Flex OTD (Online/Weekend) Program – COMING SOON
Unique and proven hybrid learning model combines distance learning with weekend classes
The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences has been granted candidacy status to offer the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree online through our Flex distance education program.* The Flex program will combine online learning with face-to-face hands-on instruction during a few weekends per month. The Flex OTD will offer you the opportunity to learn online at your own pace, when and where you want to, then meet your fellow students on campus during weekends to experience USAHS’s clinical education from faculty that pioneered distance learning in the OT field.
- More than 50% of coursework will be delivered online, so you will be able to study from anywhere at any time that suits your schedule.
- Bi-monthly, on-campus lab sessions will be held during weekends so your time required on campus will be minimized.
- Multiple fieldwork and immersion experiences deliver critical hands-on experience and patient management skills that will enable our OTD graduates to demonstrate preparation beyond the generalist level in practice, theory and research skills, leadership, advocacy and program development.
- The Flex OTD curriculum will be identical to the campus-based OTD program but will be delivered over 12 trimesters (4 years) instead of 8 trimesters.
- USAHS intends to offer the Flex OTD at our San Marcos and St Augustine campuses starting in 2019. Please refer to the contact information at the end of this page to contact an enrollment advisor and stay informed of any new developments.
Flex OTD Mission
The mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) OTD program is to graduate OT practitioners with the doctoral skills necessary to analyze human occupation and to implement science-driven and evidence-based interventions that promote quality of life for the clients whom they will serve. All USAHS OTD graduates will contribute to their profession and to a global society through their competence, ethical standards and professionalism.
How it Will Work
The Flex OTD program will be a combination of distance learning – more than 50% of the coursework will be delivered online – and on-campus laboratory classes.
Online courses will consist of web-based text with supporting graphics, videos, and audio clips. Students will interact with faculty and other students through synchronous and asynchronous interactive collaboration.
- Synchronous – scheduled online learning activities when faculty and students meet at the same time through electronic means
- Asynchronous – online learning activities that can occur at any time and at any location the student desires
Assessment of online learning outcomes will include a variety of evaluation tools depending on the course objectives such as:
- Regular quizzes completed online
- Graded bulletin board assignments
- Group projects
- Research papers
- Article critiques
- Proctored exams
Don’t worry if you’ve not taken an online class before. USAHS has an excellent online orientation (i.e. Student Readiness Orientation or “SRO”) program to help you learn how to navigate the course software and prepare you for being an online student. Each course also contains a help section and tech support is readily available to all students.
On-Campus Laboratory Classes
In courses with a lab component, students meet on campus for up to 16 hours of laboratory classes per weekend for no more than seven weekends in a 15-week trimester. The lab sessions focus on hands-on learning which is vital to occupational therapy education, as well as oral presentations, lab practical testing, social activities, and some proctored written examinations.
For more information on our Flex OTD program, please contact us today to connect with an enrollment advisor, register for an upcoming MOT/OTD information session (virtual) or register for a campus tour at the Miami, St. Augustine or Austin, TX campus.
* The entry level occupational therapy doctoral degree (OTD) Flex programs at our campus locations in St. Augustine, FL, San Marcos, CA, and Austin, TX have applied for accreditation and been granted Candidacy Status 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) 652-2682 and its Web address is http://www.acoteonline.org.