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We are excited about our developing Doctor of Physical Therapy program and know you will be too.

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Dean’s Welcome

​On behalf of myself, and the faculty and staff at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) School of Physical Therapy, I would like to welcome you to our website and thank you for your interest in our program. We are passionate about Physical Therapy education and are thrilled to be developing this innovative program in the beautiful, new, state-of-the-art College of Health Sciences building on the ACHE campus.  Development of the School of Physical Therapy has been, and remains, a collaborative effort involving multiple stakeholders across the River Valley and beyond.  Our goal is to create a learning community that fosters the development of highly skilled and compassionate physical therapists dedicated to their profession and the betterment of society. We believe our faculty, curriculum, and collaborative community environment will inspire the next generation of health care providers toward future success!

Sincerely,

Dr. Teressa Brown
Founding Dean, School of Physical Therapy

Our Vision

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education School of Physical Therapy will be recognized as a pioneer in innovative physical therapy education and practice by advancing the health of society through optimization of functional movement and activities.

Our Mission

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.

Our Progress

The School of Physical Therapy makes its home in the brand new, 66,000 square-foot College of Health Sciences building located on the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas. This state-of-the-art building features beautiful lecture halls, a Splinting & Modality Lab, modern Physical Labs, a Rehabilitation Clinic, quiet study rooms, and so much more!

News & Events

ACHE Physical Therapy Program-Virtual Q&A Info Session

Interested in the ACHE PT Program? Join program faculty and staff to get your burning questions answered! We look forward to meeting you!

School of Physical Therapy Virtual Open House

The ACHE Physical Therapy Program is excited to host a Virtual Open House for interested students. This event is designed to introduce the ACHE PT Program Faculty, our state-of-the-art facilities, program information, and the admissions process.

Applications taken at therapy school

FORT SMITH — The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education will start accepting applications to its School of Physical Therapy today.

The three-year program is focused on hands-on clinical experience, according to a news release. Students will graduate with a doctor of physical therapy degree.

ACHE Physical Therapy Program-Virtual Q&A Info Session

Interested in the ACHE PT Program? Join program faculty and staff to get your burning questions answered! Register today by completing the event registration form. We look forward to meeting you!

ACHE accepting applications for first class of physical therapy students

The ACHE School of Physical Therapy will begin accepting applications for its school of physical therapy July 1. The three-year program will focus on hands-on, clinical experience with students graduating with a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.

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7006 Chad Colley Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72916
479-401-6024

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Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, School of Physical Therapy, is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. On June 1, 2020, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution. Arkansas Colleges of Health Education admits students of any race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veterans’ status.