2017-2018 Catalog 
    
    May 21, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog

Student Services


Off-Campus Housing

The University does not provide housing or have dormitory facilities under its control. All University students reside off campus, and the University has no responsibility to find or assist a student in finding housing. The Student Services Office makes available to new and current students general information about housing located near University facilities. Availability of housing located reasonably near the University’s facilities varies.

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 guidanceresources.com. 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

St. Augustine, Florida, Campus – The first professional, transitional Physical and Occupational Therapy degrees, Doctor of Health Science, and Doctor of Education degree programs are approved by the State Approving Office for training of veterans and other eligible persons. Questions regarding benefits, enrollment certification, etc., should be directed to the certifying officer in the Financial Aid Office on the St. Augustine, Florida, campus.

San Marcos, California, Campus – The first professional Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy degree programs are approved by the California Approving Office for training of veterans and other eligible persons. Questions regarding benefits, enrollment certification, etc., should be directed to the certifying officer in the Financial Aid Office on the San Marcos, California, campus.

Austin, Texas, Campus – The first professional Physical Therapy program is approved by the Texas Approving Office for training of veterans and other eligible persons. Questions regarding benefits, enrollment certification, etc., should be directed to the certifying officer on the Austin, Texas, campus.

Miami, Florida, Campus – The Miami, Florida, campus is not approved for veterans’ benefits at this time.

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 the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy 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 Director of 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 the Director of 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.  The Director 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 must make a request for changes in accommodations to the Director of Disability Services; the form is available through the MyUSA portal Admissions tab.

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 the Director of 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.

Placement 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 job postings located on the MyUSA portal, first professional program students are required to participate in résumé writing and interviewing skills as part of their coursework. The University holds on-campus job fairs twice a year, supplies a career guide to students before each job fair, and provides students with information on recruiting services.

Advisors

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.