HANCEVILLE, Ala. — More than 150 new nursing students accepted into the Wallace State Community College Department of Nursing Education program met as a group for the first time this week to attend orientation in preparation for the Spring 2018 semester.
One hundred and fifty-three students filled the Dr. William F. Peinhardt Conference Center in the School of Nursing and Center for Science to be briefed on information they will need in advance of starting classes in January. The information provided include estimated costs of the program, immunization information, background checks, and more.
“We try to be as transparent as possible,” Program Director Deborah “Pepper” Hoover told the new students, so that they can be prepared for all circumstances that will arise as they start their path to becoming a nurse.
The orientation ended with a tour of the Simulation Center in which the students will get hands-on experience through instructor-guided simulations in a variety of nursing-related subjects. Sara Tidwell, simulation technician, told the students they would get the opportunity to use equipment they will soon use in a hospital during those simulations.
Wallace State’s Department of Nursing is a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education according to the National League for Nursing, based on its efforts in “Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development.”
The new concept-based curriculum for the program allows students who successfully complete the first three semesters of the program to sit for the Practical Nursing licensure exam. Completing the next two semesters in the curriculum will allow the students to sit for the Registered Nursing licensure exam.
The WSCC Department of Nursing Education accepts new students each Fall and Spring, with deadlines of May 15 for fall entry and Sept. 1 for entry in the spring. For more information about the program, call 256.352.8199 or visit www.wallacestate.edu/nursing.
Priority registration for the Spring 2018 semester will begin Nov. 13, with early registration starting on Nov. 16. Classes for Spring 2018 will begin Jan. 8, 2018.