Touro University Nevada Celebrates Tenth Annual White Coat Ceremony

Osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, and physician assistant students will participate in the ceremony.
Sep 17, 2013

Touro University Nevada will hold its tenth White Coat Ceremony on Sunday, October 6 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino. The ceremony will be held in the Pavilion Ballroom at 3 p.m.

The TUN White Coat Ceremony was developed to celebrate the symbolic beginning of the journey of students in osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies and physical therapy. Faculty mentors and administrators welcome the students as they accept the professional responsibilities inherent in their relationship with patients.

The white coat, worn by individuals to connote their education and credentials as healers, is a symbol widely recognized by today’s society. As the students are coated, one faculty member will shake the coat symbolizing the academic preparation of the student and another faculty member will place the coat on the student symbolizing the training they will receive during the clinical rotation years.  The Dean of the specified college will shake the student’s hand signifying a greeting as colleagues and the beginning of their professional career.

“The White Coat ceremony is a tradition that symbolizes the commitment students are making to the health care profession,” said Senior Provost and CEO Michael Harter, Ph.D. “These outstanding scholars are joining one of Nevada’s leading health education institutions and will help make a difference in the quality of health care in Nevada for years to come.”

The ceremony will include students from the Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2017, the Physical Therapy Class of 2016 and the Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015.

About Touro University Nevada
Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to more than 1,400 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit or call 702- 777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. 


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