Oct 23, 2019  
2019-2020 Catalog/Handbook 
    
2019-2020 Catalog/Handbook

General Information


Board of Directors

John Hoey, Chair
Damon Conway
Donna Dorsey
Sam Guo
Richard Krygiel
Ana Lopez-Blazquez
Paul Nicoletti
Lynn Priddy
Melanie Storms
Neetu Trivedi

            

Administrative Officers and Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Vivian Sanchez, MBA
President/Chief Academic Officer
Divina Grossman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chief Financial Officer Jose Torres
General Counsel and Senior Vice President Deborah L. Zimic
Senior Vice President of Academic Initiatives Karen Gersten, EdD
Senior Vice President of Product Strategy, Marketing and Enrollment Terry Rakosky
Executive Dean of the College of Rehabilitative Sciences Brian Goldstein, Phd, CCC-SLP
Dean of the College of Health Sciences Cindy Mathena, PhD, OTR/L
Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation Maria Puzziferro, PhD
Vice President of Student Administration Dawn Werling
Executive Director of Finance Jeffrey Lagasse
Executive Director of Information Technology Matt Moline
Executive Director of Enrollment Julie Gonick
Executive Director of Product Strategy Megha Agrawal
Executive Director of Human Resources Susan Waugh
Executive Director of Institutional Research and Assessment Nga Phan
Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations Joe Cockrell
Executive Director of Operations Sylvia Berenguer
Executive Director of Clinical Affairs Jennifer Ocaña Barnes
Interim Chair, Institute of Physical Therapy
Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
St. Augustine, Florida
Jackie Crossen-Sills, PT, PhD
Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
San Marcos, California
Cherie Peters-Brinkerhoff, PT, EdD, MPT, MHA, C/NDT
Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Austin, Texas
Manuel Domenech, PT, DPT, EdD
Associate Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Miami, Florida
Kevin Kunkel, PT, PhD
Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Dallas, Texas
Thomas Werner, PT, MA, PhD
Program Manager, Flex Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
St. Augustine, Florida
Debra Gray, PT, DPT, MEd
Chair, Institute of Occupational Therapy To be determined
Interim Program Director, Occupational Therapy Programs
St. Augustine, Florida
Mary Shotwell, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA
Program Director, Occupational Therapy Programs
Miami, Florida
Jose Rafols, OTD, OTR/L
Program Director, Occupational Therapy Programs
Austin, Texas
Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L
Program Director, Occupational Therapy Programs
San Marcos, California
Erin Schwier, EdD, OTD, OTR/L
Program Director, Occupational Therapy Programs
Dallas, Texas
Stephanie Capshaw, OTD, OTR/L
Program Director, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
San Marcos, California
Elaine Lonneman, DPT
Program Director, Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy
San Marcos, California
Karen Snyder, PhD, OTR/L
Program Director, Master of Health Science
San Marcos, California
Jordan Utley, PhD, ATC
Director of the School of Nursing 
San Marcos, California
Robin Dennison, DNP, APRN, CCNS, CNE
Program Director, Master of Health Administration
San Marcos, California
To be determined
Program Director, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Austin, Texas
Kathy Wheat, PhD, SLP-CCC, ASHA Fellow
Director of Residency and Fellowship Programs Amanda Grant, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CLT, MTC
Registrar Diane Rondinelli
Director of Admissions Adrianne Jones
Clinical Education Department Head Dionne DeGrande
Director of Continuing Professional Education Lori Hankins
Director of Financial Aid Vanessa Flowers
Director of Academic Initiatives Dean Bartness
Director of Compliance Initiatives April Aldredge
Director of Library Services Julie Evener
Director of the Wellness Center Ricky Willis
Director of the Writing Center Hideki Nakazono

 

Mission Statement of the University

The mission of USAHS is the development of professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education.

Core Values

  • Student first
  • Professionalism
  • Promoting excellence and innovation in education
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Health and wellness
  • Responsiveness
  • Creative and critical thinking

University History (Prior to Becoming a University)

In 1966 Stanley V. Paris, PT, PhD, began teaching continuing professional education courses to physical therapists. These courses carried continuing education units (CEUs), which are helpful in both maintaining and developing professional competency and, in an increasing number of states, for maintaining professional licensure.

