College of Health Professions


March 30, 2021

New Dental Hygiene Clinic Already Benefits Local Community

Ben Boulden

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.

Even before the new UAMS Dental Hygiene Clinic in the Freeway Medical Tower had its official opening ceremony March 22, it already was delivering dental care to people in central Arkansas. On March 5, dental hygiene students, supervised by faculty, offered cleaning to residents of Our House, and on March 20, they applied dental sealants…


March 11, 2021

A Letter to the Editor from College of Medicine Dean Westfall

News Staff

Dear College of Health Professions Friends, I was delighted to read about the 20th anniversary of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program and the longstanding excellence of the OMT program in the recent Health Professions newsletter. It almost seems like yesterday when the College of Health Professions (CHP) and the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute…


Dean’s Message: College Celebrates Five Decades of Growth

News Staff

This year, the College of Health Professions is turning 50 years old. It was established in 1971. To put that in some historical perspective, Richard Nixon was still in his first term as president, Apollo moon landings were taking place, the Vietnam War was being fought and the internet was in its infancy and a…


Spotlight on the Department of Genetic Counseling

News Staff

The Department of Genetic Counseling has been adapting to the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic over the past year. 


Spotlight on the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

News Staff

Dietetic Internship: Greetings from the Dietetic Internship in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. News of our faculty: Program director Courtney Fose, M.S., RD, LD, CNSC, FAND, was recently recognized as a Fellow in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Instructor Lesley Jones, M.S., RD, LD,…


Three Scholars Express Their Thanks

News Staff

Bria Mays, left, Jason Harper and Molly Ely

Read how three College of Health Professions students feel about scholarships that they recently received. Jason Harper – Dental Hygiene Class of 2021, said, “I am thankful for being selected as a recipient of the Virginia Goral Endowed Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year. To me …”


Dental Hygiene and Audiology, Speech Pathology Clinics Now in New Locations

Ben Boulden

Students at the new UAMS Dental Hygiene Clinic hone their new skills on a practice model set of teeth.

At a time when so much education is taking place virtually through live video, the UAMS College of Health Professions Departments of Audiology and Speech Pathology and Dental Hygiene recently found new physical homes for their clinics. In December, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology began moving into what had been office space in the Education South…


February 5, 2021

College of Health Professions Bids Farewell to Two Program Directors

Yavonda Chase

Betholyn Gentry and her husband, Neal, enjoy a slideshow during her retirement celebration on Zoom.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Health Professions bid farewell to two longtime faculty members as 2020 came to an end. Betholyn Gentry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Tony Baker, M.Ed., RDMS, RVT, retired after decades at UAMS.


January 8, 2021

UAMS Cardio-Respiratory Care Program Receives APEX Award from AARC

Robert Tolleson

AARC Apex Logo

The Cardio-Respiratory Care program within the UAMS College of Health Professions has been recognized as a recipient of the 2021-2022 APEX Award by the American Association for Respiratory Care!  This honor is reserved for a very small number of programs, and is a reflection of the hard work of ALL of our program partners of…


December 7, 2020

Harder to Breathe — Respiratory Therapists ‘Last Line of Defense’ in Battle against COVID-19

Yavonda Chase

Respiratory Care student John Smith practices setting up an air entrainment mask.

Since the emergence of COVID-19, respiratory therapists have found themselves at the forefront of the fight against the deadly virus. As the number of infected climb, these allied health professionals employ every tool at their disposal to keep their sick patients breathing.



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