Moving others toward healing


We are educating highly skilled and compassionate physical therapists.


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ACHE School of Physical Therapy

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.


Learn from our expert faculty in a collaborative learning environment.

Clinical Experience

Put your education into action in our on-site rehabilitation clinic.

Community Involvement

Use your knowledge and skills to serve the community around you.

Explore ACHE PT

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Learn in the Natural State! Our state-of-the-art facility features beautiful lecture halls, modern Physical Labs, a Rehabilitation Clinic, Splinting & Modality Lab, and quiet, study rooms.

The Future of Physical Therapy

We strive to create a collaborative learning community that fosters the development of highly skilled, compassionate physical therapists dedicated to the profession and the betterment of society.


Our faculty are constantly conducting their own research to contribute new knowledge to the profession of physical therapy. One of the projects we are most proud of is the research being conducted by Dr. Reed Handlery and Dr. Kaci Handlery on the effects of exercise on both people with spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s disease. ACHE PT students have the opportunity to participate with faculty in hands-on research initiatives.

News & Events

A League of Their Own

Drs. Reed and Kaci Handlery created a modified weight training program as both a community service and as a research program. Trained as physical therapists, the duo both teach as assistant professors at the School of Physical Therapy at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE).

People with spinal cord injuries focus of River Valley research

Drs. Reed and Kaci Handlery are assistant professors at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education’s School of Physical Therapy who started working at the institution in January 2021. They are doing a research project to determine the best way to promote long-term adherence to regular exercise, as well as reduce barriers to exercise, for people with spinal cord injuries that could be implemented elsewhere.

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7000 Chad Colley Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72916

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