The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) has opened the ACHE School of Physical Therapy, welcoming its first class.
With this new program, ACHE increased its total medical student count to approximately 700 in Fort Smith. The new physical therapy program class has 36 students, with 30 of the students drawn from the ACHE service region and 24 from Arkansas.
“Welcoming new students to campus never gets old,” ACHE chief executive officer Kyle D. Parker, JD, said in a statement. “Our School of Physical Therapy is another positive move of the needle to improve healthcare for our region and state. Our institution is still in the early years and we are just getting started. Stay tuned for more good news.”
The physical therapy program is a three-year, hands-on program that will require 32 weeks of full-time clinical rotations. Upon graduation, students will receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.
This marks the third program that ACHE has introduced, in addition to the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Master of Science in Biomedicine program. ACHE is also introducing a new ACHE School of Occupational Therapy, which is projected to launch in January 2022, as well as a 317,850 square-foot ACHE Research Institute Health & Wellness Center.