Wallace State-Hanceville Respiratory Therapy Program Earns Continued Accreditation


The Respiratory Therapy program at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville recently earned 10-year reaccreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

During a recent review of the latest national board exam pass rates and all measured outcomes, Wallace State’s Respiratory Therapy program met or exceeded all CoARC accreditation requirements.  

“Our Respiratory Therapy program enjoys a strong, but well deserved, reputation for excellence and the quality of our graduates,” said Wallace State President Vicki Hawsey. “Our program having earned a 10-year reaffirmation is a testimony to the quality of the learning here.”

The reaccreditation process was a major undertaking for the program that included an extensive self-study, which was verified during a site visit by CoARC representatives Leann Papp from White, Ga., and Leah Carlson from Gainesville, Fla. 

"The support for this program is tremendous,” said Papp. "From students, to graduates, to Advisory Committee members, administrators, and community representatives — it was impressive. This is the most support for a program I've seen in all the years I have been doing site visits.”

“This is great news,” said Dr. Paul Taylor, Wallace State Respiratory Therapy Program Director. “We couldn’t have asked for a more positive outcome. The support from our clinical affiliates and preceptors was great and the recognition of the program strengths by the site visitors was excellent.”

The Wallace State-Hanceville Respiratory Therapy program has been in existence for more than 30 years. The program has the highest national board pass rates in the state and consistently exceeds national averages.

“As the best ranked program in the state and among the nation’s top leaders, we are well known for producing high quality respiratory therapists,” said Taylor. “We have graduates employed in just about every state, and the majority of the highest ranked administrators in Respiratory Care Services within Alabama are Wallace State alumni..”

For more information on the Respiratory Therapy program at Wallace State-Hanceville, visit www.wallacestate.edu or call 256-352-8310.


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