Northwest Arkansas Campus
To address the shortage of health care professionals in Arkansas, UAMS announced plans in 2006 to establish a regional campus in northwest Arkansas.
Renovation work started in 2009 on the 325,000-square-foot former Washington Regional Medical Center building in Fayetteville to house UAMS Northwest.
The first phase of the renovations was complete in 2009. That also was the year the first group of third-year medical students arrived and the Area Health Education Center Northwest moved into the facility.
Renovations continue, creating additional classrooms, teaching laboratories and resources for distance learning. The next phase is expected to be complete in 2011, when a group of third-year pharmacy students will continue their education at the campus.
Eventual enrollment at the regional campus is expected to be between 250-300 with students in medical, pharmacy, nursing and allied health programs, along with resident physicians who will be serving residencies at area hospitals and clinics.