College of Health Professions


November 23, 2020

Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Yavonda Chase

Alicia Baird, director of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology program and department chair, demonstrates how to perform a prism alternate cover test (PACT) on student Mallory England.

Blow up the balloons and cut the cake because the Ophthalmic Medical Technology (OMT) program turns 20 this year. “I think it is pretty fitting that a program dedicated to providing quality optical care celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020,” said Susan Long, Ed.D., dean of the College of Health Professions. A collaboration between the…


November 5, 2020

Occupational Therapy Program Experiences Eventful First Year

Yavonda Chase

Mark Koch, OTD, (center) speaks with students Awbrey Gibby and Sarah Arenas during a class in January.

If you had asked Sherry Muir, Ph.D., OTR/L, earlier this year what challenges she expected when the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program welcomed its first class of students, she wouldn’t have predicted a pandemic disrupting classes just weeks after they started.


November 3, 2020

College Honors Three Faculty Members

Yavonda Chase

The College of Health Professions recognized three exceptional faculty members this semester.


September 29, 2020

UAMS Research Shows Transparent Face Shields Significantly Muffle Sounds

Yavonda Chase

New research by Samuel Atcherson, Ph.D.,shows that transparent masks and face shields muffle sounds more than other masks do.

LITTLE ROCK —New research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) shows that while transparent masks and face shields aid in communication by restoring the visibility of the mouth and the lips, they muffle the sounds made by the speaker more than other masks do.


September 23, 2020

Physician Assistant Students Receive White Coats in Virtual Ceremony

Yavonda Chase

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies held its first virtual white coat ceremony Sept. 17. Students in the Class of 2022 were assisted by friends, family and significant others as they donned their white coats for the first time.

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Professions celebrated the Class of 2022 with a virtual white coat ceremony Sept. 17.


August 21, 2020

You Can Support CHP by Shopping at Kroger

Robert Tolleson

Kroger Featured Image

Click the image to download this flyer as a PDF file.


Respiratory Care Program in the News

Robert Tolleson

Tonya Cook Respiratory Care

Tonya Cook, director of clinical education and an associate professor in the college’s Cardio-Respiratory Care program, discusses the importance of ventilators in treating COVID-19.  Click the button below to watch the video!  


August 5, 2020

Dental Clinic Staff Volunteer at UAMS’ COVID Screening Stations

Yavonda Chase

Numerous UAMS employees volunteered to work at the employee and patient screening stations around campus. These screening stations play an important role in keeping employees, students and patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When COVID-19 appeared in Arkansas in March, it affected all operations at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, including the UAMS Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Clinic. As the clinic shifted to providing only urgent care procedures as directed by the Arkansas Department of Health, leadership in the College of Health Professions…


July 10, 2020

CHP Respiratory Therapy Program Featured on KATV

Robert Tolleson

RT program on KATV

Our Respiratory Therapy program was featured on KATV in February. Click the button to watch the segment!


June 5, 2020

College of Health Professions Celebrates Graduates Via Zoom

Yavonda Chase

The College of Health Professions Physical Therapy program used skeletons as stand ins for the students in their hooding ceremony.

The College of Health Professions approached this commencement season with pomp, circumstance and a lot of creativity.



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