Posted 10/25/2013 01:17 pm
Updated 6 months ago
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received approval Friday to begin a physical therapy program at its northwest Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.
UAMS Northwest plans to offer a doctoral program in physical therapy beginning in 2015 after the program is accredited.
Approval was granted by the Coordinating Board of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The program will be housed within the UAMS College of Health Professions.
"There’s a great need in west and northwest Arkansas for physical therapists, and we are committed to addressing this through having this program on our regional campus," said UAMS Provost Jeanne Heard in a news release.
JHeard said a 2011 needs assessment revealed 300 openings for physical therapists across the state, and by 2016 there will be 800 unfilled positions -- more than can be filled by the three existing physical therapy education programs at other universities in the state.
The three-year program will begin with 26 students and add 26 a year. Those who complete the program will earn a doctor of physical therapy degree (D.P.T.).
UAMS said the program will be funded through philanthropic gifts, student tuition, grants and clinical revenue.