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
Strengthen your skills, expand your scholarship, and launch your career through USAHS’ master’s and doctoral occupational therapy programs in Florida.
Take the Next Step: OT Graduate Programs in Florida
At the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS), discover innovative occupational therapy graduate programs in Florida. Earning your OT degree is your opportunity to launch a rewarding career as an OT practitioner, advocate, and healthcare team member. USAHS is known for our cutting-edge technical resources and supportive community of peers and faculty mentors, all committed to educational excellence.
Take on challenging online coursework, engage in hands-on lab work, and put your new skills to practice in your fieldwork. Earning an OT graduate degree is about more than mastering the concepts and putting them into practice. It’s also about building a professional network that will serve you throughout your career. If you’re a Florida resident or if you’re dreaming about the Sunshine State, USAHS is a smart choice for career advancement, educational growth, and personal fulfillment.
The USAHS Master of Occupational Therapy Degree
USAHS’ Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program on our two Florida campuses can turn your career dreams into reality. Create personalized treatments for children and adults and practice essential clinical skills that will serve you throughout your career. Enhance your critical thinking and cultural responsiveness, and master the soft skills you need to practice ethically and efficiently. After earning a degree from USAHS’ ACOTE-accredited master’s program, you’ll be prepared to deliver high-quality, holistic therapy and serve patients across a diverse spectrum.
OTD Program: The Next Generation of Leaders
Launch your career at the doctoral level as an occupational therapist in USAHS’ Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. The OTD prepares students for clinical practice as well as expanded OT roles such as research, advocacy, and policymaking. Dive into a research topic of your choice in your doctoral capstone project. The OTD provides a student-centered academic and clinical experience designed to graduate leaders in the profession.
Your Education, Your Choice: Flex vs. Residential Programs in Florida
Residential OT Graduate Programs—Launch Your Career Faster
Accelerate your education by choosing the Residential format of our OT programs. Typically spanning 6 trimesters for the MOT and 8 trimesters for the OTD,* the Residential format offers a blend of online coursework and in-person lab classes on weekdays. Enjoy a high level of engagement with your cohort and faculty mentors, while delving into advanced concepts in OT pedagogy and practice. Immerse yourself in a supportive environment of peers, all striving toward work that empowers yourselves and your patients.
Learn on an Expanded Schedule: Flex OT Graduate Programs
If you need to balance your career advancement with family and work responsibilities, our Flex OT graduate programs are a great option. In this inventive learning format, working students can earn their graduate OT degree over a longer, more flexible time frame. Engage in online coursework and in-person lab work built around a non-traditional schedule. The Flex format comprises the same credit hours, the same intensive coursework and hands-on labs, and the same fieldwork opportunities as the Residential format, set to a timetable that can fit your busy life.
Explore Florida’s Best Features from Two USAHS Campuses
Whether you’re interested in earning your master’s or doctoral degree in occupational therapy, you’ll find two cutting-edge USAHS campuses in Florida. Whether you choose to study in Miami or St. Augustine, USAHS offers an exceptional learning environment.
A Cutting-Edge Campus in Historic St. Augustine
The oldest European-founded city in the United States, St. Augustine is a gem of old-world charms and modern style. Explore picturesque beaches, then head downtown to check out museums, bistros, and wineries. In class, you’ll practice hands-on OT skills in USAHS’ Center for Innovative Clinical Practice, which includes simulated clinic, home, and work environments. Learn detailed anatomy with a state-of-the-art Anatomage Table and practice creating adaptive tools with our 3D printer. For more than two decades, USAHS has built a network of relationships in Florida healthcare, all to the benefit of students ready to begin their careers here and beyond.
Miami: International Opportunity and Vibrancy
Miami: International Opportunity and VibrancyFrom its vibrant nightlife to its rich international culture, Miami is a stimulating place to be. Take a study break on a white-sand beach, and improve your Spanish language skills—highly valuable in the U.S. healthcare industry. On the USAHS campus, located in Coral Gables, you’ll have access to cutting-edge resources like driving simulators, teletherapy robots, a 3D scanner and printer, and so much more. Miami is a hub for healthcare, so you can explore a wide array of opportunities after graduation, making the city a prime location for launching your studies and career.
Requirements for admission into USAHS’ graduate OT programs include:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, either completed or in progress
- A current resume
- A statement of purpose, outlining why you wish to pursue a career in OT, and more specifically, a graduate degree at USAHS
- Short answers to supplemental questions
- Two letters of recommendation
- Prerequisite courses in health and social sciences, with a grade of C or better in each
- A comprehensive background check and drug screening
- Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic contacts
And applying just got easier: The GRE requirement is now suspended for all OT graduate degree programs!
Florida OT Graduate Program Accreditation
Across our two Florida campuses, our MOT and OTD programs (Residential and Flex formats) are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Graduates of USAHS’ occupational therapy programs will be eligible for certification as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), after successful completion of the national certification exam.
*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.