Briona Daugherty’s (MS-SLP ’22) speech-language pathology (SLP) path began on board a cruise ship. Daugherty graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in theatrical performance. She studied opera and musical theater, originally wanting to be a touring singer for Broadway-style shows. After spending time as a professional singer in Las Vegas and New York City, she began a career performing on cruise ships, including five years in China, Japan, Korea and Thailand. The longer she worked on cruise ships, the more she aided other vocalists in adjusting to life onboard. This included helping entertainment employees maintain their voices for more than two hours a night in a 2,000-seat theater. After witnessing Read more
The GRE requirement is suspended for admission into the first professional occupational therapy programs. Learn more
Join an immersive, energized OT community
As an occupational therapist, you can help people of all ages with physical, developmental, and social challenges improve their lives by engaging in meaningful daily activities. From pediatrics to geriatrics, from clinics to corporations, OTs are employed across a wide range of health professions and within many different healthcare settings. They create adaptive technologies for athletes with disabilities, help children with learning differences participate fully in school, design ergonomic solutions for workers, support older adults with physical and cognitive changes—and much more. An OT degree opens so many doors. Out of all the health professions, being an occupational therapist is a well-paid profession that is growing fast. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Occupational Therapists"on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm (visited May 15th, 2021)
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Our MOT and OTD Programs
Help People as a Clinician
Two-year Residential MOTOur Residential MOT program path typically takes only two years to complete*, which is two fewer trimesters than the OTD.
* The program is designed to be completed in this amount of time; however, the time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred, and other factors.
Launch your career soonerOur MOT is a great-value program, putting you in position to launch your career, start earning money, and start making a difference sooner.
Become a clinicianAs an OT clinician, you can help people of all ages overcome physical and cognitive barriers and improve their quality of life.
Make an Impact in Expanded Roles
Additional courseworkIn the OTD’s additional two trimesters of study beyond the MOT, you will gain more skills in emerging practice areas and learn about leadership, advocacy, and policymaking.
More open doorsThe OTD is helpful for those who seek roles in practice leadership, on boards of occupational therapy associations, in patient advocacy, and in research.
The Future of OTThe OTD is the future of the profession. In 2018, 28% of accredited MOT programs shifted to the OTD. American Association of Occupational Therapy, “Academic Programs Annual Data Report Academic Year 2017–2018,” 2018. pg. 3.
ResidentialIf you want a weekday class schedule and an on-campus student experience, choose the Residential option. Didactic courses are blended, while lab sessions occur face-to-face during the week.
Our online occupational therapy coursework plus face-to-face lab sessions on campus. The Residential path requires a full-time commitment.
Lives near campus and attends school full-time
FlexIf you work, have other obligations, or live far from campus, choose the Flex format. Access coursework online and attend face-to-face classes and lab sessions on campus during select weekends each term.
Online coursework plus on-campus clinical labs held on select weekends. The Flex path also requires a full-time commitment.
Lives near campus or travels to campus on weekends
Leader in health sciences education
USAHS has been dedicated solely to graduate education in health sciences for more than 40 years. You will join a community of like-minded faculty and students focused on delivering excellent patient care and taking on advanced roles within their professions.Learn More
Our faculty is composed of educators and clinicians who are experts in their fields. Faculty members currently treat patients, publish research, or serve on the boards of professional organizations. They draw from their diverse expertise to develop our curricula.Learn More
Leader in innovation
USAHS is at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning models. Our blended learning model offers students the best of interactive, media-rich online learning combined with immersive, hands-on experiences in our labs and simulation centers. Our rehab-focused, state-of-the art simulation centers provide a safe learning environment where students practice treating mock patients using real medical equipment and cutting-edge EdTech tools.Learn More
Five destination campuses
We have campuses in five exciting and beautiful cities: San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Miami, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Dallas, Texas. Each of our campuses is its own tight-knit community of engaged faculty and students sharing ideas and knowledge.Learn More
Good patient care depends on harmonious teamwork among healthcare practitioners. That’s why, from your very first trimester, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers in other rehabilitative science disciplines, learning each other’s roles and responsibilities.Learn More
USAHS is a Certified B Corp™ institution, with a focus on community service, social and environmental responsibility, accountability, and transparency. We offer service-learning opportunities that enhance your clinical experiences, and we work to advance the rehabilitative sciences through student and faculty advocacy.Learn More
At USAHS, we’re proud of our national network of more than 10,000 USAHS data as of Nov. 2020. accomplished alumni, including thousands of licensed rehabilitation practitioners. Your collaborative relationships with faculty and your peers—and the connections you make during your fieldwork experiences—can help you launch your career.Learn More
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