College of Health Professions

August 10, 2023

First Students Graduate, Earn Master’s Degrees in Dietetics at UAMS

Ben Boulden

The first UAMS students to graduate from the Master of Science in Dietetics degree program are left to right, back, Abby Benham, Isabella McPherson, Reilly Cline, Sydnie Locascio; left to right, front, Kennedy Kerins, Alexandria Singleton, Hope Snyder and Mary Cris Lebig.

The first nine UAMS students to earn Master of Science degrees in dietetics graduated Aug. 4 in a milestone event for them and for the degree program they had just completed.

July 24, 2023

Angel Holland, DPT, Ed.D., Named Chair of UAMS Department of Physical Therapy

David Wise

Angel Holland

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Health Professions named Angel Holland, DPT, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, effective Aug. 1. Holland succeeds John Jefferson, Ph.D., PT, who led the establishment of the department and the development of…

June 26, 2023

UAMS Ranks 17th Nationally for Primary Care in Annual U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings

Linda Satter

pictures of U.S. News badges

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)’ colleges of medicine, nursing, public health and health professions were recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the best graduate schools in the country. The UAMS College of Medicine continued to climb the rankings, earning 17th place overall in primary care, up from 36th…

June 23, 2023

UAMS Oral Health Clinic Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Expansion

Ben Boulden

Chancellor Cam Patterson addresses the audience at the June 23 celebration of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the UAMS Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Clinic.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) today celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of its Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Clinic with a ceremony to mark its expansion into a newly remodeled space. The renovated area adds 3,490 square feet to the clinic’s existing footprint. With the…

June 13, 2023

Occupational Therapy Assistant Clinical Professor Helps Drivers “Fit” in Their Cars

David Wise

Occupational Therapy professor Kandy Salter works with OT students on how to properly check a person's car for their specific fit.

In a car-centric culture like the United States, most people don’t give much thought to how they physically interact with their cars. They generally just jump in the car and go. However, an awareness of how we “fit” in our cars should be an important safety consideration, especially as we age. Kandy Salter, OTD, OTR/L,…

June 7, 2023

Physician Assistant Class of 2025 Dons White Coats

Ben Boulden

After putting on their white coats, physician assistant students in the Class of 2025 recite the Professional Oath.

Despite the speakers telling students about the long days of study and hard work ahead of them, a celebratory spirit was evident May 26 at the white coat ceremony for the physician assistant Class of 2025. The ceremony represents a rite of passage as students enter the 28-month master’s degree physician assistant program that will…

June 5, 2023

Winners of College’s 2023 Staff Excellence Awards Named

Ben Boulden

Hayley Melvin, left, receives the Customer Service Award from Ashley McMillan, D.D.S.

In April, the College of Health Professions announced the recipients of the 2023 Staff Excellence Awards. Hayley Melvin, a dental assistant in the Center for Dental Education, was the recipient of the Excellence in Customer Service Award. Jeffrey DeSantis, assistant director of assessment in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was the recipient of the Excellence in…

Spotlight on the Department of Respiratory Care

News Staff

Tom Jones, M.Ed., RRT, CPFT, is the chair and program director and assistant professor in the UAMS College of Health Professions Department of Respiratory Care.

The College of Health Professions Department of Respiratory Care offers Arkansas’ only baccalaureate entry-to-practice respiratory therapy program and online A.S. to B.S. degree advancement program. The program is currently awaiting final approval of accreditation for the Masters of Science in Respiratory Care program, set to launch in fall 2024. The MSRC program will be one…

Unexpected Opportunities, Passion to Improve Health Brought Lisa Jansen to UAMS

Ben Boulden

Lisa Jansen, Ph.D.

Chance encounters and a journey that began in a softball field in Germany brought UAMS assistant professor and researcher Lisa Jansen, Ph.D., to UAMS. She hopes the research she’s doing here now will succeed in improving the health outcomes for women with high-risk pregnancies and their children. Jansen is an assistant professor of clinical nutrition…

June 1, 2023

Brunch, Hooding Ceremonies Mark Crossroads for College of Health Professions Students

Ben Boulden

A student stands center stage May 26 in the CHARTS Theater as two members of the College of Health Professions faculty place her academic hood on her shoulders.

At an informal brunch in the late morning and an afternoon hooding ceremony, both on May 19, hundreds of College of Health Professions students celebrated the successful conclusion of their formal, professional education and the beginning of their careers.

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