Take the Next Step Toward Nursing Leadership or advanced Practice

Now that you've been working as a Registered Nurse (RN), you realize that you need a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) to be promoted at your job, to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife or nurse anesthetist, or to take the next step toward becoming a  nurse educator or nurse scientist (researcher). The RN to BSN degree program is one of four bachelor degree programs offered at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, and prepares RNs for management positions and entry into nursing graduate programs. Getting your bachelor’s degree in nursing is the next step to fast-track your career!

Apply to the RN-BSN program now! 

CCNE Accreditation

The RN to BSN nursing degree program at Gulf Coast State College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Contact the advisor

Randy Chitwood, DNP, RN
Program Coordinator/ Professor of Nursing
850-913-3262/ 850-624-7770

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GCSC BSN Graduate

When I began the BSN program at GCSC, I knew I would never be interested in a management position. After completing the Leadership/Management course, I totally changed my mind and accepted a management position with my BSN still in progress!
– Nurse Manager, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, Fall 2014 Graduate

 Who is eligible for the RN to BSN nursing degree program?

If you are a practicing Registered Nurse with an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited school, you are a candidate for Gulf Coast’s RN to BSN program.

If you are a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or certified nursing assistant (CNA), you’ll need to complete an associate's degree in nursing (ADN)and become licensed as a registered nurse before applying to the RN to BSN program. Gulf Coast’s LPN to ADN articulation program has traditional and weekend nursing program options to help you transition.

The Gulf Coast State College RN to BSN Student Handbook contains all program policies as well as curriculum information and Division of Health Sciences policies.


  • Our nursing programs have clinical site agreements with local hospitals and rehabilitation centers in the area, including Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center and Bay Medical Sacred Heart.
  • Our nursing faculty care deeply about your career success and will help you along the way. They are your advocates, and after graduation, your professional colleagues.
  • 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.

How do I apply to the RN to BSN nursing degree program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process. 

In addition to the general application, you will need to review the application packet for the RN to BSN program. The packet includes a complete list of admission requirements and prerequisite course requirements. 

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

The application process is competitive, please contact Dr. Randy Chitwood, the program coordinator, to find out how to increase your chances for admission to the RN to BSN degree program.

How do I register for my classes?

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


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

Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
•+*STA2023, Statistics 3
Approved College-level Math (MAC/MGF) 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science CHM1032, General, Organic, Biochemistry or higher level chemistry (CHM 1040 & 1045 are acceptable) 3
Biological Science +BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •PSY2012 or •SYG2000, Psychology/Sociology 3
History EUH1000 or 1001, Western Civilization 3
Government •POS2041, American National Government 3
Associate Degree/Diploma in Nursing
Associate Degree/Diploma in Nursing 48
Core Courses
*NUR3069, Advanced Health Assessment 3
*NUR3119, Nursing Concepts and Theories 3
*NUR3128, Pathophysiology 3
+*NUR3167, Research Process for Professional Nursing 3
*NUR3895, Teaching and Learning for the Healthcare Professional 3
*NUR3636C, Community Health 4
*NUR3925, Symposium I 1
*NUR4655, Multicultural Factors in Health 3
*NUR4827C, Leadership and Management 4
+*NUR4925, Symposium II 1
*NUR4837, Health Care Policy and Economics 3
*NUR4847, Clinical Decision Making 3
*NUR4945C, Nursing Capstone Practicum 2

Total Degree Hours


• General Education Core.

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

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

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 BSN in Practice

Starting a new life

"After graduating from the RN program in 2006, I chose to return to GCSC because of the outstanding group of professors who are always willing and able to help students succeed. As a full-time nurse and mother of two, it fit right into my schedule. After graduating the BSN Program in 2016, I have since completed the Master of Science in Nursing degree as well."

 - Denise, MSN, RN-C, Charge Nurse, Labor & Delivery, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast/ President of the GCSC Nursing Honor Society


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Laura Justice