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UC Physician Assistant Program holds second White Coat Ceremony


Williamsburg, Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program honored its 2nd Cohort class during a White Coat Ceremony in Gatliff Chapel on May 4. The ceremony recognized the successful completion of the students’ pre-clinical trials. The students will now enter 12 months of clinical studies after which they will graduate with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.

Students were presented with white coats bearing their name by Dr. Eddie Perkins, MPAS program director and Dr. Sonia Young, MPAS associate program director.

“These faithful students have put much time and effort in successfully completing the didactic year of PA school,” said Young. “They have made many sacrifices and this has not been an easy task.”

In the past 12 months the students have completed 21 academic courses earning 54 credit hours; spent 1,008 hours in class; completed four research papers, 18 practicals, 40 exams, 47 lab assignments and 486 prep notes.

“And this was the easy year,” laughed Young.

Besides all of the time spent in class and the hours spent in study on their own time, the students have also donated time this past year to the Back Pack Club, providing free weekend meals to at-risk elementary students.

The following 19 students received white lab coats, signifying the transition from academic to clinical education: Nathan Bennett of Frakes, Ky.; Suzanne Benninger of Louisville, Ky.; Amanda Brandon of Corbin, Ky.; Justin Cecil of Lexington, Ky.; Danielle Crum of Williamsburg, Ky.; Charles Davis of Corbin, Ky.; Katelyn Glass of Georgetown, Ky.; Kathryn Lenihan of Edgewood, Ky.; Amy Long of Maryville, Tenn.; Stuart Mack of Williamsburg, Ky.; Daniel Mays of London, Ky.; Meredith Moses of Corbin, Ky.; Cynthia Nwachukwu of Powder, Ky.; Nisha Patel of Hazard, Ky.; Alicia Perry of Williamsburg, Ky.; Chelsea Philpot of Keavy, Ky.; Crystal Scott of Fall Rock, Ky.; Sarah Todd of Nancy, Ky.; and Amanda Todd of Corbin, Ky.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at University of the Cumberlands consists of 24 months of coursework and clinical experience. The first year consists of coursework completed in a traditional classroom and laboratory setting in the Forcht Medical Wing of the Correll Science Complex on campus, followed by a second year of clinical rotations in a professional medical setting.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.