It’s no secret that Sampson Community College is known for its status as having one of the top health programs in the state.
The college’s licensed practical nursing program was recently ranked seventh in North Carolina and its associate degree nursing program ranked in the top 35 percent of all programs in the state, but that is just the beginning.
SCC has added a new face on campus that is sure to round out this success as Angela Magill takes over the new paramedic program at the college.
“From a very young age, I wanted to be in the healthcare field,” says Magill. “I helped my mother run a rest home for many years and decided that I wanted to become a nurse.”
Magill, who has long served the Emergency Medical Services community in Sampson County as an EMS training officer at SCC, has been recruited to become a full-time instructor already known for success in the medical field. This bolsters an area of the college that already touts a strong reputation.
At a young age and already having an interest in the medical field, Magill was shown a brochure of a paramedic curriculum program and the rest is history.
“Wanting to be a nurse originally but facing a long wait to get into an RN program,” she said. “There were many classes that would transfer over to an RN Program, so I jumped at the chance.”
Once Magill graduated, there was an immediate job waiting for her, as is often the case in the medical field. Though the training was not easy, Magill became a paramedic for the Sampson County EMS and continued to soak in knowledge about the field. With this knowledge, she became an educator at SCC and fell in love with teaching.
Wanda Capps, division chair of heathcare programs at SCC says, “We are fortunate to have Angela to lead the EMS program. She comes to us with a wealth of information and experience in training EMS personnel and has relationships with partners which will be a positive attribute for the success of the program. We are looking forward to a successful program to meet the needs of the community in the field of emergency responders and paramedics.”
The paramedic program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to provide advanced medical care and will provide many other opportunities in medicine. Once a person graduates from a two-year program, their opportunities are endless. They can further their education to any medical field, whether it be a four-year university or medical school. They are able to work in emergency services, emergency departments, urgent care clinics, fire departments, specialty areas, industry, educational institutions and government.
“The medical field is ever evolving, and we must be ready to evolve along with it,” says Magill. “As an educator, my job is to continue to encourage and motivate all students to continue reaching and achieving their goals. I knew that I could make a larger impact, so I chose to mentor and educate.”
Holding numerous licenses associated with healthcare and emergency services and having worked both sides of the classroom and real-world scenarios, Magill makes the perfect fit for SCC’s new Paramedic program. Those interested in the program or any health career should visit www.sampsoncc.edu or call 592-8081.