The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) encourages all potential students to make evidence-based decisions when selecting a graduate school. Institutions have a responsibility to provide information that will allow potential students to make informed decisions. Licensure and accreditation agencies require that data on institutional effectiveness is disclosed to the consumer and potential consumer. Additionally, The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires Title IV participating institutions like USAHS to disclose certain information to its constituents.
The following links provide information on consumer disclosure data and pages containing information or references to additional information.
Catalog and Student Handbook
Much of the information available on the USAHS website can also be found in the Catalog/Handbook.
The USAHS Catalog/Handbook contains the following information:
- Academic programs
- Academic Calendar
- State Licensure, approvals, and authorizations
- Accreditations and Approvals
- Student Acquisition
- Records and Registration
- Financial Information
- Policies and Regulations
- Student Services
- Faculty and instructional personnel
- Campus Policies and Procedures that include Tuition Refund Policy, Withdrawal Policy, and more.
- Academic Policies and Procedures
Website and other online resources
The USAHS website contains information and items regarding faculty, staff, learning outcomes assessment, educational programs, financial aid, and much more.
For information on textbooks, login to the Student Portal.
Descriptions of USAHS’ academic programs and educational cost of attending USAHS can be found on the Academics tab found on the usa.edu homepage, by selecting the applicable program, and then the “Tuition and Fees” drop-down on that program’s page. Additional information on each program’s estimated cost of attendance can be found at https://www.usa.edu/cost-by-term.
Transfer of Credit Policy
USAHS’ Transfer of Credit Policy can be found at https://www.usa.edu/legal/transfer-credit-policy/.
USAHS’ Complaint Policy can be found here.
Current articulation agreements
USAHS does not have any articulation agreements.
Cohort Default Rate
USAHS’ Official Cohort Default Rate can be located by entering “031713” for the OPEID at the following link: https://nsldsfap.ed.gov/cdr-searchable-database/school/search
Financial Aid Information
General information about financial aid, the way financial aid is distributed among applicants, and the Code of Conduct can be found at https://www.usa.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/.
Enrollment and Loan Reporting
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDoE) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other USDoE programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data. Visit NSLDS at https://nslds.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. In compliance with federal regulations under HEOA Sec. 489 amended Sec. 485B (d) (4) (20 U.S.C. 1092b), the University is required to notify you that approved loans will be submitted to NSLDS by the U.S. Department of Education and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
Additional information about federal student loans is provided during required loan entrance and exit counseling. Applicants are directed to the US Department of Education Loan Entrance site at https://studentaid.gov/.
Student enrollment status data is reported by the Registrar to NSLDS through a third-party servicer, Clearinghouse.
Student Outcomes and Student Characteristics
USAHS student body diversity for Fall 2021 as reported in IPEDS. Fall 2021 enrollment was 5,224 students.
|American Indian or Alaskan Native||0%|
|Black or African American||9%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or More Races||2%|
|Race and Ethnicity Unknown||21%|
First-Year Undergraduate Retention Rate and Graduation Rate
Not applicable. USAHS is a graduate-focused institution. There are no undergraduate degree-seeking students enrolled at USAHS.
Retention Rates as reported to IPEDS
USAHS does not admit full-time first-time undergraduate-level students in the cohort year, therefore graduation rate information was not reported on IPEDS.
Federal Pell Grants
Not applicable. USAHS is a graduate-focused institution. Federal Pell Grants and Direct Subsidized loans are specifically intended for undergraduate students. There are no undergraduate degree-seeking students currently enrolled at USAHS.
Employment Rate and Type of Employment
Employment rates within six months after graduation, per California’s Bureau for Postsecondary Education (BPPE) requirements, for 2020 calendar year graduating class are provided below. The employment data is collected through various communication methods with graduates. It is self-reported by graduates that gain employment within six months of graduation.
|Program||Number of On-Time Graduates (1)||Graduates Available for Employment (2)||Graduates Employed in the Field (3)||Placement Rate – Employed in the Field (3)||Type of Employment|
|Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)||58||67||46||69%||Occupational Therapists|
|Master of Occupational Therapy Flex (MOT Flex)||0||0||0||n/a||Occupational Therapists|
|Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)||29||33||29||88%||Occupational Therapists|
|Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)||181||198||157||79%||Physical Therapists|
|Doctor of Physical Therapy Flex (DPT Flex)||38||45||28||62%||Physical Therapists|
|Master of Health Science (MHS)||<10||<10||<10||50%||Health Educators, Community Health Worker|
|Master of Health Administration (MHA)||<10||<10||<10||75%||Medical & Health Managers|
|Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) *||<10||<10||<10||50%||Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Instructors and Teacher, Postsecondary|
|Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) *||<10||<10||<10||80%||Medical and Health Managers, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners|
|Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD)||<10||<10||<10||100%||Occupational Therapists|
|Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)||<10||<10||<10||100%||Physical Therapists|
|Doctor of Health Science (DHSc)||0||0||0||n/a||‘Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Workers, All Other|
|Doctor of Education (EdD)||<10||<10||<10||100%||Education Administrators, Postsecondary|
|Post Graduate Nursing Certificate-FNP||0||0||0||n/a||Nurse Practitioners|
|Post Graduate Nursing Certificate-Nurse Educator||0||0||0||n/a||Nursing Instructors and Teacher, Postsecondary|
|Post Graduate Nursing Certificate – Nurse Executive||0||0||0||n/a||Medical and Health Managers|
(1) “Number of On-Time Graduates” is the number of students who have completed the program within 100% of the published program length within the reporting calendar year.
