University of St Augustine for Health Sciences Reviews

  • 35 Reviews
  • St. Augustine (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,864
0% of 35 students said this degree improved their career prospects
46% of 35 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Maria Gonzalez
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2022
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"This has been a huge disappointment for me! The enrollment advisors lied to most of the Flex OT students! To be upfront, there is currently NO Flex class that has graduated from this campus. The first Flex cohort is just now finishing up the program, so there is no accurate NBCOT data. They also lied when they said that we're on campus once a month. We had lab 6 weekends one term and most of them were in-person lectures and NO benefit to our education. A lot of videos, group work on google docs and boring guest lectures. We had lab NINE weekends for our 6th term. Most of the labs are a waste of time since they mainly consist of lecture which can be done at home on Ring Central. There is a lot of group work, which makes no sense considering how much this program costs- the faculty expect us to teach ourselves. When we ask questions most of us are told to figure it out on our own, which is disappointing considering OT is a learned skill. We have brought up our problems to the director and were promised changes, but so far nothing."
M
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2022
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"I'm not sure if this was due COVID or not but I felt like I had very limited access to resources during my time at the University of Saint Augustine - Dallas Campus. The Dallas Campus isn't really a campus it's more of a business office where you have to check in at a front desk. The staff members are very friendly and accommodating though. There isn't much of a library it's just a single room where you can check out study materials equipment and books. The technology and simulation center they have at the University of Saint Augustine are impressive, but you could hardly go onto campus to practice really outside of lab times to practice. If you plan on going to the ot program, be sure to check out lab equipment and have someone you can practice your techniques on. It's great that you are allowed to check out exam tables. The University of Saint Augustine is blended learning but leans more to the side of online learning as the lectures are pre-recorded. Living alone was not optimal for me. I was not able to thrive in the environment due to a lack of connections with my classmates and an in-person support system. I'm sure other people are capable of learning at the University of Saint Augustine, and it gives you ample time to work as you study. It's very hands-on and quite practical when you do have classes/labs on campus. You will become quite good at bed mobility. I am currently happy in another occupational therapy program that has its labs consistently open to practice even when classes are not in session."
OT student
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2022
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"USA should pay their students for attending their disgustingly overpriced mediocre institution fueled by wealth and greed. There were a few professors who were very knowledgeable and extremely supportive and that I appreciate so much. The other faculty: very knowledgeable but scary and intimidating, so asking for help was dreaded and came as a last resort. Then there were those who were kind and supportive, yet apologetically unable to answer questions on the subject they were instructing. I imagine that making student loan payments will feel like pure torture and robbery.."
MOT student
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2022
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"I don’t usually write reviews, but I feel it is my moral obligation to write one: I was in the MOT program. The tuition is painfully overpriced. Not worth it unless A. You are absolutely set on USA or B. money is not an object There is a lot of turnover amongst faculty, and it appears the ones who leave are those wonderful professors who USA just didn’t deserve."
Danny
  • Reviewed: 1/1/2022
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"I’ve completed my didactic coursework at the University of St. Augustine (USA) and I felt compelled to write a full review / opinion piece as this is the largest health science school in the states that offers the DPT program and it's that time for new applicants. I’ve spent many hours writing this, so I hope you read through and get something out of it, but TLDR at the bottom. For anonymity purposes, I will not be revealing my campus location. I’ll start by addressing some old negative reviews on reddit and other forums, regarding a few things, mainly, a bad case of a mislabeled PA program that happened about a decade ago, disorganization, the ‘very expensive’ argument, and most recently, the school being a ‘mill program.’ As a disclaimer, I may have some inherent bias, seeing as I will soon be a USA alumni, though I will do my best to outline my likes and dislikes as truthfully as possible without making undue defenses about the school. To begin, there was mismanagement/miscommunication with this strangely titled PA, or as I understand, “Orthopedic Assistant” program about a decade ago back in 2011. However, it really doesn’t bear any meaning to the current DPT program. USA’s DPT program is widely known, reputable, the school’s main revenue source, and obviously CAPTE accredited (barring any new campus) – they’re making millions for Atlas Partners, and they won’t mess up their cash cow. There is no issue here and there has not been any other public class action legal matters with USA in a long time. In general, I’d say USA has a good track record aside from this one fluke. With regards to disorganization, I believe this was more an issue early in the integration of the DPT programs at various campuses. Now, the curriculum seems fairly streamlined, fine-tuned, and they are consistently looking for feedback with surveys, plus each cohort meets every term with the program director. Classes build on each other and overlap intentionally very well term by term. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s not terrible by any means. Forum posts such as [See link 1.] are now quite inaccurate and not current to how USA operates. Elephant in the room, it’s expensive – yes. As of writing this for any new attendees, tuition for the residential DPT is roughly $110k (San Marcos campus 125k). It’s a lot, and sure, there are publics for $60-90k and as low as 32k (UTEP), which I would always recommend taking instead, but USA hovers at the average cost of a private PT school in the nation (avg is ~113k as of this post). Basically, all privates are expensive. However, it’s not the worst, compared to something like NYU DPT at 155k or USC at 200k for tuition alone, USA isn’t outrageous. My opinion on debt: if you can graduate with no more than around 150k in total debt (undergrad + grad), then PT is a reasonable, within limits, financial decision. If you live frugally for a few years upon graduating, you can pay down loans rather quickly (this includes no stupid spending, no graduation gifts of nice cars, no Kenzo bags, and no traveling every month – referring to the girl on Millennial Money who was a USA grad – [See link 2]). If you already have 30-50k from undergrad, not getting assistance from parents, and are looking to attend USA or another 100k+ private school, I strongly suggest a different career path - or school if you are adamant with PT. You will likely be graduating with a total sum of over 200k in debt, which is absolutely crushing on a starting PT salary (~65-75k in most states). You’ll be paying that off for many years. Improve your application, work a part time job to save up money, and try to get into a cheaper public state school next year. I will say this, the best school is the cheapest school. USA is NOT worth the $110,000 price tag if you have the option of a different school that costs half or even ¾’s that amount. What has now become the most criticized topic of USA: the voluminous amounts of students passing through the program (See link 3). It is true, USA graduates the highest amount of DPT students in the entire nation, accounting for roughly 4% of all DPT graduates annually. There are both positives and negatives to this. Simply put, USA has a different academic and business model to most schools. Instead of diversifying into many undergraduate and graduate programs, they have developed a prominent academic niche in the rehabilitation and health science sector. Paris and Patla did not have the capital in 1979 to create a large-scale University for all fields, I also doubt they were interested in that anyways, so they instead decided to make it solely PT based, which later expanded to other health and rehabilitation sectors. The reality is, USA is a very small private school compared to most Universities, with a valuation of what I estimate to be around half a billion dollars. The positives are that the school has a large focus on constantly improving, funding, and streamlining the DPT program. In other Universities, the DPT program makes up a small portion of revenue and staff in proportion. With the ability for USA professors to teach the same class three times per year, they can obtain 3x the amount of feedback and better the curriculum for the next cohorts to come. This can also be seen in a positive light for students looking to be accepted into a PT school. More seats need to be filled, which means more opportunities to get accepted. The unappealing perspective this creates on the school is the negative disposition of opportunities for students who are not as diligent about their studies to get admitted to the program. More lax admissions have been thought to signify a less competitive school. Cheating is another issue with the high number of students concentrated in a single program, though I will address my thoughts on that later. Ultimately, I believe that it’s not solely the school that makes the student academically successful, but also the student’s own willingness and work ethic to succeed. Side story, I went to a ‘party school’ in undergrad, but quickly realized it’s only a party school if you chose to make it one. There were many students at my undergraduate university studying into the late hours of the night, obtaining 4.0 GPA’s. Likewise, any student can make Harvard or Stanford a party school if that is their prerogative. What I’m getting at is, just because there are some sub-par students that get admitted, will not make you a sub-par clinician or the school a sub-par university. It is entirely up to you to chose to succeed. In the end, all students from every accredited PT program must pass the boards examination to