Partnership Building Future Health Care Professionals

Hands On Health Care 2023 ATU-Ozark

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus hosted future health care students from across western Arkansas on Thursday, March 9, through a partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Hands on Health Care is a program designed to help high school students make more informed career decisions in health professions. Students participate in patient care simulations to develop understanding and spark curiosity for careers in nursing, paramedic, medical assisting and cardiac sonography as well as physical and occupational therapy assisting.

“Our goal is to connect aspiring medical professionals to health care fields, allowing students to see what each program is all about, and how they can get immediate access to the respective fields of study,” said Ursula Redmond of UAMS West Campus-Fort Smith.

Students from Clarksville, County Line, Dover, Greenwood, Huntsville, Johnson County Westside, Lavaca, Fort Smith Northside, Ozark, Russellville, Pottsville, Scranton and Fort Smith Southside were invited to participate. UAMS and ATU–Ozark have worked together since 2016 to support student learning and health care industry occupations.

“UAMS and ATU-Ozark are committed to the recruitment and training of health care professionals,” said Bruce Sikes, ATU-Ozark chancellor. “We both benefit from this partnership supporting our western Arkansas health providers and our people.”

To learn more about health care programs offered at ATU-Ozark, visit