Arkansas Colleges of Health Education

Our Mission

To educate and train a diverse group of highly competent and compassionate healthcare professionals; to create health and research support facilities; and to provide healthy living environments to improve the lives of others.

Coronavirus Response

Heritage Community

The ACHE campus has become a center of development in the River Valley. Part of this development includes the Heritage Community. The Heritage Community is made up of the Village at Heritage, which features both residential and commercial spaces, and The Porches at Heritage, a collection of modern cottages. We look forward to all the exciting developments and growth coming to this community!

News & Events

Mass Clinic administers 500 vaccines to Fort Smith residents

More than 500 residents received their first round of coronavirus vaccinations at the Fort Smith Convention Center on Wednesday. Mayor George McGill said it was a grassroots effort to help reach minority groups and people in impoverished neighborhoods who might not have easy access to vaccines.

Bill funding medical school scholarships advances

House Bill 1021 by Rep. Joe Cloud, R-Russellville, would provide a $30,000 college scholarship for Arkansas residents who complete their undergraduate training in two years and have completed their first year at the state’s three medical schools.

Those schools are the College of Medicine of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith, and the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.

Black History Month: Data shows COVID-19 disproportionately affects communities of color

When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, its future severity was unknown. One of the few expected outcomes was that black people would be disproportionately affected, according to a Fort Smith-based medical professional.

ACHE announces promotion of Les Smith

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) recently announced the promotion of Les Smith to chief operating officer.

Research facility, economic strength part of top 2020 Fort Smith metro stories

The new Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) medical research institute to be located in the former Golden Living building in Fort Smith will do more than bring medical research to the region. It will give the medical colleges the ability to recruit top-tier professors, boost the region’s economy and improve Arkansas’ health.

ACHE announces retirement of founding executives

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) announces the upcoming retirement of Thomas H. Webb Jr., chief operating officer, and Dennis Bauer, chief financial officer, two of ACHE’s founding members of the senior leadership team.

Degen Foundation provides ACHE grant for research

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith has been awarded a $193,553 Degen Foundation grant for equipment for the Sterilization Core Research Facility in the new ACHE Research Institute Health and Wellness Center.

ACHE Awarded $193K Grant

“The steadfast support of The Degen Foundation has allowed ACHE to create an institution that is a step ahead of others. Their gifts have helped to provide critically important equipment which have aided our research faculty and students in the development of life-changing research. We greatly appreciate their support,” said Kyle Parker, CEO of ACHE.

Degen Foundation provides funding for ACHE research

The Degen Foundation grant will allow ACHE to expand its medical research with the development of a new research institute that will support essential student education and biomedical research, noted an ACHE news release.

Philanthropy round-up: UA scores huge gift, foundations meet COVID-19 needs

The Windgate Foundation, with assets of $698 million, made grants totaling $62.6 million in 2019, just shy of Walton’s Home Region total. They included 10 grants totaling just shy of $8 million to the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith.

Nondiscrimination Policy

ACHE will provide an educational and working environments that ensures equal opportunity for all students, faculty, administrators, and staff in recruitment, admissions, hiring, promotion, and employment retention. In accordance with federal and state law, the ACHE will prohibit unlawful discrimination based on any protected class, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, creed, national origin, age, non-disqualifying disability, military and veteran’s status and any other characteristic protected under applicable ACHE policy, state or federal law/executive orders, regulations, and/or local ordinances.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

ACHE will provide equal opportunity for all students, staff, and faculty and to nondiscrimination in the recruitment, admission, and retention of students and the recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention of faculty and staff.  Its  employment and educational policies comply with the requirements applicable to equal opportunity/affirmative action laws, directives, executive orders, and regulations to the effect that no person at ACHE shall, on the basis of any protected class status, including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, or military and veteran’s status be subjected to discrimination.

All members of the ACHE community bear responsibility for compliance with the equal  opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination policies disseminated through the current ACHE publications, including, but not limited to, the ACHE Policies and Procedures, ACHE  Employee  Handbook, ARCOM  Student  Handbook  &  Academic  Catalog,  ACHE  Faculty  Handbook,  ACHE Student Handbook, MSB Student Handbook & Academic Catalog, ARCOM   Clinical Manual, and the handbooks of each ACHE program.

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7000 Chad Colley Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72916

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