Arkansas College of Health Education School of Physical Therapy
7006 Chad Colley Boulevard Fort Smith AR 72916 United States
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The Mission of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education School of Physical Therapy is to educate highly skilled and compassionate physical therapists who will exemplify, through leadership, scholarship and clinical advancement, a dedication to the profession, society, and the underserved. The ACHE School of Physical Therapy Program is a safe, open, and welcoming learning community focused on interprofessional, evidence-based practice and the development of clinical reasoning skills. 

Our dedicated and expert core faculty represent wide range of clinical specialty practice, research expertise, and service to the profession and community and serve as faculty mentors to our students. Classes for the three-year, 123-unit entry-level program are held in a 66,000 square foot state-of-the-art building designed to optimize the learning experience. In addition to 32 weeks of full-time clinical education, students participate in early integrated clinical experiences alongside faculty in our on-site pro-bono clinic. These experiences are designed to allow students to transfer knowledge from the classroom to real life patient care beginning in the second term and continuing throughout the didactic portion of the curriculum. In addition to the on-site pro-bono clinic, the campus offers a human anatomy lab, high-fidelity simulation center, a Live and Learn Center and a branch of the Arkansas iCAN assistive technology project. 

ACHE is also developing an innovative 120,000 square foot Research and Wellness Institute focused on transforming health and wellness education using community engaged holistic approach. The Institute will be guided by the eight domains of wellness including, emotional, environmental, social, occupational, financial, spiritual, intellectual, and physical allowing students to integrate evidence-based models that address the social determinants of health, access to care, the physical environment to affect community health behaviors. Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is in a vibrant community with a wide variety of cultural and outdoor activities close to major cities including Little Rock, AR, Fayetteville, AR and Tulsa, OK.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

Admissions Interviews will be conducted on site. However, if the need arises, the interviews can be held virtually. Interviews are required for admissions and are scheduled on a rolling basis throughout the fall and early spring semesters. Applicants selected for an interview will receive an email invitation. 

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
The non-refundable enrollment deposit will be applied to the first year's summer semester tuition. 
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
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Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
Employees100 to 500