Launch your career in physical therapy with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Built-In Flexibility

Choose the coursework style that fits your career goals and personal schedule. Our entry-level DPT program is available in two formats: Residential (with labs on weekdays) and Flex (with labs on weekends).

Innovative Learning

Practice new skills using the state-of-the-art equipment in our clinical simulation centers, and participate in immersive virtual simulations.

Largest Graduate PT School in the USA

Benefit from decades of experience. USAHS has been pioneering PT education since 1979 and is on a mission to develop outstanding physical therapy practitioners to positively impact patient lives. With five campuses offering PT degree programs and three start dates per year, we confer the most degrees of any graduate PT school in the country.1

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Open doors to a meaningful career as a physical therapist.

Help patients restore their quality of life with your Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Become an expert in the movement of the human body with a DPT from USAHS.

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Our DPT Degree Stands Apart.

USAHS has a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program to match your career goals and busy life—whether you are new to the field or a longtime practitioner. Our DPT program includes three trimesters of supervised clinical experience.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Prepare to treat a wide range of patients with this entry-level degree. We offer two styles of on-campus learning for our DPT: Residential and Flex. In our Residential DPT, you will participate in blended didactic courses and face-to-face labs on weekdays. Or, if you work during the week, have family obligations, or live a distance from campus, you can earn your physical therapy degree through online coursework and in-person weekend labs with our Flex DPT.

Follow your passion and earn your graduate degree in physical therapy.

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Residential DPT

  • Blended didactic courses + in-person labs on weekdays
  • 131 credit hours over 8 trimesters2
  • 2 years and 8 months2
  • September, January, and May start dates
  • Three trimesters of clinical experiences

Flex DPT

  • Online coursework + in-person labs on weekends
  • 131 credit hours over 12 trimesters2
  • 4 years2
  • Start dates vary by campus
  • Three trimesters of clinical experiences

Master up-to-date physical therapy strategies.

Gain the expertise you need to build a rewarding career.

  • Become a leader.
    Develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in physical therapy practice, to advance the profession, and to serve the well-being of society.
  • Thrive on collaboration.
    Build and support cooperative relationships with patients/clients, as well as interprofessional connections with other healthcare providers and the community.
  • Make a lifelong difference.
    Help your patients recover their quality of life while utilizing the latest in physical therapy theory and practice.
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Stay competitive and advance your career with a DPT.

I chose PT because I like that I can effectively be the change in a person's life and support them in achieving whatever goal they can accomplish with physical therapy.

Rhoda, DPT student

Dedicated solely to graduate health sciences education.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is a graduate institution that offers degree programs in graduate nursing, health administration, health science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, education, and speech-language pathology, as well as continuing education programs.

Founded in 1979, USAHS has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Miami, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Dallas, Texas.

USAHS is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001, www.wascsenior.org

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San Marcos, CA  | St. Augustine, FL | Miami, FL |  Austin, TX  | Dallas, TX

1 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).

2 Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred, and other factors.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA; St. Augustine and Miami, FL and Austin, TX and the DPT Flex programs in San Marcos, CA; St. Augustine, FL and Austin, TX are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085, telephone: 703-706-3245, email: [email protected]; or website: www.capteonline.org. The Clinical Orthopaedic Residency and Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship programs are not subject to accreditation by CAPTE. If needing to contact the San Marcos, CA programs directly, please call Dr. Peters-Brinkerhoff at 760-410-5314 or email [email protected]. If needing to contact the St. Augustine or Miami, FL programs directly, please call Dr. Somarriba at 904-770-3627 or email [email protected]. If needing to contact the Austin, TX programs directly, please call Dr. Domenech at 737-202-3347 or email [email protected].

Effective April 28, 2020, the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the Dallas, Texas campus has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA, 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call or email Dr. Thomas P. Werner at 469-498-5740 or [email protected].

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22305-3085, telephone: 703-706-3245, email: [email protected], website: www.capteonline.org accredits the Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Flex at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on a campus-by-campus basis.

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Help patients restore their quality of life with your Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Open doors to a meaningful career as a physical therapist.

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Save time earning your degree in our Residential DPT, or get the flexibility your schedule demands with our Flex DPT.

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