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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Science (AS)
Total Credit Hours72
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayHealth Sciences
Associate Degree Program AdvisorDr. Martha Ruder, DNP, RN
Coordinator, Associates Degree Nursing Program

Coordinator, Gulf-Franklin Campus Nursing Programs

Academic Program SpecialistConnie Pimentel

Rosemarie Wadman
850.769.1551 ext. 3471

M. Ruder faculty page

D. Brzuska faculty page

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Nursing, AS

Do You Have a Passion for Taking Care of People?

Would you enjoy treating and caring for patients, providing support to them and their families, and educating patients and the public on health conditions?  Nursing is a high-paced, rewarding career that offers employment in many different health care areas including physician offices, hospitals, schools, travel nursing, and many more.

Successful completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program at Gulf Coast State College permits you to take the national exam to obtain a Registered Nurse (RN) license. The Associate of Science degree in Nursing prepares you to work in a variety of positions in nursing and may be the first step toward preparing the Registered Nurse (RN) for further studies (through university programs) to progress in the profession to receive a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, then a Masters of Science in nursing degree, and then a doctoral degree.

Nursing is a very demanding profession.  Be sure to read the job description to see if you  have the physical and mental qualities needed for the job.

About Registered Nursing

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According to the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, registered nurses (Bachelor's level) earned a media income of $67,490 in 2015.

For the most current information, please contact the program director.

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Nursing Course Requirements


English I
Visual & Performing Arts or
Philosophy/Religion or
Select One from a list of Math courses
Anatomy and Physiology
American National Government or United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency
Anatomy & Physiology Courses
Microbiology Courses
Nursing Courses
Adult Care Courses

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

AS Nursing Program Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

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3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
ACEN website

The Associate Degree Nursing program at Gulf Coast State College at the Panama City Campus,  located in Panama City Florida, in accordance with ACEN records,  is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing is:  Continuing Accreditation

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at ACE program search website

*Type of program: practical, diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master’s, master’s/post-master’s certificate, post-master’s certificate, clinical doctorate, clinical doctorate/DNP clinical doctorate specialist certificate, or DNP clinical doctorate specialist certificate.

Nursing Information

What jobs will you find with a nursing degree?

Home care nurse
Patient coordinator
Care coordinator
Clinical associate
Pediatric nurse
Clinical nurse liaison
Oncology RN

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

Gulf Coast State College
Florida State University
University of Florida

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Nursing Labs

You'll acquire the skills you need to be a successful Registered Nurse in Gulf Coast State College's state-of-the-art nursing labs in the George C. Tapper Health Sciences Building on the Panama City campus.


Are you ready to get Started ?

How to apply to the Nursing Program

To apply to the ADN program, you’ll need to complete two applications: the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College and an ADN Program Application. The ADN Program Application/Information Packet includes a complete list of admission requirements and prerequisite course requirements. Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process. The application process is competitive. Contact Martha Ruder, the nursing program coordinator, to find out how to increase your chances for admission to the ADN program.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

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Complete the Nursing Application

Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.


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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.