College of Health Professions


December 2, 2021

Students Chosen for Geriatric Student Scholars Program

Vanessa Lee

The 2022 Geriatric Student Scholars (from left) Anna Harrison (CHP), Gale Menotti (COP), Erica Dewey (COM) and Tenia Marshall (CON).

The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has chosen students for its 2022 Geriatric Student Scholars Program.


November 18, 2021

College Honors Three Faculty Members

Ben Boulden

The College of Health Professions recently recognized three exceptional faculty members.

Melissa Halverson, Pharm.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, received the college’s 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award.


September 15, 2021

UAMS Physician Assistant Class of 2021 Evokes Tears, Smiles

Ben Boulden

The Physician Assistant Program Class of 2021 stand Aug. 27 in Smith Auditorium for a final group photo after their Valediction ceremony.

As he brought the UAMS Physician Assistant Class of 2021 Valediction Ceremony to a close Aug. 27, Edward Williams wiped his eyes, and with a sad smile, he joked that his “eyes tend to sweat” when it’s warm. Williams, MPAS, PA-C, is chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health…


September 8, 2021

Audiology, Speech Pathology Students Don White Coats

Ben Boulden

Students gather for a photo after receiving their white coats. They are members of the in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication Sciences in Disorders Class of 2023

One of the many things the white coat represents for students pursuing degrees in the health care field is a fresh start. For the first-year students in the UAMS Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, the department’s white coat ceremony on Aug. 20 marked the formal beginning of the next phase of their academic lives.


September 1, 2021

Grant Funds Interprofessional Training to Combat Opioid Overdose

Yavonda Chase

Grant funds will support the development and evaluation of a curriculum for administration of naloxone, used to counteract the effects of opioid overdose.

Researchers from the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Professions’ Physician Assistant program are combining efforts to battle the opioid epidemic through overdose education.


July 9, 2021

Dean’s Message: Spring Semester Brings Beginnings, Endings

News Staff

Susan Long

Maybe it’s fitting to start with the beginnings, recent white coat ceremonies in the UAMS College of Health Professions.

If you’re unfamiliar with this annual tradition in health care education, students at or near the start of their studies put on their white coats for the first time in a ceremony before family and friends, symbolizing their entry into their career and a commitment to professionalism.


College of Health Professions Faculty Promoted

Ben Boulden

The UAMS College of Health Professions recently announced the promotions of five faculty members.


July 8, 2021

Spotlight on the Department of Occupational Therapy

News Staff

As with the College of Health Professions as a whole, the important work of the department has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second cohort of 26 students began coursework on Jan. 2, 2021. We have retained 100% of the first cohort (professional year 2s –PY2s), and they have completed two Level 1 Fieldwork experiences.


Spotlight on the Department of Physical Therapy

News Staff

The 2021 Doctor of Physical Therapy graduating class was our fourth cohort to graduate since the program opened its doors in August 2015, and the second cohort to graduate in the middle of a pandemic. With half of our graduations occurring during Covid restrictions, we almost can’t remember “normal.” The fact that both cohorts graduated…


Physician Assistant, Audiology, Speech Pathology Students Don White Coats

Ben Boulden

Tiffany Huitt, Ph.D., left, reads the names of students as each one takes a turn at putting on their white coat.

May often brings graduations and happy endings to the studies of many types of students.

But for the first-year students in the UAMS department of Physician Assistant Studies and fourth-year audiology students in Audiology and Speech Pathology, the month and the departments’ white coat ceremonies marked the formal beginning of the next phase of their academic lives.



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