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About the University

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

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Earn your PPOTD degree with USAHS and take your career to the next level.

Online PPOTD Program

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Open to those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in occupational therapy, USAHS’ Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD) helps OTs stay competitive and meet the professional trend toward the doctorate. Our PPOTD offers practitioners like you the opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in clinical OT practice, research, administration, leadership, program development, and education. It will help you add to your credentials, update your skills, and keep up with best practices in the OT field.

Designed for those who are practicing or ready to practice, the program emphasizes active inquiry, critical thinking, and applied learning. It will help you expand your interprofessional perspective and become a change agent in the profession.

Best Medical Degrees ranks our program in its top 10 best-value online PPOTD programs!(Source:

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Can I earn my degree online?

You can complete your degree entirely online—or take advantage of our optional immersions and engage face-to-face with your faculty mentors and peers from around the country.

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The PPOTD program offers optional specializations in Executive Leadership and Teaching and Learning.

Which specializations are available?

USAHS has start dates in September, January, and May for most of our programs. Complete the above form to learn more.

When can I start?

Find start dates in 2023

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Why You’ll Love USAHS

We’re mentors.

Learn from faculty mentors who are leaders in the field of occupational therapy. In your capstone project, develop and complete a scholarship project that expands the body of knowledge within the field.

In our core courses and on-campus immersions, you will practice working in interprofessional healthcare teams to solve scenario-based problems.

We’re interprofessional.

The PPOTD program is exceptionally flexible and individualized. Your advisors will work with you to design a customized plan of study and take advantage of our acceleration options.

We’re flexible.

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