HANCEVILLE — Wallace State Community College’s reputation as a leader in educating and training healthcare professionals continues to earn recognition. The college once again ranked among the “Top 50 Associate Degrees: Health Professions & Related Programs” as reported by Community College Week.
Community College Week is a bi-weekly publication of news, trends and issues regarding two-year colleges.
With 451 graduates in the reporting period, Wallace State is the only two-year college in Alabama to make the list, which also includes four-year institutions. Wallace State’s health programs finished 20th among two-year colleges and 33rd on the list overall, a rise of two places over last year.
Enrollment in health care programs is only expected to increase in the coming years as careers in the healthcare profession see a sharp rise in the need for qualified workers due to an aging population and retiring workers.
Wallace State’s health programs include: 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.
Of the many careers that can be obtained by completing a degree or certificate in health care at WSCC, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates growth of no less than a 15 percent in all of them, with most at more than 20 and 30 percent and a few topping the 40 percent mark. (see list below)
The WSCC health programs are dedicated to providing an affordable education of unsurpassed quality to produce highly-trained and qualified health care professionals. Wallace State’s nursing program recently earned the maximum eight-year affirmation of its Associate Degree program as well as voluntary accreditation of its practical nursing program by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The college’s other programs have also earned accreditation through their respective organizations.