obtain their PT license. If you pass your boards examination, you’ve proven competency, and the school you attended has little bearing on your prospects or skills as a clinician. It’s up to you to decide how far you want to excel in the field. There is an argument for saturating the market, but the truth is, it’s not just USA, but every new PT program that is now being added. There is now emerging the new trend of 2 year accelerated hybrid PT programs, being advertised everywhere on IG and FB which cut an entire year of education but leave the burden of tuition at the same price as a 3 year, whilst using the awful US News Top PT Schools as their evidence of a successful program. If you ask me, that is truly the new plague of PT program saturation. PT program saturation is not the fault of USA alone, but of every school that is deciding to add the curriculum or start up these new 2-year pop-ups. The monster isn’t USA, the monster is the ~260 programs that now exist in the nation. You cannot blame a gridlock or traffic jam on one car alone. If you believe that the field is saturated, then I implore you to seek out different opportunities or careers in the healthcare field. Now that these are addressed, I’ll get to what I think about the school. I believe that all professors want you to succeed and truly care about the education you’re paying for, and they know you’re paying a lot. Many professors who taught me were ABPTS Specialists, Fellows, authors, or held other titles such as CHT. All the professors are very well trained and knowledgeable with years of experience in the field. As you may have heard, it’s a manual therapy driven school, which is accurate. The campuses itself aren’t really a typical college campus, but more so an office building space. The campus I went to was very high-tech, up-to-date, and generally felt like a very clean and professional environment, sort of like those Hollywood laboratory sets that look picture perfect. All equipment was high end: one of our classrooms had 18 displays and 4 flat screen TVs alone, all labs have modular hydraulic metal treatment tables (no cheap wooden massage tables from 15 years ago), plenty of models available on hand…etc. It at least feels like you get what you’re paying for, even though you’re still overpaying. And trust me, if I had the option, I’d use wooden treatment tables to save 40 grand on tuition, but unfortunately, I didn’t have that option. One thing to note, you will almost never use the flashy equipment you see on the advertisements. The Anatomage table? Used that in only two class sessions over the entire 2-year didactic program. The SIM lab with that fancy two-way mirror and viewing room? Used that only one time at the beginning of the program. Same was said from the OT class, that ADL simulation room with the driving seat? They never used it. It’s all just icing on the cake for students and parents of the students to see. The flashy items are purchased to sell you, not to educate you. One thing I do greatly applaud the school for was their amazing gross anatomy wet lab. When I began the program, our entire cohort got the opportunity to dissect 8 different cadavers, 4 of which were entirely new and untouched. This is something most DPT students do not get in regular universities since it’s the MD students that get to work most with the cadavers. Of the things I felt my tuition was truly paying for, the professors and the anatomy wet lab were on the top of my list. The school handled COVID very well. At no point did the program halt or get delayed, as they were easily able to transition to an online setting since they had experience from their flex programs. When we did slowly return to class, we were given extensive PPE (gloves, masks, face shields) that were required to be worn. We never had any serious COVID outbreaks in the school. Overall, classes aren’t bad. Some are more challenging than others, though relatively few truly difficult and demanding courses exist. After finishing this program, I can say with confidence that I had more challenging courses in my undergraduate Bachelors of Exercise Science program at a state university. In terms of overall workload, the 6-7 classes per term seems daunting, however, you don’t have to put too many hours outside of class for most classes when there aren’t exams or practicals. Many classes are informally known by students (and professors) as backburner classes: a class that you don’t need to either place any focus on until 2-4 days before the upcoming exam or be consistent with keeping up in content. Also, a good chunk of the classes in the USA curriculum are simply busy-work courses wherein you do not really learn much material. For example, in term 6, the Administration, Geriatrics, and Wellness courses are blatant filler courses that have no substantial learning purpose and are just there as credit fillers and assignment churners. Much to my surprise, the program is also very light in written assignments and essays. On average, most papers I had to write were only 1-2 pages in length. The longest paper I wrote in the program, individually, was about 4 pages. Seeing as this was a doctoral program, I was awed but thankful that I never had to write a single double-digit page paper by myself, though we did have a few group papers in double digits. In the average week with no upcoming exams, you can expect to comfortably study for 1-2 hours outside of class and have ample time available for leisure, exercise, and social activities. When an exam comes for a class, I shifted focus shifts towards that one class 3-5 days before the exam. I assume that’s how most of my cohort and I have work through each term. No, you won’t be spending 8 hours per day for the next 2 years studying. 