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
Two premier occupational therapy graduate programs, two Texas campuses—countless opportunities at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
Learn More About Our Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs in Texas
Prepare to expand your knowledge, hone your skills, and launch your career at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) in Texas. When you earn a master’s or doctoral degree in occupational therapy with USAHS, you’ll train with expert faculty, gain access to state-of-the-art resources, and work alongside a cohort of dedicated colleagues.
Occupational therapy is about more than healing bodies and minds. It’s about providing customized interventions to a diverse range of patients, helping them achieve their personal goals, and developing new strategies that increase their quality of life. In USAHS’ graduate OT programs, you’ll sharpen your communication and problem-solving skills while working with the cutting-edge tools revolutionizing the OT field. For aspiring clinicians, practice leaders, and OT advocates, our OT graduate programs in Texas can open up a world of possibilities.
MOT in Texas: the Pathway to Your New Career
Gain the practical skills to begin your career as an occupational therapist. In the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program onUSAHS’ two Texas campuses, we’re training the next generation of practitioners to take on the new challenges facing our field. Gain insight into advanced treatments and technology, practice procedures on real and simulated patients, and develop your communication and critical thinking skills. The MOT program is a student-centered academic experience that’s aimed at preparing you for clinical practice after graduation.
The Next Level of Education: The Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
Expand your career beyond clinical practice by enrolling in USAHS’ Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program on one of our Texas campuses. For those interested in patient advocacy, leadership positions, and public health research, our occupational therapy doctoral programs may be a perfect fit. After completing your MOT degree requirements, you’ll spend two trimesters engaged in specialized research. You’ll deepen your knowledge by completing a capstone project on the subject of your choice and discover how your specialized interests can open up nontraditional career prospects. A doctoral degree in OT from USAHS will propel you forward on your path and help you make a meaningful impact in the lives of your patients.
Two Ways to Learn in our Texas OT Graduate Programs
Residential OT Graduate Program—Maximize Your Time
Choose the Residential format to earn your occupational therapy degree in our most efficient time frame. Whether you enroll in our master’s or doctoral program, you can expect practical and engaging online coursework, first-hand learning opportunities in the field, and institutional support from our expert faculty. The Residential format enables you to move relatively quickly from student to practitioner. You’ll get to know your cohort well through in-person weekly labs, and you’ll build connections—and experience—outside the classroom through two trimesters of fieldwork.
A New Way to Learn: USAHS’ Flex OT Format
Interested in a graduate program but need a bit more time to complete it? USAHS’ Flex format is designed to give students with work or family obligations a chance to change careers. Featuring online coursework and in-person labs held on select weekends each month, the Flex format offers more flexibility than our Residential format. You’ll still benefit from our state-of-the-art on-campus resources, faculty mentors, and the tight-knit student community that set USAHS apart as a leading institution. USAHS makes it possible to achieve your educational and career goals while balancing your other commitments.
Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Including MOT and OTD Opportunities
With two innovative campuses in major metropolitan hubs, USAHS offers unmatched resources and opportunities for incoming students. Whether you begin your OT career in Austin or Dallas, you can expect a student-first academic experience guided by experienced faculty and caring staff.
Small-Town Charm, Big-City Opportunities: Experience Austin
A creative hub in central Texas, Austin is renowned for its music and arts scene as well as its plentiful opportunities for outdoor fun. With its population of young, educated professionals, Austin is an ideal location to earn your occupational therapy degree and launch your career. On USAHS’ Austin campus, you’ll work and study in a Center for Innovative Clinical Practice, practice using tools like driving simulators and 3D printers, and take on real-world therapeutic challenges in a classroom setting. Explore either the MOT or OTD program and discover why so many Austin students become lifelong residents of this charming, quirky city.
USAHS in Dallas: A Thriving Campus in a Bustling City
Enroll in USAHS’ OTD program in Dallas and explore a city known for its world-class food scene, expansive lakes and greenbelts, and thriving commerce. Located just 15 minutes from the beating heart of downtown Dallas and major airports, the USAHS campus is convenient and accessible. From there, you can check out the city’s famous galleries, shopping centers, and outdoor spaces. While on campus, you’ll discover how USAHS matches the city’s innovative spirit with state-of-the-art simulation labs, premium EdTech tools, and groundbreaking educational pathways.
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 OT professional or academic contacts
And applying just got easier: The GRE requirement is now suspended for all OT graduate degree programs!
Texas OT Graduate Program Accreditation
Across our two Texas 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.