“I never once thought, coming into this school, that I would be working for a scuba diving company as an occupational therapist. Never once did I think I would get to travel the world and interact with so many amazing people who have so many challenges and so many experiences—and be part of something so life-changing.” So says Jesseca Samaniego, OTD ‘21, who focused her capstone project in USAHS’ Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program on how to help people with disabilities learn to dive. This project has turned into a consulting job with Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), plus opportunities to present at national conferences and international events. The Diving Life Young Jesseca grew up in Oceanside, California, where she Read more
The mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is the development of professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality classroom, clinical, and distance education.
About the University
The University has five campuses in St. Augustine and Miami in Florida; Austin and Dallas in Texas; and San Marcos, California. Our entry-level, first-professional degree offerings include: Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT), the Flexible (Flex) Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT), the Flexible (Flex) Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT), and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP). The University also offers graduate post-professional education including the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Master of Health Science (MHS), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree (PPOTD), the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (tDPT), the Doctor of Education (EdD), the Doctor of Health Science (DHSc), and Continuing Education Seminars and Certifications for currently licensed therapists.
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and maintains programmatic accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Learn more about the University’s institutional and programmatic accreditation.
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) completed a rigorous assessment by B Lab®, an independent non-profit organization that serves as a global movement of people using business as a force for good, and became a Certified B Corporation®.
Diversity and Inclusion
At the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, we celebrate the diversity of our community—with students, faculty and staff of all races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, sizes and abilities. We’re proud to graduate healthcare practitioners who are prepared to serve patients and families across a wide range of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee facilitates policies, guidelines, initiatives and programs that cultivate a sense of belonging for all members of our university community.