In 1979 the University formally known as the Institute of Graduate Health Sciences (the Institute) was founded. The State of Georgia granted authority to offer a clinically based, post-professional (advanced) Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) degree. Thus, the Institute became the first independent, proprietary school in physical therapy able to confer a graduate degree.

In 1981 the Institute began a certification process in manual therapy wherein candidates, after taking a series of courses, were examined in their written, oral, and practical abilities. Successful candidates were awarded a Certificate of Competency. There are now four certifications: Manual Therapy; Sports Physical Therapy; Primary Care; and Craniomandibular, Head, Neck, and Facial Pain.

In 1991 the Institute relocated to St. Augustine, Florida, and became established at the Flagler Health Park campus. Soon thereafter, the Institute achieved accreditation for its MScPT degree from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). [Note: This degree is no longer offered at the University.]

Growth and Development

The following bulleted items outline the programmatic and campus development of the current University:

  • In 1994 the Institute commenced a first professional degree in physical therapy—the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT). This program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE) in October 1996 and reaccredited in 2001 and 2011.

  • In 1996 the Institute of Occupational Therapy was founded to offer a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree, a first professional program. The MOT program was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in April 1999 and was reaccredited in April 2009.

  • On March 4, 1997, the organization formally became the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Also, in 1996–97, the University entered into contracts to purchase a small private hospital and an adjoining 26 acres of land at the Flagler Health Park Campus in St. Augustine, thus creating the University’s current St. Augustine, Florida, campus.

  • In 1999 the University began the dual degree option whereby a student could earn a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree and a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree concurrently.

  • On January 1, 2000, the University was authorized by the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities (SBICU) to award the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) degree, to restructure the MScPT degree to a Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) degree, and to implement a Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) degree.

  • In 2001 the University was given authorization by the Florida Commission for Independent Education for the Department of Education (CIE) to award the first professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). This replaced the first professional Master of Physical Therapy (MPT). Also approved were the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) and the transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (tOTD), both post-professional degrees.

  • In 2003 the University began to offer the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship, initially accredited in 2002 and reaccredited in 2013 by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).  

  • In 2004, the University began a Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy (Flex DPT) program in Boca Raton, Florida and gained accreditation by CAPTE. The Flex program combines online learning with face-to-face hands-on instruction during select weekends. The Flex DPT program was moved from Boca Raton, Florida to the St. Augustine campus in 2010.

  • In June 2006 the University broke ground on a 98,000 square foot academic and clinic building at the St. Augustine campus. The building was completed in August 2007. Amenities include labs, seven classrooms, separate wet and dry anatomy labs, a fitness center, and a physical therapy clinic.

  • In 2007 the University received approval from the California Bureau for Private, Postsecondary, and Vocational Education and accreditation from CAPTE to begin a DPT program in San Diego, California. This campus officially opened August 29, 2007. The San Diego Flex DPT program was accredited by CAPTE in October 2008.

  • Dr. Stanley Paris, the founding President, retired on August 4, 2007, and Dr. Michael Hillyard, DPA, was inaugurated as the second President of the University. In 2009 Dr. Hillyard resigned and Dr. Paris resumed the presidency of the University.

  • In January 2009 the San Diego campus moved to a 76,000 square foot, three-building corporate center in San Marcos, California. The University received “developing program accreditation status” from ACOTE for the San Marcos program, which allowed the inaugural class to begin in fall 2009. The dual-degree MOT/DPT option also began in fall 2009.

  • The University received approvals in 2009 to begin to offer the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree.

  • In 2010 the University received approval from CIE to restructure the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degree. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission approved the accreditation of the DHSc degree in 2010.

  • The University’s Clinical Orthopaedic Residency was granted initial accreditation in 2010 and reaccreditation in 2016 by ABPTRFE.

  • As a provider of continuing professional education, the University was granted initial accreditation in 2010 and reaccreditation in 2015 by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

  • On April 16, 2011, Dr. Wanda Nitsch was inaugurated as the fourth President of USAHS. The University headquarters was moved to San Marcos, California.

