At the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), we understand that you bring life experience and work accomplishments to the table when you start your education. We recognize that you have developed skills in your life journey and it may be possible for you to apply that experience toward earning your degree.
We want to help you ease your transition as you take the next step toward your future. We offer accelerated learning options that allow you to progress in your coursework by demonstrating mastery of key topics.
Accelerated Learning within a Competency-Based Framework
Ideal for those students who have industry experience and prefer a more self-directed style of learning and want to complete their program in the shortest time possible. Unlike a typical online course which follows a prescribed timeline, the competency-based model at USAHS awards credit based on student learning, not time spent in the course. As soon as a student can prove mastery of a particular set of competencies, he or she can advance to the next competency.
- Earning credits by demonstrating mastery* through a rigorous assessment and working at a personalized pace
- Moving through topics you are comfortable with quickly and focusing on academic areas of importance to you
- Engaging in learning activities that align with clearly defined outcomes
- Receiving proactive guidance and support from faculty and staff
- Accelerating your time-to-degree (for select programs)
Courses featuring competency-based learning are offered in USAHS’s MHA, MHS and EdD programs.
*Three or more years of work experience recommended.
Accelerated Learning and the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA)
Are you a professional with experience in any of these areas?
- Interprofessional Studies
- Healthcare Administration
- Accounting and Finance
- Organizational Leadership and Policy in Healthcare
Beginning in Spring 2018, USAHS will offer an accelerated curriculum for the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program that will enable students to complete the program in as little as 4 terms.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
Students will be able to submit a portfolio that specifically outlines how they have achieved learning outcomes through experiences which may include prior coursework, employment trainings, teaching, practice, publication advocacy or learning activities. PLA is offered in the Transitional DPT and Post-Professional OTD programs and may allow you to shorten the time to degree completion by leveraging your prior experience.
Contact your academic advisor for more information on USAHS Accelerated Learning options.