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Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayScience, Technology, Engineering & Math
AdvisorLloyd Harris
Dean, Student Engagement
850.769.1551 ext. 3211

Senior Administrative AssistantKathy Bleday

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Medical, AA

Would you like to go to medical school?

Do you like caring for others? Are you interested in the anatomy and physiology of the human body? Have you known a friend or family member with a health care problem that you truly wished you could have helped with? If so, Gulf Coast State College can help prepare you for a career as a physician. As a physician, you will work with patients to help prevent, diagnose and treat a wide variety of injuries, diseases, and disorders. Physicians can specialize in a wide variety of areas from pediatrics to geriatrics, radiology to anesthesiology, surgery to general medicine, and the list goes on. You can work in a hospital, with a group of physicians, or as a solo practitioner. Good doctors are needed everywhere, salaries are among the highest of any profession, and job security is excellent.

Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics information on wages and job demand for physicians and surgeons.

What does it take to start on the path to your new medical career?

For a career as a physician, you need to earn your bachelor’s degree before being accepted into medical school. Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, has some of the lowest tuition rates in the state, but provides high-quality education. Class sizes are small and offer the ability to have ‘one-on-one’ attention with your professors. Starting with a two-year degree in Gulf Coast’s Medical AA University Transfer Track helps you save money on your overall education costs and prepares you for success at a top university in Florida. Physician educational requirements include 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and then typically at least four years or more (depending on the chosen specialty) of residency and possibly fellowship training.  State medical schools are located at UF, USF, and FSU. The University of Miami has a private medical school. In addition, due to some variability between medical schools, students should also verify the MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirements)   website link

It is extremely important to remain in contact with your advisor.


Medical Course Requirements


English I & II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select from a list of Math Courses
Behavioral Sciences
Biology Courses
Chemistry Courses
Organic Chemistry Courses
Approved Physics

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

What can you do with a Medical AA Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Athletic Trainers
Rehabilitation Counselors
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
Dental Hygienists
Physician Assistants

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

University of Florida
Florida A & M University
University of South Florida

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Quality Science Labs for Your Research

Use our science labs to work with fellow students and professors to accomplish exciting research.

Are you ready to Get Started?

Apply to GCSC

Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

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


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.


Register for Classes

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.


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.