(2) “Graduates Available for Employment” means the number of graduates minus the number of graduates unavailable for employment. “Graduates Unavailable for Employment” means the graduates who, after graduation, die, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education in an accredited or bureau‐approved postsecondary institution.
(3) “Graduates Employed in the Field” means graduates who, beginning within six months after a student completes the applicable educational program, are gainfully employed, whose employment has been reported, and for whom the institution has documented verification of employment. For occupations for which the state requires passing an examination, the six months period begins after the announcement of the examination results for the first examination available after a student completes an applicable educational program.
(4) “Placement Rate Employed in the Field” is calculated by dividing the number of graduates gainfully employed in the field by the number of graduates available for employment.
Student Achievement and Programmatic Accreditation Outcomes
USAHS is proud of the achievement of its graduate degree-seeking students and the success of its programs. Please click here for the retention and graduation rates by degree program. In addition to the University’s student achievement outcomes, USAHS discloses programmatic accreditation student outcomes from the links below.
CAPTE Required Student Outcomes Data, click on “CAPTE-DPT Student Outcomes”
ACOTE Required Student Outcomes Data – MOT, click on “Student Outcomes”
ACOTE Required Student Outcomes Data – OTD, click on “OTD Student Outcomes”
CAA Required Student Outcomes Data – MS-SLP, click on “Student Outcomes Data”
Student Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Student educational records at USAHS are governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
FERPA affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) These rights include the following:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day USAHS receives a request for access. A student shall submit to the Registrar, Dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
- The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by USAHS in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position; a person serving on the board of directors; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of USAHS who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent, or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for USAHS. Additionally, on occasion, USAHS may be asked to supply student PII data as part of general regulatory reporting requirements, including with respect to the student financial aid process and other legal requirements.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is as follows:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-8520
Directory information is information in a student’s education record that may be disclosed to outside organizations without a student’s prior written consent.
FERPA defines “directory information” as follows:
“Directory information” means information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information includes, but is not limited to, the student’s name; address; telephone listing; electronic mail address; photograph; date and place of birth; major field of study; grade level; enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time); dates of attendance; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors and awards received; and the most recent educational agency or institution attended. Directory information does not include a student’s social security number or student identification (ID) number (unless certain safeguards are in place).
USAHS currently defines directory information as the following:
- Student Name
- Telephone numbers
- Major field(s) of study, degree sought, school/college/department affiliation
- Enrollment status, including academic level (e.g., first term student), full-time, half-time, or part-time status, and credit load
- Dates of attendance and total cumulative credits
- Expected graduation date/term, and intent to participate in commencement
- University recognized activities (type and date/term participated)
- Degrees, honors and awards received (type and date/term granted)
- Previously attended educational agencies or institutions
In addition, USAHS has designated date of birth as limited directory information; it may be used only as detailed below:
- Date of birth is only released to official agencies as required for matching student records (e.g., National Student Clearinghouse) or as a validation of positive identification of a student when furnished by a person making an inquiry.
All other information contained in students’ education records is protected, non-directory information. Non-directory information includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Social security number
- Campus identification number
- Academic and disciplinary actions
- Class schedule
- Courses completed
- Grades and grade point average (GPA)
A student has the right to restrict the release of their public directory information by placing a FERPA restriction on that data.
Release of Student Information
USAHS complies with the provisions of Public Law 93-380, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, in reference to student records.
Students must consent to the release of any student information other than directory information to any person or agency. This consent must be in writing, signed, and dated. The consent must specify the information to be released, the reason for the release, and the names of the individual or agency to whom the information is to be released. The Registrar’s Office is responsible for fulfilling requests for student information.
The Authorization to Release Information form, can be found here.
Accessibility & Accommodations
USAHS is committed to and embraces diversity in all forms. The Office of Student Welfare and Accessibility can help if a student requires an accommodation during his or her coursework or clinical site because of a disability, religion, pregnancy, or breastfeeding status. Students seeking an accommodation should follow the steps outlined below and submit such request as soon as reasonably practicable.
