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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.

Our Facilities

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

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.

ACHE dedicates $16 million College of Health Sciences building

Kyle Parker, president and CEO of Fort Smith-based ACHE, said the “majestic” building is the home to ACHE’s two newest programs, School of Physical Therapy and the School of Occupational Therapy.

ACHE School of Physical Therapy receives grant for research

Assistant professors Kaci Handlery, PT, DPT; Reed Handlery, PT, DPT, Ph.D.; and Dana Kahl, PT, DPT have received a $94,000 grant to support their project Functional Interval Training for People with Spinal Cord Injury and Their Care Partners (SCI-FIT).

April Virtual Open House

The ACHE Physical Therapy Program will 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.

February Virtual Open House

The ACHE Physical Therapy Program will 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.

December PT Open House

The ACHE Physical Therapy Program will 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 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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Effective November 3, 2020, the School of Physical Therapy at Arkansas Colleges of Health Education has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 470-401-6010 or email teressa.brown@acheedu.org.

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial 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.