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Nursing, A.S.

 

Have you considered a career in Nursing?

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 nurse.

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.

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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. 

 
 
 

MEET SCOTT COLEMAN, RN

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“I was in the United States Air Force for 26 years and now I’m starting a new career. The nursing program at GCSC is one of the best in the state and I’m learning from dedicated, trained professionals. I know I’ll find the job I want when I graduate. That’s why I chose Gulf Coast.”
– Scott Coleman, RN 
 

Tracks for entering the ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE IN NURSING program:

Associate Degree Nursing: This program is for the student who enters without prior nursing core courses and intends to complete all the required nursing core courses at Gulf Coast State College

LPN to ADN Transition: Traditional Option- student is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and wishes to enter with advanced standing into the Associate Degree Nursing Program Weekday Option at Gulf Coast State College

LPN to ADN Transition-Weekend Option: The student is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and wishes to enter with advanced standing into the Associate Degree Nursing Program Weekend Option at the Gulf Coast State College Gulf Franklin Campus. Classes are on Friday for 6 hours, and clinical meets Saturday OR Sunday for 12 ½ hours.

Advanced Placement into the Associate Degree Nursing Program: The program is for the student who has completed any portion of a Registered Nursing Program’s core courses at another College or University and wishes to transfer credit into Gulf Coast State College’s Associate Degree Program. Depending upon a transcript evaluation, the student may be allowed to enter the program with advanced placement if the course work is less than two years old. The student must complete a minimum of eighteen credit hours at Gulf Coast State College to be eligible for graduation.

How do I apply to the ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE IN 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 Packet. The ADN Program Application 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.

How do I apply to the LPN to ADN Transition Program?

To apply to the LPN to ADN Transition Program, you’ll need to complete two applications: the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College and an LPN to ADN Transition Application Packet (indicate Traditional or Weekend Option) . Please download and review the division's LPN to ADN Transition Application Packet for 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.

WHY CHOOSE GULF COAST STATE COLLEGE TO EARN YOUR nursing DEGREE?

  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.
  • Over half of Gulf Coast State College students receive some form of financial assistance.  Please see the Office of Financial Aid website for more information on making your Gulf Coast nursing education affordable.

how SUCCESSFUL ARE gulf coast nursing graduates?

  • Over 80% of Gulf Coast State College nursing students complete the program and graduate.
  • Gulf Coast State College NCLEX pass rates for first time test takers continues to be above the state average and within 10% of the national average.
  • Over 95% of Gulf Coast nursing graduates are employed as Registered Nurses within 6 months of passing the NCLEX.

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

 
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Nursing simulation lab

This high-tech nursing lab in the George C. Tapper Health Sciences Building on the Panama City campus offers five high fidelity mannequins to practice nursing leadership and decision making in a safe environment.

 
 

 Degree Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area 3
See General Education Requirement
Mathematics Area 3
+*Approved college-level mathematics (MAC/MGF/STA)
Natural Sciences Area
+*BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
*BSC2085L, Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
+*BSC2086, Anatomy & Physiology II 3
*BSC2086L, Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •*PSY2012, General Psychology 3
Major Courses
+*MCB2004, Microbiology 3
*MCB2004L, Microbiology Lab 1
*HUN1201, Principles of Nutrition 3
*DEP2004, Developmental Psychology 3
+*#NUR1022C, Foundations of Nursing Practice 3
+*#NUR1210C, Basic Care of the Adult 4
+*#NUR1213C, Intermediate Adult Care 10
+*#NUR1142, Introduction to Pharmacology 2
+*#NUR2420C, Maternal-Infant Nursing 4
+*#NUR2310C, Nursing Care of the Child 4
+*#NUR2520C, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 4
+*#NUR2214C, Advanced Adult Care 11

TOTAL DEGREE HOURS

72

• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 

Associate Degree Nursing Program Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326

404-975-5000

 www.acenursing.org

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ADA Statement

Applicants and students with disabilities seeking accommodations under the ADA should refer to the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights document entitled Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.

Learn More

The Gulf Coast State College Nursing Department ADN Program Handbook for Students> contains a suggested curriculum plan, detailed descriptions of the course and clinical requirements for the nursing major, faculty credentials and contact information, as well as policy and other information helpful to students in the program. More information about the Associates Degree in Nursing is also available in Gulf Coast’s course catalog.

 

Contact AN ADVISOR

Associates Degree Program

Dr. Martha Ruder, DNP, RN
Coordinator, Associates Degree Nursing Program
850-913-3314

mruder@gulfcoast.edu

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LPN-ADN Articulation (Traditional & Weekend)

Deborah Brzuska, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Assistant Coordinator, LPN-ADN Program
850-913-3317

dbrzuska@gulfcoast.edu

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Health Science Admissions

Craig Wise
Assistant Coordinator, Health Science Admissions
850-913-3311

cwise@gulfcoast.edu

DIVISION Chair

Laura Justice
Chair, Health Sciences
850-872-3828
ljustice@gulfcoast.edu

 

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester - Last working day in February
  • Spring Semester - Last working day in September

Apply Now!

 
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