Professional and Continuing Education
The Nursing Education Program at UAMS South is a branch of the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. UAMS is Arkansas’ only institution of professional and graduate education devoted solely to the health and biological sciences. Through distance education venues, UAMS South makes academic programs available to nurses who wish to pursue the Bachelor, Master, PhD or DNP degree programs in nursing. The UAMS College of Nursing was established in 1953.
- RN to BSN/MNSc articulation
- PhD in Nursing
- DNP in Nursing
1617 North Washington
Magnolia, AR 71753
870-562-2563 Ext. 1010
The Department of Nursing Education as part of UAMS South recognizes that professional development in nursing is a lifelong process of active participation in learning activities that assist in developing and maintaining continuing competence, enhancing professional practice, and supporting achievement of career goals. The department supports the mission and program goals through collaboration with the health care community to provide continuing education programs for the professional development of nurses, as well as enhanced access to college courses through distance education programs for RN’s seeking a BSN or MNSc to prepare for professional practice, advanced practice, teaching, and administrative roles thereby enhancing health care for the people in South Arkansas. Additional information can be found at the College of Nursing web site.
Behavioral Science – Michael Fitts, PsyD
Behavioral Science provides residents, faculty, patients, and community organizations with assistance in accessing behavioral, psychological, and mental health services. Services provided are counseling, consultation, referral assistance, assessment, screening, patient education, and continuing education programs related to mental and behavioral health concerns.
College of Health Related Professions – Dennis Cooper, BBA, MS
The College of Health Professions offers numerous educational opportunities in the allied health professions. Allied health professionals constitute about 60-65 percent of the health care work force in the United States. Within the college, more than 600 students are enrolled in various certificate and degree programs in 17 different areas at all levels of certification. An education in the allied health professions is very accessible. Our programs are offered at various locations around the state through internet programs and compressed video connections at satellite campuses. Additional information can be found at the College of Health Professions website.
Continuing Education – Dennis Cooper, BBA, MS
UAMS South provides a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary, live continuing education programs through monthly conferences and lectures. Programs offered over compressed video weekly include the Pediatric Grand Rounds, Geriatric Grand Rounds and the High Risk OB. Other presentations are offered over compressed video network through UAMS Regional Programs as they are available. UAMS South targets health care professionals working in various settings, such as hospitals, long term care facilities, or public health institutes. We strive to make the process of learning as easy as possible through our extensive broadband capabilities.
Health Careers Recruitment – Dennis Cooper, BBA, MS
UAMS South offers opportunities to discover more about health careers every summer during a one week program known as M*A*S*H. This summer enrichment program uses hands-on experiences to help integrate classroom science skills with health sciences in a professional setting.
“Hands on Health Care” is a one day program designed to offer junior and senior high school students an opportunity to experience careers in a health care setting by providing them with “hands-on” experiments and lectures, hoping to spark an interest in a health career.
To participate in the “Hands on Health Care” program the students must demonstrate above average scholastic ability as reported by school transcripts, complete all fields on the application form and a parent/guardian must sign the permission slips. All applications will be reviewed by the “Hands on Health Care” selection committee. The class is limited to 12 participants.
“Hands on Health Care” is offered once a semester during the school year.
Contact your local school counselor for additional information and program dates.
Community Outreach – Rebecka Wendling, BS, CHES
UAMS South aims to promote healthy living throughout the communities that we serve. Our school-based outreach efforts include healthy eating presentations in many local elementary school classrooms in Magnolia, El Dorado, Camden and Norphlet as well as a special kindergarten program called OrganWise Guys. UAMS South typically serves more than 1,800 students each year with these programs.
UAMS South also implements a program called Safety Baby Showers that was created by Arkansas Children’s Hospital. This program educates expectant parents on car seat safety, injury prevention, and safe sleeping conditions for infants. Through partnerships with the Blue & You Foundation and the State Farm Foundation, UAMS South has served hundreds of local parents with this program.
Health Screenings are also an important component of our outreach efforts. Through various grants, UAMS South provides free community health screenings (including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar) to help participants take charge of their health. Participants learn about risk factors for chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, and also learn about lifestyle changes they can make to reduce their risk of developing these.
The Stanford Diabetes Self Management Program is offered by trained facilitators at UAMS South. This program teaches diabetics (and those caring for diabetics) how to effectively manage their disease and symptoms. This six week program empowers participants with strategies for dealing with the daily struggles that can come from living with a chronic condition.