Posted on February 20, 2017

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Hamad Al Thani, Director of Public Health at Ministry of Public Health, was the keynote speaker at the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar’s (CNA-Q) fourth annual Crest Ceremony.

The Crest Ceremony is an event hosted by CNA-Q’s School of Health Sciences, to officially welcome its first-year students, and celebrate their choice to enter the allied healthcare field. Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Hamad Al Thani shared words of wisdom with the new students, emphasizing the importance of hard work for a successful future. He said: “This is your first step on an enjoyable journey. I am confident in your ability to meet the challenges of being allied healthcare professionals. CNA-Q’s School of Health Sciences has impacted the standard of care, the quality and safety here in the State of Qatar, through the high the level of education and training offered students.”

This year, 89 students received a crest to display proudly on their white lab coats and personal protective equipment, as a symbol of professionalism and commitment to their chosen field of study. CNA-Q Class of 2008 graduate, Ms. Fatima Kamel Al Otoum, also spoke to the new students, sharing her insight as a practicing allied healthcare professional. She is now Senior Supervisor for Health Inspection at the Ministry of Public Health. “The quality of education at CNA-Q is exceptional. The education here is different. It does not just rely on memorizing. The competencies I learned at the College, I apply right now to my work,” she said. “The instructors are also your friends – they guided me, listened to me, encouraged me.”

“This ceremony is about making our students feel welcome – to CNA-Q, and to the wonderful 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 Irene O’Brien, Dean, School of Health Sciences. CNA-Q offers nine healthcare diploma programs, tailored to the needs of Qatar’s growing healthcare sector: Advanced Care Paramedicine, Dental Hygiene, Environmental Health, Health Education: Diabetes, Health and Wellness Promotion, Occupational Health and Safety, Medical Radiography Technology, Pharmacy Technician and Respiratory Therapy.