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At Argosy University, we’re proud to support one of the largest communities of graduate students in the nation as well as an active, thriving undergraduate community. As a student, you’ll enjoy a collegial, supportive academic environment that emphasizes teaching and practical training across the areas of education, business, health sciences and psychology. Each of our programs is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility in a supportive, learner-centered environment of mutual respect and academic excellence.

Statement of Mission

At Argosy University, our passion is teaching and learning. We develop professional competence, provide opportunity for personal growth, and foster interpersonal effectiveness. Students succeed because our university community engages and supports them.


Argosy University is a university community dedicated to delivering high quality professional education programs to working professionals. The university serves these individuals by offering doctoral, masters, post-graduate certificate and undergraduate programs in professional and career fields as well as continuing education and professional development services. Argosy University dedicates itself to offering its programs and services in ways that are accessible and responsive to the needs of its students. By focusing on the development of key educational and professional competencies, the university is able to serve effectively its student body and the needs of the professions served by its programs. The Argosy University community therefore embraces the following institutional beliefs and values:

  • We Believe in Quality
    We believe that the programs of Argosy University must be offered at the highest levels of rigor, professionalism and ethical standards. This focus on quality will reward graduates for their investment of time, talent and resources by preparing them for professional advancement.

  • We Believe in Access
    We believe that students should have access to the programs and services of Argosy University in modes of delivery most compatible with their life and work commitments as well as their educational needs and Argosy University’s commitment to quality.

  • We Believe in Diversity
    We believe that Argosy University has a responsibility to reach out to diverse groups of learners who need and want the professional educational programs and services we offer. We believe that diversity of faculty and staff and their background and experience enriches the educational process for all students. We believe that every program must prepare graduates with the skills and knowledge to effectively support the diverse needs of the populations they will serve. This diversity will ultimately strengthen the professions they enter and improve the services they provide to their clients and customers.

  • We Believe in Student Focus
    We believe in a responsive learning-centered process that enables each student to realize his or her own potential. We believe in offering an environment that emphasizes care, concern and mutual respect for the students as both individuals and as professionals.

  • We Believe in Practicality
    We believe in education that integrates practical learning experiences and outcomes that reflect the skills and competencies of the professions Argosy University serves; those required by the employers of Argosy University’s graduates. We believe our faculty must contribute professional expertise as well as scholarship to the learning process.

  • We Believe in Respect
    We believe that people, students, faculty, staff, and those in the communities we serve deserve to be treated in a manner that reflects mutual respect and a high regard for the other person. We believe that all should be treated with a personal caring attitude that reflects respect and positive regard.


Retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant; Now Civilian Advisor for Airmen and Force Development

Dr. William Kono
2016, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Argosy University, Hawai`i
Chief of Force Development at the 647th Force Support Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Hawaii

“My education complements my skills and gives me more credibility in my position as the chief of force development, education services officer for a large military installation.”

Retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant; Now Civilian Advisor for Airmen and Force Development

Dr. William Kono is the chief of force development at the 647th Force Support Squadron, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. He served in the United States Air Force for 28 years and was awarded five Meritorious Service medals, three Air Force commendation medals, three Air Force Achievement medals and multiple annual functional awards. He retired as a chief master sergeant.

In his current position, he is responsible for adult, non-traditional, voluntary, continuing and post-secondary/higher education programs. Kono provides quality oversight and review of all military education and testing programs. He leads a team of 19 civilians and two military personnel that supports a service population of over 11,000 assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, various other units and detachments on Oahu, and 25 geographically separated units throughout the Pacific area of responsibility.

After retiring from the military, Kono decided to return to school alongside his wife. Both were veterans and utilized the Post 9-11 GI bill education benefit to assist in paying for their educations. “We chose Argosy University, Hawaii because of the blended courses that took advantage of the best features of face-to-face and online learning,” he mentioned. “In addition, having served as leaders in a variety of military positions throughout our military careers, the Doctor or Education in Educational Leadership was a perfect fit for us.” Kono completed the program at Argosy University, Hawai`i in 2016.

He added that his education improved his research skills—enhancing his work performance. Kono said that his instructors were supportive and encouraging, making his time at school a “truly unforgettable experience.”

While working full time while attending school was a challenge, Kono faced it by modifying his behavior and learning not to procrastinate. “I had to concentrate more on effective time-management techniques that helped me to complete my coursework and the program.” He suggests that current students remain focused and keep themselves motivated through a positive attitude, hard work and initiative.

