University of Arkansas trustees approved a $1.7 million renovation at the school’s medical campus in Fayetteville. The unanimously decision was made Monday.
The renovations will support classrooms and lab space for students in a new occupational therapy program. The program is said to be a three-year, clinical doctorate program, and is expected to enroll its first students in 2020. The program will be overseen by both the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
The classroom and lab space will accompany additional learning space under renovation at the university’s Fayetteville campus. Students will train in an “old house” setting with narrow doors and a tight stairway. According to Steve Voorhies, a university spokesman, the “old house” facility is being remodeled with a budget of about $450,000,
There a shortage of occupational therapists in Arkansas and around the country, according to reports. The University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas State University also have occupational therapy doctoral programs.