In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), USAHS is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations to any student with a disability. The University has developed a list of essential functions that a student should possess in order to successfully complete some programs. This list is provided to prospective students as part of the application packet and to newly admitted students as part of the acceptance process. Each student must endorse that he or she has reviewed and understands the list of essential functions.
To request a reasonable accommodation, a student must complete the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form available through MyUSA, Student Services>Accommodations>Disability. Students should submit the completed form and appropriate documentation to [email protected] as early as possible. A delay in submitting the request may result in not having approved accommodations for their assignments or other academic requirements. The Office of Student Welfare and Accessibility will review the request and inform the student in writing of the decision. The student will be asked to sign a form indicating his or her agreement to the accommodations being provided and will be responsible for notifying his or her instructor(s) of the approved accommodations. Students enrolled in a program that has a clinical component (i.e., MS-SLP, MOT, OTD, Nursing and DPT programs) should be aware that the clinical environment may have different requirements than the academic environment. As such, students wishing to request accommodations for the clinical portion of the program must submit an additional accommodation request and follow the process outlined above.
Faculty are to adhere to the approved accommodations and are encouraged to seek clarification from the Office of Student Welfare and Accessibility should there be a question or concern about providing the accommodations. Should a student request something different from the approved accommodations, he or she should contact the Office of Student Welfare and Accessibility via [email protected]. Faculty members, Advisors and/or Program Directors are unable to alter the approved accommodations.
USAHS is committed to providing an academic and work environment that is respectful of the religious beliefs of its students. As part of this commitment, USAHS will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable religious accommodations to students whose sincerely held religious beliefs conflict with a University policy, procedure, or other academic requirements unless such an accommodation would create an undue hardship. To request an accommodation, a student must complete the Religious Accommodation Request Form available through MyUSA.
USAHS is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for pregnant and parenting students. Students may request reasonable accommodations because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary based on the student’s circumstances, but may include academic accommodations, leave of absence or flexibility (such as breaks during class, excused absences, rescheduling of tests, and alternatives to make up missed work).
In addition, USAHS supports students who choose to continue breastfeeding their children after they return to campus. USAHS shall provide clean, private rooms that are easily accessible to nursing students. All designated lactation spaces shall be equipped with a table, chair, electrical outlet, window coverings (as needed), and lock from inside. Students planning to breastfeed should do so around their scheduled class times to the extent possible.
Students who wish to discuss or request accommodations based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions should complete a Pregnancy Accommodation Request Form available through MyUSA.
Pets and Service Animals
USAHS prohibits bringing a pet (a domestic animal kept for pleasure or companionship) to campus or having a pet in USAHS controlled buildings and premises, with the exception of service animals providing ADA reasonable accommodations for a person with disabilities. As established by the ADA, service animals may not be excluded from University facilities or activities except as provided below. Students requiring a service animal may experience limitations in the number of clinical sites available to them and their desired geographic location.
Definition of Service Animal
The ADA defines a service animal as follows:
“… any … animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.”
Under the ADA, service animals are limited to dogs and other animals that are approved and recognized that meet specific federal and/or state criteria. A service animal must be specifically trained to perform a service function to work on campus for the benefit of an individual with a disability. If an animal meets this definition, it is considered a service animal regardless of whether it has been licensed or certified by a state or local government or a training program. Companion or therapy animals are not considered service animals and are not allowed unless otherwise required by law.
Service animals whose behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others or is disruptive to the campus community may be excluded regardless of training or certification. Students who utilize a service animal must submit a Reasonable Accommodation Request Form available through MyUSA.
Responsibility of Service Animal Owner/Partner
The service animal’s owner/partner is at all times solely responsible for the cost of care, arrangements, any responsibilities connected to the well-being of a service animal, and any property damage caused by the service animal. Students with off-campus internships, clinical labs, service-learning opportunities, or other University-related activities must abide by the service animal policy at the off-campus entity.
Requirements of service animals and their owners/partners on campus include the following:
- Animals must meet all public place requirements as mandated by state or local ordinances.
- All animals need to be immunized against rabies and other diseases common to that type of animal.
- All vaccinations must be current.
- Animals must wear a rabies vaccination tag.
- All animals must be licensed per state law.
- Service animals must wear an owner identification tag which always includes the name and phone number of the owner.
- The owner/partner must follow local ordinances in cleaning up after the animal defecates; individuals with disabilities who physically cannot clean up after their own service animal are not required to pick up and dispose of feces.
- Animals must be in good health.
- Animals must be on a leash, harness, or another type of restraint always unless the owner/partner is unable to retain an animal on leash due to a disability.
- The owner/partner must always be in full control of the animal; the care and supervision of the animal is solely the responsibility of the owner/partner.
