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.
Open House April 16
The next Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Visitors may tour the PT Center and meet PT faculty and students to find out more about programs offered in the Department of Physical Therapy including the DPT degree.
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
With heavy hearts, we share the news of the unexpected passing of Charlotte Fant on February 15, 2016. She has been a friend and valuable asset to the Department of Physical Therapy for many years. She will be missed both personally and professionally. Ms. Fant joined the Department of Physical Therapy in October of 2004. She served as academic advisor for Pre-Physical Therapy and was the advisor for the UCA Pre-Physical Therapy Club. Ms. Fant was a finalist for UCA’s Employee of the Year for 2010 and 2011 and was named UCA Employee of the Year for 2012. A memorial service for Ms. Fant was held at UCA on February 25th. 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.