The College of Mount St. Joseph’s doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program held its annual White Coat Ceremony on April 14 in the Mater Dei Chapel, honoring 34 students’ successful completion of their first year of coursework in the program.
By receiving their white coats, the students are recognized as novice clinicians as they begin introduction clinical experiences and move into the clinical coursework phase of the program. Students are encouraged to wear their white coats when participating in clinical education experiences to signify their role as health care professionals.
“It instills a sense of accomplishment in their clinical skills as novice clinicians as they prepare to participate in introduction clinical experiences this upcoming summer,” said Jamie Bayliss, assistant professor and director of clinical education.
This was the sixth year the Mount’s DPT program has held a formal white coat ceremony. White coat ceremonies typically address the issue of medical ethics and praise students for completing rigorous basic science coursework. Ceremonies are held for several medical professions including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and advanced practice nursing.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.