Physical Therapy Programs

Be a force for creativity and innovation in PT.

At the University of St. Augustine, you’ll take an immersive approach to perfecting your expertise in Physical Therapy. Here, you’ll master technology and techniques, with an unfaltering commitment to treating patients as people.

Join the Country’s Largest Graduate PT School

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is proud to be the largest physical therapy school in the United States. With five campuses offering physical therapist degree programs and three start dates per year, we confer the most degrees of any graduate PT school in the country. Based on total DPT degrees conferred, as reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data is captured by IPEDS through interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

As a physical therapist, you will become an expert in the movement of the human body. You can help people reduce pain levels, regain freedom of motion after an injury, and live to their fullest potential. A DPT degree opens doors to a career working with people across the lifespan and in a wide range of settings. Physical therapy is a well-paid profession that is growing fast. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm (visited May 12, 2021)

Our PT programs at a glance, and a closer look.

Nationally recognized for our leadership in physical therapy education, USAHS has the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program to fit your career goals and working life—whether you are new to the field or a longtime practitioner. Each of our PT programs includes three trimesters of supervised clinical experience.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The DPT is the entry-level degree in physical therapy. It prepares you for clinical practice with a wide range of patients and in varied settings. It also prepares you for advanced roles in research and practice leadership.

Clinical Orthopaedic Residency

Gain the expertise and clinical hours you need to specialize in orthopaedics. Featuring 160 hours of one-on-one mentorship and 1,500 patient treatment hours, the Residency combines online coursework with in-person seminars and skills labs on our St. Augustine campus.

Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship

A level beyond our Residency program, the Fellowship prepares you to sit for your Manual Therapy Certification exam through USAHS’ Continuing Professional Education program. The Fellowship also features 160 hours of one-on-one mentorship, plus 850 patient treatment hours.

Non-Degree PT Courses Online for International Students

If you earned your PT degree and license to practice in a location outside the United States, USAHS offers a comprehensive catalog of courses focused on competencies often required by the FCCPT.

Choose the Learning Path that Fits your Life

Here, you’ll have two different ways to approach your PT degree: Flex and Residential.

Residential

If 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.

Learning Methodology

Blended didactic courses plus face-to-face lab sessions on campus. The Residential DPT requires a full-time commitment over eight trimesters.

Student Lifestyle

Lives near campus and attends school during the week

Flex

If you are working, have other obligations, or live a distance from campus, the Flex option was designed with you in mind. With Flex, students meet on campus for clinical labs over select weekends each month.

Learning Methodology

Our online coursework plus on-campus clinical labs held on select weekends. The Flex DPT requires a full-time commitment over 12 trimesters.

Student Lifestyle

Lives near campus or travels to campus on weekends

Why USAHS?

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.

Leading Faculty

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.

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.

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.

Interprofessional Education

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.

Social Responsibility

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.

Career Connections

At USAHS, we’re proud of our national network of more than 10,000 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.

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