Bellarmine University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program welcomed 72 new students at its David A. Pariser Memorial White Coat Ceremony on June 3. The ceremony, at which doctoral candidates formally begin their studies by receiving their white lab coats, is in its 19th year. It was renamed in 2013 to honor a beloved former colleague.
“These 72 graduate students are entering a profession that has the capacity to transform society through optimizing movement and function, reducing dependency on opioids and improving the quality of life and population health outcomes for millions of individuals,” said Dr. Tony Brosky, dean of the School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Professions.
“This is an extraordinary responsibility, and it will require their very best efforts, fully utilizing their ‘heads, hands and hearts.’”
Bellarmine's Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares students for licensure and practice in the field of physical therapy. Candidates for licensure must hold a post-baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from an accredited institution. Students are admitted to the professional program after completing a bachelor’s degree, along with all program prerequisites.
A video of the ceremony can be viewed on Facebook.