1-2 hours per day outside of class with no exams coming up, and 3-5 hours per day 2-3 days before an exam, should generally get you a passing grade (excluding heavy courses like anatomy and biomechanics where keeping up with material is fairly vital). The information they present seems slightly dated, especially MSK, old images and pictures used back in the 90s and early 2000s during the Paris and Patla days, but they still give you the most recent clinical practice guidelines. For the price I am paying, I wish they had slightly more up to date material, even if it is just visually. With everything said, I believe the school prepares you well to become a competent clinician when you graduate. Clinical internships are where USA still hasn’t perfectly fit the mold yet. You can expect to be placed in a completely remote location, a setting that you did not want, or be placed at the very last minute. With COVID, we even have students that have had placements cancelled last minute (though this isn’t necessarily the fault of USA). Unfortunately, you really have no official say in the matter and it’s up to the school and clinical coordinator staff to place you. Generally speaking, you will be placed, and you will graduate on time, this isn’t something to worry about unless you’re very picky and decline the options they give you. I say, just take what you get, it’s only a temporary move. The next thing I’ll say is that the school does not want you to fail or flunk out. They have several tactics to actually help keep you in. My overall opinion on the difficulty of the program, as mentioned before, is that it was much easier than I anticipated. Not that it did not have it’s challenging or stressful moments, but I expected far more arduous and challenging work from a doctorate program. Most courses are weighted to having 50-60% of the course be in exam and quizzes, 20-40% in practicals, and the rest of the grade be miscellaneous assignments. In general, most students pass the practicals with an A, and they are simply grade boosters and allow for worse grades in the written/didactic exams. I managed to get through the program without failing a single practical, and in most practicals I received an A. The professors are generally lenient and only take a modest amount of points off for errors. Failure typically only occurs in an autofail setting (safety or major error). With each practical, only a handful of students have had this happen to them. During my final MSK practical, I completely blanked on a manipulation that I missed in my studies, but still passed with an A. Practicals are more there to psychologically stress you and psych you out to study, but the reality is, you will pass most practicals with ease and will find yourself saying it wasn’t that bad. If you do the math, getting an A on the practicals and completing all the assignments with good grades, you’re given plenty of leeway to do bad on the exams. There is no passing grade requirement for didactic exams or final exams, just the overall grade. There was not a single point in the curriculum where I was in a pass or fail situation for a class based on a final exam. In all honestly, many students slack on finals, because they calculate their current grade, see that they only need a 40% on the final exam, and don’t bother studying for that final exam at all. The university has a hidden agenda of requiring minimum weighing of practicals in all courses (20% I believe), so students have a less likely chance to flunk out and buffers against bad written exam grades. In addition, another artificial GPA booster tactic that the school employs is a skewed grading system. Per the system, you’re given a wide 0.5% rounding to the next letter grade (i.e. a 89.50 is an A). More significantly, there are no minuses in USA’s grading system, only pluses (i.e a B+ does exist, but a B- does not). I finished didactics with about a 3.5, however, had I been given minuses where deserved, my GPA would have more realistically been a 3.2-3.3. Since this is a doctorate program, I believe a much more stringent grading policy should have been followed. As it stands, I believe the pass rate for classes overall is far too high compared to the work students are putting in. The Residential DPT Program at USA is overall well didactically coordinated, and professors care for your success. The terms are built to synergize and build onto each other. The school doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity but does allow for some sub-par students to slip through due to the sheer number of seats that need to be filled. I did not find the program to be extremely challenging and encountered harder courses in my undergraduate degree at a state university. Though not stress free, I expected a tougher program. The most difficult terms for me were 2 and 4, though I felt I learned the most content term 1. I would not recommend attending if you will graduate with over 150k in student loans and plan to work in a 65k average new grad starting salary area - unless you have a very specific plan of living frugally and quickly reducing loan debt. The best school is always the cheapest CAPTE accredited school you are offered acceptance to. Good luck!"
