This Student Handbook is designed to be a quick reference guide that is both informative and helpful. It is not a contract. It does not replace the official Catalog. It is a collection of information and policies, both general and specific, for the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ (USAHS; the University; the University of St. Augustine) degree programs. If any conflict appears to exist between this Handbook and statements in the Catalog, the Catalog takes precedence. The University reserves the right to make changes to the Student Handbook at any time. The Student Handbook and University Catalog can be found on the USAHS website, www.usa.edu, under the Admissions & Aid tab.
The University complies with and follows policies associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including the right of reasonable accommodation. It also does not discriminate by reason of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic creed.
Each student should carefully read the current issues of both the Student Handbook and the Catalog. Please complete and return the Student Handbook Acknowledgment Form to the Student Services Office.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences 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.
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.
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Master of Health Science (MHS)
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)
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. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Doctor of Occupational Therapy Post-Professional (OTD)
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Doctor of Health Science (DHSc)
NURSING POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATES OFFERED
Family Nurse Practioner
See Catalog for full descriptions.
University of St. Augustine Teach-Out for Degree Programs
If the University decides to halt enrollments in a program, the University is obligated to develop a plan to teach-out the remaining students in the program. If that occurs, the students will receive timely and complete information regarding individual course plans and a timeline for degree completion.
Dr. Divina Grossman, President/CAO
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
700 Windy Point Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069