About Us

Patricia Clark, Director of Education/Primary Nurse Educator, MBA, BSN/RN, HCS-D

Patricia ClarkThe quality of healthcare available to the aging population has always been my passion. For the past 26 years my career has focused around the quality of care they receive and the community resources they have available to make this a possibility. I am committed to ensuring that the resources are available to the aging population so that they may have the opportunity to live a healthy and happy life.

My career background includes: Home Health Administration, University of Arkansas Fort Smith & Arkansas Tech University Medical Class Instructor, Accreditation Commission for Health Care – Corporate Surveyor, Home Health Consulting, Medical Coding and Billing Consulting.

I have one son, Spencer, who is also a nurse and works with the aging population in Fort Smith. I enjoy reading, traveling, gardening and fine arts.


Joyce PriddyJoyce Priddy, Secondary Nurse Educator, LPN          

I decided that my future was in the medical field in 1988 after watching my mother pass away from surgery complications.  I observed the care giving to my mother during this time, which lead me to the decision to pursue a nursing career.  While in nursing school I worked as a patient care assistant in a long term care setting.  I graduated from Rich Mountain Community College in 1989.  I began my career as a nurse at St. Edwards Mercy Medical Center.  I later moved to the Fort Smith area and worked with the geriatric patients for 20 years at Sparks Medical Center.  I enjoyed teaching new employees, patients and caregivers new skills.

I have been married for 34 years and have two lovely daughters.  My oldest daughter is a store manager and my youngest is in her third year at UA Fort Smith.  I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband.  We love visiting and hiking our state parks.

Our Facility

Our students learn in both the classroom and in the training facility.  The classroom allows students to learn in a quiet, comfortable environment.  Students will find the training rooms to be very realistic  –  allowing them to truly learn and experience caregiving.

Schmieding Home Caregiver Training – 2414 South 57thStreet, Suite 124 – Fort Smith, AR  72903