  • In September 2011 the University was approved by the Texas Workforce Commission to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in Austin, Texas, to commence in the fall of 2012. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board gave approval in October 2011. CAPTE granted accreditation in November 2011. Construction on the Austin campus commenced in February 2012 and opened with its inaugural DPT class in August 2012.

  • In January 2013 the St. Augustine campus commenced the Master of Occupational Therapy degree in a flexible online and weekend format (Flex MOT) after receiving appropriate accreditation approval from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

  • In November 2013, the Flex DPT program in Austin, Texas was granted accreditation by CAPTE and began a cohort of students in fall 2014.

  • In November 2013 the University became part of the Laureate International Universities network.  At the time, the Laureate network consisted of more than 82 campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 1 million students in 29 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

  • In July 2014 the University was granted initial regional accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

  • In 2015 the MOT program in Austin, Texas, which began a cohort of students in Fall 2014, was granted accreditation by ACOTE. The University began the Master of Health Science Athletic Training (MHScAT) degree and opened the Miami, Florida, campus at its Dolphin Mall location. Approvals were gained for the Master of Health Administration (MHA).

  • In 2016 the Miami campus DPT program was granted accreditation by CAPTE and accepted its inaugural class of DPT students. State licensure approvals were obtained to begin a DPT program on the Miami campus, an online Master of Science in Nursing program, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The MHScAT program was redesigned to become the Master of Health Science (MHS). 

  • The University voluntarily resigned accreditation with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission on May 31, 2016, concluding a successful relationship of 23 years.

  • In October 2017 the University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program received initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

  • In September 2018, the permanent Miami, Florida campus opened in Coral Gables for the inaugural class of students. In fall 2018 the Austin, Texas, campus welcomed its inaugural cohort of students in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program.

  • In October 2018 the University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate (FNP specialization) programs received initial accreditation from CCNE.

  • In December 2018 the OTD programs of the San Marcos, California and Austin, Texas campuses, which welcomed their first cohort of students in Spring 2017, were granted accreditation by ACOTE.

  • In February 2019, the University was acquired by University of St. Augustine Acquisition Corp., which is affiliated with Altas Partners, an investment firm with a long-term orientation focused on acquiring significant interests in high-quality enterprises in partnership with outstanding management teams.

  • In April 2019 the Miami MOT program, which welcomed its first cohort of students in fall 2017, was granted accreditation by ACOTE.

  • In June 2019 the University was granted reaffirmation of institutional accreditation by WSCUC.

  • In July 2019 the St. Augustine, Florida OTD program, which welcomed its first cohort of students in fall 2018, was granted accreditation by ACOTE.

In the last several years, the University has been growing at a healthy pace, adding programs, faculty, and facilities to meet the needs of health care in this time of great change and challenge. The University will continue to be a leader in providing meaningful educational experiences in areas and directions that both health care providers and consumers require.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

As a result of their educational experiences at USAHS, graduates will achieve the following:

  • Employ the skills necessary to engage in lifelong learning through intellectual inquiry
    • Promote the value of lifelong learning
    • Demonstrate information literacy
    • Analyze knowledge and skills to formulate a plan for self-improvement
    • Teach and mentor others
  •  Apply an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems
    • Foster respect in the values and roles of interdisciplinary professionals
    • Determine the need for interdisciplinary collaboration
    • Practice interdisciplinary teamwork and communication
    • Recognize self-limitations and the need for referral
  •  Utilize effective practice based on foundational knowledge and professional skills
    • Perform safe and competent skills as a clinician/researcher/educator
    • Apply the evidence to decision making across various aspects of practice
    • Promote the use of evidence in the workplace
    • Seek knowledge to stay current with practice standards
  • Use effective professional communication
    • Appreciate the value of professional communication in daily interactions
    • Demonstrate professional communication across diverse groups and varied situations
    • Evaluate appropriate communication strategies
    • Build rapport with all types of people
  • Exhibit professionalism, integrity, and ethical standards
    • Reflect on the value of professionalism in daily interactions
    • Demonstrate appropriate ethical and moral choices (in practice settings) that are in the best interest of the client
    • Apply a nonjudgmental approach in decision making by respecting values and beliefs of people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Display leadership skills of a given profession
    • Define the role of leadership in professional advocacy
    • Promote the profession and one’s abilities in a positive, constructive manner
    • Exhibit personal leadership development
    • Use effective organization and time management for efficient practice
  • Apply evidence to decision making across various aspects of practice
    • Utilize critical thinking, logic, and sound reasoning when making decisions
    • Practice intellectual independence
    • Evaluate the problems, solutions, and consequences of current practice issues
    • Use flexible and creative thinking to solve problems

