Family Nurse Practitioner White Coat Ceremony held at UM’s College Woods Center

Molly Grace WatkinsHealth, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile held a White Coat Ceremony for students in the Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program on Oct. 20. School of Nursing faculty presented students with white coats bearing the University of Mobile logo as family and friends gathered in College Woods Auditorium to celebrate the moment.

Graduate Dean of the School of Nursing Jessica Garner and UM President Lonnie Burnett welcomed participants. Bailey Mosley, president of the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association, gave the keynote address and congratulated students on reaching this milestone.

This event signifies the students’ entrance into the clinical portion of their training.

White Coat recipients were:

Kellie Carney
Myriya Collins
John Blake Endris
Akeria King
Jennifer Langley
Ananya Pathak
Brittany Pettway
Rachel Redding
Erika Samuels
Danielle Smith
Shelby Van Sickler
Jasmine Wicks
Natalie Williams
Courtlyn Winston
Jasma Wright

The 15 students completed their first semester in the university’s MSN-FNP program and will begin clinical rotations in the spring.

“The White Coat Ceremony, first held in 1993 at Columbia University, serves to symbolize the student commitment to integrity, excellence, collaboration and compassion, altruism, respect, resilience, empathy, and service in health care,” said Dr. Jessica Garner, graduate dean.

The online MSN-FNP program at the University of Mobile is a faith-based Family Nurse Practitioner program that prepares nurses at the master’s level as advanced practice nurses. The accelerated online program offers nurses a fast track to become Family Nurse Practitioners with a program that can be completed in just four semesters. 

A part-time track is also available, which allows students to continue working as they pursue the MSN-FNP degree. UM’s online MSN-FNP degree programs include three on-campus intensives, including orientation and one intensive each fall semester.

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited educational institution. Visit umobile.edu/fnp for more information and to apply for admission. 

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university with a vision of “Higher Education for a Higher Purpose,” founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions in an environment where they are known.

About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university with a vision of “Higher Education for a Higher Purpose,” founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions in an environment where they are known. Located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama, on a campus of over 880 acres, the university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs.The University of Mobile was founded in 1961 and is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention.

For information about the University of Mobile, areas of study, admissions and more, visit umobile.edu, connect with UM on social media @univofmobile, or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.