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PA Medicine Holds White Coat and Hooding Ceremonies

Posted on: March 15, 2021
By LaVerne Howell,

Tigerville, SC (December 13, 2019) The North Greenville University (NGU) Graduate School of Health Science at the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School held its annual white coat and hooding ceremonies for the Master of Medical Science in PA Studies students at Riverside Baptist Church in Greer on Friday, Dec. 6.

The white coat ceremony celebrates PA students’ successful completion of their didactic year while the hooding ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of the Class of 2019 that will be graduating from the program during December commencement on Friday, Dec. 13.

During the white coat ceremony, each first-year student is cloaked with a clinical white coat to commemorate their transition from didactic to clinical year.  This group is the third cohort to enter the newly launched graduate degree program.

The didactic year is the portion of training where students learn about disease processes, the presenting signs/symptoms, physical examinations, clinical procedures, treatments, patient education, etc. Most of this occurs through traditional instruction in the classroom and small group settings. To complete the didactic year, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and pass a cumulative assessment.

During the clinical year, the students begin to apply their knowledge through interacting with patients in collaboration with a clinical preceptor.

“The white coat represents the attainment of a prestigious milestone in a health care professional’s career. It is given as a formal welcome to the profession and to emphasize the commitment they make to patient care,” said Program Chair and Director Jordan Hairr. “We are also extremely proud of the accomplishments of our third graduating class. We are excited for them to go out and make a difference in the field of medicine.”

The PA Medicine degree program continues to attract increasing numbers of students to NGU’s Graduate School of Health Science. These ceremonies have become a yearly milestone for the school and are part of a growing trend.

Dr. Justin Moll, a pediatrician who started Parkside Pediatrics in Greenville, SC, and helped found the multispecialty group Tribe513 which includes pediatric, family practice, OBGYN, and mental health medical care, was the keynote speaker for both ceremonies.

Members of the white coat cohort are Taylor Adams, Deema Al-Ghandour, Isabella Brechbill, Ryan Chaya, Caitlin Christ, Lauren Combs, Joseph Dudding, Casey Eisenberg Logan Ellis, Kaitlyn Freeman, Jacob Gardner, Madison Hamilton, Christopher Hartman, Emily Hellesto, Jamie Iannace, Tori Jolly, Kimberly Kanupp, Kathleen Keiner, Cameron Lindler, Shayla McDonald, Jordan Miller, Anna Norris, Chelsea Navarro, Kayla Porter, Chad Staples, Kyle Thorne, Emily Wetzel, Nicolas Wiseman.

Members of PA Medicine’s graduating Class of 2019 are Kristina Allred, Dana Faye Aman, Matthew Dean Anderson, Morgan Bross, Cherokee Cricket Carrillo, Kevin Dombey, Jordan Armstrong Garvey, Alexandra Gianoli, Jessica Harris, Alex Michael Holsonback, Kaitlyn Ashley Januszkiewicz, Kelly Lee Jeanes, Atalee Moore Jones, Robert Gordon Merck, David Carson Moore, Dat Minh Nguyen, Martin Samuel Price, Elizabeth Chandler Rackley, Alissa Marie Reddy, Lauren Joan Rooney, Kacy Scarpa, Richard Schuler, and Molly Elder Warnock.

To learn more about NGU’s Master of Medical Science in PA Studies, visit or other graduate and online degree programs offered by NGU’s Tim Brashier Campus at Greer visit

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