Expectations for Students in Professional Programs

Graduate health care education prepares students for the professional practice of their discipline and develops the skills necessary to become a self-directed, lifelong learner within the ever-changing field of health care. This level of education requires a higher level of participation and commitment than is typically required of students in most undergraduate degree programs. In order to successfully progress through the academic program and transition into the role of a health care professional, it is important that students are self-directed in their learning and assume responsibility for their educational and professional growth and development. They should take the initiative to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses, assess their own learning needs, identify available resources (human and material), and select and implement appropriate learning strategies. Students should relate prior academic or life experiences to new learning while recognizing that there is usually more than one answer or approach to most questions or problems. Students should exhibit high levels of self-reflection, self-motivation, engagement, intellectual curiosity, professionalism, and ethical standards. Students are expected to devote sufficient time to their studies and to be committed to learning activities both in and out of the academic setting in order to be successful.

Employment

Outside employment is strongly discouraged for full-time MOT, OTD, DPT and MS-SLP students.

Students wishing to be employed in on-campus student employee positions must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 USAHS GPA
  • In good standing at USAHS
  • Second term or more (some exceptions may apply)

Students should refer to Careers for more information and an application.

State Licensure, Approvals, and Authorizations

The University’s approval to operate as a private, post-secondary institution in the State of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA) of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8), which became effective January 1, 2010. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education approves the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ San Marcos, California, campus. Approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in the Ed. Code. Information regarding the San Marcos programs or any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; telephone: 916-431-6959 or toll-free at 888-370-7589, or by fax at 916-263-1897 or www.bppe.ca.gov. A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about the University with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

This approval in California includes the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), the Flex Master of Occupational Therapy (Flex MOT), the Flex Doctor of Physical Therapy (Flex DPT), the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT), the Flex Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Flex OTD), Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD), Master of Health Science (MHS), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Education (EdD), Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP),  Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degrees and Post-Graduate Nursing Certificates.

The Commission for Independent Education (CIE), Florida Department of Education, Tallahassee, Florida, licenses the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences to offer its degree programs in Florida. Additional information regarding the University may be obtained by contacting the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399, (toll-free number) 888-224-6684.

This licensure for the St. Augustine, Florida, campus includes the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT), Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD), the Master of Health Science (MHS), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Education (EdD), and the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) degrees. Continuing education courses are not under the purview of the CIE.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ Miami, Florida, campus includes the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degrees.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has granted a Certificate of Authorization to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, Flex Doctor of Physical Therapy (Flex DPT) degree, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP), Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs on the Austin, Texas, campus and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) on the Dallas, Texas campus.  The University has been granted an exemption as a private institution from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences has been granted a provisional license by the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission, 1050 First Street, NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 481-3951 to offer the following online degree programs in the District of Columbia: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of the Health Sciences (MHS), Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD), Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT), Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) and Doctor of Education (EdD).

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is authorized under the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Institutions Act of 1990 by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

This institution is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is registered with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every 2 years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer online education. For student complaints please contact the Maryland Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-528-8662/888-743-0823 (toll-free). 

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. Contact the Office at Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108, www.ohe.state.mn.us, 651-642-0533.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at [email protected]

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for MSN/Nurse Educator, MSN/Nurse Executive, MSN/Nurse Informatics, and MSN/FNP program tracks.

http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NursingPrograms.aspx

Accreditations and Approvals

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001www.wascsenior.org

The University achieved regional accreditation through the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) in 2014 and reaffirmation of accreditation in 2019.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
985 Atlantic Avenue, #100
Alameda, CA 94501
510-748-9001
www.wascsenior.org

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida; San Marcos, California; and Miami, Florida and the DPT Flex program in St. Augustine, Florida; and San Marcos, California are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE),  1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, telephone: 703-706-3245, email: [email protected]; or website: www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call or email the Interim Chair of the Institute of Physical Therapy at 904-770-3556 x1256 or [email protected].  

