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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Find More Information About the RN-BSN Program

72hours credit for previous course work
$4,384for all BSN classes
3semester graduation plan possible
6part-time starts per year
75%doctorally prepared faculty
25:1maximum class size

BSN Students as Life Savers....

Wewq Girls

Ariel Kemp, BSN, RN;  Nicki Lanford, BSN, RN; & Amy Miller, BSN, RN- winners of the Outstanding Clinical Project Award for demonstrating leadership skills while impacting their community and potentially saving lives.
– Winners of the Outstanding Clinical Project Award!


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 Apply now  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.

  • BSN Pinning Fall 2014- 1st Class

    BSN Pinning Fall 2014- 1st Class

  • Clinicals at "Arc of the Bay"

    Clinicals at "Arc of the Bay"

  • Post pinning summer 2018

    Post pinning summer 2018

  • Awards-Spring 2016

    Awards-Spring 2016

  • Cassy


  • Class-2015


  • Health Fair with GCSC Athletes

    Health Fair with GCSC Athletes

  • Boots Chitwood DeRamus Memorial Scholarship

    Boots Chitwood DeRamus Memorial Scholarship

  • Clinical in Holmes County

    Clinical in Holmes County


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Nursing DIVISION Chair

Keri Matheus
(850) 772-6695 

Alyssa Evans
Academic Program Specialist
(850) 769-1551 ext. 3311