In September 1994, USA’s initial cohort of physical therapy students began studying at what was then called “the Institute of Physical Therapy.” Approximately 45 brave students started in a program with a handful of faculty, candidacy status for accreditation, and classes held in a strip mall in St. Augustine, Florida. The students parked in a sand lot next to a restaurant. What you can’t see is the cadaver portable trailer that sat behind this building. The administrative buildings were about a mile north. These were very humble beginnings, especially when you consider our facilities in three states today!
“The University of St. Augustine is well situated to be a leader in health profession education.” — President Wanda Nitsch
Over the last 20 years, our Florida campus has graduated more than 3,600 students from a range of entry-level and post-professional physical therapy degree programs that demonstrate how much education in the profession has changed in that time. We have also worked hard to maintain those same elements of professionalism, clinical excellence, and hands-on training in all of our degree and non-degree programs. Our innovative approaches to solving today’s health care needs are our key to future success.