2022-2023 Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S.

Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S.

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area 3
*See General Education Core Requirement
Mathematics Area 3
*See General Education Core Requirement
Natural Sciences Area
+*BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
Social Sciences Area
Government/History •*@POS2041, American National Government or •*@AMH2020, United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency 3
Behavioral Sciences •*PSY2012, General Psychology 3
Major Courses
+*BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology Lab I 1
+*BSC2086, Anatomy & Physiology II 3
*BSC2086L, Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
*#HSC1531, Medical Terminology 2
+*#PHT1000, Intro. to Physical Therapy 2
+*#PHT1102, Applied Anatomy for PTAs 2
+*#PHT1102L, Applied Anatomy Lab for PTAs 1
+*#PHT1200, Basic Skills in Patient Care 2
+*#PHT1200L, Basic Skills in Patient Care Lab 2
+*#PHT1124, Functional Human Motion 2
+*#PHT1124L, Functional Human Motion Lab 1
+*#PHT1131, Assessment, Measure, Document 1
+*#PHT1131L, Assessment, Measurement and Documentation Lab 2
+*#PHT1220, Intro. to Therapeutic Exercise 3
+*#PHT1220L, Therapeutic Exercise Lab 2
+*#PHT2224, Therapeutic Interventions I: Medical/Surgical Disabilities 2
+*#PHT2224L, Therapeutic Interventions I Lab 1
+*#PHT2211, Therapeutic Modalities 2
+*#PHT2211L, Therapeutic Modalities Lab 2
+*#PHT2225, Therapeutic Interventions II: Orthopedic Disabilities 3
+*#PHT2225L, Therapeutic Interventions II Lab 2
+*#PHT2226, Therapeutic Interventions III: Neurological Disabilities 3
+*#PHT2226L, Therapeutic Interventions III Lab 2
+*#PHT2801, PTA Clinical Practice I (effective Fall 2023) 2
+*#PHT2810, PTA Clinical Practice II (effective Spring 2024) 4
*#PHT2820, PTA Clinical Practice III (effective Spring 2024) 4
+*#PHT2931, Seminar 2

• General Education Core.

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

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

= Career Certificate course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

@Civic Literacy.

Health Sciences and Nursing

The Health Sciences and Nursing Divisions at Gulf Coast State College, have over 600 students enrolled in health-related programs.  The George G. Tapper Health Sciences Building is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories, and a live patient dental clinic to enhance the learning process.

All Instructors are licensed and/or certified practitioners who are dedicated to helping you succeed in your chosen career field. Reach out to the program contact in your area with questions or concerns.

Health Sciences and Nursing Divisions Website

Health Sciences and Nursing Faculty

Health Sciences

Dental Assisting
Laurie Womble

Dental Hygiene
Miranda Stewart

Physical Therapist Assistant
Dr. Melinda Cumbaa

Lacy Newson

Respiratory Care
Jennifer Barber

Janice Skipper
850-769-1551 ext. 3390

Surgical Services
Shannon Smith

Division Chair
Laura Justice, CDA, RDH, MSED


Licensed Practical Nurse and Certified Nursing Assistant
Debbie Brzuska

Registered Nursing and AA
Dr. Martha Ruder

Dr. Randy Chitwood

Division Chair
Dr. Keri Matheus

Health Sciences Faculty

Name Title Phone Email
Kimberly Awls Assistant Professor (850) 747-3248 ext. 3248
Jennifer Barber Assistant Professor (850) 872-3837 ext. 3837
Deborah Brzuska Professor (850) 913-3317 ext. 3317
Vicki Bynum Instructor (850) 873-3591 ext. 3591
Randall Chitwood Professor (850) 913-3262 ext. 3262
Melinda Cumbaa Professor (850) 913-3312 ext. 3312
Sabrina Elliott Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5888
Nancy Gibson Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5841
Melissa Hobbs Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5521
Laura Justice Professor (850) 872-3828 ext. 3828
Christine Katzberger Assistant Professor ext.
Rebecca Kelly Assistant Professor (850) 769--1551 ext. -1551
Denise Kenny Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3238
Jerrie Kirksey Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5833
Ada Kutina Assistant Professor ext.
Lacy Newsom Assistant Professor (850) 913-3318 ext. 3318
Megan Olson Assistant Professor ext.
Adam Padgett Instructor ext.
Brittany Page Instructor ext.
Theresa Porter Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5835
Martha Ruder Professor (850) 913-3314 ext. 3314
Janice Skipper Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3390
Shannon Smith Instructor ext.
Kimberly Snow Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5817
Emily Speakman Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5846
Miranda Stewart Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3244
Carol Strasburger-Miller Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3360
Shelly Thornton Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5834
Elyse Wallace (850) 769-1551 ext. 5597
Lauriann Womble Assistant Professor (850) 747-3217 ext. 3217


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