Non-Degree Seeking Students for Physical Therapy Licensure/Deficiencies
1. HOW DO I REGISTER FOR COURSES?
Non-Degree Seeking Students may take up to 6 credits of academic coursework from the following list of courses without submitting an application to the university.
- Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (2 credits; Tuition $1230.00*)
- Cognition & Perception (1 credit; Tuition $465.00)
- Consultation, Screening and Delegation (1 credit; Tuition $465.00)
- Cultural Competence (1 credit; Tuition $465.00)
- Environmental Barriers (1 credit; Tuition $465.00)
- Evidence Based Research (3 credits; Tuition $1395.00)
- Health Services Administration (3 credits; Tuition $1395.00)
- Integumentary (1 credit; Tuition $465.00)
- Metabolic Disorders (1 credit; Tuition $465.00)
- Pharmacology (2 credits; Tuition $930.00)
- The Physical Therapist as Educator (2 credits; Tuition $930.00)
- Professional Communications (2 credit; Tuition $930.00)
- Professionalism: Legal & Ethical (2 credits; Tuition $930.00)
- Wellness and Prevention (3 credits; Tuition $1845.00*)
*Tuition amount based on St. Augustine campus tuition
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Non-Degree Seeking Students who need more than 6 credits of academic coursework and/or clinical internship hours, or courses not listed above will need to apply to the university by completing the Non-Degree Seeking Student Application. You may apply at any time since the University offers “rolling admission” for non-degree seeking students. To apply, you must submit the following to the Student Services office:
- Completed application
- Copy of the FCCPT evaluation
- $50 processing fee
- If English is not your native language, you must also submit a TOEFL score report.
After you apply, it takes 3 to 4 weeks for the review process to be completed. We will notify you via email regarding the course(s) you have been approved to take, the course(s) schedule and tuition.
2. WHAT IF I HAVE GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES TO COMPLETE?
If you need to complete 6 credits or less of the 14 courses listed in question #1, you do not have to complete your general education credits prior to registering/completing those courses.
If you need to complete more than 6 credits and/or any course not listed above in question #1, you must complete all required general education courses at another college/university prior to enrolling in professional courses at USA. You must provide a transcript or revised FCCPT evaluation that reflects general education course completion.
3. WHAT IS THE TUITION?
The current tuition is $465 - $730 per credit, depending on the course. Courses typically range from 1 to 3 credits with the exception of clinical internships.
4. WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT FOR TUITION ARE ACCEPTED?
Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration as we do not bill for coursework. The university accepts the following forms of payment: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Check, Cashiers Check and Money Orders (US funds only).
5. HOW ARE THE COURSES DELIVERED?
Courses are offered through distance education. For courses with weekend lab components, attendance on campus in St. Augustine, FL or in San Marcos, CA may be required.
6. WHAT ARE THE COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS FOR ONLINE COURSES?
Your computer must meet certain minimum standards to be able to function properly in the online education environment. We offer these minimum requirements so that your learning experience will not be hampered. If your computer was purchased within the last 3 to 4 years, it will likely be suitable for your courses. If your present computer is old and unreliable, many vendors have standard desktop computers that exceed the requirements for less than $400 and laptops for less than $500.
7. HOW LONG DO THE COURSES TAKE TO COMPLETE?
Online courses are usually offered in a semester format and take 8 to15 weeks to complete depending on the course (please note some courses are not offered every semester). Independent Directed Study (IDS) courses are self-paced and typically take about 8 weeks to complete. They can be started at any time.
8. WILL I HAVE TO COME TO CAMPUS AND FOR HOW LONG?
You will only need to come to campus if you need to take one of the courses that includes a lab component. If labs are required, they are held on weekends and range from 1 to 7 weekends per semester, depending on the course.
9. HOW DO I RECEIVE MY COURSEWORK?
If the course is an Independent Directed Study (IDS), you will receive your course information by email from the instructor after your registration has been processed. You will then submit your assignments by email.
If the course is an online course you’ll receive a username and password to access the University’s MyUSA student portal after your registration is processed. The course is taken online with a group of students with instructor- led discussions on a bulletin board, audio/video clips, required readings, and weekly quizzes. You will be guided through the course content with a unit-by-unit breakdown of the information that includes asynchronous interaction with students and faculty. There is also a help section on all courses and tech support that is readily available to all online learners. Anyone who can send email and search the web for information has the skills necessary for completing an online course.
10. WHAT IF I NEED CLINICAL INTERNSHIP HOURS?
After you have completed all the professional courses you need (if any), you will work with an advisor to find a clinical facility with which we have a current contract to arrange the hours you need. We must have a current contract with any site used and we cannot guarantee placement at any particular site. Dates and hours of attendance are determined by the site. 40 hours of internship = 1 credit. Internship placements are very limited and not all NDS students can be accommodated.
11. HOW DO I REQUEST A TRANSCRIPT?
You may request a transcript from the University website at www.usa.edu under the Alumni and Friends Tab.
12. WHAT IF I NEED A SYLLABUS SENT TO THE EVALUATION AGENCY ALONG WITH MY TRANSCRIPT?
If the course syllabus is required, you can upload the document during the transcript ordering process to be sent along with the transcript.
13. IS THE UNIVERSITY ACCREDITED?
We are licensed by the California Bureau of Post-Secondary Education, the Florida Commission for Independent Education, Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer all of our degree programs. The University of St. Augustine has a CAPTE accredited entry-level DPT program and ACOTE accredited entry-level MOT Program. The Doctor of Education, Doctor of Health Science, Transitional DPT, Transitional OTD and Flex DPT programs are additionally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is authorized by the Department of Education to accredit distance education programs.
14. HOW MANY CREDITS WILL I NEED AND MAY I TRANSFER CREDITS TO OTHER INSTITUTIONS?
The number of credits you need will be based on your credential evaluation. If you need to take a significant number of credits, you may want to consider applying for the transitional DPT program which requires 22 academic credits. Information about the transitional DPT program can be found on the University website at www.usa.edu under Educational Programs.
Once you have completed your course(s), you can request an official transcript be sent to the evaluation agency. The credits completed may or may not be transferrable to other graduate institutions at their discretion.
15. HOW WILL TAKING COURSES AFFECT MY VISA STATUS?
As long as you are doing coursework online or as an independent directed study, it has no impact on your visa. Also, we are not approved to issue I-20s to transitional DPT or NDS students.
16. DOES THE UNVERSITY HAVE FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
There is no financial aid available for NDS students.
Disclaimer: We are obliged to inform foreign trained therapists that completion of credits or a degree program will not guarantee you licensure to practice physical or occupational therapy in the United States. Each state sets minimum entry-level requirements based on the standards set by a US accrediting body. These states will look at your entry-level education, not any post-professional education completed. No matter how many credits or degrees you have earned as a graduate student, if you do not meet the state’s entry-level requirements, you will not gain licensure from that state.