St. Augustine, FL—August 18, 2014—More than 100 graduates from 24 U.S. states and Brazil celebrated their commencement from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with more than 500 family and friends on Aug. 15.
“We are very proud of the accomplishments of our newest graduates. They are well prepared to enter or advance in their professions,” said Dr. Wanda Nitsch, USA’s president and chief academic officer.
USA granted several awards to graduates who embodied their program’s mission with attributes including professionalism, clinical reasoning, ethical standards, and commitment to professional growth:
- The Stanley V. Paris and Catherine E. Patla Award for Excellence in Manual Therapy: Katherine Elizabeth Woltz
- Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award: Brian Clay Hammons
- Outstanding Flex Physical Therapy Student Award: Judy Latoya Oats
- Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student Award: Randi Elise Railsback
- Outstanding Orthopaedic Assistant Student Award: Edith Frances Krajewski
USA also granted scholastic awards for the best cumulative GPA. The Karen S. Howell Scholastic Achievement Award was presented to entry-level occupational therapy graduate Kelsea Lynn Ingebretsen. The Cynthia K. Mathena Scholastic Achievement Award was presented to entry-level orthopaedic physician assistant graduate Elihu Perrin Watts. The Ray M. Patterson Scholastic Achievement Award was presented to entry-level physical therapy graduate Katherine Elizabeth Woltz.
Graduates completed the following degree programs: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Orthopaedic Physician Assistant, Master of Orthopaedic Assistant, Transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy, and Doctor of Education. Graduates also celebrated completing the Clinical Orthopaedic Residency Program and the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program.
USA is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 75 institutions in 29 countries and one of the most significant global higher education providers for health sciences.
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USA) is a graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative quality classroom and distance education, and is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. Founded in 1979, USA has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Austin, Texas. The university is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). USA’s physical therapy programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and its occupational therapy programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Degree offerings include the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), the Dual Degree Option (MOT/DPT), the Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and the Flexible Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT). USA also offers the Transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy, the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, the Doctor of Education (EdD), the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc), the Clinical Orthopaedic Residency, the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program, and continuing education seminars and certifications for currently licensed therapists. For more information, visit www.usa.edu.