College of Health Professions


February 14, 2022

UAMS Dental Hygiene Program Offers Free Sealant Clinic for Children on Feb. 26

Ben Boulden

Two dental hygiene students help a patient in a operatory in the new UAMS Dental Hygiene Clinic. All students are supervised by faculty and instructors in the clinic.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Dental Hygiene is offering a free Sealant Clinic from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at Freeway Medical Tower, 5800 W. 10th St., Suite 501. The clinic is for children 5-17 years old. A free dental examination is a part of…


January 11, 2022

UAMS Occupational Therapy Students Break Ground, Complete Mental Health Fieldwork

David Wise

UAMS OT fieldwork discussion

  This story was written by Meeghan Gotcher, a senior Public Health major at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) became the first Occupational Therapy (OT) students in Arkansas to participate in mental health fieldwork in locations across the state. People who are experiencing mental…


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.



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