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Inaugural White Coat Ceremony at University of Charleston

Release Date:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Charleston, WV – The Inaugural Class of the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program (UCPAP) will hold its White Coat Ceremony Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm. The ceremony will take place in the Wehrle B. Geary Auditorium on the University campus.

The 28 students participating in the ceremony are members of the first Physician Assistant class at UC. Those who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MAPS) degree in 2015.

The White Coat Ceremony is an important ritual in physician assistant programs, symbolizing a student’s commitment to patient care and professionalism. During the Ceremony, each physician assistant student is presented and “robed” with his or her short white laboratory coat. Considered a rite of passage, the ceremony recognizes that the student has demonstrated the qualities and abilities to provide competent care and is ready to move on to clinical rotations. 

This year’s ceremony is made possible by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Having been established in 2013, the mission of the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program is to prepare competent physician assistants who value and provide comprehensive, patient-centered, culturally sensitive primary care, and are committed to lifelong-learning, professional growth, community health, and caring for underserved populations.

The 2013-14 academic year marks UC’s 126th year as an academic institution. UC was founded in 1888 as Barboursville Seminary, renamed Morris Harvey College in 1901, moved to Charleston in 1935 and was renamed the University of Charleston in 1978. UC offers over 30 academic majors ranging from associate to doctoral.  


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