The DPT and DPT Flex programs at the Austin, Texas campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]; website: http://www.capteonline.org. The programs’ current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/. If needing to contact the programs/institution directly, please call 737-202-3347or email [email protected].

RESPONSE TO CAPTE’S NOTICE OF PROBATION:

The University has been advised that it must demonstrate compliance to CAPTE on a portion of one standard with respect to the proportion of doctorally-prepared faculty in its CAPTE-accredited DPT and DPT Flex programs offered from its Austin, Texas campus. This notice does not impact the programs’ accreditation, WASC institutional accreditation, access to financial aid, or preparation for licensure. This is not a reflection on the quality of our faculty or faculty-to-student ratios. In fact, CAPTE noted that the existing DPT “collective core and associated faculty include an effective blend of individuals with doctoral preparation and individuals with a clinical specialization that appear sufficient to meet program goals, expected outcomes, and assigned program responsibilities.” Rather, CAPTE’s determination simply refers to a gap of two faculty without PhDs, EdDs, or other academic doctoral degrees. Based on the hiring and development plans already in place, both programs will return to full compliance with CAPTE standards prior to the next compliance report due to the accreditor on September 1, 2019.

The University has developed and has been following a rigorous hiring and development plan to increase the proportion of faculty with PhDs, EdDs, or other academic doctoral degrees within its highly qualified faculty team in Austin, Texas, the majority of whom hold Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees and/or certifications in advanced specializations. This plan has been shared with CAPTE, and we are on track to meet the standard.

Graduates of these programs are eligible to take the national licensing examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). In addition, all states require licensure to practice. After successful completion of the national exam and receiving state licensure, the individual will be a physical therapist (PT). A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the FSBPT examination or to attain state licensure.

Dallas, Texas Developing DPT Program Proposed Launch Fall 2020 – Not Currently Admitting Students

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected], is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE for its Dallas, Texas campus. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2019. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to the implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until the Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though the achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

To submit a complaint against the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at 703-706-3245 or at [email protected] to obtain the necessary materials for complaint submission. For more information on this process please visit http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/.

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) programs at the St. Augustine, Florida; Austin, Texas; San Marcos, California; and Miami, Florida campuses are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, 301-652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree (OTD) programs at the Austin, Texas, San Marcos, California, and St. Augustine, Florida campuses are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, 301-652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org . Graduates of the programs will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program. Students must complete the experiential component of the program within 18 months following completion of the remaining didactic portion of the program.

The entry-level OTD programs at the Miami, Florida and Dallas, Texas campuses have applied for accreditation and have been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, 301-652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org. The programs must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program. Students must complete the experiential component of the program within 18 months following completion of the remaining didactic portion of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, 301-652-2682 or visit www.acoteonline.org.

Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, ”Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. In obtaining this approval, the University of St. Augustine has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is widely recognized as the standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Authorized Provider accreditation status, the University of St. Augustine is authorized to offer IACET continuing education units (CEUs) for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship and the Clinical Orthopaedic Residency are accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). The Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship and Clinical Orthopedic Residency programs are not under the purview of the Florida Commission for Independent Education.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate (FNP specialization) programs at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Important Notice:  

Effective January 2019, the California Board of Registered Nursing (“Board”) adopted regulations requiring nurse practitioner programs to obtain approval by the Board to offer clinical placements to their students in the state of California.  Currently, to the best of our knowledge, there is no approval process in place, and we continue to reach out to the Board to obtain further instructions. Once USAHS receives information on the approval process, we anticipate following the required procedures for approval by the Board.  This does not impact USAHS’ existing authorizations for clinical placements in other states.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.

For more information, contact:

Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer
1415 Harney Street, Suite 200
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
(402) 559-0091
[email protected]

Financial Resources

USAHS has no pending petition in bankruptcy nor operates as a debtor in possession. The University has not filed a petition within the preceding 5 years, nor has the University had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding 5 years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.