Additional Program Information

Division of Health Sciences

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Students accepted into the DMS program will spend four semesters (in addition to their required general education courses) learning the skills, patient care, professionalism, and didactic knowledge required to earn a successful career in the field of sonography.  The DMS curriculum is a comprehensive program covering Abdomen, Small Parts, Ob-Gyn, AND Vascular ultrasound. Sonographers are employed by hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

The curriculum is carefully designed to provide students with the well-rounded knowledge and training needed to thrive in the Sonography industry. Students completing the DMS program will receive the Associate in Applied Science degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will be academically prepared to sit for registry exams with ARRT, ARDMS, and CCI.  The student will have obtained the necessary knowledge to attempt credentialing in the modalities of Abdomen, OB, or Vascular, when eligible with each perspective agency.  Passing these credentials can greatly increase a student’s job and income potential and ensures professional status as a diagnostic medical sonographer.  Detailed program information is available at http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/health/diagnosticmedical-sonography.

Emergency Medical Services

The College offers three related programs in this career area leading to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and three institutional program certificates in EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic.

The Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; telephone: 727.210.2350; fax: 727.210.2354; website; www.caahep.org by recommendation from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Profession of Allied Health Programs (CoAEMSP), 4101 Oaks Blvd., #305-599, Arlington, TX 76016; telephone: 817.330.0080; fax: 817.330.0089; website: www.coaemsp.org and by the State of Alabama Department of Public Health Office of Emergency  Medical Services and Trauma (ADPH-OEMST) RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street, Suite 750, Montgomery, AL 36104; telephone: 334.206.5383; fax: 334.206.5260; www.adph.org.  For information about the program, individuals may visit http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/ems/emergency-medical-services or contact the Director at 256.549.8654, or e-mail jhollingsworth@gadsdenstate.edu.

Healthcare Linkage Programs

The Division of Health Sciences has articulation agreements with Jefferson State Community College and Wallace State Community College—Hanceville for various healthcare programs not offered at GSCC.  Further information can be obtained by calling 256.549.8257.

Massage Therapy Program

The Therapeutic Massage Program, which is approved by the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy (telephone number 334.269.9990; website www.almtbd.state.al.us) is a short-certificate (29 credit hours; 720 contact hours) program that prepares students to become successful practicing bodyworkers by giving them broad knowledge of Western theories and techniques. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam) exam through the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (website www.fsmtb.org).  The Gadsden State Community College Massage Therapy Program is accredited through COMTA (Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 440, Washington, D.C. 20015, telephone number 202.888.6790).  Program information is available at www.gadsdenstate.edu/tmp/home.

Medical Laboratory Technology Program

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) perform tests that analyze a variety of clinical specimens that include blood, tissues, urine, and other body fluids. They use complex instruments, specialized techniques, and scientific knowledge to provide critical information for diagnosis, treatment, and preventative health care. MLTs perform routine laboratory tests, perform and evaluate quality control tests, perform calibration and preventative maintenance of laboratory instruments and report test results. In addition, MLTs work with other health-care professionals, including physicians, by providing appropriate information to establish modern, cost-effective diagnostic test profiles. Medical laboratory personnel are part of the health-care team and must communicate effectively with patients, other health-care professionals, and the public.

This program, which is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; phone 773.714.8880; fax 773.714.8886; website: www.naacls.org), entails a five-semester/term curriculum leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT). Graduates of this program are eligible to write the registry examination offered for certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or by the American Medical Technologist (AMT).  After passing the examination, graduates are certified as registered Medical Laboratory Technicians.  This certification ensures professional status. For information regarding the Medical Laboratory Technology Program, individuals should visit the MLT Program website (www.gadsdenstate.edu/tmp/home) or call 256.549.8217.

Nursing Education

Practical Nursing - General Information

The Nursing Education Program is a concept based curriculum which is a stackable credential that can be completed in five semesters.  If the student wishes to complete the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Degree only, the student must successfully complete NUR 112, 113, 114 and 115.  These classes can be taken in three semesters.  Once NUR 114 and NUR 115 are completed, the student may sit for the NCLEX  PN exam.   If the student wishes to complete the AND, they may continue and complete the last two semesters .  Should the student drop out of sequence upon completing the LPN component, the student has one year in which to reapply to complete the AND.  Summer admission for the nursing program will be at the Cherokee Campus for day and night classes.  Fall admission will be at the Wallace Drive Campus for day classes.   

Gadsden State's Practical Nursing Program, which is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing (RSA Plaza St 250, 770 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; telephone 1.800.656.5318; website: www.abn.state.al.us), and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia  30326; telephone:  404.975.5000; fax 404.975.5020; website www.acenursing.org) is a certificate program that prepares students in the theoretical and clinical practice of basic bedside nursing.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). After passing the examination, graduates will carry the title "Licensed Practical Nurse." Advisors are available in Helderman Hall on the Wallace Drive Campus (256.549.8257). Group advising sessions are available.  Please visit the website for specific date and times.  Applicants are admitted without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, age, or religious preference. For more information on the Practical Nursing Program, those interested should visit http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/nursing_education/home-rn-lpn or www.gadsdenstate.edu.

Registered Nursing -General Information

The Registered Nursing Program is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing (RSA Plaza St 250, 770 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; telephone 1.800.656.5318; website: www.abn.state.al.us) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326; telephone: 404.975.5000; fax: 404.975.5020); website: www.acenursing.org  to offer the A.A.S. degree in nursing. This career-entry program, to which qualified applicants are admitted without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, age, or religious preference, is a five-semester/term sequence of laboratory and classroom education and clinical experiences.  Successful completion of this program prepares graduates to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure and practice as Registered Nurses. Group advising sessions are available.  Please visit the website for specific date and times. For more information on the Registered Nursing Program, those interested should visit the website: http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/nursing_education/home-rn-lpn or www.gadsdenstate.edu. (Health Science appears under Instruction.)

Phlebotomy Training Program

For information regarding the Phlebotomy Training Program, individuals should visit the Program website (http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/phlebotomy/phlebotomy) or call 256.549.8217.  Phlebotomy training program students are not eligible for federal student aid

Radiologic Technology Program

Radiologic Technologists (Radiographers) operate equipment using x-radiation to produce digital images of internal organs, bones and tissues. They work closely with radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule-out disease or injury.

Radiographers utilize problem solving and critical thinking skills to produce quality diagnostic images while keeping radiation exposure to patients at a minimum. Professional competence requires radiographers to apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, positioning, radiographic technique, as well as radiation biology and protection in the performance of their responsibilities. Being an integral part of the healthcare team, they must also be able to communicate effectively with patients, other healthcare professionals and the public.

The Program is five semesters in length and culminates in an Associate in Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology. Graduates are eligible to challenge the national certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Passing this examination carries with it the privilege of using the title “Registered Technologist” and the abbreviation R.T.(R) (ARRT). The Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 N. Wacker St. Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60606; 312-704-5300;  www.jrcert.org).

For information regarding the Radiologic Technology Program visit our website, www.gadsdenstate.edu/rad-tech/home or call 256-549-8217.

Surgical/Operating Room Technology

Special program information for the Surgical/Operating Room Technology Program is available at http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/health/surgical-operating-room-technician.

St. Clair Correctional Facility

Gadsden State offers instruction and short-term certificate programs at the St. Clair Correctional Facility.  For a listing of the certificates offered, contact the Dean of Technical Education and Workforce Development at 256.549.8601.