How to Apply

Applications should be received by May 1.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as qualified applicants may receive conditional acceptance prior to May 1.  In the event the class is not filled from those applicants, the application deadline may be extended to as late as June 1.  Send all requested materials to the CHP Office of Admissions.  All applicants must submit the following:

  1. UAMS Online Admissions Application (OAA): An online application to the college is required and is available on the website.  A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the OAA application.
  2. Official Transcripts:  Arrange for each college or university you have attended to forward an official transcript of your course work.  A minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 2.5 is recommended to be considered for admission.

All applicants must successfully complete college algebra and two of the four science prerequisite courses by June 1 of the year of application in order to be considered for admission.  All applicants must also successfully complete Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 SC) before the first semester of the program.

Applicants to the full-time traditional program track must successfully complete all prerequisites before the first semester of the program.  Applicants to the part-time track and to either track of the non-traditional RRT-to-BS degree track must successfully complete at least 35 SC of prerequisite course work before the first semester of the program.

Applicants for the traditional program must also provide:

  1. Professional Observation: Documentation of observation of and discussion with a practicing professional in the field is required. Contact the program for details.
  2. TOEFL scores as applicable.  See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the CHP Catalog.

Applicants for the non-traditional RRT-to-BS degree completion program tracks must also provide:

  1. Proof of RRT Status: A notarized copy of the RRT certificate must be submitted.
  2. Statement of Career Summary and Goals: A typewritten statement that summarizes the applicant’s career thus far and explains how completion of the BS degree will assist him/her in completion of career goals must be submitted.  The submission must include a traditional resume of educational and professional achievements using a chronological or functional format.
  3. Portfolio: A professional portfolio that documents and articulates skills, abilities and accomplishments must be submitted.  Samples of the applicant’s work, testimonials, letters of recommendation, degrees, licenses, certifications, awards, honors, descriptions of volunteer/community service and professional development activities may be included, for example.  A portfolio is required for applicants to the non-traditional thesis track, only.
  4. TOEFL scores as applicable. See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the catalog.

*Admission Requirements for Foreign, Non-permanent Resident Alien, and Non-native English Speakers:  All applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent resident aliens or for whom English is not their native language must meet additional admission requirements.  Please consult the Admission/Academic Information section of the CHP Catalog.

Arkansas residency will be considered during selection for admission.  Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability status as a criterion in deciding against any individual in matters of admission, placement, transfer, hiring, dismissal, compensation, fringe benefits, training, tuition assistance, and other personnel or educationally-related actions.

All documents should be submitted to: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Health Professions, Office of Student Affairs, UAMS Slot 619, 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. Telephone: (501) 686-5730.

Upon acceptance into the professional program, students must complete the following admission requirements:

  1. CPR Certification: Students must be certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS, Health Care Providers) according to American Heart Association (AHA) standards prior to the first clinical course. The course must be administered or approved by the Department. The AHA Heartsaver and the Red Cross CPR course do not fulfill this requirement. All current CPR certifications which expire prior to the program graduation date will require recertification as a prerequisite to the first clinical course.
  2. Physical Examination: Physical examination forms must be completed and signed by a physician and are due no later than three (3) weeks before the date of registration for the first semester.

**All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.