University of St Augustine

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San Marcos CA 92069

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Mission and HistoryThe University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences' mission is the professional development of health care providers through innovative and individualized education.History of the UniversityStanley V. Paris, PT, Ph.D. in 1966, began teaching continuing professional education courses to physical therapists. These courses carry continuing education units ( CEUs ) which are helpful in both maintaining and developing professional competency and, in an increasing number of states, for maintaining professional licensure.In 1979, the University formally known as the Institute of Graduate Health Sciences was founded. The State of Georgia granted the Institute authority to offer a clinically-based post-professional ( advanced ) Master of Science in Physical Therapy ( MScPT ) degree. Thus, the Institute became the first independent proprietary school in physical therapy able to confer a graduate degree.In 1981, the Institute began a certification process in manual therapy wherein candidates, after taking a series of courses, were examined in their written, oral and practical abilities. Successful candidates were awarded a Certification of Competency, which is now a necessary step to attaining our clinically oriented post-professional ( advanced ) degrees. There are now four certifications.In 1991, the Institute moved to St. Augustine, Florida. Soon thereafter, the Institute achieved accreditation for its MScPT degree by distance education from the Distance Education and Training Council ( DETC ). The United States Department of Education lists the independent Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The Accrediting Commission is also a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation ( CHEA ).In 1992, the Institute started an advanced standing ( post-professional ) Doctor of Physical Therapy ( DPT ) program. This was a nationwide program that enabled therapists to study in a selected clinical area. The first student graduated from this program in the spring of 1995. ( It was replaced in the year 2000 by the Doctor of Health Science ( DHSc ) degree. )In 1994, the Institute commenced a first professional degree in physical therapy - the Master of Physical Therapy ( MPT ) - for those individuals who have achieved a baccalaureate degree with the necessary prerequisite natural and social science courses. This MPT degree is the first to be offered by an independent and proprietary school of physical therapy. This program was accredited by CAPTE in October 1996 and re-accredited in 2001.In 1996, the Institute of Occupational Therapy was founded to offer a Master of Occupational Therapy ( MOT ) degree. The MOT degree program commenced September 1997. The program provides a series of entry-level courses for the first professional degree of occupational therapy. The MOT program was accredited with no deficiencies by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education ( ACOTE ) in April 1999 and was reaccredited in April 2009.On March 4, 1997, the organization formally became the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. This was a milestone in the University's development. Also in 1996-97, the University entered into contracts to purchase a small private hospital and an adjoining twenty-six acres of land at the Flagler Health Park Campus in St. Augustine, thus creating the University's current physical campus.In July 1999, the University was given authorization by the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities ( SBICU ) to award the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy ( DPT ) degree, to restructure the current MScPT degree to a Master of Health Science ( MHSc ) degree, and to implement a Doctor of Health Science ( DHSc ) degree. These changes were effective January 1, 2000.In August 2000, the University was successful in sponsoring a non-profit foundation, The Foundation for Rehabilitation a