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Graduate School with SLP, OT & PT Programs
Study at our university in Austin, TX, the live music capital of the country.
Austin is a fun, friendly, creative community with something for everyone, from hipsters to hikers to healthcare workers. Austin is known for its lakes, greenbelts, and bike trails. Austin boasts all the amenities and job prospects of a big city—with the quirky charm and natural beauty of a small Central Texas town. If you are looking for speech-language pathology, occupational or physical therapy schools in Austin, TX, USAHS has everything you need.
Why study with USAHS in Austin?
Catch live music any night of the week.
Help “Keep Austin Weird.”
Appreciate the abundance of natural beauty.
State-of-the-art on-campus resources
Centers for Innovative Clinical Practice
Students in our physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology programs practice using state-of-the-art technology in our Centers for Innovative Clinical Practice. Located on all USAHS campuses, our CICPs are immersive learning laboratories that mimic a variety of clinical spaces and home settings.
ADL Simulation Lab
Watch health science students in our occupational therapy programs use assistive devices tailored to each scenario as they work with mock patients on daily living skills, such as getting in and out of a bathtub and brushing their teeth.
Our driving simulators are built with actual car parts, including a six-speed transmission and a force-feedback steering wheel. Video monitors play simulations, so the user feels like they’re really driving. Our OT students use this tool to assess patients’ reaction speeds and visual perception, and to help patients build or rebuild their driving skills.
Our 3D printers enable you to design and build customized assistive technology for patients. Using technology and your own inspiration, you can create orthotics, prosthetics, and other devices that could make a patient’s sports life or daily life a little bit easier. As one of our occupational and physical therapy students, you can even work with patients to create individualized devices.
This rehabilitation and exercise machine enables you to gather real-time, objective data on patient movement. Using functional attachments, the BTE measures different types of movement—such as opening a door, steering a car, and playing certain sports. It’s a powerful tool used in health professions for gauging patient progress and assessing how well your interventions are working.
Double Robotics’ telepresence robot enables a remote healthcare provider to communicate with a patient through a movable robot with an iPad. You can practice remote consultations, such as moving the robot around a hospital bed and angling it to assess the patient’s wound. For the patient, the robot offers a closer analogue to a human presence than does a static screen.
These anatomy visualization tables display fully segmented 3D human anatomy via a fully interactive touchscreen experience for the occupational and physical therapy students. You can see realistic views inside the human body by selecting different planes and cross-sections. You can query structures, save the information inside a USB drive, and study the visualizations in more depth at home.
Programs offered at USAHS Austin
Mary Zadnik, SCD, MED, OTR/L
How to Get to USAHS Austin
USAHS Austin is located on La Crosse Avenue.
Our Austin Campus Address:
Our Austin Campus Address:
5401 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
Our hours are: 8AM – 8PM Monday – Friday
Our contact phone number is: (800) 241-1027
Parking: Students are not permitted to park in any of the parking spots on the perimeter of the three buildings, excluding designated visitor, handicapped, or carpool spots unless the parking permit is displayed. All USAHS students are responsible for any parking tickets received for improper parking on the street. Any students who are parked in unapproved spots in the parking lot will be issued a parking citation of $25.00 by the University.