ATU-Ozark Cardiac Sonography Moving to New Facility

File photo, courtesy of Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, of the ribbon cutting at the ACHE Research Institute Health and Wellness Center in March 2023.

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will offer its cardiac sonography program in the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Research Institute Health and Wellness Center beginning July 1, 2023.

“We are excited to welcome ATU-Ozark to our RIHWC facility,” said Les Smith, chief operating officer for ACHE. “Together, we will work on a shared mission to educate and empower future healthcare professionals.”

The ATU-Ozark cardiac sonography program is a specialty area of cardiac imaging utilizing ultrasound technology to evaluate a patient’s heart. The program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, provides educational training specialized in sonography for the heart.

“We are appreciative of the facilities that ACHE has provided our students in support of the region’s health care education,” said Daniel Smith, ATU-Ozark chief fiscal officer. “It is a pleasure to collaborate alongside the dedicated leadership of the ACHE team.”

The ACHE RIHWC is located at 1000 Fianna Way in Fort Smith. It provides convenient access to the Arkansas River Valley’s cardiac clinics and diagnostic centers, which play a significant role in students’ training.

ACHE hosted a ribbon cutting for the 317,000-square foot RIHWC on March 10. The facility will be used for biomedical research and targeted health and wellness initiatives.

In addition to its cardiac sonography program, ATU-Ozark serves the health care education needs of the region and state by offering programs in emergency medical technician/paramedic, health information, human services, medical assisting, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, practical nursing, registered nursing, certified nursing and medicine assistant-certified.

ACHE is a private, not-for-profit institution located on more than 500 acres in Fort Smith. ACHE is fulfilling its mission of educating future health care professionals through its programs: Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Master of Science degree in biomedicine, Master of Public Health degree, School of Physical Therapy and the School of Occupational Therapy.

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