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Physician Assistant Class of 2019 Receives White Coats

by Janelle Hill Aug 19, 2019

After two years of hard work and dedication, students in the physician assistant Class of 2019 have officially received their white coats. 

Family, friends, faculty, and staff members gathered to recognize the 78 students during a completion ceremony. Students received their certificates of completion and white coats before taking the Physician Assistant Professional Oath.

“Many medical schools give students white coats before they do their clinical work, but our students start their clinicals so early that we hold a ceremony at the completion of their studies to replace the short student coat with the long coat of the practitioner.” 

 Dr. Wayne Stuart, division head and director of the PA program

The students will receive their diplomas on September 1 and soon will also take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The Class of 2018 achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the PANCE.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and the following award winners: Sarah Janice Ochs received the medical director award; Brooke Pianka accepted the clinical medicine award; Carlie Ann Krill took home the Dr. Karen Walton award for excellence in the didactic year; Stacie Elizabeth Sterner won the Fr. Peter Leonard, OSFS award for excellence in the clinical year; Audrey C. Anatalio received the self-directed learner award; and Brittany Lyn Blass accepted the program director award.