MORGANTOWN - The West Virginia University School of Pharmacy's white coat ceremony marked the entrance into the study of the profession of pharmacy for three Brooke High School alumni.
Molly Cline of Colliers and Melissa Hood and Kelley Stevens of Follansbee.
Cline is the daughter of Linda Cline, Hood is the daughter of Randy Hood, and Stevens is the daughter of Mark and Terri Stevens.
School officials said the white coat ceremony signifies that pharmacy education goes beyond learning to dispense medications and students are encouraged to apply an empathetic, humanistic approach to healthcare.
"During the course of their studies, our Class of 2015 will learn how to provide blood glucose testing and blood pressure screenings, they will learn how to determine the best course of treatment for their patients and they will learn how to counsel patients to help them improve their health," said Dr. Patricia Chase, WVU School of Pharmacy dean.
"But most importantly, in four years, they will attain their doctor of pharmacy degrees, so they will be able to take all the information they have learned and use it to improve the quality of life for West Virginians and community members across the country."