San Marcos, CA—April 20, 2015—Nearly 100 graduates from 21 states, Canada, England and Japan celebrated their commencement from the California campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 18. Family and friends joined them as they received Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy or Doctor of Education degrees.
“Our focus on professionalism, teaching hands-on, clinically focused skills, and strong decision-making have helped prepare our graduates for success in careers where they can make an important difference in people’s lives,” said Dr. Wanda Nitsch, president and chief academic officer, who presided over the event.
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: Craig Powers
- Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award: Craig Powers
- Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student Award: Katie Case
- Judith Olson Scholastic Achievement Award (occupational therapy): Katie Case
- Wanda Nitsch Scholastic Achievement Award (physical therapy): Jeffrey Kegler
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 and health science, as well as residency, fellowship and continuing education programs. For more information, visit www.usa.edu. USA 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.laureate.net.