MOTStudent
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"I was warned about this program and I wish I listened. Professors aren't here to help but to be condescending. They throw you with NOTHING BUT BUSY WORK that contributes nothing to your learning. They ask for feedback and just get offended. Don't ask for constructive criticism if you can't take it. Tuition is going up and if I wasn't more than halfway in I would have gone to another program. Please save yourself and go somewhere if you're pursuing occupational therapy. You'll be paying to teach yourself."
if it was FREE...i still wouldn't attend
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Where do I begin...I am currently an OTD student at USAHS-St. Augustine Campus. To say that my experience thus far has been atrocious would be a gross understatement. You will be promised professional education and treatment, and will receive less than satisfactory education and treatment. The only thing they can and will guarantee, is to drain your pocket book. Expect to be charged for services you are not provided or allowed to use. If you are a student with ADA accommodations, expect to be mocked and gaslighted. You are not allowed to have a voice and if you do not conform to what they believe, you will be lashed out upon and your grades and professionalism points will begin to decline (without any change from you). The professors and staff are under qualified for their positions and have a huge turnover rate, causing inconsistencies with teaching, grading, and with which "guidelines" will be followed and not. DO NOT WORRY, IF YOU UPSET ONE PROFESSOR OR STAFF MEMBER, YOU WILL BE TALKED ABOUT AND SLANDERED BY ALL. It is very clear that teachers have an ongoing black list where they keep the names of students who do not conform. The slander is so bad, that professors who have "quit" (aka been let go due to not conforming) have come forward to students about what to expect and the real reasons they are no longer employed with the school. As a student, I can tell you personally, I have had several professors speak ill of the school and drama that goes along with the staffing system and student body discrimination. The school has received multiple payouts for COVID relief that was supposed to be divided out to students, we have not received the proper deviations of money promised. COVID will be their excuse to get away with student discrimination and labeling. Unvaccinated students are labeled as just that and are denied access to learning material and experiences. This is just the tip of the list of issues that have occurred. All in all...choose another school, even if it means waiting to be accepted to another program."
Ot school
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"The university of st augustine -st augustine campus is joke. Do not go their no one cares about you . It is the worst program ever. The school does not care about anyone and they purposely fail people. It is very depressing how you are treated. I would never send anyone to this school."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"I just graduated from the miami campus and I was in the occupational therapy doctorate program. Let me tell you, this doctorate program is a JOKE. As all the other reviews say, this school is horrible. All they care about is money. When I needed assistance for my capstone project, no one was there to assist me. Not even the two doctoral coordinators who’s job it is to assist the small amount of people in our cohort. And when they did “try” to assist me, they made me doubt my project and kept making me change things and then would forget what they told me to change and criticize it a week later. My coordinators decided to give me an incomplete in my last semester because, in their own words, “they didn’t have enough time to grade my project”. This delayed me taking my license exam for MONTHS. If you, the person reading this, has ANY other option for graduate school, CHOSE THE OTHER OPTION!"
FlexMOTstudentStA
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Nearly half the class had to retake A&P. This will set you back about 10k. They will place you all over the country for fieldwork. They will tell you it's to give you a diverse learning experience but I would bet my life on the reason being they don't have good connections for placement. The program is extremely disorganized. The technology for online learning is excruciatingly bad. They will not show you your test so you can understand your score. Multiple instructors working on one course across different campuses so your professor is not necessarily teaching you what you need for the test or telling you what to study. Some of the professors are really terrible, actually teaching the wrong procedures. My A&P professor was clearly learning how to instruct on the job as she ketp changing strategy. The administrators are not helpful. Overall, there were a lot of red flags and shadiness and the school is so very expensive. $ is the point of this program. Not prepping students to be good OTs. I would say this school definitely borders on being a scam."
OTstudent
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"This school has been a complete nightmare and the $100,000+ price tag is an absolute joke. These instructors are lazy, incompetent, and the turnover is insane so there is always a new person in every office so you will never have the information you need. Your "class" is a bunch of online videos, powerpoints, and more powerpoints. Do not expect the small class size to mean that you're free to ask questions, many of these professors are bullies and will do whatever they can to steamroll any questions, usually because they don't know the answer. I have professors who will look you right in the eye and teach you the wrong way to do something. USAHS hires literally anyone because they're desperate to hide the fact that they're a diploma mill. Then fieldwork coordination is quite the experience. They send you hundreds of miles away from your campus (another sign of how clueless and out of touch they are with student's budgets and living situations) as a "requirement" aka they crank out so many unprepared students that they burn bridges with every facility within a 100 mile radius. Our class was expecting our fieldwork locations last summer and the fieldwork coordinators were frantically cold-calling every facility two months past the reveal date to put students in a seat. These people have no idea what they're doing and they think that emailing us to "not discourage prospective students from attending this school" is going to be a proper band-aid for all the corruption in this awful university. DO NOT COME TO ANY (and I mean ANY) ST AUGUSTINE UNIVERSITY UNLESS YOU WANT TO FEEL LIKE YOU WERE SCAMMED OUT OF $100K. Run."
