College Welcomes New Tradition: Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony
Campus News

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program will host its first White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, beginning at 2 p.m. The first cohort of 18 PA students from the inaugural class of 2021 will receive their white coats and recite a medical oath before family and friends inside Richardson Chapel on the Franklin College campus. A reception will follow the ceremony.

The event signifies the importance of compassionate patient care at the very start of their clinical training. The ceremony is the first for Franklin College and is significant for the master’s degree program as it prepares to matriculate its second cohort of students in January 2020.

Thomas Meehan, Ph.D., PA-C, founding program director and assistant professor of physician assistant studies, will provide the welcome and opening remarks for the ceremony.

“The ceremony is a rite of passage welcoming students into healthcare practice by providing a white coat symbolizing professionalism and humanistic patient care. At Franklin College, it marks the transition from the didactic year to the clinical year and the beginning of clinical rotations,” said Meehan.

Franklin College received Accreditation-Provisional for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program in the fall of 2018 and enrolled its first cohort in January 2019.

The college’s MSPAS program is a 25-month course of study. Graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and become licensed as a physician assistant in any state. Franklin College will admit a new cohort of 24 students each January.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is made possible by a nearly $1 million grant awarded to the college in 2014 from the Lilly Endowment, as part of its Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations.  It is the second master’s program launched by the college and will build on its strong track record in science and pre-professional health programs.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Franklin College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Franklin College.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Contact the Franklin College Office of Communications for more information at (317) 738-8185. 

POSTED Dec 11, 2019