Wallace State Nursing graduates

Wallace State Nursing graduates Terry Beasley, left, and Hannah Vandiver light their lamp in advance of taking the Nightingale Pledge.

HANCEVILLE — Wallace State Community College’s Department of Nursing Education has announced a joint enrollment agreement with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) that will allow Wallace State students a seamless pathway from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“We constantly strive to provide the best opportunities for our students and our communities,” said Dr. Vicki Karolewics, President of Wallace State. “This agreement acknowledges our longstanding partnership with UAB, and a dedication to excellence and innovation by both nursing departments. It will open doors to advancement for our students and be a boon to an workforce in need of nurses.”

Both Wallace State and UAB have been designated as Centers of Excellence by the National League of Nursing.

“We greatly appreciate UAB’s choice to partner with Wallace State in this venture,” said Deborah Hoover, Chair of the Wallace State Department of Nursing Education. “UAB has been a valued clinical partner, and the next step for many students completing our program.  We are pleased to offer a new bridge for them to travel as they work toward their bachelor’s degree and beyond.”

The program will take nine semesters to complete. Students are required to complete four semesters of academic coursework before applying to both Wallace State and UAB in advance of the fifth semester. Classes for the last five semesters would be completed concurrently at the Wallace State-Hanceville campus and online through UAB.

The program will begin with the class admitted in the Spring 2020 semester; applications are currently being accepted through Sept. 1, 2019. Admission will also be available in Fall 2020, with applications accepted from March 1 to May 15, 2020.

Wallace State is the first community college to launch this ADN/BSN partnership program with UAB, referred to as the UAB Nursing Community College Partnership (UABNCCP) Joint Enrollment Program. Wallace State also has a joint Admission Agreement for general undergraduate admission with UAB.

The Wallace State Department of Nursing Education is also accepting applications through Sept. 1, for its Associate Degree Nursing program, which is a five-semester program. Students completing the first three semesters earn a Practical Nursing certificate and can sit for the NCELX-PN licensure exam. Upon completion of the associate degree program, graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

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