University of St Augustine for Health Sciences

Information about Physical Therapist program at University of St Augustine for Health Sciences

 

 

University of St Augustine for Health Sciences (A1, A4, A5, D6, E2, E3, F1, F4, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 07/05/2006
Address:   DPT Physical Therapy Program
University of St Augustine for Health Sciences
Institute of Physical Therapy
1 University Boulevard
St Augustine, FL 32086-5783
Phone:   (904)826-0084
Fax:   (904)826-0085
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (904)826-0084
Financial Aid Phone:   (904)826-0084
Web Address:   http://www.usa.edu/dpt.htm
Program E-mail:   ggorniak@usa.edu
PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Gerard C Gorniak, PT, PhD
DPT Program Director
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION:
  Accreditor:   Distance Education and Training Council (formerly the National Home Study Council)
  Carnegie Classification:   Not Classified
 
PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM ACCREDITATION:
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, November 1996 (no longer offered) DPT degree, October 2001
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2011
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
 
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
The University offers a DPT as a first professional degree for those candidates who have completed a baccalaureate degree and the recommended prerequisites at two locations.

ST. AUGUSTINE CAMPUS:
The professional campus-based program located in St. Augustine, Florida is seven (7) trimesters in duration. Thirteen (13) full-time faculty members are supplemented by adjunct faculty and teaching/lab assistants. In addition, guest lecturers are brought to campus each term to provide expertise in specialized clinical topics. The program admits students at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer terms. Students attend classes and labs an average of 30-35 hours per week. This successful program has been in existence for eight years, with over 1000 graduates. USA also has a 12 year history of using distance to advance PT education.

BOCA RATON ONLINE:
The Boca Raton Program is a combined distance education with face-to-face weekend labs. This model enables individuals to have a career as a physical therapist, who for personal or financial reasons cannot attend a full-time campus-based program. By substituting asynchronous online education for most standard classroom participation and by reducing the number of course per trimester and requiring no more than two weekends/month at a convenient classroom facility, an individual will be able to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 12 trimesters (4 years). The program offers the flexibility of individual options for program completion. Students are expected to proceed through the program in the 12 trimesters. A new cohort group commences each trimester. Those needing a delay may drop back to the following cohort group.
 
CLINICAL EXPERIENCES:
At the St. Augustine campus students will participate in an orientation for different practice settings of physical therapy in their first trimester. These shadowing experiences emphasize professional behavior, communication and basic clinical skill competencies. Shadowing experiences in later terms expose students to other health professionals such as speech, occupational and respiratory therapists and orthopedic, neurological, and family practice physicians. Students will have three full-time internships that generally include clinical experiences in an acute care setting, a long-term care, or rehabilitation setting and an area of particular interest. These internships occur during the fourth and sixth trimester of enrollment. The Boca Raton program students will participate in an orientation for different practice settings of physical therapy in their second trimester. Students will have three full-time internships that generally include clinical experiences in an acute care setting, a long-term care, or rehabilitation setting and an area of particular interest. These internships occur during the eighth and eleventh trimester of enrollment. At present, the DPT program has approximately 1200 approved active sites for clinical education experiences. These sites are located nationwide.
 
FACULTY:
At the St. Augustine campus there are 13 full-time and five part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 70% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, six are certified as clinical specialists, and six are engaged in clinical practice. Faculty are actively engaged in clinically and educationally related research and are reviewers for scientific journals and of textbooks. The faculty to student ratio is 1:20. Faculty of the DPT Program in St. Augustine are responsible for all course management, up-dating of course materials, student interaction and assessment, course evaluation and curriculum planning, and coordinating lab activities with the lab instructor to ensure consistency at the Boca Raton program. Many of the lab instructors at the Boca Raton campus are local clinicians.
 
ENROLLMENT:
The St. Augustine campus has a total student enrollment of 230. Approximately 100 students are accepted into the program annually. At the Boca Raton campus, the program plans to admit a maximum of 30 students each trimester.
 
ADMISSION:
The university is a private institution, and applications are welcome from students from all states. Application due dates are January 15 for fall term admission, June 15 for spring term admission, and October 1 for summer term admission. Applications received after these dates will be processed and considered on a space-available basis. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree prior to starting the DPT program. Recommended prerequisite courses are 6 semester hours in each: biology anatomy and physiology general chemistry), and physics (Kinesiology, Biomechanics). These science prerequisites should be taken within the past 5 years. Substitutions and advanced course standing will be considered. Candidates will be interviewed for each term generally within 6-8 weeks following the application due deadline. Notification of acceptance by the Admissions Committee occurs within 2 weeks of the interviews. Approximately 40% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program.
 
OUTCOMES:
96% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average); and 100% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
 
TUITION, FEES AND FINANCIAL AID:
Tuition at the St. Augustine campus for the academic year 2006-2007 is $22,800. In-state and out-of-state tuitions are the same. Average book, supplies, insurance, professional association expenses, and miscellaneous educational costs per trimester are approximately $1,300. Room and board costs are estimated to be $750 per month. A limited number of scholarships are available. Information about scholarships and private loan plans can be obtained by contacting the Enrollment Services office. Tuition for the Boca Raton program for the academic year 2006-2007 is $13,350. Average book, supplies, insurance, professional association expenses, and miscellaneous educational costs per trimester are approximately $235.
 
STUDENT LIFE:
All St. Augustine campus university students reside off campus. General housing information is available from Enrollment Services, as well as a list of current rental properties. The University is located in St Augustine on Florida’s northeast coast and situated on a beautiful twenty-six acre campus adjoining the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The charming, restored downtown, unspoiled beaches and the proximity to Jacksonville, Daytona, and Orlando provide activities for every interest. Due to the regions moderate climate, recreational and sports opportunities are enjoyed on a year round basis.