12 Aug 2016

Heritage University Physician Assistant Program Holds White Coat Ceremony

Heritage University Physician Assistant Program Holds White Coat Ceremony

Author: David Mance  /  Categories: Campus, Health  / 

Thirty-two students of Heritage University’s Physician Assistant Educational Program Class of 2018 were cloaked with the most important symbol of their chosen profession, the white coat. 

On August 6, 2016, the third cohort of the PA Program students at Heritage received their white coats during the “White Coat Ceremony” at Smith Family Hall in the Arts and Science Building at Heritage.

The robing of the white coat is a ritual that marks the student’s transition into clinical health sciences. The students became eligible to receive their white coats after successfully completing a nine-week term during the summer.

“This ceremony is an important marker in the student’s journey to the physician assistant profession,” said Linda Dale, DHEd, PA-C, program director of the Physician Assistant Educational Program. “This is the first time they will publicly proclaim the PA oath, which is a promise to put the health, safety and privacy of their patients first while adhering to a professional code of ethics.”

After a speech by guest speaker Lyle Larson, PhD, PA-C, the President of the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants, each of the students received their white coats as 100 family members, friends and supporters watched with pride.

For more information, contact Linda Dale at (509) 865-0706 or dale_l@heritage.edu

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