St. Augustine, FL
Study in the oldest city in the U.S.
Choose to study in St. Augustine and enjoy beautiful beaches and a rich, Spanish-influenced history. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences St. Augustine, FL campus boasts an expanded wellness facility overlooking miles of beautiful coastline.
Programs offered at USAHS St. Augustine:
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
- Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
- Flex Master of Occupational Therapy (Flex MOT) – Online/Weekends
St. Augustine Programmatic Accreditation Status
|University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences-Florida (Parent program: St. Augustine, and expansion programs St. Augustine Flex and Miami) is currently accredited by CAPTE.
Additional information regarding this accreditation is available by contacting:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
email: [email protected]
Complaints about the program may be submitted to CAPTE by requesting the Procedures for Handling Complaints about an accredited or developing physical therapy program. This document can be obtained by writing to CAPTE at 1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, by calling 703-706-3245, or by visiting www.apta.org.
|The entry-level OTD program at the St. Augustine, FL campus has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status by ACOTE. A program that has been granted Preaccreditation Status must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program. Students must complete the experiential component of the program within 18 months following completion of the remaining didactic portion of the program.
|The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) programs at the St. Augustine, Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.
For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, 301-652-AOTA or visit www.acoteonline.org.
Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.
Upcoming start dates:
- Fall Term: Monday, September 9, 2019
- Spring Term: Monday, January 13, 2020
- Summer Term: Monday, May 11, 2020
Join us for a campus tour.
St. Augustine campus tours are currently scheduled for most Mondays and Fridays beginning at noon ET, and are approximately one hour. We look forward to sharing our campus with you. Please complete the form below to register for a scheduled tour date.
Enjoy on-campus resources.
Our recently-renovated St. Augustine, FL campus is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway, overlooking the gorgeous northeast Florida coastline, and is conveniently located near historic downtown St. Augustine.
Each USAHS campus offers access to a wellness center with weights and cardio equipment. The St. Augustine wellness facility also has a Ninja Obstacle Course where students – from beginners to advanced athletes – can jump, swing, climb, slide and balance. The course overlooks the coastline, and was designed by two-time national qualifying American Ninja Warrior contestant and physical therapy faculty member, Dr. Todd Bourgeois, PT, DPT.
Our library offers physical and digital access to everything a student might need during their research-based program – including online database and research articles, books and journal entries, as well as skeletons, spines, wheelchairs, massage tables available for check out.
Each classroom is equipped with ergonomic, reclining furniture and robust technology. LCD projectors and televisions make it possible for students to view demonstrations from any seat in the classroom, and a mobile technology cart is available to students in the evenings, for study groups and practice. Students have the opportunity to reserve classrooms through the student portal, or using a digital touch screen outside the classroom.
At USAHS St. Augustine, we are committed to quality, innovative education. One classroom is dedicated to prosthetic molds, and is a dedicated space for students to develop and apply their own research. Our campus also has spaces that mimic the home environment, with kitchens and laundry rooms, to help students learn how to guide patients through daily activities.
We’re a student-driven campus, and directors meet with student leaders monthly to hear and implement feedback. Students have their stamp across campus – from the recently renovated parking lot to which food trucks will be on site during lunchtime.
Students who study in St. Augustine will sharpen their skills at the Center for Innovative Clinical Practice (CICP) – a teaching laboratory with state-of-the-art medical tools. St. Augustine’s CICP is also home to a cadaver lab, where students can work with real, and digital patients. Through simulation education, students experience realistic situations in immersive settings, build confidence and critical thinking skills, and become better prepared for clinical careers.
At each USAHS campus, distinguished faculty and administration are easily accessible and available for mentorship and ongoing support.
Why study with USAHS in St. Augustine?
Immerse yourself in history.
The longest continually-inhabited European-founded city in the United States, St. Augustine was established in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain. Take a trolley ride to survey the city’s rich history, and visit museums and landmarks such as Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, Castillo de San Marcos, and the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse.
Broaden your job opportunities.
St. Augustine is a small city with wealth of opportunities. It’s growing economy and coastal location pave the way for a variety of career paths in a diversity of healthcare settings. At USAHS, students benefit from access to an on-campus career services advisor, an up-to-date job board, two annual job fairs, a writing center, and complimentary counseling and tutoring services.
Connect with your locale.
At USAHS, our programs are flexible – allowing you the time to take a breath and uncover your surroundings. Visit Anastasia State Park, a protected wildlife sanctuary, or St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, take a fishing expedition, or go boating or play volleyball by the pier. If you prefer to stay cool indoors, stroll down St. George’s cobblestone street for boutiques, bistros, galleries, and more.