San Marcos, CA—January 8, 2015—More than 75 graduates from 13 states, Canada, India and China celebrated their commencement from the California campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on Dec. 12. Family and friends joined them as they received Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees.
“Our graduates are well-prepared to practice as effective, interdisciplinary problem-solvers and leaders in their professions,” said Dr. Wanda Nitsch, president and chief academic officer.
The university also granted 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: Daniel Salazar
- Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award: Amanda Kayser
- Outstanding Flexible Physical Therapy Student Award: Maura McInerney
- Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student Award: Jeffrey Farber
The university also granted scholastic awards for the best cumulative grade point average. The Judith Olson Scholastic Achievement Award was presented to entry-level occupational therapy graduate Lily Tan. The Wanda Nitsch Scholastic Achievement Award was presented to entry-level physical therapy graduate Amanda Hill.
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. Founded in 1979, USA has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; and Austin, Texas. USA offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, education, health science and orthopaedic assistant, as well as residency, fellowship and continuing education programs. It is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 80 institutions in 29 countries and one of the most significant global higher education providers for health sciences. For more information, visit www.usa.edu.