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UCA Students Give Forward to PT Student Scholarships

Special thanks to two University of Central Arkansas student organizations who participated with generous donations in our recent Day of Giving on March 11.  The UCA Pre Physical Therapy Club with 150 UCA undergraduate student members made a $500 donation.  And, the Physical Therapy Club also made a donation on Day of Giving for $150 representing students currently enrolled in the DPT program at UCA (175 students).   Each group gave toward the incredible $10,000+ raised for PT student scholarships this year!  These students are giving forward and it is appreciated!

Physical Therapy Alumni and Friends Donate to PT Student Scholarships

Day of Giving Success 2021

Wow! We raised over $10,000 this week for our PT student scholarships to be shared among the Joe Finnell Physical Therapy Scholarship, Madeline Ann Grubbs Memorial Scholarship, Thomas Meadows Memorial Scholarship and the Charlotte Mills Fant Memorial Scholarship.  Each one of these scholarships honors a special person to the UCA Physical Therapy family.  The generosity of UCA Physical Therapy alumni and friends will benefit PT students who are working hard every day.  The Department of Physical Therapy appreciates everyone who supported us this week!

Dr. Mize Receives Academy of Pelvic Health Education Excellence Award

Education Excellence Award

Lori Mize PT, DPT, WCS, is the recipient of the Academy of Pelvic Health’s Education Excellence Award.  Dr. Mize was presented the award on March 8th at the annual Academy of Pelvic Health virtual business meeting.  The Education Excellence Award is one of the few national awards given for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Pelvic Health. She was particularly recognized for leading coursework into the digital environment, for leadership, collaboration, and for excellence in engagement with course participants both in the live and virtual space.  Dr. Mize is a board certified specialist in women’s health physical therapy and graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2004 from the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Mize worked as a full-time clinician devoted to women’s and pelvic health rehabilitation for 11 years and has worked primarily in academia as a faculty member for the last 7 years. Dr. Mize  joined the faculty at the University of Central Arkansas Department of Physical Therapy in January 2019. More information about the Academy of Pelvic Health can be found at

Dr. Meredith Flowers and Team Publish Article

Dr. Meredith Flowers published an article in the Journal of Allied Health along with Drs. Yates, Fletcher and Lowe.  Dr. Flowers is a 2019 graduate of the PhD in Physical Therapy Program at UCA as well as the UCA Pediatric Residency Program in 2015.  Dr. Flowers earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2014 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Flowers is a board certified clinical specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Flowers M, Yates C, Fletcher J, Lowe L. Does Dosing of Pediatric Experiential Learning Impact the Development of Clinical Reasoning, Self-efficacy, and Critical Thinking in DPT Students? J Allied Health. 2020;49(3):196.

Link to Article

Dr. Tyler Floyd, DPT 2014 and PhD 2017 Graduate, Publishes Article 

Dr. Tyler Floyd

Congratulations to Dr. Tyler Floyd, PT, DPT, PhD, who had an article published in October 2020. Based on his dissertation work, the article titled “Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Can Alter Cortical Excitability of the Lower Extremity in Healthy Participants: A Review and Methodological Study” is published in the journal Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience Research. Dr. Floyd authored this work along with Dr. Chad Lairamore formerly of the University of Central Arkansas, who is now the Chair of the PT Education Department at Western University of Health Sciences in Oregon, and Dr. Garrison and Dr. Rainey of the University of Central, as well as Drs. Mennemeier, Kiser and Padala of UAMS and Dr. Woods of the University of Florida.

Dr. Floyd completed his PhD in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in December 2017 as well as his DPT degree in 2014 and his BS degree in 2011 as a summa cum laude graduate and was in the UCA Honors College.  Currently in clinical practice in central Arkansas, Dr. Floyd has also been serving the Department as an adjunct lab instructor in the DPT program since 2015.

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Position Opening Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy

Department of Physical Therapy

The University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR) invites applicants for the position of Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy to begin July 1, 2021. This is a 12-month, tenure-eligible position. Housed in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the Department offers both the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and PhD in Physical Therapy degree along with a pediatric residency program. Currently, the Department includes 15 faculty: nine with the terminal degree of PhD and nine who are ABPTS Board Certified Specialists.  For more information about the position, visit For more information about the department, visit


Position Opening – Chairperson, Department of Physical Therapy

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The 7th Annual UCA Day of Giving is March 11.  

When you Give We Grow.  PT Student Scholarships

Graphic UCA Bear and #day of giving Thursday March 11When you give, we make big strides. On March 11, pick the Physical Therapy Student Scholarships to give learning opportunities and experience to our PT students – and hope to their future patients. Get ready for Day of Giving at #UCADayofGiving

DPT Application Update – Observation Hours: February 5, 2021

The UCA Department of Physical Therapy will continue to suspend the requirement for DPT Applicants to complete physical therapy observation hours for the October 1, 2021 application deadline in order to support social distancing efforts that are still in place for COVID 19. We appreciate your understanding as this allows our clinical partners to focus on patient needs. Students are encouraged to learn about the profession of physical therapy in other ways. For example, the American Physical Therapy Association provides information about the profession at the following link Becoming a Physical Therapist | APTA.

Physical Therapy Scholarships Announced

Alexia Sharp, DPT Class of 2022

The Department of Physical Therapy awards four privately funded student scholarships to Doctor of Physical Therapy Students each year.  These scholarships are made possible each year by the generous contributions received by many alumni of the UCA Physical Therapy program.  Their gifts not only impact students currently in the program, but positively  impacts the programs in physical therapy at UCA as well as the future of the profession.  These scholarships each honor a person who is special to the alumni, students and faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas.

Thomas Meadows PT Scholarships 

The 2020 recipient of the Thomas Meadows Memorial Scholarship is second year student Alexia Sharp.  Thomas Meadows was a UCA PTA student at the time of his death in 1999, and this scholarship honors his legacy.