Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) continues to lead the way in healthcare transformation in Arkansas and beyond with the opening of its all-new program, the ACHE School of Physical Therapy.
The school welcomed 36 new students to its 573-acre campus at Heritage, bringing the number of students pursuing advanced medical education at Fort Smith to approximately 700. Governor Asa Hutchinson recently said during the Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital ribbon cutting: To become a medical education center that will benefit the whole state. “
The three-year program will feature a hands-on approach to learning and 32 weeks of full-time clinical placements.
“Our students will benefit from our state-of-the-art classrooms, which have a physical classroom / lab layout so that students can immediately move from class to lab to learn the techniques necessary for a physiotherapist,” Teressa said. Brown, DPT, Ph.D., Dean of ACHE School of Physiotherapy. “Physiotherapy students will have the opportunity to work with real patients, under faculty supervision, through the ACHE Interprofessional (IP) Clinic. The ACHE IP clinic is a volunteer clinic located on the first floor of the school. Our students will be well prepared and ready to work in a clinic, hospital or wherever they choose to practice ”,
Students will earn a Doctorate in Physiotherapy (DPT). Eleven full-time professors with degrees from across the country serve as the core instructors and will teach clinical specialties including orthopedics, neurology, sports, pediatrics, geriatrics, and pelvic health physiotherapy.
“Our school of physiotherapy is another positive movement of the needle to improve health care for our region and our state. Our institution is still in its infancy and we are just getting started. Stay tuned for more great news, ”said Kyle D. Parker, JD, CEO of ACHE.
ACHE School of Physiotherapy is ACHE’s third program. In May 2021, the first batch of the first college, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduated with the Master of Science in Biomedicine.
The ACHE School of Occupational Therapy has a scheduled start in January 2022. ACHE recently announced the purchase of the ACHE Research Institute Health & Wellness Center, a 317,850 square foot facility that will contain a biomedical research lab and space for transformational initiatives in art, Nutrition and Well-being. ACHE is the first and only private institution in Arkansas dedicated solely to health care and wellness.