Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program held its 9th Annual White Coat Ceremony recently for the Class of 2019 at Tennessee Valley Community Church in Paris. Fifty students representing a total of 22 states were presented their white coats.
Students in their third semester of Bethel’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program receive the white coat in the month of November, the time just prior to beginning their clinical training. After donning, the students take the Physician Assistant Oath to officially commit to being a PA.
A special moment for this class was the delivery of the ceremonial address by Kenneth F. Ferrell, PA. Ferrell has the distinction of being one of the first physician assistants to be educated and to work in the United States. After serving his country in the Navy, Ferrell was invited to join a cohort of four individuals in an educational program for physician assistants at Duke University in 1965.
Ferrell shared how he worked clinically for 20 years before moving into administrative roles in the field.
“If I could start my career over, there is no way I would have stopped being a clinical PA,” he said. “It is a truly rewarding career.”
Additionally, Ferrell shared one last thought.
“Patients do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
The Bethel University Physician Assistant Program confers a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies upon completion of the 27-month educational program. Bethel’s program consists of 12 months of didactic education, and 15 months of clinical experiences. Earlier this year, it was recognized for its 2017 graduates achieving a 100 percent pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The program was also recently among the top 6 in the nation for rural employment – serving an important role of fulfilling rural primary care shortages in the U.S.
The class of 2019 includes: Jordyn Almeida, Michael Anderson, Steven Andronovich, Faaiza Arshad, Cale Baskin, Jarrod Beachum, Brad Braun, Stevie L. Byard, Kevin Byrne, Michael Callahan, Jordan Carroll, Taylor Clark, Jennifer Curtin, Leslie DeVore, Michael Dugas, Courtney Flynn, Victoria Ghahhari, James Goldhardt, Jennifer Green, Katie Hannemann, Ann Marie Harrington, Lauren Hester, Trevor Houseal, Jeremy Johnson, Neethu Joseph, Jasleen Kaur, Elizabeth Keller, Alan King, Morgan Kleinsasser, Elizabeth McDonough, Kelsey Maher, Ashleigh McCoy, William McGuire, Morgan Morgan, Patrick O’Reilly, Michael Overman, Caroline Pasisis, Danielle Powers, Lauren Quick, Steven Ramos, Thomas Shapaker, Jamie Shelstad, Brady Skiles, Tyler Stanfield, Matthew Tanner, Tangie Thomas, Daniel Truong, Stephanie Turk, Joe Vallor, and Tyler Warbritton.
For more information about the Bethel University Physician Assistant program, please contact the admissions department at firstname.lastname@example.org.