BHSU Honors Allied Health Students with White Coat Ceremony

The division of Allied Health at Baptist Health Sciences University held its 11th annual White Coat Ceremony for students entering the clinical phase of their programs on Monday, Oct. 9. A White Coat Ceremony symbolically marks a student’s transition from pre-clinical preparation to professional-level coursework and student clinical practice, and it focuses on the professional standards expected of those in patient care careers.

During the ceremony, Cali Edwards, a senior in the Medical Laboratory Science program, spoke to her fellow classmates about what it means to be a professional in Allied Health. She explained that professionalism extends beyond outward gestures like dressing well and having a firm handshake. Cali said, “At its core, professionalism is about maintaining a high standard of integrity, accountability and respect.”

Dean of Allied Health Elizabeth Williams also addressed the students, referencing the story of Jesus’ encounter with the paralytic man and his friends, recorded in Mark 2:3-11. She chose the story to remind students of their essential roles on a health care team to provide care for those they serve. After her remarks, faculty members, representing the eight Allied Health programs, cloaked 62 students in white coats.

Those gaining their white coats included nine students in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, four in Medical Laboratory Science, 19 in Medical Radiography, six in Nuclear Medicine Technology, eight in Neurodiagnostic Technology, five in Radiation Therapy, three in Respiratory Care and eight in Surgical Technology.

Director of Campus Ministries, Chaplain Karen Smith, blessed the students and concluded the event with a prayer.