Theresa
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"USAHS is the worst school you could ever invest your money into. I would not recommend any of the campuses they all have issues. When you ask professors to teach you most of them just refer you to videos on blackboard. The program directors don’t care about you either. They are so quick to get their students to drop or retake classes to get money. Don’t recommend this school at all especially the Dallas campus"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Do not attend the University of St. Augustine unless you have no other option. Even then, you're better off re-applying to other schools. My class and I got completely screwed over by this school. I had 3 months of instruction in person before COVID hit. Of course this is not their fault and understandably, there was a time that the school went virtual. However, from my first term until my last before level II fieldwork, instruction was almost entirely virtual. Aside from ~$160 last summer, we have received NO reimbursement for the resources we were promised yet did not receive. Of course, at the time it was not the fault of the school that we could not benefit from these resources. It is their fault that we were not adequately compensated for it. During the past fall and spring terms, we were able to receive some on campus instruction (about 3 full days of classes per term). Although this was a step in the right direction, resources were still limited. Additionally, the PT students were able to attend classes in person weekly while OT students barely got any hands on experience. It is a requirement for PT accreditation and not OT, but that does not mean that hands on experience is any less important for OT students. Another reason to avoid USAHS at all costs is that they screw you out of fieldwork experience. OT students are supposed to have level I and level II fieldwork to gain real hands on experience outside of the classroom with real people. Instead, level I fieldwork was entirely virtual and we had to perform assessments and treatments that are meant to be hands on in a virtual setting. I appreciate that we had to adapt to the times and that is a skill that was learned. However, this skill is not nearly as valuable as the hands on skills we should have learned. Meanwhile other OT schools have allowed their students to have in person level I experiences. This left my peers and myself completely unprepared for level II fieldwork. My final, and biggest complaint is that we are paying tens of thousands of dollars to attend this school. During level II fieldwork, we are learning from a fieldwork educator NOT professors. There is no reason we should be paying the same tuition during level II fieldwork since the only instruction we are getting is about which forms need to be uploaded when and an assigned discussion board each week. Not worth my tuition. TLDR: you're wasting your time at USAHS."
Stay Away
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2020
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Stay far away from this school! I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue higher education, but there are so many other amazing schools that do not have the glaring issues present at USAHS. This is a money hungry, disorganized, disrespectful, and overpriced school. I deeply regret attending the MOT program and wish so badly I would have chosen to attend a different graduate program. I will be over $100,000 in debt after graduation, the tuition increases every trimester, not every year. The fieldwork process is a complete joke. Faculty, staff, and administration turnover is constant. Courses are never the same, and you are expected to teach yourself nearly all of the material. I am disappointed not only in the way a health care school has handled and informed students of the COVID pandemic, but I am outraged at the way faculty and staff handled all matters of racial justice. This institution only cares about money. Stay far away if you want a quality education and people who care about you. This program is not worth one penny. There are so many other options to become an occupational therapist and help people, it is not worth your mental health, financial well being, and sanity."
RIPhappiness
  • Reviewed: 12/26/2019
"I recommend students to stay away from the Miami campus. The department head and the head of the school are a joke and lack professionalism but yet demand it from students. The campus rules are regulated by the property manager and not the school itself. The people who run the school are very robotic and don't really care about how the students feel. Professors don't answer to emails and the school stretch the professors thin by having them work too many classes. The school loves to hide behind the excuse that they're a hybrid program to use as an excuse when students have a hard time learning the materials and they just refer you to the book instead of taking the time to teach you. The work load is extreme, so make sure you can handle it before jumping in, especially if you don't mind your mental health taking a toll. This school doesn't have a promising student life due to all the regulations set by the school board. Definitely don't recommend this school, but any of the other campuses seem more promising."
