UCA to study expanding health care | News
CONWAY - The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is developing a comprehensive plan to respond to the increasing demand for high quality health care services in Arkansas. This plan builds upon UCA's health professional programs and includes growth of programs in Nursing and Physical Therapy.
The university is exploring the creation of a center for preventative and restorative health and wellness on the UCA campus. The center would emphasize multidisciplinary health care services and outreach activities that will promote optimal health throughout the lifespan.
This initiative will be a collaboration of all existing health care disciplines at UCA including Nursing, Physical Therapy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Family and Consumer Science, Kinesiology and Physical Education, Health Sciences, and Psychology and Counseling.
UCA also plans to conduct feasibility studies (1) to add degree programs in health information technology and health services administration; (2) in the field of optometry; and (3) for other ways to serve the rural areas of the state.
The university says legislatively-mandated changes in health insurance policy coverage at the state and national level are predicted to drive significant growth in the demand for health services in Arkansas.
A national shortage of health care professionals and scientists along with a rising demand for health care services makes the employment prospects for graduates very strong, according to the school.
(Source: UCA press release)