Ouachita Baptist University is working with a educational non-profit to streamline admissions for high-performing students. The university signed an Affiliation Agreement with Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) on Monday that is aimed at health care professions.
The agreement is designed to simplify the admission process for the ACHE Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Biomedicine programs, in addition to upcoming programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy.
“We’re excited about the opportunity that the agreement with ACHE will provide for Ouachita students,” Dr. Tim Knight, dean of Ouachita’s Patterson School of Natural Sciences, said in a statement. “This will affect a wide range of students seeking to become physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and physician assistants. I’m confident we will send them the brightest and best prepared students in the region.”
According to an OBU news release, roughly 25 percent of the university’s students are interested in science degree programs.
“Qualified Ouachita students will enter the streamlined ACHE admission process at the interview phase,” said Dr. Ruth Plymale, Ouachita associate professor of biology and holder of the J.D. Patterson Chair of Biology. “Ouachita students and alumni are incredibly impressive in person, and we are thrilled that they will have the opportunity to showcase their abilities and interests through this accelerated application process.”
ACHE, which is based in Fort Smith, established the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, which graduated its first class in 2017. The organization has completed construction on a new 66,000 square-foot facility that will house its physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant degree programs.