Oct 5, 2012 - StaffThe University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy welcomed members of the class of 2016 into its professional pharmacy program this fall.
First-year professional students attended two days of orientation, followed by the "white coat ceremony" where they were congratulated by Dean John Vandel with family and friends in attendance.
Riverton resident Joshua Green received a white coat during the School of Pharmacy program.
"The white coat presented to the students is symbolic of the students' professionalism and commitment to their future patients and colleagues," Vandel said. "It stands for honor, integrity, duty, accountability, respect for others, excellence and altruism.
"The future of this profession lies in change. These students are the ones who will form the future of pharmacy, to envision the future, to anticipate what lies ahead, and to adapt new technologies," he said. "The white coat is only a trapping. There is no magic that comes with it. The white coat identifies the students as someone trained and educated to pursue a career of helping others."
Admission to the professional program is limited and highly competitive.
UW's nationally accredited pharmacy curriculum begins with a two-year, pre-professional program followed by the four-year professional program that entails three years of coursework on campus and a full year of experiential coursework performed off campus.
A UW Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree meets the educational requirements to take pharmacy state board examinations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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