved, the faculty member, advisor, and/or Program Director should inform the student that only the approved accommodations will be provided. Should the student wish to alter the accommodation, he or she should contact Disability Services.

Students with a disability should expect to maintain the standards that apply to all University students and request only the accommodations approved by this process. Any discrepancy encountered by the student or faculty in the written accommodation plan should be brought to Disability Services for review and action. Student progress may be reviewed as to his or her ability to perform safely and appropriately in a clinical situation. Students will be advised in writing of concerns regarding clinical performance.


Academic Advisors

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is committed to student success. With this in mind students are connected to an Academic Advisor. An Academic Advisor is available to support students in many ways during the days leading up to the first class and throughout the duration of the academic program. 

Academic Advisors provide concierge support and help students navigate through the University.  They assist students in completing required forms, understanding USAHS policies and procedures, adjusting schedules, and much more. Academic Advisors also have access to resources that can assist students with study strategies, time and stress management techniques, and organizational tips.  

Academic Advisors partner with students to help them achieve their academic and professional goals and will check up on students from time to time just to see how they are progressing.  Academic Advisors are on the front lines of student service and are always willing to answer questions and provide support.  

Faculty Advisors

A Faculty Advisor will be appointed for each student. This advisor will serve in two capacities. The first is to advise the student on academic matters, and the second is to assist in professional development. Should a student wish to change advisors, he or she should meet with his or her respective Program Director.

Career Services

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences does not guarantee employment. Completion of the degree program is not a guarantee of employment. The University provides students with Career Services via the online Optimal Resume and Handshake platforms and by online career coaching. In Optimal Resume, students can create a resume and cover letter and have them reviewed by a career coach, record a practice interview, create a career portfolio, and view informational videos on current career topics. In Handshake, students can create a career profile with a resume, post it for employers to view, and apply to job postings. Students can also access individualized career coaching by Skype. The University holds on-campus career fairs twice a year and provides coaching on how to prepare.

Writing Center

The mission of the Writing Center at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is to provide exceptional service to students across all modalities and programs by providing individualized instruction and resources to solidify their writing skills as practicing scholars and emerging professionals in the field of Health Sciences. The Writing Center is not a “drop off” editing service; rather than simply correcting or writing portions of varying projects, we seek to develop our students into strong writers and editors through continued engagement with the writing process.


The Writing Center offers two types of appointments. Live online meetings allow for students and writing coaches to communicate directly with one another through the Skype for Business application. Asynchronous (or recorded) reviews provide flexibility if scheduling is a concern, wherein students can submit their documents when making their appointments. Rather than meeting with their writing coach directly, a video of the review is recorded and emailed back within 24 hours of the reservation.


To create an appointment, students can visit the Online Writing Center Schedule. Detailed information about the Writing Center can be located in the Writing Center Page under the Student Services tab in the MyUSA Student Portal.