Posted on May 05, 2018

A total of 77 first year-students from College of the North Atlantic-Qatar's (CNA-Q) School of Health Sciences were presented with embroidered crests to proudly display on their uniforms and white lab jackets. The keepsake was given to them during the School's fifth annual Crest Ceremony, which is an event that celebrates students' choice to enter the healthcare field, and officially welcomes them to an elite group of students on campus.

Dr. Asma Al Khatib, Manager of Oral Health Division, Service Development and Health Promotion at Primary Health Care Corporation, was the guest speaker at the event. She spoke with passion about her work as a pediatric dentist and the importance of preventive health programs in Qatar to stop illness before it starts. "No matter if you are a dental hygienist, a medial radiographer or another allied health professional, your work is important. It is a calling," she said. "This ceremony is about making our students feel welcome - to CNA-Q, and to the rewarding world of healthcare. It is a special event that celebrates the beginning of a long and successful career in Qatar's healthcare sector, which is developing at a rapid pace," said Mr. Nelson Rodrigues, Interim Dean, School of Health Sciences.

Second-year Environmental Health student, Sara Murbarak, also spoke to the new students, sharing her story. "I was drawn to Environmental Health because the discipline studies the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. Being an Environmental Health professional helps people in their daily lives," she said. Besides the three year Environmental Health diploma program, CNA-Q offers eight healthcare diploma programs, tailored to the needs of Qatar's growing healthcare sector: Advanced Care Paramedicine, Dental Hygiene, Health Education: Diabetes, Health and Wellness Promotion, Occupational Health and Safety, Medical Radiography Technology, Pharmacy Technician and Respiratory Therapy.