College of Health Professions


January 11, 2024

UAMS, Western Piedmont Community College Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Student Transfers

Ben Boulden

Susan Long, right, signs the Memorandum of Understanding as Nathan Johnson, left, and officials of Western Piedmont Community College, onscreen, look on.

Western Piedmont Community College and the UAMS College of Health Professions signed an agreement to help qualified graduates of the community college transfer to the Medical Laboratory Sciences program in the university’s Department of Laboratory Sciences.


January 2, 2024

Medical Laboratory Sciences Students Graduate into Strong Job Market

Ben Boulden

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Sciences program gather from one last photo after the Dec. 18 graduation and awards ceremony.

On Dec. 18, graduates of the Medical Laboratory Sciences program in the Department of Laboratory Sciences celebrated some good news: They successfully had completed a challenging program of study, and their job prospects look bright.


October 23, 2023

UAMS Awarded $3.25 Million Federal Grant for Creation of Health Career Program in Delta, South Arkansas

Chris Carmody

Pine Bluff-area high school students learn about intubation techniques during an event for the Pathways Academy community engagement program. The Arkansas Delta Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Academy will serve high school juniors and seniors, undergraduate students and adult and nontraditional learners in the Arkansas Delta and the southern part of the state.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) received a five-year, $3.25 million federal grant to support the creation of a program that will help students from 20 underserved counties in the Arkansas Delta and southern part of the state pursue careers in health care. The Arkansas Delta Health Careers Opportunity Program…


October 19, 2023

UAMS to Offer Free Physical Therapy Screening Oct. 27 at Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville

David Wise

PT assessment event at the Northwest Arkansas Mall

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is hosting a physical therapy screening event on Oct. 27 in Fayetteville aimed at helping individuals of all ages regain their mobility, reduce pain and enhance their overall wellness. Faculty and students from the UAMS Department of Physical Therapy on the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus…


October 9, 2023

UAMS Dental Hygiene Program Offers Free ‘Fall for Smiles’ Clinic for Children on Oct. 28

News Staff

Dental hygiene students do the preparatory work for applying a dental sealant to some of the teeth of one of the 56 children who came to March sealant clinic with their families.

The UAMS Department of Dental Hygiene is offering a free Fall for Smiles clinic Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Freeway Medical Tower, 5800 W. 10th St., Suite 501.


October 6, 2023

Layla Simmons, Thao Vu Honored with 2023 Faculty Excellence Awards

News Staff

Layla Simmons, left, received the College of Health Profession's 2023 Excellence in Teach Award, and Thao Vu, second from right, received the 2023 Excellence in Service Award.

The recipient of this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award is Layla Simmons, M.Ed., RDCS, RDMS, assistant professor in the Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.  This award recognizes an educator who has exemplified the mission of UAMS and CHP by educating future and current health professionals and the public. Simmons’ extensive,…


September 22, 2023

Nutrition Seminar Speaker: Protein Intake, Exercise Key to Fighting Muscle Loss in Older Adults

Ben Boulden

Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Older adults eating the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of protein are at a higher risk for muscle loss, Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., said during his Sept. 14 presentation on Zoom at UAMS. Current recommendations are about from one to 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, preferably from meals with sufficient protein to stimulate…


September 15, 2023

College of Health Professions Scholarship Reception Recognizes Students, Donors

Ben Boulden

Justine Bersonda, center, holds certificates for the scholarships she recently received. A member of the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Class of 2023, Bersonda also spoke at the scholarship reception on behalf of the other scholarship recipients. Nathan Johnson, chair of the MLS department, stands left, and Dean Susan Long, right.

The UAMS College of Health Professions at a Sept. 8 reception celebrated dozens of students who recently received scholarships and also brought them together with many of the donors who made those scholarships possible.


September 5, 2023

UAMS Physician Assistant Program Celebrates Class of 2023, 10th Anniversary

Ben Boulden

Physician Assistant Studies faculty members stand and receive applause at the valediction ceremony for the Class of 2023. Edward Williams stands and the lectern, left, as Chancellor Cam Patterson, Dean Susan Long, Ryan Toliver and Tiffany Huitt join in the applause.

The Aug. 25 valediction ceremony for the UAMS Physician Assistant Class of 2023 celebrated the completion of the students’ studies and the end of the first decade of Physician Assistant Studies degree program.


August 31, 2023

White Coats On, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology Students Start New Academic Journeys

Ben Boulden

Dana Moser speaks and formally begins the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology White Coat Ceremony in an auditorium of the I. Dodd Wilson Building on the UAMS Little Rock campus.

UAMS College of Health Professions Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology faculty members on Aug. 18 helped students put on their white coats and celebrate the start of their postgraduate studies. At the department’s White Coat Ceremony, each student walked to the front of the auditorium, and two faculty members held up the coats as…



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