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college of HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES graduate programs

WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES For more than four decades the University of Central Arkansas has been preparing practitioners, educators, and researchers in a broad range of health-related professions. The College awards more graduate degrees in the health and behavioral sciences than any other four-year institution in Arkansas. Advanced study opportunities for experienced professionals are available. Faculty in the College are regarded by students as caring and concerned for their personal and professional development. Several have been recognized nationally for their expertise and leadership. Our faculty continuously evaluate practice environments to ensure that graduates enter the profession with contemporary knowledge and skills. We seek students who have a strong willingness to learn, and a commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.

GRADUATE STUDIES physical therapy (dpt) (phd) (PhD) (DPT)

communication sciences and disorders (phd) (ms) (PhD) (MS)

counseling psychology (mS) (MS)

school psychology (phd) (ms) (PhD) (MS)

community counseling (ms)

occupational therapy (ms)

nursing (DNP) (msn)

(DNP) (MS)

family and consumer sciences (ms)

health sciences (ms)

kinesiology (ms)

post-master’s certificates

physical therapy (dpt) 123 Credit Hours The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares individuals to become licensed physical therapists. The mission of the UCA Department of Physical Therapy is to develop outstanding physical therapy professionals who are practicing autonomously in the global clinic and research communities to model excellence in education, research, and service. The DPT Degree can be pursued simultaneously with the PhD in Physical Therapy.

physical therapy (phd) 45 Credit Hours Beyond the DPT The PhD in Physical Therapy at the University of Central Arkansas is designed to prepare students to become scholars and leaders. Students discover, integrate, and apply knowledge while communicating and disseminating it as well. The PhD graduate has the ability to make significant contributions to scholarship in physical therapy. PhD students are required to grasp complex intellectual issues in addition to the highly technical standards necessary for research and scholarship.

communication sciences and disorders (PhD) 70 Credit Hours The doctoral program is a consortium with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas Little Rock, partners in an innovative doctoral consortium that involves 30 faculty. This unique collaborative arrangement provides truly incredible resources to students by virtue of breadth of faculty, interdisciplinary research experiences, specialization opportunities and networking.

communication sciences and disorders (ms) 54 Credit Hours The MS degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is designed to meet academic and clinical standards for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Options for thesis, independent study, and clinical research are available.


counseling psychology (MS) 60 Credit Hours The Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology is designed so that it may serve either as an entry point into professional employment or as preparation for a doctoral program. The MS program emphasizes the understanding of psychological theories, testing, and counseling at a level that will enable graduates to function successfully as Licensed Psychological Counselors in a variety of mental health facilities.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (PhD) 120 Credit Hours The primary purpose of this American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program is to prepare students to provide and promote empirically-supported psychological services for children, youth, families, and schools. The program is founded on the central belief that school psychologists offer a unique and valuable contribution to society through the provision of scientifically sound prevention and intervention services.


The mission of the specialist-level National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)approved School Psychology MS Program at the University of Central Arkansas is to prepare entry level school psychologists to apply scientifically-based psychological and educational principles and practices in all dimensions of their professional work. Post-Master’s Certificate also available

community counseling (ms) 60 Credit Hours The Master of Science program in Community Counseling prepares graduates to provide comprehensive counseling services to groups and individuals. The majority of graduates from this program work as Licensed Professional Counselors in mental health centers, private practice, and community agencies. The program is designed to prepare highly trained professionals who will provide mental health services in the local community and within the state.

occupational therapy (ms) 56 Credit Hours Thesis and Non-Thesis Options The program prepares individuals to become licensed occupational therapists. Graduates are prepared to be leaders in the profession who competently and ethically design, advocate, and market occupational based intervention programs for individuals, groups, and populations faced with occupational challenges. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

DOCTOR OF NURSing PRACTICE (DNP)* ONLINE DELIVERY 36 Credit Hours The UCA DNP program will be part-time, completed over two calendar years, including summers. This allows students to continue full-time employment. The DNP program is a post-master’s program and will be online with a required on-campus orientation. The DNP project is completed in the student’s geographic area of choice. *Beginning Summer 2014, Pending HLC Approval

NURSING (MS) ONLINE DELIVERY 39-45 Credit Hours The MSN program is designed for the working registered nurse. All courses are offered online. Periodic visits to the Conway campus are required for each course. UCA’s MSN curriculum prepares the graduate to be an expert provider of care in acute, ambulatory, and community care settings as well as a leader in institutional and professional settings. Areas of Concentration: . Primary Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner . Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner . Nurse Educator with a Clinical Specialty . Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Master’s Certificates are also available.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES (MS) ONLINE DELIVERY 30-36 Credit Hours The program is designed to serve the needs of qualified students preparing for Family and Consumer Sciences careers in business, education, hospitals, industry, government, community agencies, and for entering doctoral programs in Family and Consumer Sciences or related fields. This program has Thesis and Non-Thesis Options. Areas of Concentration: . Clothing, Textiles and Fashion . Nutrition and Foods . General Family and Consumer Sciences

As a registered nurse for the past thirty years, I have worked in a variety of areas including clinical teaching in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at UCA. My teaching experience inspired me to return to achieve my Master of Science in Nursing in the Nurse Educator track. I am looking forward to the opportunities that my new degree will provide for me. My family and children have been very supportive of my returning to school. However, it is my dad who has been the most proud of me! Laura Gillis, MSN NURSING

health SCIENCES (MS) ONLINE DELIVERY 33-36 Credit Hours The graduate program in health sciences leads to the Master of Science degree. The program is designed to prepare students as health educators in community health settings, colleges and universities, public schools, and health care facilities. Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

I am proud to be a graduate of UCA’s undergraduate Health Education and graduate Health Sciences programs. My teaching and graduate experience helped me find my dream job!



KINESIOLOGY (MS) 30-36 Credit Hours The MS degree is designed to develop a high level of knowledge and competence in the many different professional programs associated with the discipline--pedagogy, fitness, sport leadership, and exercise science. The degree is a multi-purpose degree that can prepare the candidate for teaching or for service in an area outside the field of education. This degree, particularly with the thesis option, can also serve as preparation for work at the doctoral level. Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

ADMISSIONS  Visit for requirements for admission to the University of Central Arkansas Graduate School.  Each program has individual admission requirements, please check each department website for specifications regarding minimum test scores, interviews, and admission deadlines.

FINANCIAL AID The UCA Office of Financial Aid provides financial counselors to support and guide students through the financial process. Almost 90% of UCA students receive some financial aid. If you want to see how much financial aid you’ll need and how much you can receive, check out our free financial aid net price calculator at You should apply as early as possible for both admissions and financial aid. For additional information, call UCA’s Office of Financial Aid at (501) 450-3140 or email

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS Please check within each degree program for scholarships or other opportunities for special funding. To apply for assistantships or fellowships, please contact the Graduate School by email at or visit



FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS, PLEASE CONTACT US: University of Central Arkansas College of Health and Behavioral Sciences 201 Donaghey Avenue Conway, Arkansas 72035 Phone: 501.450.3123 Fax: 501.450.5503

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University of Central Arkansas College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Graduate Brochure  

Graduate programs offered by the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Central Arkansas

University of Central Arkansas College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Graduate Brochure  

Graduate programs offered by the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Central Arkansas


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