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The College of Health Sciences (CHS) has a rich history of offering quality, innovative programs in an atmosphere that is learner-centered and future-oriented. Degree programs share a common goal of integrating theory and technology in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting. All degree programs provide a foundation in general education so graduates are informed about current and future trends in healthcare and can respond to challenges in the workplace. The College promotes educational opportunities for career advancement, employment mobility, and lifelong learning. CHS programs meet the health care needs of the community while preparing students for rewarding careers in registered and practical nursing, surgical technology, dental hygiene, and radiologic technology. Through the CHS, students can complete a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene, nursing, or imaging sciences with a track in ultrasound and/or management. Associate of applied science degree programs are available in radiography and surgical technology. A certificate program is available in practical nursing.

Programs in the College of Health Sciences offer

  • Real connections between classroom learning and the workplace that result in program-specific, real world experiences that effectively prepares students for the world beyond academics.
  • Graduates who embrace change, welcome diversity, and are enthusiastically engaged in lifelong learning and who have the ability and desire to transfer those skills to the workplace and community.
  • High-quality programs with reputations that draw students from all over the state of Arkansas.
  • Faculty, staff, and students who are equal, active partners involved in the learning process and who share responsibility in achieving student competency.


The Pendergraft Health Sciences Center at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith provides students with a high-tech, high-touch environment in which healthcare professionals acquire critical thinking and informatics skills. The Health Sciences Center is the pride of Fort Smith and is arguably the freshest and best equipped in the state of Arkansas. Designed with students in mind, it has all the resources it takes to make their educational experience successful. The College boasts of high fidelity patient simulators, multiple learning laboratories, an intensive care suite, birthing room, patient room and nursing stations, 15 dental operatories, surgical, radiologic and ultrasound suites with state of the art equipment.