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Masters and Doctoral Programs Available

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

Founded in 1979, USAHS has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Miami, Florida. USAHS is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). USAHS is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network.

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USAHS is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The MOT program is approved by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE).

We're accredited.*

Why USAHS for your Graduate Degree?

We’re flexible.

We’re at the forefront of creating educational experiences suited to your needs. In face-to-face settings, you’ll experience small class sizes. Blended learning with online components Flex MOT and OTD programs allow you to work on a schedule that fits your lifestyle.

We’re innovators.

You’ll work in dynamic settings, using hands-on tools and have access to unique learning opportunities, including our Centers for Innovative Clinical Practice,  which will prepare you to be a successful clinician.

*The OTD program (OTD) program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address iswww.acoteonline.org.

The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Can I earn my degree online?

Some degrees can be earned online, while others offer on-campus and blended learning options through any of our destination campuses.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid and scholarships are available. Ask an enrollment advisor for details after completing the above form.

When can I start?

We have three start dates each year, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Advance Your Career—on Your Terms.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
Read more about Gainful Employment here. 

Earn a Degree in Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists are in high demand—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts at 24% from 2016-2024, which is much faster than average.

This is a career that matters. Occupational therapists have a big impact on people’s lives, helping clients of all ages overcome physical, developmental, emotional and/or social deficits. You’re improving people’s lives.

So whether you’re seeking to earn your Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) or a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), with full time campus as well as Flex options available, USAHS has a program that fits into your life and your schedule.


Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Learn to employ science-driven and evidence-based interventions that promote increased quality of life for people of all ages. As a graduate with a MOT, you will contribute to both your profession and to society through competence, ethical standards, and professionalism. You’ll be able to complete your program in two years.

Entry Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

The OTD program is designed for students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree who want to become licensed occupational therapists.  It’s an advanced degree with a capstone experiential project, OTD enables expanded career paths including research leadership, theory, program development, and emerging practice areas. Finish 117 credits over 8 trimesters (2 years and 8 months) to earn your OTD.

FLEX MOT and OTD Programs

Online courses and alternating weekend on-campus lab settings give working adults and those with family responsibilities, flexible scheduling. You’ll be able earn your MOT degree in three years or your OTD in four years. It’s the same degree as full-time on-campus. 

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