OTstudent
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2019
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"I want to begin by expressing my gratitude for the ability to study at an accredited graduate institution and to note that the critiques expressed below are only meant to help others make the best choice for their investment in graduate school. The largest flaw is that the occupational therapy degree program is significantly overpriced. Students pay a considerable amount in tuition, yet are expected to provide required materials such as school polo shirts, goniometers, gait belts, and others out of their own money. Resources in the labs are also inadequate, either in number or quality, meaning that not every student has an equal opportunity to learn during valuable lab time. Moreover, I find it disreputable that students are charged the same exact amount for tuition during the two semesters when they are on fieldwork. Students are not only utilizing far fewer university resources during this time but are also expected to use personal resources for travel and housing in their respective fieldwork locations with no university support. This brings me to fieldwork. I believe the university is poorly connected to fieldwork sites, as it is the only explanation I can gather for the poor system that is currently in place. Students are instructed to prioritize setting and population with disregard for the location or the expense to move to said location, yet they are not even placed in the settings they prioritized. An example is one student was placed in an outpatient and a SNF who aspires to work in pediatrics, while another who prioritized acute and outpatient hands was placed in a pediatric setting for the very same timeframe and city. I have found the clinical education program to be unorganized and significantly understaffed, leading to disillusionment among the very students it seeks to serve. Finally I will address the coursework. First and foremost, my dissatisfaction stems from the constantly changing curriculum. It is to the point that there is no consistency in what is being taught across semesters, let alone the entire degree program. Learning is further stifled when professors are prohibited from discussing missed exam answers. This means we are not able to learn from our mistakes and grow as future clinicians because we lack clarification on what areas of material we have failed to grasp. Additionally, it is my impression that the university moved too quickly to the online learning interface without first working out the flaws. Our online system fails to function properly on a regular basis, leading to frustration among both the students and faculty. This markedly affects the education we receive when class units are out of order, assignments are missing, lecture videos are poor quality, and links fail to work. In addition to this, there is notable faculty turnover that has led to professors being asked to teach any and every course without regard for strengths and areas of specialty. This is unprofessional and does not reflect the caliber expected from a graduate level institution. All of these factors compounded have led to my overall dissatisfaction with the program. I do, however, believe there are many individuals at the university who seek to be catalysts for change and it is my hope that over time they will succeed."
Bailey Shealy
  • Reviewed: 2/14/2018
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is a small two building institution that is perfect for the individual who loves small town universities. While class sizes are considered large for a graduate program, your individual needs are always valued and attended to. The professors are some of the most well-rounded people I have ever met and they truly see you as a future colleague rather than a student. The program itself is challenging as any graduate program should be. But USA offers so many services, such as tutoring or even counseling to ensure that you feel prepared as a future professional. The one thing that I believe sets the University of St. Augustine apart from other Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs is the level of stress they put on professionalism. This is an aspect that I think is greatly overlooked when applying to graduate school, but an aspect that is one of the most important as a future professional (in your field of choice). Students graduate with superior reputations and are often times offered jobs before reaching graduation. At the University of St. Augustine, a proper education is guaranteed, and it doesn't hurt to be five minutes from the beach either."
Ta'Niqua Newkirk
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2015
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"I feel very challenged in my own abilities at the University of St Augustine. This makes me feel that when I finish school I will be amongst the top of my peers in the Occupational Therapy field. From the very beginning, this school has reassured me of the love that I may feel for this career field."
Marian Watson
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2015
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"The graduate program offered by the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is accelerated, hands on and exhilarating. I have just started my third term in pursuit of my masters degree in occupational therapy and am excited about the education I am receiving. The professors teaching our classes are all current practitioners, who know about the latest research in the field and keep current with new technology. The only cons to our campus are that the library computers don't function as well as they could, making studying in the library slow and difficult - but I solve this problem by bringing my own laptop to campus to work from. I love how hands on the education is on this campus - occupational therapy students get an opportunity to do fieldwork with local practitioners in a wide array of settings during a few days in every term of school and in our last two terms we are sent to two different settings for twelve weeks each, allowing us an incredible look into the profession we hope to enter into."
Kevin Lopez
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2014
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Pros- Great graduate program. Great teachers. Cons- Not the best facility. Financial aid isn't great. Expensive school. I'm not able to get the assistance needed for school right now."