Hear what some of our first cohort representatives are saying about the newest campus location in Austin, TX
What factors were most important to you when choosing a DPT program?
Kylee Bell Says: “I searched for programs that had professors with backgrounds in different interests within the physical therapy realm. I did not want to attend a school that only had one primary focus, so I could make the decision of what focus felt best for me after experiencing each one within the program. I also looked for applications that focused more on the person as a whole, which included essay questions like “Why do I want to be a physical therapist?” and “What experiences have I had that have helped prepare me for this road to being a PT?” The mission statements of each school I looked at, as well as how the faculty presented themselves in person was also very important to me during this process. The more clear, concise, and encouraging words I received from each program, the more likely I was to apply to that program.”
Austin Kocchi Says: “The biggest issue for me was choosing a program that produces competent, professional therapists immediately after graduation. Throughout my experiences shadowing and working at a PT technician, I’ve met a number of PT students on their clinical rotations as well as a number of young therapists. Some of which I felt were more competent than others. The therapists and students I’ve come across from USA have displayed a solid foundation of knowledge and professionalism, which I’ve come to respect. Other factors that I considered were location of the school in regards to quality of life, as well as the likelihood of staying and practicing within the area.”
Why did you choose to attend USA?
Peyton Sykes Says: “I chose to attend USA’s Texas campus for a variety reasons. It was close to family and I loved the idea of being apart of the inaugural class of a new physical therapy campus. Most importantly, I chose USA because of its reputation for being a premier physical therapy program with an emphasis on Manual Therapy. My uncle achieved his Transitional degree online through USA and had nothing but great things to say. So I contacted the school and they were nothing but helpful, informative and responded in a way which made me feel as though they wanted me there as a student. Midway through the first semester, that level of respect has not changed and I know I made the right choice!”
Austin Kocchi Says: “I was turned on to USA from a therapist I had the opportunity to work under as a PT technician. The professionalism and quality education he presented was what lead me to apply to USA. During my search for more information I realized that USA was opening a new campus in Austin, TX. It was then I realized I had the opportunity to represent the continuation of this university’s tradition of producing quality therapist while having the opportunity to help guide the direction of the new Austin campus.”
What do you like best about going to school in Austin, TX?
Kylee Bell Says: “I love Austin, Texas! Going to school here in Austin has been such a blessing. The people in Austin are the most friendly people I’ve met in the United States. Everyone is welcoming and there are plenty of activities to do around here. There is definitely something in Austin for people of all ages.”
Peyton Sykes Says: “I love the small campus feel with the new facility. Everything here is new and you aren’t competing with hundreds of students to use it. We’re more like a family and the campus has really been set up to the advantage of the student with group study rooms, private study rooms, an interactive learning lab and a lot more.”
Austin Kocchi Says: “I really enjoy living in a large, thriving city like Austin. It has all the amenities of any other major city but has a unique personality that promotes a strong community-first approach as well as individualism. The area also has so much going on! Austin is the live music capital of the world, so you don’t have to go far to find entertainment if you are looking for some. If music and dancing isn’t your forte, there are plenty of beautiful outdoor opportunities to take advantage of. There are great trails for running, hiking and biking throughout the city as well as just outside the city limits. There seems to be a scene for everyone here, wherever your interests and tastes lie.”