- The removal of service animals may be requested in certain situations, including if a service animal:
- is unruly or disruptive (e.g., barking, running around, bringing attention to itself),
- threatens the health or safety of another individual,
- displays signs of illness, or
- is unclean, malodorous, and/or bedraggled.
If improper behavior happens repeatedly or if owners/partners are noncompliant with requirements, they may be told not to bring the service animal into any facility until they take significant steps to mitigate violations. The University is not liable if the service animal causes harm to the University or an individual.
Areas Off-Limits to Service Animals
To ensure safety there may be areas on the campus that are off-limits to service animals. The natural organisms carried by dogs and other animals may negatively affect the outcome of the research. At the same time, the chemicals and/or organisms used in the research may be harmful to service animals. Areas such as research laboratories, mechanical rooms, custodial closets, and areas that require protective clothing may be restricted. Final decisions regarding restricted areas will be made based on the nature of research or machinery and in the best interest of the animal. Exceptions to determinations may be made by a Dean or the Dean’s designee. The natural organisms carried by dogs and other animals may negatively affect the outcome of the research. At the same time, the chemicals and/or organisms used in the research may be harmful to service animals.
USAHS prohibits retaliation against students for requesting an accommodation or otherwise engaging in protected conduct under these policies. If a student feels he or she has been discriminated or retaliated against, the student should follow the complaints process outlined in the University Catalog/Handbook.
Clinical Education Required Health Documentation
Required health information includes:
- A copy of the student’s medical insurance coverage including hospitalization and emergency care (must be kept current while enrolled)
- Proof of a comprehensive health examination (annually)
- Proof of a negative TB testing to establish a baseline: Initial 2 step PPD, or chest x-ray if PPD positive, OR a blood QuantiFERON test. TB status is renewed annually with the submission of a TB Questionnaire unless the student has traveled internationally, or the clinical site requires a more recent test. Chest x-rays must be less than 5 years old.
- Proof of immunization or immunity to: Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella
- Proof of immunization OR immunity to Hepatitis B or physician signed declination form*
- Proof of immunization to Tdap (every 10 years)
- Proof of immunization to Bacterial Meningitis on Texas campus and under the age of 21
- Flu shot (annually when available) or flu shot declination form signed by student
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including booster shots, if the clinical site requires it – see note below**
- A copy of the student’s current American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid and BLS cards (expires every 2 years)
- A copy of certificate of annual completion for training in OSHA, HIPAA, and Elder Abuse. Information regarding this training will be provided to the students by the Clinical Services department annually.
*A facility has the right to refuse any student who has not completed the required medical documents including, an incomplete Hepatitis B series or failure to obtain a required COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
**Any student who has taken the COVID-19 vaccination and has been advised by their healthcare provider to delay other vaccinations by 2-4 weeks will be granted an extension to complete the other vaccines.
Many of our clinical sites are requiring that students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster shots (as well as other medical requirements) prior to the start date of their clinical experiences. State and/or federal regulations continue to change and may also require that you be fully vaccinated to complete your clinical experience in certain settings. Failure to vaccinate could result in a significant delay or cancellation of your clinical placement, jeopardize program completion and/or impact employment opportunities upon graduation.
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Unlawful and Controlled Substances Policy
It is unlawful for any person to sell, manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a controlled substance. Any person violating the provisions of respective state, county, or federal law may be guilty of a felony, or, in some cases, a misdemeanor. The severity of the sanctions imposed for both possession and distribution offenses depends on the quantity of drugs, prior convictions, and whether death or serious injury resulted. Sanctions may be increased for offenses that involve distribution to minors or occur on or near a school or campus. In addition, other federal laws require or permit forfeiture of personal or real property used to illegally possess, facilitate possession, transport, or for concealment of a controlled substance. A person’s right to purchase or receive a firearm or other federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, or professional or commercial licenses, may also be revoked or denied as a result of a drug conviction.
USAHS will impose sanctions on students and/or employees for violation of the standards of conduct consistent with local, state, and federal laws. Sanctions for students may include disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution. Sanctions for employees may include disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
USAHS complies with appropriate state statutes and city ordinances dealing with the consumption of alcoholic beverages on USAHS premises and at any function in which USAHS’ name is involved. Students and their guests who consume any alcoholic beverage on campus or at an event sponsored by USAHS or any entity of USAHS must be at least 21 years of age and must be able to furnish proof of age at the event. USAHS and its agents reserve the right to refuse to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone who is visibly intoxicated or whose behavior, at the sole discretion of USAHS and its agents, warrants the refusal of service. Any individual who arrives at a USAHS function either on or off campus in a visibly intoxicated state may, at the sole discretion of USAHS or its agents, be denied entrance to the event.
USAHS Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program
Annual security report
USAHS’ Annual Security Reports can be found at https://www.usa.edu/safety-security/.
Last Updated: 12/14/2022