Kono’s achievements include:

  • Earning meritorious civilian service medal from the Major Command (Pacific Air Forces) commander
  • Earning two civilian exemplary service medals, the Department of the Air Force award for civilian achievement
  • Being honored as Air Combat Command's annual award winner for Air Force education and training individual awards (GS-11 and above)
  • Being recognized with multiple squadron senior civilian of the year awards
  • Being recognized as the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Purple volunteer of the year for working with the Schofield Warrior Transition Battalion
  • Tours of duty as a security forces defender, aircraft maintenance superintendent, and Air Force inspector general functional management inspector
  • Becoming licensed as a California Community College instructor, working in college counseling, and obtaining TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certification

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Hawai`i, 1001 Bishop St #400, Honolulu, HI 96813. ©2018 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is

Provides Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling to People of All Ages

Dr. Ambroes Pass-Turner
2015, Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology
Argosy University, Sarasota
Counseling Psychologist/Business Owner at APT Counseling Services, LLC

“The faculty was always willing to listen and help when needed.”

Provides Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling to People of All Ages

Dr. Ambroes Pass-Turner is the owner of APT Counseling Services, LLC, an agency that provides mental and behavioral health counseling psychology to adults, children and families. She also teaches courses at Grand Canyon University and Georgia Military College. She frequently serves as a subject matter expert on the topics “Why some survivors minimize their abuse: When this coping mechanism can be a good thing” and “How survivors’ advocates can avoid burnout.” Dr. Pass-Tuner’s areas of expertise include working with behavioral and emotionally disturbed children, adults and families.

She’s published the books Childhood Sexual Abuse: Pathways to Mental Health Issues and Delinquent Behavior and Rex’s Journey: Helping Children Understand and Cope with Emotions. Rex’s Journey was published on June 5, 2018 in both the United States and Canada—and is available through most major booksellers. The book was also provided to the Library of Congress. “Rex's Journey is the first book in a series while Childhood Sexual Abuse is a resource for mental health professionals,” she says.

Pass-Turner mentions that her department chair looked out for her—especially during her last semester of school. “The faculty was always willing to listen and help when needed.” She adds that she chose to attend Argosy University, Sarasota because the school’s program best met her needs. “Because of Argosy University, my knowledge has been enhanced and I am considered an expert in the counseling profession. My doctorate also provided me with the opportunity to teach at Grand Canyon University and Georgia Military College.”

Her career high points include serving as a subject matter expert for Domestic and publishing her books.

Pass-Turner earned a Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, Sarasota in 2015. Prior to that degree, she earned a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a double minor in psychology and sociology from Troy State University. She holds credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Professional Counselor, Doctoral Addictions Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor and Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor with specialties in child custody evaluation and forensic assessment/evaluation.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Board for Certified Counselors, and National Association of Forensic Counselors and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Pass-Turner recommends that current students stay focused and take on life’s challenges. “Students have to find a way to accomplish their goals—success doesn’t come easy,” she mentions.

In addition to her work, Pass-Turner is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves on the physical and mental health and arts and letters committees. “I chair health fairs and other mental health events for the community. During Rex’s Journey promotional events, I’ve visited a bookstore, daycares, libraries, and schools to read the book and teach children healthy ways to cope with their emotions.” She seminars and workshops that focus on enhancing professional development and life skills. She serves as a board member on the Department of Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states.  Argosy University, Sarasota, 5250 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34235. ©2018 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is

Argosy University, Sarasota is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2610.

Florida School of Professional Psychology Associate Professor Eric Rosen, Ph.D. was named Educator of the Year

Florida School of Professional Psychology Associate Professor Eric Rosen, Ph.D. was named Educator of the Year at the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) Hypno Expo. The award honored him as a teacher/trainer of hypnosis. Rosen also presented at the conference, covering “Trauma Informed Clinical Hypnotherapy.”

Rosen is an IACT and IMDHA ( International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association) certified hypnotherapy instructor and certified master trainer of clinical hypnosis, having taught clinical hypnosis both in the community and through the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University to clinical psychology doctoral students.

IACT is an association for holistic practitioners that provides a forum where members may exchange ideas, information, techniques and methodologies. Establishing itself apart from the rest as a multidisciplinary association, which specializes in holistic techniques. IACT's membership includes medical practitioners, psychologists, clinical social workers, coaches, stress consultants, NLP practitioners, clergy, licensed massage therapists, hypnotists, hypnotherapists, biofeedback specialists, nutritionists, educators, mental health therapists, substance abuse counselors and others in the helping, healing arts.

Atlanta's Eric Rodgers Named Graduate Student of the Year

Eric Rodgers, who is working toward a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta was recently named the 2018 Graduate Student of the Year. He received the award from the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA).

Rodgers received his award at a luncheon during the LPCA-GA convention.

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