WSCC Recognized for Registered Nursing and Health Professions

A report released recently in Community College Week ranks Wallace State Community College in Hanceville among the nation's top associate degree-granting institutions.{} Wallace State is recognized among the "Top 50 Associate Degrees: Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences" and "Top 50 Associate Degrees: Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing."

"We are honored to have been recognized again for the college's great track record for graduating students," said Wallace State President Vicki Hawsey. "We are confident that our selection as an Achieving the Dream College and a Top 120 College by the Aspen Institute as we plan the Fall 2013 opening of our new School of Nursing, Nursing Simulation Center, and Center for Science will lead to even greater student learning outcomes in the future."

For Health Professions, Wallace State ranks 22nd among all colleges and universities on theCommunity College Week list this year, and eighth among community colleges, with 497 students having graduated from one of the college's health care-related programs of study. A 13 percent increase moved Wallace State up one spot from last year.

Wallace State's Nursing Program graduated 228 registered nurses, placing it 21st among community colleges nationally and 33rd when combined with universities granting registered nursing and related degrees.{}

"We are excited to again be recognized as one of the top fifty schools for producing associate degrees in the health sciences," said Lisa German, Dean of Health Sciences. Wallace State has the largest health science division in the Alabama Community College System. Our goal is to continue to be able to offer a variety of health science career options to our students while maintaining a high level of quality in both our graduates and programs."

Wallace State offers programs in Child Development, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology), Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services, Gerontology, Health Information Technology with additional certificates in Medical Coding and Medical Transcription, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Polysomnography (Sleep Lab), Respiratory Therapy, and Human Services with certificates in Drug and Alcohol Associate, Mental Health Technician, and Social Work Associate.