Earlier this year, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) announced plans to open a new campus in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to help meet the growing demand for qualified rehabilitative science professionals and advanced-practice nurses in Texas. Today, USAHS received confirmation of “Candidacy Status” for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and Flex OTD programs from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). USAHS will now be enrolling students in Dallas, with the first occupational therapy cohort starting in May of 2019.
Programs with “Candidacy Status” have successfully completed the first step of the ACOTE accreditation process. An initial Report of Self-Study involving an assessment of the OTD program’s compliance with the ACOTE standards will be submitted and on‑site evaluation will be conducted by an ACOTE visiting team before the first cohort completes the academic curriculum, as USAHS pursues full accreditation status. USAHS offers ACOTE accredited occupational therapy programs at its four other campus locations. The Flex OTD program offers the convenience of online learning combined with on-campus instruction during selected weekend sessions, allowing students to pursue the Doctor of Occupational Therapy at their own pace while working full time.
“We are very pleased that ACOTE has given the university its approval to move forward with the OTD and Flex OTD programs at the new DFW campus,” said Dr. Stephanie Capshaw, OTD Program Director and faculty member. “University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is well-known nationally for our occupational therapy programs and pioneering distance learning in the OT field.”
“All of our OTD graduates will contribute to their profession and to a global society through their competence, ethical standards and professionalism,” she added.
USAHS is the largest graduate-level physical and occupational therapy institution in the U.S. with more than 7,500 alumni.
The new campus will be located in the Riverside Commons complex in Irving and will open to students in May 2019. Riverside Commons is situated on a 13-acre campus located at the Southwest corner of Highway 114 and Riverside Drive, adjacent to the Lake Carolyn recreation area.
Founded in 1979, USAHS is an accredited, graduate–level university that is committed solely to health and rehabilitative sciences through innovative classroom and clinical education. USAHS is a private university that has been serving the Austin area since 2012, with other campuses in St. Augustine and Miami in Florida, and San Marcos in Southern California.
“The university’s success blends our modern, interdisciplinary health sciences education with a focus on unparalleled patient care and service to the community,” said Dr. Divina Grossman, USAHS President and Chief Academic Officer. “A big part of our mission is to positively impact the communities we serve, and the university has demonstrated that in a variety of ways, from numerous community clinics and other service projects aimed at helping those with disabilities, mobility challenges due to disease, and senior citizens. In the last year alone, our students and faculty logged over 3500 hours of community service through these types of programs.”
USAHS will initially occupy nearly 30,000 square-feet of classroom, laboratory, and administrative space at Riverside Commons, first offering the OTD programs, followed by a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) and then Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, both pending regulatory and accreditor approval. USAHS also offers additional health science graduate programs online including Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Health Science (MHS), and Doctor of Education (EdD).