Emory & Henry DPT Students Earn White Coats

Posted by Rachael Wilbur
The Emory & Henry Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program housed at the School of Health Sciences on the Marion held a traditional White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, June 9, 2018, on the main college campus in Emory, Va.

The White Coat Ceremony signifies the beginning of the year-long clinical rotation component of the program as a physical therapy student and comes following two years focused on the didactic portion of students’ training.

“Until now, we have spent most of our schooling in lectures and labs, but today we mark our first steps towards the clinical setting where the patient will be our ultimate teacher,” said student and class president Will Speidel, from Charlottesville, Va.

The ceremony is a rite of passage that serves as a symbol of the responsibility, obligations, honor, excellence, accountability, compassion and inclusiveness required of their chosen profession. 

John Graham, clerk of the circuit court of Smyth County, was the honorary speaker for the ceremony. His father, Dr. Henderson P. Graham, a longtime dentist and founder of the original hospital in Marion, Va., was a driving force in the creation of the Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences.

Graham challenged students to cast a vision of healing as they go out into the clinical setting.

“Make it your challenge to find what works, to cast the vision that is compelling and creative, and will inspire patients to work for their healing,” said Graham.

After receiving their personalized white coats, students recited the Oath of Professionalism during the ceremony.

The DPT program is a three-year, 118-credit-hour graduate program that reflects Emory & Henry’s core values of addressing issues of public concern through professions that contribute to the public good and educating professionals who are critical thinkers prepared to meet the challenges of a changing healthcare environment.

This group of 32 students is the second class of DPT students to earn their white coats.

The Physical Therapy Program at Emory & Henry College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245;  email: accreditation@apta.org

For more information on the DPT program at the Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences please visit www.ehc.edu/dpt.

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  • The Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2019
    The Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2019

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