College of Health Professions


August 18, 2022

New Students Get Overview of Year Ahead in College of Health Professions

Ben Boulden

Hundreds of new College of Health Professions students listen to one of several presentations Aug. 15 during the New Student Welcome Program.

To learn at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), students first need to learn about the university and their programs, and that’s what hundreds of new students in the College of Health Professions did Aug. 15 during the New Student Welcome Program.


August 11, 2022

College of Health Professions Promotes Four Faculty Members

News Staff

The UAMS College of Health Professions recently promoted four members of its faculty. Left to right, they are: Melissa Halverson, Nathan Johnson, Paul Nelson and Ashley McMillan.

The UAMS College of Health Professions recently announced the promotions of four faculty members: Melissa Halverson, Pharm.D., MPH; Nathan Johnson, Ph.D.; Paul Nelson, M.S.; and Ashley McMillan, D.D.S.


July 15, 2022

Turnout Strong for First ‘Summer of Smiles’ Dental Hygiene Clinic

Ben Boulden

More than 70 children received preventative care at two Summer of Smiles clinics.

More than 70 children received preventative care at two Summer of Smiles clinics organized in June by the Department of Dental Hygiene in the UAMS College of Health Professions. They were the department’s first summer clinics. “I was a bit surprised,” said Bridget Fitzhugh, RDH, an instructor in the department. “Sometimes the clinics can be…


June 20, 2022

Caitlin Price Chosen for AGEC Junior Faculty Development Fellowship

News Staff

Caitlin Price

The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) recently awarded to Caitlin Price, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, its AGEC Junior Faculty Development Fellowship in geriatrics at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.


June 6, 2022

Biggest Audience in Three Years Attends Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony

Ben Boulden

The Physician Assistants Class of 2024 stands to recite and take the Professional Oath on May 27 in the Smith Auditorium.

The White Coat Ceremony on May 27 for the Class of 2024 in the UAMS College of Health Professions Department of Physician Assistant Studies was likely the largest in-person event in the Smith Auditorium in three years. “This is the first time that we have been able to have family and friends together in the…


May 31, 2022

Spotlight on the General Practice Dental Residency Program (GPR)

News Staff

While the majority of graduating dental students go immediately into the dental workforce through private practice, associateship, and corporate practice, a select few will further their education through dental specialties and residency programs. The UAMS General Practice Residency (GPR) is one such program, focusing on clinical comprehensive care for the medically compromised patient population.


Spotlight on the Department of Dental Hygiene

News Staff

The Department of Dental Hygiene graduated 31 students on May 21, 2022. Throughout the academic year, these students performed over 1,200 hours of community service to underserved and underreached populations through serving at volunteer events, providing health promotion and health education, dental cleanings, x-rays, fluoride, and sealants.


May 25, 2022

In-Person Hooding Ceremony Returns to College of Health Professions

Ben Boulden

After the hooding ceremony, Thi Minh Cao, a physician assistant student, speaks on behalf of the graduates.

Commencement week traditions of the UAMS College of Health Professions made a celebrated return May 20 with an informal brunch in the late morning and a hooding ceremony in the afternoon.


UAMS General Practice Residency in Dentistry Continues to Grow, Educate

Ben Boulden

Nakita Riley, D.D.S., center, treats a patient in the Oral Health Clinic. She can be seen without her mask in the portrait on the right.

Seven years after accepting its first residents, the residency program in the UAMS Center for Dental Education continues to provide one of the very few forums in Arkansas for training dentists.


May 23, 2022

UAMS Graduates 942 Health Care Professionals

Linda Haymes

Degrees and certificates were conferred to 942 graduates of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' five colleges and graduate school on May 21.

LITTLE ROCK — Degrees and certificates were conferred to 942 graduates of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school today. Degrees were awarded to 162 in the College of Medicine, 182 in the College of Nursing, 91 in the College of Pharmacy, 67 in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, 382…



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