About the Program
The physical therapy program is a continuous 34-month, full-time program that enrolls a class of 24-26 new students each August. This is a cohort-based full time program with a lock-step curriculum. The program offers a 4+3 curriculum, requiring a baccalaureate degree prior to admission into the program. The program consists of 119 credits of coursework, including 34 weeks of full-time clinical internships. Upon completion of the degree requirements, students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
The curriculum uses the flipped classroom concept, with some lectures delivered electronically to the students and in-class and lab time devoted to integration of material and problem solving. In-class sessions involve problem-based and team-based learning, as well as interprofessional learning experiences.
The DPT program is located at the UAMS Northwest Campus – in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The UAMS Northwest Campus offers educational opportunities for students in the UAMS Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing. The campus offers state of the art library and clinical simulation facilities, and a new on-site student-led inter-professional clinic. Programs at the campus are designed to promote inter-professional learning and clinical experiences.
The newly renovated facilities at UAMS Northwest include spacious, dedicated teaching labs for the PT curriculum as well as the State Veteran’s home and two operating clinics – a multi-disciplinary clinic and a dedicated outpatient therapy clinic, where faculty and students will have ongoing patient contact, beginning in the first month of the curriculum.
Upon completion of the degree requirements, students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Located in the foothills of the scenic Ozark Mountains and close to metropolitan areas including Little Rock and Tulsa, Fayetteville boasts a thriving cultural scene, easy access to outdoor recreation, eclectic shops, and restaurants that serve everything from comfort food to organic cuisine.
The city is complete with gorgeous trails, running streams, serene lakes and breathtaking foliage, offering something for everyone: nearby hiking and a trail system that runs throughout the city, live music and entertainment on Dickson Street, canoeing and rafting on nearby rivers and water sports at Beaver Lake, local theater offerings, and museums. Fayetteville is home of the University of Arkansas with outstanding research and development capabilities, a world class public library, superior academic facilities and amenities, and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
- Fayetteville is “one of the country’s best-kept secrets with its thriving economy and a family-friendly atmosphere nestled in the Ozark Mountains.” – Sperling’s Best Places
- Outside Magazine “Coolest College Towns in the Nations” ranked No. 23
- Forbes Magazine ranked Fayetteville the 7th best college town
- Forbes Magazine has also named Fayetteville, Arkansas as one of the best places in the U.S. for businesses and careers.
- Money Magazine has chosen the Fayetteville area as one of the “Best Places to Live in America”
- Fayetteville has been featured in Lifestyles Magazine, Southern Living, and The Best Towns in America – A Where-To-Go Guide for a Better Life
With a population of 500,000, Northwest Arkansas is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic regions in the United States. With the beautiful Beaver Lake and the majestic Ozark Mountains that define the Natural state, the northwest Arkansas region, inspired by its surroundings, is the up-and-coming leader in business, education, sports, tourism and arts & culture.
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Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:
- Academic achievement
- Volunteer and service work
- Observation hours / experience in the field
- Professionalism /Attitude / Maturity
- Life Experiences
- Diversity / Cultural Awareness
- Written and oral communication
The DPT Program has developed a strong clinical phase for the program by establishing partnerships with the top health care facilities in the state of Arkansas and beyond. Clinical rotations will take place in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, out-patient clinics, private practices, extended care and skilled nursing facilities, home health organizations, occupational health centers and the Veterans Administration.
What is the Accreditation Process ?
Physical Therapy education is accredited by a national accreditation agency called the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), whose role is to ensure that quality education is being provided to all students nationally. Accreditation is a long process with several steps and two important milestones. A program must first apply for Candidacy status – a type of provisional accreditation – which allows it to admit students into the program. Then it must achieve full Accreditation – which allows it to graduate students from an accredited program – which is necessary to sit the national physical therapy licensure exam.
All new physical therapy programs first apply for Candidacy (provisional accreditation) in which they must submit an application and participate in an on-campus accreditation site visit. Effective July 21, 2015, the UAMS DPT program has been granted Candidacy. Candidacy allows students to matriculate into the program. However, Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidacy is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with CAPTE that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation. A program assessment and site visit will occur in the spring of 2018, just before the first cohort of students graduate from the program. At that time CAPTE will make the final Accreditation decision.
For further information on the Accreditation process, contact: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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