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University of Mobile White Coat Ceremony Marks Next Step for Family Nurse Practitioner Students

Kathy Dean Graduate, Health, News

MOBILE, Ala. – Students in the University of Mobile Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program celebrated a rite of passage in their health care career at a White Coat Ceremony on Oct. 28.

School of Nursing faculty presented students with white coats bearing the University of Mobile logo as family and friends gathered in Ram Hall on campus to celebrate the moment. WALA Fox10TV anchor Lenise Ligon gave the keynote address and congratulated students on reaching this milestone.

The 14 students completed their first semester in the program and will begin clinical rotations in the spring.

White Coat recipients are Wendy Clarke, Brooke Collier, Devan Cooper McCall, Ashley Haney, Denise Jones, Tiffany Lucas, Gerri Mack, Paula Matthews, Teresa Monroe, Reagan Owens, Vishva Patel, Jenilee Powell, Krysta Turner and Leah Williams.

“In the minds of patients and providers alike, the white coat has come to symbolize a higher standard – a pledge of excellent medical care, as well as an assurance to the patient that they are in good hands,” said Dr. Curtis Mathis, graduate chair of the School of Nursing.

The 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 becoming Family Nurse Practitioners with a program that can be completed in just four semesters. UM’s online degree program includes 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. A minimum of one year of clinical experience is preferred for applicants. First priority deadline for applications for fall semester 2022 is April 1, 2022. Apply at

For information on the University of Mobile Family Nurse Practitioner program or other programs in the School of Nursing, visit or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222.

About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

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

About the Author

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is associate vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.