Leinenbach receives white coat from physician assistant program

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at University of the Cumberlands announced that Jenna Leinenbach of Huntingburg received her white coat this spring, marking the successful completion of the didactic (classroom) segment of the program.

The white coat ceremony is a symbolic ceremony marking the transition from didactic learning to clinical studies. PA students complete four semesters of didactic education before receiving the white coat. The ceremony typically occurs during students' second year of studies. After the ceremony, they begin the clinical year, comprised of three semesters and 10 clinical rotations. During these three semesters, they also complete a professional development course and a capstone research project. Approximately 27 months after matriculation, students graduate the program, prepared to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam. After passing the PANCE, they are certified to practice medicine in any specialty they prefer.

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