The NIU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Class of 2020 celebrated their White Coat Ceremony recently in Wirtz Auditorium. DPT faculty, family, and friends showed their support and encouragement for the students as they prepare for their their first external clinical experiences next year. The White Coat Ceremony is a unique tradition in medical related fields including physical therapy, symbolizing clinical service and excellence.
“The ceremony today provides an opportunity for all of us to recognize and celebrate the students developing their professional identity as future Doctors of Physical Therapy,” stated NIU DPT Class of 2020 president Michael Palomo.
Dawn Brown, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the NIU DPT Program, discussed the relationship of the White Coat Ceremony to a commitment to uphold the core values of physical therapy and the ethical obligations of physical therapists. The students are charged with respecting and advocating for all patients whom they examine and treat, by making sound professional clinical decisions to optimize their care.
The DPT Class of 2020 recited an Oath of Physical Therapy in recognition of the honor and privilege of becoming a physical therapist, and to freely accept the obligations and rewards which accompany the physical therapy profession.
The ceremony events concluded with a reception and bags tournament at Fatty’s Pub and Grill in DeKalb.