LMU-SMS Hosts White Coat Ceremony for PA Class of 2024

PA Harrogate White Coat Group Photo

The Lincoln Memorial University-School of Medical Science (LMU-SMS) hosted a White Coat Ceremony June 17 at Tex Turner Arena on the main campus in Harrogate. The ceremony featured 90 students of the Class of 2024 Harrogate Physician Assistant (PA) program.


The White Coat Ceremony is an important public demonstration of a student’s commitment to patient care and professionalism. Each student is presented and “robed” with his or her short white laboratory coat. The ceremony is a rite of passage signifying the student has demonstrated the qualities and abilities to provide competent care and can move on to the next phase of training.


The keynote speaker was Harry Howe, MMS, PA-C. Howe, a native of Kingsport, Tennessee, and a 2012 graduate of the Harrogate PA program. In addition to his Master of Medical Science degree from LMU, he holds a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. His pathway to becoming a PA started in service to his local community when he recognized a need for access to health care in the rural areas of Virginia and beyond.


The ceremony featured a welcome from Dean Michael Stephens, DMS, PA-C, and addresses from Assistant Dean and Program Director Robert Baye, DMSc, PA-C, and Director of Didactic Education Casey Johnson, DMS, PA-C, as well as a message from Nicholas Sarvella, president for the Class of 2024.


View the program here: https://www.flipsnack.com/lmunet/2023-harrogate-pa-white-coat-program.html


See candid photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAJoer


View the recording of this event: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/lincolnmemorialevents/portal.htm?eventId=731846&streamType=video


Established in 2019, LMU-SMS is home to LMU’s Physician Assistant Program at the main campus in Harrogate, a Surgical Physician Assistant Program at LMU-Knoxville, the Doctor of Medical Science completion program in Harrogate, and the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree program, which is delivered at the main campus and at the Kingsport Center for Higher education. The school supports the University’s mission of service to Appalachia and other underserved areas by maintaining high quality medical education and supporting student success.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at [email protected].


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