For nearly 50 Slippery Rock University graduate students in SRU's physician assistant program, May 3 marked a major milestone in their educational and healthcare careers as they received their white coats in a special ceremony in the Smith Student Center Ballroom. The ceremony marks the end of their on-campus work and beginning of their clinical rotations which will begin this fall. SRU's program is a 24-month program that combines academic and clinical instruction to prepare graduates for evidence-based practice, case management and wellness services. The program, housed at SRU's Harrisville Building, includes 13 state-of-the-art labs and equipment that simulates real-time patient care, including an interactive mannequin that produces mock vital signs. Four exam rooms include cameras for professors to monitor student progress.