Respiratory Care (Therapy) Option, Liberal Arts A.A.

Respiratory Care (Therapy) Option, Liberal Arts A.A.

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
•+*MAC1105, College Algebra 3
•+*STA2023, Statistics 3
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science •+PHY2053, College Physics I 3
Biological Science •+BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
+BSC2086, Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BSC2086L, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
+*MAC1140, Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
+*MAC1114, Plane Trigonometry 3
+PHY2053L, College Physics I Lab 1
•+BSC2010, Biology for Science Majors 3
BSC2010L, Biology for Science Majors Lab 1
+MCB2004, Microbiology 3
MCB2004L, Microbiology Lab 1
•+CHM1045, General Chemistry 3
CHM1045L, General Chemistry Lab 1



• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

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

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

Health Sciences

Health Sciences is the largest academic division at Gulf Coast State College, with 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.

Health Sciences faculty and staff want you to succeed. Instructors are licensed practitioners who are dedicated to helping you become proficient in the patient-care arena of your choosing. Reach out to the program contact in your area with questions or concerns.

Health Sciences Division Website

Registered Nursing, Nursing AA, Certified Nursing Assistant
Dr. Martha Ruder

Licensed Practical Nurse
Debbie Brzuska

Dental Assisting
Laurie Womble

Dental Hygiene
Kim Guilford

Medical Imaging Programs (Radiography, Sonography, Nuclear Medicine)
DeeAnn VanDerSchaaf

Physical Therapist Assistant
Dr. Melinda Cumbaa

Dr. Randy Chitwood

Respiratory Therapy
Katrina Reese

Surgical Services
Libby McNaron

Pharmacy Technician
Keith Owens
850-769-1551, ext. 5877

Health Sciences Faculty

Name Title Phone Email
Kimberly Awls Instructor ext.
Michelle Barber Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5881
Deborah Brzuska Associate Professor (850) 913-3317 ext. 3317
Vicki Bynum Instructor (850) 873-3591 ext. 3591
Randall Chitwood Professor (850) 913-3262 ext. 3262
Jennifer Collier Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5838
Melinda Cumbaa Associate Professor (850) 913-3312 ext. 3312
Donna Darling Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5830
Angila Dean Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5510
Suzanne Deaton Instructor (850) 769-1551 ext. 2819
Sabrina Elliott Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5888
Nancy Gibson Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5841
Glenda Hannah Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5843
Melissa Hobbs Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5521
Jerrie Kirksey Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5833
Rebecca Leach Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5840
Keri Matheus Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3238
Mary McNaron Professor (850) 873-3551 ext. 3551
Martha Ruder Professor (850) 913-3314 ext. 3314
Miranda Stewart Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5802
Carol Strasburger-Miller Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 3360
Shelly Thornton Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5834
Dee Ann Van Der Schaaf Associate Professor (850) 913-3318 ext. 3318
Kelli Walsingham Associate Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 6180
April Wilson-Page Assistant Professor (850) 769-1551 ext. 5817
Lauriann Womble Assistant Professor (850) 747-3217 ext. 3217