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Graduate School with OT & PT Programs
Study in the center of innovation.
Pursue your graduate degree in physical therapy or occupational therapy in sunny San Marcos, California, and take advantage of a range of West Coast adventures: the beach, mountains, and metropolitan centers like nearby San Diego and L.A. One of the fastest-growing cities in San Diego County, San Marcos is home to several hospitals and clinics and a great place to launch your career.
Why study with USAHS in San Marcos?
Choose your adventure.
Elevate your quality of life.
Make a difference.
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 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 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. You can even work with patients to create individualized devices.
These anatomy visualization tables display fully segmented 3D human anatomy via a fully interactive touchscreen experience. 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.
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.
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 for gauging patient progress and assessing how well your interventions are working.
Programs offered at USAHS San Marcos
How to Get to USAHS San Marcos
University of St. Augustine San Marcos is located on the corner of W Borden Rd and Windy Point Drive, 36 miles north of San Diego.
Our San Marcos Campus Address:
700 Windy Point Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
Our hours are: 8AM – 8PM Monday – Friday
Our contact phone number is: (800) 241-1027
Parking: All students complete a parking registration form at registration. You must have a University parking decal or hanging tag, and it must be visible at all times. Any students who are parked in unapproved spots in the parking lot will be issued a parking citation of $50.00 by the University.