HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Graduates of several health science programs at Wallace State Community College and professionals in those fields now have an option to advance to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) and become a registered nurse.
Wallace State Community College is the only community college in the state to offer such an option to students in the Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Medical Services and Respiratory Therapy, or those already in the field as radiologic technologists, paramedics and respiratory therapists. These mobility programs join the longtime program that allows licensed practical nurses the opportunity to earn the ADN.
“We are very excited to offer these new opportunities not only to our current and future students, but also to professionals in our area who may want to build on their experience and expand their options,” said Lisa German, Dean of Health Sciences at Wallace State Community College. “These new mobility options will allow them to use the degrees they’ve already earned to expand their career options and marketability as multi-skilled practitioners.”
“It is exciting to offer health professionals an opportunity to further their development and secure credit for previously learned skills,” said Deborah “Pepper” Hoover, director of the Wallace State Nursing program. “These currently licensed professionals will be prepared to deliver healthcare to our communities from a unique perspective as well as offer employers a very diverse employee for their organization.”
The WSCC Department of Nursing will take applications March 15 to May 15 for students wishing to enter the program in Fall 2018. The department is hosting a number of advising sessions in the next few months to share information about the curriculum and application requirements. The next session is Friday, March 9, at 10 a.m., followed by Monday, April 23 a 3 p.m., and Friday, May 4 at 10 a.m. All sessions will be held in room 201 of the School of Nursing and Center for Science.
Students wishing to enter the mobility program must have degrees in their respective field and must meet the pre-requisites required by the Nursing program. They must also have a minimum ACT score of 18. Those who are not LPNs should acquire Certified Nursing Assistant certification prior to the start of the fall semester.
Should all requirements and pre-requisites be met, a student can complete 31 credit hours in three semesters to earn their nursing degree.
For more information about the Nursing program, visit www.wallacestate.edu/nursing or call 256.352.8199. Visit www.wallacestate.edu to learn about all of the programs offered at Wallace State, or call 256.352.8000.