The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas offers a PhD in Physical Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and an accredited Residency in Pediatric Physical Therapy Program. The UCA Department of Physical Therapy began graduating students in 1972 as the first PT Program in the state of Arkansas. As a member of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Physical Therapy is chaired by Nancy B. Reese, PhD, PT. The Department of Physical Therapy web site provides resources for prospective students, clinical faculty, and physical therapy alumni.
UCA Students at APTA’s NEXT Conference, June 9
UCA Wins Most Creative Fundraiser Award for Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge
UCA PT Students recently received the Most Creative Fundraiser Award for the 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge by the Foundation of Physical Therapy. UCA DPT students decorated secondhand sweaters for Christmas and sold them in a a surprise brown bag. In a news release dated 6-21-2016, the Foundation for Physical Therapy announced the UCA student’s award and reported that students from 150 schools raised a record $354,320 to support physical therapy research. UCA students were recognized on June 9th at the APTA’s NEXT Conference and Exposition in Nashville, TN.
2016 DPT Convocation and UCA Commencement
The DPT Class of 2016 will be honored on Friday, August 5 during the annual PT Convocation Ceremony scheduled for 2:00 in Reynolds Auditorium. DPT graduates and their guests are invited to a reception hosted by the Department of Physical Therapy immediately following in the Student Center Ballroom. University Commencement will be held at 7:00 PM in the Farris Center.
Department Newsletter Spring 2016
Department news is now available in the first edition of the PT Pulse published in February 2016. Please contact Dr. Cathcart at firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject Line: “The Pulse” with news if you would like to share in the next edition. UCA PT Newsletter 2016 Spring
The Charlotte Mills Fant Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in her memory. If you wish to make a donation you may click here.
DPT Students Experience Hands-on Learning in Pediatrics
A recent UCA Bear Tales features DPT students participating in lab for their Neurological Rehabilitation in Pediatrics course presented in the Fall 2015 semester by Dr. Charlotte Yates, PhD, PT, PCS and Dr. Leah Lowe, PhD, PT. The course has historically included a lab experience allowing students to interact and experience hands-on time with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Dr. Yates and second year students Matthew DeGroot and Nick Lensing are interviewed as well as Dr. Carly Hood from the DPT Class of 2015. Many PT alums and friends in the community graciously share their beautiful children with the class each year.
View our UCA PT Slideshow to learn more about the UCA Physical Therapy program including pictures of the Physical Therapy Center, the Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience lab, DPT Students in lab, presenting research and attending community outings as well as pictures of the UCA campus.
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Upcoming Clinical Education Courses
The2nd Annual Central ACCE Consortium’s Physical Therapy Course for Clinical Instructors (PT’s and PTA’s welcome) will be held March 5, 2016 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO providing 6.5 hours of continuing education. Deadline to register is February 19. See the Flyer & Registration Form for Consortium CEU Course – March 5. The APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program will be held May 13-14, 2016 at UCA. Deadline to register is April 13, 2016. See Brochure & Registration Form for CCIP – May 13-14. Contact: Stacey Stephens email@example.com.
The mission of the UCA Department of Physical Therapy is to develop autonomous physical therapist professionals and scholars who are practicing collaboratively in the global clinical and research communities and to model excellence in education, research, and service.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Arkansas is accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:firstname.lastname@example.org; website:http://www.capteonline.org. Filing a complaint with CAPTE: If you have a question about the department’s accreditation status or wish to express a concern about accreditation, you are encouraged to contact CAPTE.
The Department of Physical Therapy is a member of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences where programs in psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, dietetics, and athletic training are also provided. The Department is housed in the Physical Therapy Center, which includes over 40,000 square feet of teaching, lab and research space. The PT Center is located on Bruce Street across from the Farris Center between the Prince Center and Estes Stadium (see campus map below). The building emergency plan (PTC Emergency Procedures) is provided below.