College of Health Professions

August 9, 2018

Physical Therapy Program Graduates Its First Class

Robert Tolleson

PT First Graduates

For 22 physical therapy students, May 19 was a special day. That’s when they became the first class to graduate from UAMS’ Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. “Being part of the inaugural DPT class at UAMS still feels like a dream,” said Katie Bowin. “I am shocked at how quickly these three years went…

June 7, 2018

Susan Long, Ed.D., Named Dean of UAMS College of Health Professions

Ashley McNatt

Long, Susan

June 7, 2018 | Longtime educator and administrator Susan Long, Ed.D., has been named dean of the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Long, a UAMS faculty member since 1992, had been serving as interim dean since the retirement of Douglas L. Murphy, Ph.D., on Dec. 31, 2017. She…

White Coat a Symbol of Trust, Provost Tells Physician Assistants

Yavonda Chase

The Physician Assistant Class of 2020 was awarded their white coats during a May 25 ceremony.

June 7, 2018 | Make sure your white coat represents a symbol of trust, incoming physician assistant students were encouraged recently as they donned their coats for the first time and pledged to care for their patients.

March 15, 2018

New Medical Laboratory Sciences Director Looks to Future, Celebrates Program’s Past

Robert Tolleson

Dr. Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson, Ph.D., has big plans for the Medical Laboratory Sciences program. The new program director and associate professor, who started in November 2017, “hit the ground sprinting,” said College of Health Professions Interim Dean Susan Long, Ed.D. “He didn’t just hit the ground running — he took off in a full sprint.” Johnson came…

Occupational Therapy Program Receives $100,000 Award from Chancellor’s Circle

Robert Tolleson

OT Program Check

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has awarded a $100,000 Chancellor’s Circle Grant Award to the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program that is being jointly developed by the UAMS College of Health Professions (CHP) and the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Sherry Muir, Ph.D., program…

Two Programs Forge Ties with India’s Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Robert Tolleson

Manipal University

Two departments in the College of Health Professions (CHP) — Audiology and Speech Pathology and Genetic Counseling — are forging ties with India’s Manipal Academy of Higher Education, formerly Manipal University. Both departments have sent faculty to Manipal to present workshops, and Genetic Counseling has sent one student to complete a clinical rotation there. UAMS…

March 9, 2018

College Bids Farewell to Dean Murphy

Robert Tolleson

Dr. Murphy

After nearly seven years at the helm of the College of Health Professions (CHP), Dean Douglas Murphy, Ph.D., retired from UAMS in December. Before he left, CHP faculty and colleagues from around campus turned the college’s annual Holiday Open House into a farewell reception for Murphy. “Douglas didn’t want us to make a big fuss…

February 22, 2018

61 Students Honored at Scholarship Reception

Robert Tolleson

Three scholarship recipients

Donors, faculty and family members turned out to honor College of Health Professions students who were awarded scholarships during the college’s annual scholarship reception. Sixty-one students were recognized at the Nov. 9 reception, which was held in the Daniel W. Rahn Interprofessional Education Building. Then-Dean Douglas Murphy, Ph.D., congratulated the students on their awards and…

January 4, 2018

Dean’s Society Grants Support College’s Missions

Robert Tolleson

Ahmad Alanazi

For graduate student Ahmad A. Alanazi, Au.D., Ph.D., a Dean’s Society grant allowed him to focus more on his audiology research and less on obtaining outside funding to complete his work. For Erna Boone, Dr.PH., RRT, associate professor and chair of the Respiratory Care program, a Dean’s Society grant allowed her and faculty from other…

December 15, 2017

Director Envisions Innovation in New Occupational Therapy Degree Offered by UA, UAMS

Robert Tolleson

Sherry Muir

Sherry Muir, Ph.D., the newly hired director of the occupational therapy program, is determined to create an innovative program that recognizes the importance of interprofessional education. The foundation is already laid. The occupational therapy degree program is a joint offering from the UAMS College of Health Professions (CHP) and the College of Education and Health…

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