Internship and Clinical Placement Policy

Communication Sciences & Disorders

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is the preparation of professionals qualified to provide independent professional diagnostic and therapy services to a diverse population with a wide range of communication needs.

Exercise & Sport Science

The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers undergraduate degrees in exercise science, and physical education-teacher education with a coaching endorsement option, and graduate degrees in athletic training, exercise science, and sport management. Our faculty members are experienced educators, researchers, and clinicians that bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom.

Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences offers eight degree and two pre-degree programs that prepare students to work in various healthcare professions. Departmental faculty eagerly inspire our students to embrace higher learning through effective teaching, advising and mentoring. These faculty strive for excellence in a friendly atmosphere conducive to meeting students’ needs.

Military Science & Leadership

The mission of Army ROTC is to commission the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army and to motivate young people to be better citizens. Any cadet interested in developing leadership skills in a challenging environment will benefit from Army ROTC and there is no better unit than the Bayonet Battalion at the University of Central Arkansas.


The School of Nursing was established in the spring of 1967 due to the closure of a baccalaureate nursing program at Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia. The School of Nursing is committed to educating students at the undergraduate and graduate levels as leaders in the delivery of quality health care and advancement of the nursing profession.

Nutrition & Family Sciences

The Nutrition & Family Sciences programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are designed to prepare professionals for employment in broad career options. Graduates are employed in business, education, healthcare facilities, industry, government, community agencies, and other organizations.

The focus of family and consumer sciences is on the individual, the family, and the interaction between families and their changing social and physical environments. The curriculum provides professional preparation built upon an interdisciplinary knowledge base drawn from research in family and consumer sciences; the arts; and the biological, physical, and social sciences.

Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas. Established in 1970, our program was the first and only program in the state for many years. As such, we have deep roots in Arkansas! Our program has established and maintained excellent learning partnerships with facilities, fieldwork educators, and community partners across the state. We prepare students to become independent practitioners capable of competently assessing and addressing the occupational needs of individuals, groups, and society in Arkansas and beyond.

Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas offers a PhD in Physical Therapy degree, a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, and an accredited Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency 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, (see CHBS video) the Department of Physical Therapy is currently chaired by Dr. Kevin Garrison, PT, PhD, Interim Chairperson and Associate Professor.

The Department of Physical Therapy web site provides resources for prospective students, clinical faculty, and physical therapy alumni.  The UCA DPT Brochure 2020-2021 (3-1-2021) provides details regarding admission.

Psychology & Counseling

The Department of Psychology and Counseling is committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Our faculty and graduates are expected to be competent and ethical professionals committed to the science of psychology and its application to real-world situations. Our undergraduate program provides a foundation for the scientific understanding of behavior and mental processes and promotes scholarship and service. Our graduate programs prepare students to become Licensed Psychologists, School Psychology Specialists, and Licensed Professional Counselors who provide evidence-based services for children, adults, and families in a variety of healthcare and educational settings. Our department promotes an environment characterized by collaborative learning and scholarship among its undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, guided by the following core values of our university and professional organizations.